DISCLOSURE: I received the products described in this post complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.com.
I usually love to start off my day with a cup of coffee, but I hate having to scoop up coffee grinds and make excess coffee. Plus, I’m just a “rush-out-the-door” kind of morning person (The code for “not really a morning person”). So when I had my first encounter with a Keurig brewer at one of my boyfriend’s relatives’ house over the last year, I felt like I had my prayers answered. A coffee maker where I didn’t have to go through the hassle of scooping grinds and paper filters, plus a coffee maker that would brew only my own cup? Yes, please! It was something that I wanted, but wasn’t sure if it was something I could invest in. But turns out there are angels at Influenster: I was so stoked when I found out that I was chosen to participate in The Keurig VoxBox campaign and even more blown away when I found out they would actually give me my very own Keurig for free! They also threw in some K-Cups, a separate thermal carafe, and a carousel for K-cups and K-carafe packs. It wasn’t just any Keurig brewer either—it was the all-new Keurig 2.0! Best Christmas present ever!
The Keurig 2.0 gives people more beverage options, and their main improvement is that you can now brew an entire carafe to share with family and friends. For now, the selection of K-carafe packs for purchase is very limited, but I imagine they will have more available once the Keurig 2.0 picks up in sales.
In case you are not familiar with the Keurig brewing system, it uses a pod to make your coffee or any other drinks in a K-cup. You just put it in, play with some buttons, and BOOM. No need to open the cups or deal with mess, except for a little maintenance once in a while to make sure it operates smoothly. You only have to make sure that you’re buying cups that have the Keurig brand logo on them. The system actually reads this when you place the cup in the pod and if they can’t detect a Keurig logo, your drink will not brew. You can control how many ounces of joe you’d like to brew, as well as whether you’d like your coffee strong or not. The rest, Keurig is smart enough to figure out! With the Keurig 2.0, it can also detect whether a carafe has been properly placed for brewing, so if you don’t put it in correctly, it won’t start brewing until you get it right. Pesky little thing, huh?
Speaking of pesky, although my experience with the Keurig 2.0 has been mostly very, very positive, I find it annoying how much they ask me to keep refilling the reservoir with water. I can brew about one or two more cups, and they’ll tell me to fill it up with more water anyway.There needs to be some kind of setting to adjust this so it gives you a warning at a lower water level.
Overall though, I’m deeply in love—no, grossly obsessed—with my new Keurig. I’ve been able to drink a lot more coffee in the morning because it’s just so easy to brew a cup. Plus, it’s also easier to enjoy my mornings as a whole when I’m having coffee that I love. Keurig has exposed me to so many different types and flavors of coffee. If you register your brewer and create an account on the Keurig website, you can receive exclusive deals and offers and accumulate Club Keurig points, which you can redeem for goodies. The Keurig.com catalog is astronomical, although you can always buy K-cup and K-carafe packs at your local grocery and department stores, even some that aren’t available or in stock on Keurig’s website. I was able to buy genuine Keurig K-cups of a Seattle’s Best house blend at Target, although I can’t find Seattle’s Best coffees on the Keurig website. If you see a coffee on the site that catches your eye but not willing to spend about $17 on a 24-cup pack, you can purchase sampler packs at a much lower price. Keurig even sells assortment sampler packs featuring different brands and flavors of coffee. Some of the coffees I’ll be ordering for my Keurig again and again include Donut House Collection’s Chocolate Glazed Donut, Eight O’Clock’s Hazelnut. and Van Houtte’s Raspberry Chocolate Truffle (Can’t you tell I love chocolate?).
The Keurig 2.0 is an innovative system that makes your favorite drinks in a couple of easy steps. It makes coffee-making so effortless, and I wish I had a portable version that I can bring anytime I need a fix. Whether or not you’re a regular coffee drinker, you’ll surely want to have the Keurig 2.0 to sweeten your life.
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