We get up in the morning, yawn a little, stretch a little, then get dressed and ready for the day. THEN we go downstairs, I get to fix our coffee and that’s how our day starts.
Coffee aroma fills the kitchen. Coffee is something we not only enjoy, we LOVE it. I love mine black with three ice cubes in it. Carol loves it over the rocks also, but with lots of rocks and some Dunkin Donuts Real Cream and Sugar creamer in hers. How do you like yours?
Recently, our favorite Keurig single cup coffee maker finally gave out after many years, and we decided we needed a new one. Coffee around our house is a must, we love our coffee, so we knew we needed a replacement, pronto. We like the Starbucks Veranda Blonde K-cups, as well as the Original Donut Shop K-cups, and wanted to keep that format. Being as the old one was a Keurig and that brand served us well, we decided Keurig was the brand we’d look at first.
We took a quick gaze at the Keurig K55, which is lower priced as well as a nice little unit.
The Keurig single cup coffee maker model K55 comes in two colors, has button control for options available, such as three different dispensing amounts, 6, 8, and 10 ozs.
It comes in black or rhubarb, and has a 48 oz reservoir. This is your basic single cup brewer, and comes with button control. The K55 runs around $95 to $104 on Amazon. Throw the ole Maxwell House Coffee K-cups in there and smell the coffee! For your basic single use coffee maker the K55 is well worth the money.
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HOWEVER, we decided to upgrade and could see there were two clear choices.
The Keurig K575, and the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine By Breville.
The Keurig K575.
The K575 is one of the top of the line models, and truthfully, is the standard by which all other coffee makers are judged by. It’s a sleek looking number, able to make more than one cup of coffee at a time, it is able to handle 3 different k-cup sizes, as well as produce 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz brewing amounts.
The K575 will brew a carafe in 22, 26, and 30 ozs, for when you have guests over for Game Night, or Christmas or kids home for the holidays. This one comes in platinum and black, has an led screen, can be programmed for start and stop times, and a wait time to turn off after a certain amount of time with non-use.
It is able to process the new and the original K-cup sizes, although they need to be of recent manufacture due to the programming label, and also uses the Keurig 2.0 pod cup as well as able to process a whole carafe of coffee. That’s three sizes in total.
The K575 comes with an 80 oz. reservoir. The menu includes an option for high altitude use, above 5000 ft. The K575 runs around $160 on Amazon. This is the Cadillac of coffee makers.
If you WANT all the extras, this is the Keurig single cup coffee maker for you. This is the one we chose simply because our first Keurig was an exceptional value, and we were more than willing to go for the better unit. We discovered having the extra options came in handy when we finally DID need them.
Keurig is a popular option, having sold 10.1 million units in 2013 alone.
This baby looks like a little brother to the Empire State Building! Nice little unit, it brews with a new and different kind of cup, called a Vertuo Capsule. These capsules come in Espresso as well as regular coffee varieties, and are the only type of capsule the unit uses. It is able to brew espresso and coffee in several sizes, including 1.35, 2.7, 5, 7.7, and 14 ozs.. So if you want that extra boost in the morning, you got it!
The “Breville” denotes it’s a special model design which includes the option of a titan color scheme. The non-Breville model is a little more expensive than the Breville. Both the Breville and non-Breville models feature a 40 oz reservoir, and the Breville comes in 5 different color choices.
This unit does have an advertised heating time of 15 seconds, which is fairly quick. This negates the need to have an option to turn the unit on at a certain time every morning. However, that leaves the possibility that the unit is wasting energy by keeping the water at an elevated temperature when not in use. The Nespresso allows very little consumer control of the unit, as all of the programming comes from the actual barcode on the coffee capsule.
Nespresso is owned by the food manufacturing giant, Nestle Co., and the Vertuo Capsule is up and coming in the market.
If you like the K575, go here to purchase it!
If you like the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville, go here now to purchase it.
Now, a useful tip for the K-cup type coffee makers. When loading the Maxwell House Coffee K-cup into the unit, and especially with hot chocolate, shove the k-cup down on the bottom tine in the cup holder, this allows the pressure to vent downward instead of blowing particles, especially hot chocolate, up into the feed tube.
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