Pros: Love the reserve, convenient, easy to use
In March I reviewed my Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker. It has been great for a long time. There was nothing wrong with it. I just got tired of having to put a cup of water in it every time I wanted coffee or had company.
Consumer Alert: I bought the Keurig Elite B40 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I noticed some boxes had a label saying “Now includes 3 cup sizes.” I grabbed a box, paid for it ($120 plus a $25.00 rebate) and took it home.
When I took it out of the box there was no indication of three sizes. I took it back to Bed, Bath & Beyond where one knowledgeable person was able to tell me to buy one with the peel off label. As it turns out the one I grabbed didn’t have the label. I was puzzled so she continued that the company is in the process of changing the boxes for the new Elite 40 but for now the new one is in the old box!! Ok so be aware of this. I got the new Elite 40 and it does allow for three cup sizes.
I think that everyone knows what a Keurig is but if not these are machines that are very convenient. I put a K-Cup in it and out comes my coffee. More about how the Elite works in a moment.
There is no carafe to break.
It is convenient.
It makes a perfect cup of coffee every time. I don't get coffee grinds on the bottom of my coffee cup!
There are many (over 200) flavors and types of coffee, teas and cocoa you can buy.
It has a removable drip tray, which does not fill with water like the older one I had mainly because there isn’t excess water. I use what is in the reservoir. It is so much less messy that the Single-Cup.
It has a cup sensor so if I take out my cup to, let's say, add milk before it is finished, the coffee will stop coming out.
It is made in China.
About the Elite B40:
It has an automatic on and off feature. So my machine will shut itself off; however, for the sake of electricity I usually manually turn it off.
It has a 48-ounce reservoir.
The machine weighs 12-pounds (The box has a nice, plastic carry handle) when empty. It measures 13-inches high by 9.8-inches wide by 13.3- inches deep.
The options are a 6, 8, or 10-ounce cup of coffee. So how do I get my 10-ounce cup? I remove the drip tray giving me all that space for my travel mug. That was a brilliant idea on Keurig's part.
The Quiet Brew Technology isn’t that quiet. I hear it. I don’t think I hear it more than any coffee maker but I would have to put it side by side to say that definitively.
It comes with a 12-pack of K-Cups.
Let’s use it:
I have my coffee sitting next to me. Today I made the largest cup I have made. It is a travel mug. Today I decided on this big one and used two K-Cups (one at a time, of course) and the medium-size setting filled my 7-inch tall mug half way. I put in another K-Cup and that filled it to the top. That fit underneath. Nothing taller will fit but this is a very large travel mug.
I press the power button and hear the water heating up. It takes about 30 seconds. When I hear the noise stop and my Cup is in the cup holder, I close down the top with the convenient handle. There are three blue lights on the top of my Elite B40. They represent three different size cups. They flash and I pick which size I want. The coffee comes out immediately.
My Elite-40 tells me, with a red light that comes on at the top, when I need more water. I made one cup and then the light came on. There was still a bit of water but not enough. I take off the top of the reserve, both of which are plastic, and fill it. The reserve easily comes out of the machine so that is another option for filling it. If you are using tap water, that will be easier for you. I use water from the outside of the fridge so it isn’t that convenient to put the reservoir under the spout.
Jo’s Final Thoughts:
When I wrote about my first one I said I would give it 5 stars if it had a larger reservoir. This does and it will get 5 stars. The reserve is plastic so I do wonder if it will last as long as my original Keurig did. I don't plan on dropping it; however. There is no warranty so buy it somewhere you can return it in three months or more if you have concerns. I don't. This is really a sturdy, durable machine.
The other really nice feature is that this model makes hot coffee whereas the one I had did not. The coffee was just semi-warm.
I am so glad I made this purchase. I went back and forth since my original one worked just fine but my husband took it to his office so we made use of it.