Can We Help You Find The Right Keurig For You?
I need help finding the best model for my use.
No, thanks. I prefer to browse all models and decide for myself.
If you use your Keurig brewer often, maintaining and cleaning the needle, nozzle and internal parts of your Keurig is a must to ensure that your coffee taste the same. As you use more K-Cups, especially if you’re switching between drinks (hot chocolate, tea, apple cider…), some of that brew’s residue will remain in the machine.
The obvious way to clean that residue will be to run a cycle without inserting the pod to run hot water through the nozzle. But overtime, that will not be enough as oils and residue continue to build up.
Cleaning kits that include descaling solutions and water filtration tabs are great for filtering water and cleaning the machine’s heater/water reservoir. But descaling is done every few months, and you’ll need to keep the needle/nozzle clean more often than that, especially if you use your machine daily.
For such a task, there are Cleaning Pods. These pods, which look exactly like a K-Cup pod, are inserted and “brewed” in the exact same way. The cleaning cups, which include cleaning solution, will mix with the hot water and run through the needle and nozzle for a thorough clean.
Urnex Keurig K-Cup Machine Cleaner:
Descaling and Maintenance Kit for Keurig Brewers:
Maxiliano Cleaning Kit for Keurig Brewers:
– Can I Just Use Vinegar to Clean My Keurig?
Using vinegar to clean and descale coffee machines, especially Keurigs, is a common thing. But it is not as effective as you might think. Vinegar is a strong enough acid to kill some bacteria and get rid of some calcification, but it is not strong enough to get rid of oil build up from coffee or brew residue. Plus, Vinegar has a very strong smell and taste. It will require you few rinses to get rid of the smell and taste. Otherwise, you risk brewing coffee with vinegar taste in it.
– Is Using a Cleaning Pod The Same as Descaling?
No, it is not the same. A cleaning pod is used to get rid of oil build up and residue and taste transfer caused by brewing different type of pods. It helps in cleaning the needle (which punctures the K-Cup) and the nozzle and it is recommended that you use it on a weekly basis. On the other hand, descaling is done less frequently (over 6 months periods and more) and is done mainly to avoid calcification.
– Is Cleaning My Keurig’s Nozzle/Needle Necessary?
If you want to maintain the quality of your coffee drinks and keep your machine working for a longer time, then yes, frequent cleaning of your Keurig is necessary.
Coffee is a very subjective thing. It’s a popular drink for sure, but every person enjoys it differently. From sugar, milk, cream or any other additives. Or roasts from light to dark, we like our coffee in many different ways.
If you ask someone who dislikes coffee for a reason why, their answer will most likely be the fact that it is a bitter drink. But is coffee is supposed to be bitter? What contributes to its bitterness? and if you don’t like it, then how can coffee be less bitter?
Try one or two of the tweaks above to your next coffee brew and we’re sure you’ll enjoy a delicious and less bitter coffee!
A coffee maker that makes both single serve and carafe servings, also known as a 2-way coffee maker, is a very convenient choice for anyone looking for the best of two worlds. Lucky for anyone who’s looking for this type of coffee maker, many choices are available. You can get a two-way coffee maker that uses ground coffee, coffee pods, or both. Even a coffee maker with built-in grinder that does both a single cup and carafe serving is available. All which we will be listing below.
Hamilton Beach Flex Brew 2-Way Coffee Maker:
Cuisinart SS-15 12-cup Coffee Maker and Single Cup Brewer:
Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Coffee Maker:
Ninja Coffee Bar System:
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:
There are lots of variation in features in the coffee makers we listed above. Here are a few things to consider:
Review of Cuisinart SS-15:
Review of Ninja Coffee Bar System:
Review of the Breville Grind Control:
Keurig Vue is a one of Keurig’s versatile brewers that has been eventually discontinued and replaced by the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. As Vue uses its own pods called Vue Packs, it limits the type of coffee you can enjoy using the machine. Vue Packs should be available from most brands, but as the machine has been discontinued, you might find less and less Vue packs available. The Vue packs are also more expensive, so using K-Cup pod instead will save you money.
Does that mean it is time to upgrade your machine? Not necessarily. Read on…
We’ve covered the difference between Keurig Vue and Keurig 2.0 in a previous post. What made a Vue brewer special is the touch screen display and its ability to brew cup sizes up to 18 oz. Both of these things are available in the newer Keurig 2.0 brewers and more. Keurig 2.0 can even brew a full carafe, which is something Vue brewers didn’t do.
If it’s within your budget to upgrade to a new Keurig 2.0, then that would be a great option as it would serve you for a long time to come. But if you’re not in the market for a new machine. There’s a solution.
In order to use any K-Cup pod in a Keurig Vue brewer, you will need a special adapter that you can get for mostly less than $20. Using this adapter, which looks like a refillable K-Cup pod but it’s shaped like a Vue pack. You place the K-cup pod inside the adapter and it will fit into your Vue brewer.
Pros of using a K-Cup to Vue Adapter:
K2V-Cup is a 2-in-1 adapter that allows you to use any K-Cup pod in your Vue machine and it can be used as a refillable pod to brew your own coffee ground. It works with Vue machines model: V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255.
Tikkes Cup For Keurig Vue is another 2-in-1 option that allows you yo use K-Cups in your Vue machine and to refill the pod with your own coffee. Compatible with machines: V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255.
If you don’t want to use K-Cup pods for your Vue machine, this Solofill V1 is a refillable Vue pod only. This option is the cheapest on the long run since you won’t be buying any pods but simply using coffee ground to brew your cup.
Cuisinart is a brand that is leading in the coffee maker world. We’ve reviewed and compared many of their coffee makers like the Cuisinart Grind and Brew, Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs DCC-2650, Cuisinart DGB-900BC and more. All of these make a great drip coffee maker, but none of them so far makes pour-over coffee, not until the model we’ll be focusing on today.
The Pure Precision (CPO-800 & CPO850) is an automatic pour-over coffee maker from Cuisinart that is SCAA-certfied. That means it meets the requirement for a home brewer that Specialty Coffee Association of America has set, that includes brew time and temperature.
The only difference between the CPO-800 and CPO-850 models is the carafe. Both carafes are 8-cup capacity, but the CPO-800 is a glass carafe and the CPO-850 is a thermal carafe.
You’ve probably heard many coffee snobs rave about pour over coffee and how it is a lot better than any coffee a drip machine can ever make. Guess what? They are absolutely right. Pour Over produces a cup of coffee that is better than any home coffee maker because of two things: temperature and how the coffee ground is saturated.
One of the biggest downsides to the pour-over brewing method is that it is time consuming and it is not the best choice for someone who wants to rush out with a cup of coffee in hand. This problem is solved with an automatic machine like the Cuisinart Pure Precision.
It is hard to estimate how long it will take to brew your coffee because it is fully reliant on your settings. For example: Extra Hot and Bold coffee will take longer to make than a Hot Medium or Mild coffee. Coffee strength refers to how long the coffee steeps in the machine, so the strong the coffee the longer it takes. We can guess though, based on customer feedback, that it shouldn’t take longer than 7 minutes.
As with other coffee makers, only models with a glass carafe have a hot plate to keep your coffee hot. So, with the Cuisinart Pure Precision, the CPO-800 model is the one that comes with a glass carafe and features a hot plate that can stay on for up to 2 hours. The CPO-850 model has a thermal carafe, so there’s no hot plate on it as it is not needed.
Like we said, we’ve covered many automatic pour over coffee makers in the past. But the Pure Precision is the first to come from Cuisinart. If you want to have a look at pour-over coffee makers from other brands, here are some suggestions:
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.