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Keurig has finally released its new brewing system, the Keurig 2.0. In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know about the new brewing system, how it works and how it’s different from other Keurig machines.
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Keurig 2.0 is an upgraded K-Cup brewing system that is not so different from the Keurig you already know but does offer many advanced features. The main differences that a Keurig 2.0 will deliver are:
These are all great changes in the new upgrade, but there are a few downsides that you need to know of:
**Here is our list of Keurig 2.0 Hacks that you might want to check out if you’re considering buying one.**
So, to sum up what a Keurig 2.0 system is:
It’s the same single-serve K-Cup brewer you know and love, but it now has the ability to brew different cup sizes as well as a full carafe. It uses a smart technology to read a bar-code on the K-cups to give you the optimal settings for each coffee pod. Therefore, the Keurig 2.0 cannot use old K-Cups, but has new K-Cups (available from many brands).
|Title||Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer||Keurig K350 2.0 Brewer, Black||Keurig 20231 K450 2.0 Brewer, Black|
|Feature||Gray and black housing|
Illuminated 80 ounce water reservoir with easy-fill flip-top lid
XL color touch display
Automatically reads K-Cup pack and K-Carafe pack labels
Brews the perfect beverage every time with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology
|8 brew sizes from 4 oz. to a 32. oz. carafe|
Carafe brews up to four 8 oz. cups
4 K-Carafe packs, 6 K-Cup packs
Water filter kit included
60 oz. water reservoir
|70 ounce water reservoir|
Color touch display
9 brew sizes from 4 ouces to 30 ounces
Brewer maintenance alerts
Brews a single K-cup or a 4 cup K-Carafe
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|Link||More Info||More Info||More Info|
The main difference between these three machines is their water reservoir size and touch display:
If you look up Keurig K500 in Amazon, you’ll find a choice between these three models: K500, K550, K560. Is there a difference between these three?
No, there’s not an actual difference in the machine itself. The difference is in what’s included with the machine:
Make sure to check out the prices on each bundle, sometimes there’s only a tiny difference in price so you get better value when upgrading your bundle.
The Keurig K575 features a few upgraded features, especially in its software:
Every things else is the same as the K550. If you require carafe, you can buy one separately.
The K200 Series is the latest release in the Keurig 2.0 line. The first thing you’ll notice about it is how slim and compact in size it is. Here’s it’s feature highlights:
Overall, the Keurig K200 is able to provide most features of other Keurig 2.0 machines. The compact size is perfect for a single user. If you’re purchasing for a family or a small office, we advice that you upgrade to a larger machine.
We have spent a lot of time researching the difference between the two names K200 and K250 and were not able to find any. What we were able to find that on the box, it is labeled K250 but on its manual and start guide, it is named K200. So it is safe to assume that both are the same. Or that “K200” is the name of the series and K250 is the model name of the machine.
The fact that you cannot use any of the old K-Cups or a refillable K-Cup will not be to many people’s liking. But many will still be pleased to know that the Keurig 2.0 has a large variety of coffee and other specialty drink pods available from brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Tully’s, Lavazza, Dunkin Donuts and many more. Here’s how you can tell the difference between the new and old K-Cups:
As you can see in the photo, although the size and look of the pods are the same, the new Keurig 2.0 K-Cup features a lid with a labeled rim which the machine can scan once you’ve inserted it. If you insert an old K-Cup (the one on the right), the machine will not find any info to scan on the lid and will not brew the pod.
As for the K-Carafe pods, as you can see, they’re noticeably larger than a K-Cup as they contain enough coffee for a 4 cup Carafe.
Looks like a solution to Keurig 2.0 not able to accept refillable pods is now available. The Eco-Fill 2.0 is reported to work very well with old and NEW 2.0 Keurig machines. It should work with all new Keurig machines: K350, K450 and K550. However, there’s only a single-cup pod and carafe pods are not available yet.
eco-carafe is a reusable K-carafe pod for Keurig 2.0, so it brews 4 cups carafe at a time. It is compatible with all Keurig 2.0 brewers, K350, K450 and K550.
please note that we have not personally tried this, but all customers report that it works perfectly.
While browsing Amazon, I came across this thing called K-Cup 2.0 Freedom Stickers. Basically, what it is is this small orange sticker you see in the photos above. Sticking thing small label on your old K-Cups will somehow trick the machine and it will unlock all menu options and brew the K-Cup as if it’s a brand new one. What you’ll get a 96-count of stickers, each can be reused until the adhesive no longer works.
K-Mug pods are a new type of pods made for Keurig 2.0 brewers. These pods allow you to brew sizes 12oz, 14 oz and 16 oz, making them perfect for larger mugs and travel mugs. Click here to see available K-Mug pods. These pods have enough coffee ground in them to brew a bold, large mug without losing any flavor.
We’ve written a detailed post about the difference between K-Cups and Vue Keurig Machines and found them to be quite different as they also use their own pods. But how does the Vue differ from the Keurig 2.0? They’re also entirely different machines when it comes to the pods they brew, but do have similar features. Both have color touch displays and offer higher number of cup sizes than the original k-cup, the major difference however is that the Keurig 2.0 is able to brew a 4-cup Carafe, which is a totally new thing to the Keurig line of machines.
We know as more options become available, your decision becomes harder. That’s why we’re already breaking down the features of popular Keurig machines to help you with your decision. Here are some posts that will provide you with information on other Keurig systems:
You might come across a lot of angry reviews towards the Keurig 2.0 system. These are not aimed at the features of the machines or how it works, but mostly because of Keurig’s new compatibility limitation. Existing users of Keurig machines are not happy they won’t be able to use their old and favorite K-Cups right away as they might not be available for the new system, and they’re not happy the refillable K-Cups are not an option anymore. So when making your decision, these are things that you need to keep in mind.
If this purchase will be your first Keurig machine, you shouldn’t have any issues. You’ll be starting fresh with a new system and new pods. However, I will recommend you look at the available pods to make sure you can find your favorite ones.
Many people wonder whether a Keurig machine can make them a nice cup of Latte or Cappuccino, especially when it is usually compared to Nespresso machines. A Keurig machine can make you a Latte, but it’s VERY different from a Latte than a Nespresso machine can make you. In a Keurig, the Latte ingredients are all in inside the K-Cup, so it would be similar to one of those Instant lattes or cappuccino packets. But in Nespresso or other espresso makers, you’ll be making your latte from a shot of espresso and freshly frothed milk, the way it is supposed to be made.
So should you buy a Keurig if you want to make Lattes or Cappuccinos? No, you shouldn’t. Keurigs are best as coffee makers, including flavored coffee. You’ll be better off with a Nespresso or a Keurig Rivo.
Here are a few recommendations of some must-have accessories for your new Keurig 2.0 brewer…
Mind Reader Anchor Drawer Organizer for K-Cups: This neat drawer allows you to organizer your K-Cups neatly in three separate drawers and you can even place your machine on top of it. If you prefer a different design for a pod organizer, see more suggestions here.
This reusable pod allows you to use your own favorite coffee ground with your Keurig brewer. This is one of very few available refillable pods for the Keurig 2.0, and it’s available for carafe size and single cup size.
Keurig Entertainer Variety Pack includes 48 K-Cups of single-serve cups. This variety pack includes a good selection of K-Cups to try out, it included coffee, tea and hot cocoa.
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.