Keurig is making a great effort in modernizing the look and feel of their machine. It clearly shows in the design of the Keurig K-Mini Plus, just like it shows in the design of K-Elite and K-Select. The biggest difference here, why make a new machine? Is it any different or better than the old K-Mini (K15 or K10), and if you already have a K-Mini, should you upgrade to a new one? That’s what I’ll be answering in this post.

Features of the Keurig K-Mini Plus:

  • The slimmest Keurig machine to date (as of writing), at 5″ wide only.
  • The taller design now allows to place a travel mug up to 7″ tall when removing the drip tray.
  • Brews four cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong brew option for brewing a bolder and stronger cup.
  • Removable one cup reservoir is now easier to refill. You still have to refill only as much as you want to brew.
  • Includes a 9-pod storage that fits right into your brewer. Perfect for using on the go.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters (sold separately).
  • Available in different colors.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Mini Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

K-Mini Plus vs. K-Mini, What’s The Difference?

Image
TitleKeurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, True BlueKeurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, with 6 to 12oz Brew Size, Stores up to 9 K-Cup Pods, Travel Mug Friendly, Matte Black
FeatureCOMPACT: Small and personal; great for small spaces and portable design goes anywhere.
BREW SIZES: Brews your perfect amount, any cup size between 6-10 oz. Use the 6 oz. cup size for a bolder brew.
WATER RESEVOIR: Single cup water reservoir for ultimate portability - just add fresh water for each brew.
DRIP TRAY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 5.2" tall, and holds a full accidental brew for easy clean-up.
ENERGY EFFICIENT: Automatic shut-off turns the brewer off after each brew, helping to save energy. Material: Plastic
The Keurig K15 Coffee Maker brews all K-Cup pods. Choose from over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup Pods. For the best quality be sure to look for the Keurig logo on each K-Cup Pod.
Fits anywhere: less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces.
Strong brew: brew a stronger, more intense cup.
Your perfect amount: brew any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods.
Removable one cup reservoir: just add fresh water for each brew. Removable reservoir makes for easy cleaning and filling.
Pod storage: holds 9 K-Cup pods and Fits in your brewer for ultimate portability and saves counter space.
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

There’s a lot of added improvement to the K-Mini Plus over the K-Mini, for sure.

Serving Sizes:

The K-Mini Plus has one extra serving size, which is 12 oz. This serving size has always been requested by customers and Keurig has listened.

Strength Control:

K-Mini Plus has the Strong Brew option which the K-Mini lacks. This button makes your coffee taste stronger by brewing it for a longer time.

Dimensions of the Machine:

K-Mini Plus is only 5″ wide, this makes it quite slim and space saving. It’s about 2″ less wide than the K-Mini, so that’s quite a difference in size. But the K-Mini Plus is also taller, and the reason is that it can finally accommodate travel mugs when removing the drip tray.

Water Reservoir:

The K-Mini Plus still has a water tank similar to the K-Mini’s in the sense that you have to fill in a fresh cup at every brew and fill it up to the size of your choice. The difference is that on the K-Mini Plus, the tank is removable, which makes it easier to refill.

Pod Storage:

This is a nice addition to the K-Mini Plus. Since it’s quite compact in design, it’s actually also very portable. If you decide to take your machine on the go, you’ll find the 9-pod storage quite handy. It fits right into the machine when not in use (it goes where your cup is usually placed).

Who Should Buy the K-Mini Plus? Should You Upgrade Your Current K-Mini?

The Keurig K-Mini Plus is a great compact machine. It’s a great choice for a single or two users at most, the reason I say that is because it takes about 2 minutes to brew a cup, and you’ll have to fill it up at each brew. If a large family is going to use it, there’s going to be a long wait and lots of refilling to get every body their cup of jo’. For a larger family, I always recommend a larger Keurig like the K575 that can brew larger amounts faster.

It’s also the best option for someone who needs to save as much counter top space as possible. At 5″ wide, you don’t have to worry about K-Mini Plus taking space at all.

If this is going to be your first K-Mini, then by all means, go for it. But if you already have a K-Mini, should you upgrade to the new Mini Plus?

There’s three reasons to consider upgrading for:

  • The 12 oz serving.
  • The Strong Brew option,
  • and the travel mug accommodation.

If none of these matter to you, then there’s no reason for an upgrade, your older K-Mini will be just as fine.

See the K-Mini Plus in Action:

 

BUNN has always made some of the best commercial coffee makers out there. It makes pretty good home coffee maker, too. BUNN’s machines are of few that are certified by SCA (Specialty Coffee Association), which means it brews coffee at the optimal water temperature of 197.6º F. This HB Heat N’ Brew model is slightly different than other Bunn coffee makers for home. It finally has the feature that has always been missing from previous models which should get Bunn fans really excited.

Features of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:

  • SCA certified coffee maker that brews the perfect coffee at an optimal temperature between 197.6º F and 204.8º F
  • Commercial style, lime-tolerant 6-stream sprayhead design that saturates coffee ground completely to extract full flavor.
  • Maintains the ideal contact time between water and coffee grounds for proper extraction.
  • Digital programmable clock for auto-start.
  • Digital display shows you indicators of each stage of coffee brewing.
  • Brews up to 10 cups (50 oz)  of coffee in 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Does not have a water reservoir. Simply fill the tank for the amount of coffee you want to brew.
  • Drip-free glass carafe design.
  • Automatic warming plate turns on while brewing and turns off after 2 hours.

Click here to learn more about BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What’s New In The BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker?

The best part about the Heat N’ Brew model, and it’s basically what’s been missing from all other BUNN models, is the digital clock and display:

  • The digital clock is not there just to display time, of course. You can use it to set your machine to automatically start brewing any time you want.
  • The display will show you different stages of the brewing process when the machine is working. Whether it’s heating water or brewing, you’ll find what stage the machine is on written on the display.

Yet, what’s still missing from Bunn’s coffee makers is a pause and pour feature that allows you to pause the brewing cycle before it ends.

Brewing Stages of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:

  • As soon as you hit the Brew button, the first stage start, which uses Heat N’ Release technology of the machine. This technology uses the thermometer to measure when the water reaches the optimal temperature for brewing. The valve opens for the brewing to start only after the water has reached 197.6º F. This stage takes about 6 minutes.
  • The second stage is brewing. Heat and Release now works to maintain the optimal contact time between water and coffee grounds to meet SCA standards. The 6-stream sprayhead releases water in a way that will ensure all coffee grounds is fully covered and saturated in water and extracts the full flavors from your beans. This stage takes about 4 minutes.

Dimensions and Materials Of BUNN Heat N’ Brew:

  • The machine has approximate dimensions of 9.7 x 8.7 x 16.3 inches. It weight about 8.5 pounds. While the machine isn’t exactly large, it is slightly higher than average, which can make it a bit of a problem for someone with lower cabinets.
  • Material wise, it has a plastic body with some metal accents.
  • The included carafe has 50 oz capacity. It”s made of glass with a plastic handle and drip-free plastic lid. All plastic parts are BPA-Free.
  • Using the marked measures on the water tank, you can make 4, 6, 8 or 10 cups of coffee.
  • The warming plate can maintain temperatures 176-185°F for 2 hours before automatically shutting off.

What Are the Cons of BUNN’s Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker?

So far, everything we’ve mentioned about the Heat N’ Brew is quite great. Here are some of the few cons:

  • No Pause and Pour feature – this is still missing from all Bunn machines. Some automatic drip coffee makers have a pause feature that allows you to stop the brewing process before it finishes to enjoy a cup. In the case of Heat N’ Brew, you have to wait for the full brewing process to finish.
  • Taller than your average countertop coffee maker – in comparison to other BUNN (or other brands) coffee maker that range between 9 to 14 inches in height, Heat N’ Brew stands at 16-inches tall. So if you plan to place it under a cabinet like most of us do, make sure to measure the height of your cabinets first. You’ll need a few extra inches of clearance that will allow you to freely open the lid to add the water to the tank.
  • No Bloom (Pre-infusion) stage – this isn’t as important of a stage to everyone, but it would be great to have as an option. Blooming is a step that de-gasses freshly ground coffee beans for even more flavor to your cup.

BUNN Heat N’ Brew Compared To Other BUNN Coffee Makers:

Image
TitleBUNN HB Heat N Brew Programmable Coffee Maker, 10 cup, Stainless SteelBUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer, BlackBUNN Speed Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer
FeatureDigital clock with programmable brew start time for coffee that’s ready when you are each morning
Brews 10 perfect cups in about 10 minutes when not using the programmable start feature
Auto warmer plate turns on during brewing and off after 2 hours
Exclusive shatter-resistant Drip-Free carafe delivers the cleanest pour on the market
3-Year Warranty backed by BUNN customer service in Springfield, IL
Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association
Reservoir-style home brewer makes up to 10 cups of coffee in just 3 minutes
Stainless-steel water tank; 800-watt heater and internal thermostat
Sprayhead design improves coffee-flavor extraction; hot water available for tea
Stainless-steel vacuum-insulated carafe; close-and-brew lid; vacation switch
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
BUNN-engineered Sprayhead extends the contact time between water and grounds resulting in coffee taste comparable to your favorite restaurant or café
The very best of our gravity drip innovation reimagined in a contemporary, curved design
Internal Water Tank keeps water constantly heated to optimal temperature so you can brew a full pot in about 4 minutes
Pour-O-Matic drip-free Glass Carafe is specifically designed to eliminate spillage down the side of the carafe and on the warming plate
Lime-tolerant Sprayhead discourages mineral build up, which means less time cleaning and longer brewer life cycle
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore InfoMore Info

Two of the most popular BUNN models are Velocity Brew and Speed Brew coffee makers. How does the Heat N’ Brew compare to them?

  • There are obvious design differences that we will not get into. How they work is more important, and all models actually work exactly the same way, but differ in speed.
  • However, the Heat N’ Brew is the only model that has a digital clock for auto start. If you want your brew to start automatically at a set time, the Heat N’ Brew is the only BUNN model to do it.
  • Speed wise, Heat N’ Brew is the slowest. It takes up to 10 minutes to brew a full pot. While Speed Brew and Velocity Brew take 3 to 4 minutes.

Video Overview of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:

 

Keurig has added new members to its family of single-serve brewers. The new brewers, named K-Select and K-Elite, offer you the same delicious coffee and same convenience that Keurig has always brought to our homes, but it also offers a lot of improvement features and design wise.

In this post, I’ll talk in details about each machine in the new line and how it compares to either new or older Keurig brewers.

Features of Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker:

The K-Select coffee maker will mostly remind you of its preceder the K55 model (now known as the K-Classic coffee maker). But they’re not the same (more on this later)… here are features of the Keurig K-Select:

  • Single-serve coffee maker compatible with all K-Cup pods, including My K-Cup reusable filter.
  • Brew cup sizes: 6oz, 8oz, 10oz and 12oz.
  • Brews a full cup in under a minute.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 52 oz
  • Strong Brew button to steeping coffee longer and making a stronger cup of coffee.
  • Quiet Brew technology makes the machine less noisy when brewing.
  • Accommodates different cup sizes including travel mugs up to 7.4” tall.
  • New sleek design made with finger-print resistant material.
  • Package includes 6-count K-Cup® Pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter cartridge.
  • Backlit button controls.
  • Auto shut-off.
  • Descale maintenance reminder.
  • Available in three colors: black, white and red.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Select, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K-Select vs. K-Select B, What’s The Difference?

K-Select B is a bundle that packs more accessories includes: 24 K-Cup pods, 1 water filter handle and 2 water filter cartridges.

What’s The Difference Between Keurig K-Select vs. K55?

Image
TitleKeurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, Matte BlackKeurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, Rhubarb
FeatureWHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best
BREWS MULTIPLE K-CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes all with quiet brew technology, minimizing noise during use
STRONG BREW: kicks up your coffee's strength and intensity.Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4 inches tall;Programmable auto off
SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: just insert a Pod, select your desired cup size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute
LARGE 52oz WATER RESERVOIR: allows you to brew 5 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy
BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: alerts you when it is time to Descale your Coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible
Note: Box model name is K55 but product inside contains K40 model.
The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker. Includes 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 water filters to help your beverages taste their best
Brews multiple K-Cup Pod sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
A large 48 oz. water reservoir allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a minute
Dispense hot water only by opening and closing the brewer handle (without a pod), and selecting your desired brew size. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
Auto-off: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your brewer after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the Keurig K-Select is a lot similar to the older version called K55 and now has been renamed to K-Classic. So, what’s the difference between them?

Cup Sizes:

  • K-Select: 6oz, 8oz, 10oz, 12oz.
  • K55: 6oz, 8oz and 10oz.

Water Reservoir Capacity:

  • K-Select: 52 oz
  • K55: 48 oz

Pod Compatibility:

  • Both models are compatible with all K-Cup pods including refillable filters.

Controls:

  • Both models use button controls.

Strength Control:

  • K-Select has Strong Brew option to make a stronger brew.
  • K-55 does not have strength control.

High Altitude Setting:

  • K-Select: Has this feature.
  • K55: Does not have this feature

Which Is Best? K-Select or K55 (K-Classic)?

  • One of the biggest features of the K-Select is that it can finally brew 12 oz, which is perfect for a travel mug. This is something users have always wanted from Keurig brewers, and has been available in more expensive models only.
  • K-Select also has a larger water reservoir, Strong Brew option and High Altitude setting.
  • Overall, K-Select has a sleeker design and a nicer finish than the K55.

I do prefer the K-Select over the K55 for these features. You can read more about Keurig K55 here.

Features of Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker:

The Keurig K-Elite brings even more features and style to your coffee brewing experience:

  • Choose from 5 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • 75 water reservoir capacity.
  • Increase the strength of your drink using Strong Brew option.
  • Adjustable temperature control, brew between 187° and 192°.
  • Iced setting brews hot over ice without losing strength of flavor.
  • Hot water on demand allows you to dispense hot water with a push of a button.
  • Quiet Brew technology.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods and My K-Cup refillable filter.
  • Auto on and Auto off options.
  • High Altitude setting.
  • Premium brushed finish with metal details.
  • Removable tray allows you to accommodate travel mugs up to 7.2” tall.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Elite, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K-Elite vs. K-Select, What’s Different Between Them?

Image
TitleKeurig K-Elite K Single Serve K-Cup Pod Maker, with Strong Temperature Control, Iced Coffee Capability, 12oz Brew Size, Programmable, Brushed SilverKeurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, Matte Black
FeatureWHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
BREWS MULTIPLE CUP SIZES: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz Enjoy the most popular cup sizes.
STRONG BREW BUTTON: Increases the strength and bold taste of your coffee’s flavor.
ICED SETTING: Brew hot over ice at the touch of a button for full-flavored, delicious iced coffee.
HOT WATER ON DEMAND BUTTON: Perfect for instant soups or oatmeal.
COFFEE IN NO TIME: Brews K-Cup pods in under a minute.
LARGE 75oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 8 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
REMOVABLE DRIP TRAY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2” tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best
BREWS MULTIPLE K-CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes all with quiet brew technology, minimizing noise during use
STRONG BREW: kicks up your coffee's strength and intensity.Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4 inches tall;Programmable auto off
SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: just insert a Pod, select your desired cup size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute
LARGE 52oz WATER RESERVOIR: allows you to brew 5 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy
BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: alerts you when it is time to Descale your Coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

Cup Sizes:

  • K-Elite has 5 size options: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • K-Select has 4 size options: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.

Temperature Settings:

  • K-Elite allows you to adjust the temperature of your beverage between 187 and 192 degrees.
  • K-Select does not have temperature control.

Iced Drinks Setting:

  • K-Elite has iced setting for making iced coffee or tea. This setting brews your K-Cup pod in a way that allows it to retain full flavor even as the ice starts melting in your cup.
  • K-Select does not have Iced setting.

Hot Water on Demand:

  • K-Elite has water on demand, which provides you with hot water instantly, perfect for making instant meals or soup.
  • K-Select does not have hot water on demand.

Water Reservoir Capacity:

  • K-Elite has a 75 oz water reservoir.
  • K-Select has a 52 oz water reservoir.

Auto-On/Auto-Off:

  • K-Elite has auto on, where you can select a time for your machine to switch on. You can also program the period of time your machine shuts off automatically after your last brew.
  • K-Select has auto-off option only.

Keurig K-Elite vs. Keurig 2.0 K575 , Which Of These Should You Buy?

Keurig 2.0 is another line by Keurig, and its biggest feature is that it can brew a full pot in addition to single-serve sizes. This is something that Keurig K-Elite or K-Select can’t offer.

There are several models in the Keurig 2.0 line, which you can read our full guide about here. But here are the main differences between Keurig 2.0 vs. K-Elite:

Image
TitleKeurig K575 Coffee Maker, PlatinumKeurig K-Elite K Single Serve K-Cup Pod Maker, with Strong Temperature Control, Iced Coffee Capability, 12oz Brew Size, Programmable, Brushed Silver
FeatureNow with a 12oz. K-Cup pod brew size and temperature control!
Choose between five temperature settings to customize your perfect cup
80oz water reservoir allows you to brew more before having to refill with our largest reservoir option
Extra large color touch screen
Hot water on demand
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz., K-Mug Pod brew sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18 oz. and K-Carafe Pod brew sizes: 22, 26, 30 oz.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
BREWS MULTIPLE CUP SIZES: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz Enjoy the most popular cup sizes.
STRONG BREW BUTTON: Increases the strength and bold taste of your coffee’s flavor.
ICED SETTING: Brew hot over ice at the touch of a button for full-flavored, delicious iced coffee.
HOT WATER ON DEMAND BUTTON: Perfect for instant soups or oatmeal.
COFFEE IN NO TIME: Brews K-Cup pods in under a minute.
LARGE 75oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 8 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
REMOVABLE DRIP TRAY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2” tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

Cup Sizes:

  • Keurig 2.0 can brew sizes from 6 oz to 12 oz for single serve, up to 16 oz for tall mug sizes or 22, 26 or 30 oz carafe sizes.
  • Keurig K-Elite has single serve sizes only 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.

Pod Compatibility:

  • Keurig 2.0 only work with Keurig branded pods. Pods available for Keurig 2.0 are K-Cup, K-Mug and K-Carafe pods. There’s a My K-Cup refillable filter available for Keurig 2.0 too.
  • K-Elite is compatible with any K-Cup pod available, does not have to be Keurig branded. It is also compatible with refillable K-Cup filters.

Controls:

  • Keurig 2.0 has touch screen display for controls. It can be black/white or colored depending on the model. Size of the screen differs from one model to another, too.
  • Keurig K-Elite has button controls

Strength/Temperature Control:

  • Strength control is available on both K-Elite and Keurig 2.0 models.
  • Temperature control is available on K-Elite, but is not available on all Keurig 2.0 models.

Which Do You Choose?

  • I believe the first thing you should consider is the available cup sizes and whether you really need to brew up to 30 oz of coffee instead of single serve cups, since that’s the biggest difference between the two lines.
  • Keep in mind that using Keurig 2.0 you have to buy Keurig branded pods. They’re available from a wide range of brands and in different type of beverages, but they’re not as widely available is the non-branded kind. You can still use refillable filters with both K-Elite and Keurig 2.0.
  • Usability wise, K-Elite is a much simpler machine to use. There’s a dedicated button for each cup size, hot water and it has a digital clock. Keurig 2.0 isn’t exactly hard, but it takes more clicks to adjust and select your settings. It is not as straight forward as the K-Elite (or K-Select).

Should I Upgrade My Keurig Coffee Maker?

If you currently own a K-Classic (K55/K50) Keurig Brewer, you’ll get some benefits from upgrading to a K-Select brewer:

  • Larger water reservoir (from 48 oz to 52oz), an additional cup size (12 oz) and a Strong brew button.

If those are things you feel like you’re missing on from your current brewer, then an upgrade would be a good idea for sure.

Going from a K-Classic to K-Elite would make much more sense and a difference in your experience, the K-Elite gives you:

  • a much larger water reservoir (75 oz), two additional cup sizes (4oz and 12 oz in addition to the other serving sizes), strong brew, iced setting, hot water on demand, a digital clock for auto on/off, and adjustable temperature.

What Is Keurig’s High Altitude Setting?

I list ‘High Altitude Setting’ as a feature for both K-Select and K-Elite brewers. But what does this feature do exactly? And do you really need it?

Keurig coffee makers are designed to be used at areas elevated at 6,000 ft at most. If you live in an area higher than that, Keurig recommends two things:

  • Pre-puncturing the pod before brewing. You can do that by placing the pod in the chamber and pressing down the pod so it is punctured by the needle. This is used to release pressure inside the pod and avoid exploding K-Cup pods.
  • You are also recommended to lower the temperature of the brew.

The High Altitude setting on K-Select, K-Elite and some Keurig 2.0 machines automatically adjusts the parameters of the machine to avoid any problems that can come due to high altitude so you don’t have to keep adjusting temperature manually. If you live in a high altitude area, it’s highly recommended that you either buy a Keurig with High Altitude setting or a machine with adjustable temperature settings.

 

What Is Breville Precision Brewer?

It’s not the first time we talk about Breville. In fact, it is one of our favorite brands for coffee makers and kitchen appliances. We’ve covered many of their espresso and coffee makers, but today, we’re going to talk about their Precision Brewer.

Breville Precision Brewer prides itself as the world’s first 60 oz coffee maker that is able to make a cup of coffee with total precision, in a fully automatic way. That means, it can prepare coffee in a way that meets SCA’s standards (Specialty Coffee Association) of water temperature and brew time. The Precision Brewer, while fully automatic, it also allows you to customize your coffee the way you like it.

Let’s look at the features in details.

Features of Breville Precision Brewer:

  • 6 pre-set brewing modes:
    • Gold Cup: Brews coffee to SCA’s gold standards automatically.
    • My Brew: Choose your own settings for bloom time, water temperature and flow rate.
    • Pour Over: Use this setting to use the machine with your favorite pour over dripper like Hario’s V60 or Kalita Wave. Use the machine to customize the water temperature, flow rate and bloom time, use the adapter to hold your dripper and let the machine do the rest.
    • Over Ice: Makes a more concentrated brew that you can use over ice.
    • Cold Brew: Set and forget setting for preparing delicious cold brew over night.
    • Strong: Create a bold tasting coffee using higher temperature and more contact time.
    • Fast: this setting is used to make a full carafe of 12 cups in under 7 minutes.
  • Three filter attachments:
    • Brew basket for a flat bottom filter for brewing 8 to 12 cups – Included
    • Cone filter basket for brewing 2 to 8 cups – Included
    • Pour Over adapter for pour over drippers like Hario V60 or Kalita Wave – Sold separately.
  • Includes a brushed stainless steel vacuum carafe for 12 cups.
  • LCD display with rotary switch for easy programmability.
  • Stainless steel housing.

Click here to learn more about Breville Precision Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Precision Brewer with Glass Carafe:

Not a fan of thermal carafes? You can now get your Breville Precision Brewer with a glass carafe instead. And of course, it is equipped with a hot plate to keep the coffee hot. Click here to learn more about it.

What Sets The Precision Brewer Apart From Other Brewers:

  • Customizable or Standard Brewing: using the Precision Brewer, you have a choice of customizing your cup to your liking or using the golden standard for specialty coffee.
  • Flow Rate Selection: One of the special features of the Precision Brewer is the flow rate option. While some other coffee makers can allow you to customize the temperature or brew time, the Breville Precision Brewer gives you the option to also select flow rate speed.
  • Special Design of the Carafe: The coffee pour into the carafe through the lid without the need to remove it. This means no heat loss during brewing. Most speciality coffee makers from other brands require that you remove the lid as the coffee brews, which leads to some loss of heat.
  • Easy To Use Control Panel: The LCD display makes option selection and customization very easy and quick.

What You Get From Your Breville Precision Brewer:

The Precision Brewer from Breville gives you a lot of versatility without losing quality. Using it, you can make drip coffee with customized settings, a Gold cup, cold brew, iced coffee or pour over. And you can trust your Precision Brewer to make your coffee with true precision, either in water temperature, bloom time or flow rate.

Breville Precision Brewer Comparisons:

Breville Precision Brewer vs. Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:

Image
TitleBreville Precision Brewer BDC450BSS Coffee MakerBreville BGC650BSS Grind Control, Silver
FeaturePrecise digital temperature control delivers water at the ideal temperature
6 versatile brew settings for full pot auto-drip; single cup pour over; iced coffee; SCAA "Golden Cup" standard and more
Customize bloom time, brew temperature, and more with "My Brew" setting
Brushed stainless steel exterior, 12-Cup thermal Carafe, flat & cone-shaped brew baskets, coffee scoop
Manufacturer's 2-year limited product warranty
Adjust between 6 different grind settings for lighter or darker roast coffee beans
Pre-brew temperature control
Brew a single serving or full carafe
Programmable Auto-Start to brew coffee at your selected time
LCD display: Carafe/Single Serve, Water Level, Count Down Timer
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

  • Breville’s Grind Control coffee maker is another great option by Breville. But it’s certainly not the same as the Precision Brewer:
  • It has a built-in coffee grinder. The coffee maker will grind the required amount of coffee for your selected volume of coffee.
  • You can brew a single cup, or other variety of volumes up to 12 cups of coffee.
  • Customizations include grind size, strength control, grind time, brew time.
  • Unlike the Precision Brewer, there’s no water temperature settings or flow rate settings.
  • The Breville Grind Control only makes drip coffee. There’s no option for over ice coffee, cold brew or pour over.
  • The Grind Control coffee maker is a great option for someone looking for a quality coffee maker with built-in conical burr grinder that can make both a full carafe as well as a single cup.

Click here to learn more about Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker.

Breville Precision Brewer vs. Technivorm Moccamaster:

Image
TitleBreville Precision Brewer BDC450BSS Coffee MakerMoccamaster KBG 741 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Glass Carafe, Polished Silver
FeaturePrecise digital temperature control delivers water at the ideal temperature
6 versatile brew settings for full pot auto-drip; single cup pour over; iced coffee; SCAA "Golden Cup" standard and more
Customize bloom time, brew temperature, and more with "My Brew" setting
Brushed stainless steel exterior, 12-Cup thermal Carafe, flat & cone-shaped brew baskets, coffee scoop
Manufacturer's 2-year limited product warranty
Auto drip-stop brew-basket with glass carafe
Exclusive auto-adjusting dual-phase hot-plate element keeps holding temperature between 176 degree-185 degree, auto shut-off after 100 minutes
Brews full carafe in 6 minutes
Brews at consistent 196 degree-205 degree f with a pulse action that allows for the perfect coffee bloom during extraction process
Ecbc, SCAA, SCAE approved
5 year warranty
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

Technivorm Moccamaster is considered to be an automatic pour-over coffee maker that is certified by SCA. The quality of the machine is superior, and to this day, it is still hand made in the Netherlands. There are many models of the Moccamaster and you can read our comparisons of it here.

In general though, the Moccamaster automatically makes coffee (up to 10 cups) that meets the Specialty Coffee Association standard. However, there’s no special customization you can apply to your brew. In fact, the only button the Moccamaster has is the switch on/off button.

Features of the Moccamaster include:

  • Brew temperature of 175F to 185F. Cannot be changed.
  • Brews up to 40 oz carafe in 6 minutes.
  • 9-hole water outlet ensures full coffee ground saturation.
  • Available with a glass carafe or thermal.
  • Available in many colors (depending on model).

Breville Precision Brewer vs. Bonavita:

Image
TitleBreville Precision Brewer BDC450BSS Coffee MakerBonavita BV1901TS 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer, Stainless Steel
FeaturePrecise digital temperature control delivers water at the ideal temperature
6 versatile brew settings for full pot auto-drip; single cup pour over; iced coffee; SCAA "Golden Cup" standard and more
Customize bloom time, brew temperature, and more with "My Brew" setting
Brushed stainless steel exterior, 12-Cup thermal Carafe, flat & cone-shaped brew baskets, coffee scoop
Manufacturer's 2-year limited product warranty
We've made a few design enhancements to our original BV1900TS brewer to improve its' performance for an even better cup of coffee with every brew. Updates include changes to the stainless steel-lined thermal carafe to keep coffee warmer and improve pourability, and a rail system attached to the underside of the brewer lid that holds the filter basket in place just below the showerhead.
One-touch brewing with auto shut off
Optional pre-infusion mode saturates freshly roasted ground coffee to optimize flavor
Showerhead specifically designed to facilitate even saturation of coffee grounds
Powerful 1500-watt heater with advanced heating control quickly brings water to ideal brewing temperature of 198° to 205°F (92°- 96°C)
Removable flat bottom filter basket and larger showerhead provide better saturation and uniform flavor extraction
Audible signal alerts user when the filter basket has finished draining and coffee is ready
1.3 L stainless steel-lined thermal carafe with refined easy-pour spout for improved pourability
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

  • The Bonavita coffee maker is a lot similar to the Moccamaster. It’s a ‘one button operation’ kind of coffee maker. The machine is programmed to brew to SCA standards, but nothing can be reprogrammed.
  • It can brew up to 8 cups, or 5 cups on another model.
  • It has a showerhead type of water outlet for full coffee saturation.
  • Brewing temperature is 195F to 205F and cannot be changed or reprogrammed.
  • Optional Pre-infusion (Blooming) mode.
  • Bonavita is available with a thermal carafe, glass carafe or double-walled glass carafe.

Read our Bonavita comparisons here.

Which Coffee Maker Do You Buy?

If you’re looking for precision and versatility, the Breville Precision Brewer has everything you need. Using it, you’re truly in control of your cup. But for those days that you don’t feel like tweaking and just want a good cup, you’ll find pre-sets on the machine to be perfect for that. And the fact that it can brew coffee in different methods (drip, cold brew, over ice or pour over), gives you a lot of room experimenting and enjoying different styles of coffee using a single machine.

If you simply want a good cup of coffee without all the bells and whistles, you can pick between the Bonavita and Moccamaster as both operate the same way. However, the Moccamaster is built to higher standards and is still handmade in the Netherlands, which is something Technivorm prides itself with. The Bonavita is the more affordable option, but it is made in China.

Video Reviews:

Grinder Recommendations To Pair with Your Breville Precision Brewer:

Need a grinder to pair with your Breville Precision Brewer? Here are a few of our favorite burr grinders:

Breville Smart Grinder Pro is a user-friendly burr grinder with lots of features. It’s great for grinding beans for any type of brewing methods, from espresso to french press. It has 6 precise grind settings, a timer with 0.2 second increments. The LCD display guides you through your settings for easy customization. And if you’re grinding for espresso, you can use the included portafilter holder for handsfree grinding.

Baratza Encore is the most popular entry-level burr grinder. It’s my grinder of choice, actually! It has 40 grind settings to select from. It does a great job grinding for drip coffee and french press, but does not provide the best results for espresso grind. So, if you need a grinder that will also grind for espresso, go for the Baratza Preciso (40 settings, with micro-adjustments) instead, or the Breville Smart Grinder Pro mentioned above, which have more grind settings that allow you to get precise grind for espresso.

 

Russell Hobbs is a well known brand coming from the UK that has been manufacturing home appliances since the 1950s. While it’s been a loved brand in UK and Europe, it’s been making a good impression in the US, too.

In this post, we want to look at their nicely designed glass series 8-cup coffee maker. It looks great, no doubt there, but do the features match the design? Read on to find out…

Features of Russell Hobbs Glass Series 8-Cup Coffee Maker:

  • Fast brew technology. 40% faster brewing than previous Russell Hobbs coffee maker model.
  • Advanced Showerhead brew technology: the showerhead is designed to fully saturate the coffee ground for a full bodied flavor and perfect extraction.
  • Fully programmable: Set a timer for auto start.
  • LCD Display for easy machine programmability, timer setting and time display.
  • Pause and Pour feature allows you to pause the brewing cycle before it is finished allowing you to pour a cup.
  • Glass carafe with 42 oz capacity.
  • Hot warming plate keeps coffee hot.
  • Premium stainless steel exterior.

Click here to learn more about Russell Hobbs Glass Series Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is Showerhead Technology?

In older generation of coffee makers, the spout where the hot water comes down to saturate the coffee ground would be usually a really small spout. That usually resulted in coffee ground around the edges of the filter not getting wet at all, or not wet enough to extract fully. Showerhead technology was created to fix this issue. Now, the spout has more holes and sprays water evenly around the entire filter, leaving no coffee ground unsaturated. This type of water spraying evenly covers and wets all coffee ground, giving you full flavor extraction from your coffee ground.

Other coffee makers that have this feature include OXO On Barista Brain, Bonavita, Cuisinart Pure Precision Pour Over, KitchenAid Pour Over and Technivorm Moccamaster.

Russell Hobbs Glass Series vs. Russell Hobbs CM7000S, Which Is Best?

The CM7000S model is the previous one to the Glass Series we reviewed above. It has a similar design with beautiful and sleek stainless steel finish. However, it lacks some features:

  • No showerhead: CM7000S has a traditional spout for water. Which means you won’t be getting the same even extraction that you’d get from the Glass Series coffee maker.
  • Not programmable: The CM7000S has no programmability function, so you can’t set it to auto start.
  • The Glass Series coffee maker is 40% faster than the CM7000S.

Click here to learn more about Russell Hobbs CM7000S, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One Do You Buy?

Of course, we prefer the Russell Hobbs Glass Series to the CM7000S model for the advanced features. Especially that the price difference between them is not big (as of the time of writing this post, at least). So we definitely believe you should go for the newer model instead of the CM7000S.

 
Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.