Pros: Stylish design
Cons: Horrible value, horrible coffee
Honesty can be a brutal thing, and I just gotta be brutally honest with y'all....the Keurig B100 is the WORST coffee maker sold in America, and the WORST VALUE to boot. You can buy cheaper coffee makers, you can buy flimsier coffee makers --- but you can't buy a WORSE one overall.
Using the Keurig....
I use a Keurig B2003 ("B" stands for "behemoth") on a frequent basis, since my company's facilities manager got duped into wasting our money on one a couple years ago, so I'm pretty familiar with the whole K-cup scam, which is why I would never have bought something as utterly useless as the B100 model.
Unfortunately, somebody over at the Hyatt hotel chain isn't as smart as you or I, and they got duped into buying a whole slew of these coffee makers to put in hotel guest rooms. My review is based on my disgust at having one foisted on me by Hyatt on a recent business trip. The experience is enough to make me want to stay in a Hilton next trip!
Why the Keurig B100 is a STUPID Device for a Hotel Room...
On the face of it, the Keurig coffee maker looks like a snazzy thing to put in a hotel room as a "perk". It is kind of stylish looking. It is a "different" kind of coffee-making technology, so trendy people will like it just because they always prefer things that are trendy. The Keurig is "right sized" for a fairly small living space. It's also really easy to use --- free of the complicated settings, clocks, features, etc., that you find on some coffee makers.
The satisfaction potential break sdown quickly when you actually have to stay in the room that has one of these things. My complaint from the hotel guest perspective centers on 2 main points: 1) it doesn't make enough coffee, and 2) the coffee that it does make totally sucks.
In most hotel rooms, you get a small 4-cup Mr.Coffee style coffee maker with a standard filter-pack of some name brand coffee. These are also very simple to use. But they have a big advantage over the Keurig coffee maker: they make enough coffee for 2 guests in a room to enjoy a cup of coffee together.
In my Hyatt room, I was thoughtfully provided with a courtesy pack containing one K-cup of Green Mountain coffee. One. And in a K-cup...
Have y'all used Keurig coffee makers before? If you have, you know that 1 K-cup produces about enough coffee to half-fill a standard styrofoam coffee cup. That is not enough coffee for one actual human type person, let alone enough to satisfy the coffee drinking couple who each want a full cup of joe in the morning.
The standard 4-cup Mr. Coffee machine produces exactly the right amount of coffee for two people to each enjoy one full cup. Anything less is "less than courtesy".
The only saving grace of the Keurig coffee maker is that the coffee tastes so bad that you won't WANT a full cup of it!
People seem to fall for Green Mountain's claims that they roast "gourmet" coffees, a claim that causes serious scoffitude in my house, mostly because I'm so familiar with their brand of K-cup packaged schlock. Maybe it is decent enough quality, but when you water it down to the point that even McDonalds or 7-11 coffee tastes "robust" in comparison, what's the point?
With Keurig coffee makers, the portions are controlled for you. Unless you get one of the little do-it-yourself reusable K-cups, you're stuck with a limited choice in brands and somebody else's recipe for coffee. As always, the corporate packagers seek to offend with flavor the fewest number of customers, so the "product" (note I hesitate to call it "coffee") is as weak as the wimpiest customer's preference.
In theory, a Keurig coffee maker in the hands of a coffee enthusiast could produce a palatable cup, but in practice, companies and hotel chains buy the prepackaged stuff, and the coffee is weak, watery, terrible tasting stuff.
Such is the coffee I had to endure at Hyatt. Absolute poison (and such small portions!)
At least I know I'd never want one in my home.
Why the Keurig B100 is a STUPID Device to Buy for the Home...
You'll find Keurig coffee makers in malls, or even in online stores. My advice is simple: stay away from them!
I've already told you about the bad coffee that they make and about the tiny portions (at work, we use 2 K-cups to fill our typical ceramic mugs). There's another reason to avoid Keurig coffee makers like the plague: they are a HORRIBLE value.
The bad value proposition starts when you start shopping around. You pay dearly for the Keurig name. The machines are typically priced at about 5 to 10 times what they're worth. They've got a basic model that I've seen at Target for $100, and you can move up to the smaller, less featured B100 for a mere $250.
Compare that to the cost of mainstream brands of 4-cup coffee makers that you can buy as cheap as $12, or fully loaded for around $30-40, and it doesn't take a whole lot of neuron power to start seeing the holes in Keurig's value argument.
Buying the machine is just the tip of the iceberg though.
Adding insult to injury, you'll also start getting socked with the cost of buying K-cup packaged coffee. Today, I stopped my friendly local Target to see what it costs for a box of K-cups. 5.75 ounces of Green Mountain coffee cost $19.99.
Just in case you failed basic math classes (a highly likely scenario if you think Keurig coffee makers "are worth it"), that works out to roughly $60 a pound!!!
Now I don't know what kind of prices you pay for coffee, but where I live, I can get a pound of crummy coffee for around $3-4, I can get pretty decent gourmet roasts at my local grocery store for $6.99 a pound, or I can buy top-line brands at a coffee specialty store for around $10-12 a pound. Even your basic Starbucks coffees can be had for around $7 for a 12-ounce bag.
$60 a pound. The mind is boggled. Especially when I factor in that Green Mountain coffee is NOT as good as Starbucks, and is a huge step down from the better coffees that I'd normally use.
In Keurig's defense, it is possible to avoid the cost of store-bought K-cups. You simply buy the reusable filter for about $15-20. If you do so though, then you've nullified Keurig's one supposed "advantage" of not needing to throw away coffee grounds and filters (am I the only person in the world though who never thought that was a particularly tough thing to do???)
Keurig coffee makers are the biggest waste of money in the kitchen gadget store. They're hideously expensive, rely on outrageously overpriced consumables, and they produce bad tasting coffee to boot. Their supposed "advantages" are of no real value, and K-cup packaged coffee is not sold everywhere, making it inconvenient as well.
If you're the kind of person who wants to know just where the pentagon buys their $5,000 screwdrivers so you can get one too, then the Keurig B100 is right up your alley.
To everyone else though, I say "avoid this overpriced money pit."