Last December, I had the good fortune to be one of a number of Canadian Influensters who were chosen to receive a complimentary Keurig 2.0 brewing machine. To say I was excited and grateful was an understatement!
While unpacking it, I felt a bit overwhelmed –I had never used these ‘convenience machines’ before, and there seemed to be a dozen manuals to read, and I was beginning to wonder if it was going to be complicated to set-up and use. I really needn’t have worried.
All you do is:
- Plug brewer in.
- Wash water ‘tank’.
- Set tank in receptacle and fill with filtered water.
- Turn machine on.
- Let it preheat the water (takes around a minute).
- Place desired coffee cup in chamber, snap lid down, and brew!
It was simple, easy, and quick. The coffee flavours included were also quite good –my favourite being Timothy’s Breakfast Blend, and Van Houtte’s Vanilla Hazelnut. With the included ‘Buy 2 boxes, get 2 free’ deal, I went on to purchase other flavours as well. (Van Houtte’s Pecan Praline and Rasberry Chocolate are very good, in my opinion!)
I found that the coffee sometimes appeared to be a bit watery, and if you’re used to brewing fresh coffee all the time, you will notice a difference in flavour and taste, sadly. However, for its purpose, which is a time-saving, get-out-and-go sort of machine, it performs incredibly well and for that, I am a fan.
The only real drawback that I have come across is that when you simply want hot water, the resulting cupful has the faint taste of coffee in it. I thought that perhaps one ‘flush’ would do the trick, but after three tries, the flavour was still in the water. I was not too happy as sometimes I just want to get some hot water quickly to make tea in the morning, and having an adulterated taste to it is not ideal.
Another con would perhaps be the cost of cups. I don’t intend to guzzle coffee, so the cups I’ve bought will last a while, and I’ll only be replenishing my stock if any deals come my way. But for those who drink on a daily basis, the cost of refills can get quite pricey, quite quickly. Be warned, and watch your wallet.
I do want to stress to Keurig users to please, please recycle your cups whenever possible. The convenience of the machine does come with an environmental cost, so please do your part to minimise it.
All in all, I love my new machine. Sometimes, even when you’re in a rush, you want to experience that European café experience. Keurig 2.0 does that beautifully.