The Keurig B40 Elite is perfect for a personal office or cubicle.
Sep 21, 2012
Review by njchicaa
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:easy to use, heats water quickly, makes coffee and tea convenient
Cons:expensive, small water reservoir, very small drink sizes
The Bottom Line: If you need a Keurig for personal use, consider this model.
My husband and I have had a Keurig Platinum Brewer at home for the past three years and we totally love it. We've been very happy with it and would buy another one in a heartbeat if ours died tomorrow. I've toyed with the idea of getting a smaller model for the prep room connected to my room at work over the past year but even the smaller models start at like $80, so I just couldn't justify spending the money on one when the budget was tight and I had a cheapo $30 coffee maker stolen from the prep room a few years ago.
Recommend this product?
My internal struggle came to an end last spring when my coworker received a Keurig B40 Elite Coffee Maker as a gift. She already had a Keurig at home as well so she said she'd put her new one into our shared prep room this fall when we started working again. We were both really excited about this addition to our otherwise dark and depressing room filled with chemicals, preserved specimens, etc.
About This Product
The Keurig Elite Brewer like all Keurig coffee makers has a reservoir of water (some of which is always kept warm if the machine is left on) and can make a hot cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, cider, etc. thanks to the magical world of K-Cups. K-Cups are pre-measured little packages of coffee, tea, etc. so all you have to do is just pop them into the brewer, hit your desired cup size (8 or 10 ounces) to get it going, and then wait for your steaming hot mug of whatever. This brewer holds 48 ounces of water in its reservoir. It also has a removable drip tray to accomodate travel mugs and an energy saving "auto-off" feature.
Keurig Coffee Brewers can be purchased on the company web site, home supply stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot, in discount stores like Target/Walmart, and on many internet sites. My coworker received this brewer as a gift so I don't know was paid for it but a quick internet search shows that it costs $150 . K-Cups can be purchased in the same stores and also various sites online.
I've been using a Keurig in my kitchen at home for several years now so it was easy for me to start using it as soon as it was set up. I leave my brewer on all the time at home so I left this one on as well which my coworker didn't like. She always turns the one she has at home off after every use so she wanted me to do the same. I have been totally fine with that because a) it is her Keurig after all and b) the machine has water hot and ready to make a drink after two minutes.
The Keurig B40 Elite Brewer has worked very well for the past few weeks that we've been using it. We have to make a conscious effort to bring filtered or bottled water into work from home because we don't want to drink what is coming out of the nasty sinks in our room. That was something that neither of us thought about until we actually set the thing up and then had no water with which to fill the reservoir.
One complaint that I have about this brewer is that the beverage sizes are too small. If I select the larger of the options, the regular-sized coffee cup that came with my everyday Pfaltzgraff place settings is almost-filled, but if I use that on the larger mug that I have it is only half-filled and a tall latte mug would probably only be 1/4 filled. I quickly learned that I can use coffee, tea, and cider K-Cups twice in order to get my mug better-filled with a hot drink. I'd rather have larger drink sizes available and have to refill the reservoir more often than to have to mess around with trying to guess which two drink-size combinations will be able to mostly-fill whichever mug I'm using on any given day.
I think that this particular Keurig coffee maker is a good design for people who live alone or for an individual's office/cubicle but they have to be people are happy with one or two hot drinks per day. It works well for my coworker and I because we each make only one drink per day. We could easily swing an emergency afternoon cup of coffee or two if we felt we were really dragging one day but we'd then have to refill the reservoir and replenish our bottled water supply. This Keurig model is not at all appropriate for people who continuously drink coffee from morning until bedtime.
We haven't had any performance issues with this Keurig B40 Brewer at this point but it has only been three weeks. I have had some issues with my Platinum brewer in the past but I can tell you that the company's customer service is excellent and one year warranty is rock solid. I know that if we have a problem with this coffeemaker, the company will help us to fix it or it will replace the machine at no cost during the first year.
The Keurig B40 Elite Brewer is a convenient little machine that is best-suited for only occasional or individual use. It works well as a back-room coffee maker for two people who only are looking to make 1 or 2 hot beverages each day. If you are looking for a Keurig to keep in a company break room, you'll definitely need a larger and more expensive model with a bigger water reservoir.
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