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Jan 16, 2011
Review by Chris McCallister
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Quick, easy to use, opens up a cornucopia of coffee beverages tastes.
Cons:Can get pricey to use.
The Bottom Line: If you drink coffee or tea, a cup at a time, and like varieties of flavors, this is perfect, but not inexpensive.
What is it? A machine.
Recommend this product?
What does it do? Makes coffee.
Does it work? Yes.
Do I like it? Yup.
Oh, you want more? Okay, be that way.
What is it and what does it do?
The Keurig B60 is a single-cup coffee-maker. It has a water reservoir on one side and, when it is full, you simply lift the handle, insert a small plastic cup filled with ground coffee, lower the handle, choose your cup size, and put your cup beneath the nozzle. In less than a minute, brewed coffee starts filling your cup.
By the way, I said it makes coffee, but it will also brew tea or hot cocoa, depending upon what is in the little cup you insert, called a K-cup. If you want iced tea or iced coffee, you simply fill your cup with ice before allowing the brewed coffee or tea to flow into it.
You can even be creative, by blending two flavors. For example, have a Caribou house blend K-cup and a Green Mountain hot cocoa K-cup both handy. Use a large cup, make a small coffee and then, leaving your cup in place, insert the hot cocoa K-cup and add hot chocolate to your coffee, to create a rich mocha coffee drink. However, blending makes the end result quite pricey.
This Keurig model has a built-in timer, that can be used two ways. If you want the machine to turn off after a certain amount of time without use, you can set it to do so. You can also set it to turn on at a certain time every day, as in a half-hour before you get up. To use the timer, you must set the clock. As with many machines, like watches, car radios, and answering machines, the limited number of buttons must be used creatively to do programming. Push button X four times to do Y, and button A twice to do B.
There s a little LED message screen that is very helpful. It has messages like, “Ready,” “Needs more water,” and “Needs de-scaling.” De-scaling is to counteract mineral deposits accumulating inside the machine. I have not done it yet, but it entails flushing the system with white vinegar, and the instruction book recommends it be done periodically.
The instruction book is written in a very simple, information language, with clear drawings to accompany each step of set-up, usage, and maintenance. It is written in English and in French.
Do I like it?
Yes, I enjoy having options from which to choose. I do not end up liking them all (I found the Mocha Nut Fudge to be too bitter), but then you find gems too (Wild Mountain Blueberry, Southern Pecan). The machine is very easy to use, once you get used to its quirks. For example, if you put a K-cup in and pull down the handle, but the little screen tells you to add more water, you have to pick the handle back up, after refilling the reservoir, and then put it back down. That little screen makes the Keurig easy to use, though. It gives you step-by-step instructions, if you need them. This coffee-maker is fairly quiet, and getting a cup of just-brewed coffee in about a minute makes it very convenient.
It’s not all good, though. Beside the occasional flavor that’s a dud, the K-cups are expensive, relative to buying coffee by the can. Many of the flavors run about $0.55 per cup, which is more than coffee in a can. I have seen some of the harder-to-find varieties go for $0.90 per cup.
However, you won’t be tossing part of the pot because you made more than you wanted, or the coffee was getting too strong near the end of a big pot. Compared to restaurant prices, making coffee with a Keurig is fairly cheap, especially if you only want one cup.
Some of the varieties are also hard to find. The Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry is seldom seen in brick-and-mortar stores. It was that variety that I saw going for about $0.90 per cup in a big department store. I bought mine online for under $0.60 per cup.
You also have the option of buying an accessory called a “My K-cup” which is a little metal mesh filter cup. If you buy one of those for about $15, you can put your own coffee or tea, from a can of fresh-ground beans, in the cup and get to brewing. This brings the price-per-cup down.
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