Written By: Rachel Amico
If you frequently find yourself pouring out half a pot of lukewarm coffee at seven o’clock when you’re back from work, it may be time to buy a new coffee maker. The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System makes a single cup at a time – with no messy filters, coffee grounds, or cleanup necessary.
If you live with a family of coffee drinkers like I do – a regular pot of coffee can be really inefficient. Each member of my family runs on a different schedule, and (pre-Keurig) someone always ended up microwaving their cup after hopping down the stairs an hour after brewing, or just not drinking their cup – causing serious waste. Because the Keurig only makes one cup at a time, no one ever has to worry about wasting the leftover dregs.
If there’s one word to really describe this machine it’s “convenient” – making a cup of coffee has literally never been easier. All you need to do is place your mug on the removable drip tray (removing it can accommodate travel mug sizes as well), fill the water container on the left side of the machine, lift the silver handle and place a Keurig “K-cup” of your choosing inside, and press one of three buttons – small, medium, or large (referring to the size of the cup). In less than a minute, your cup will be filled with a nice, hot, delicious beverage. The K-cups can be bought in a variety of flavors and brands (Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee just to name a few) that suit any coffee drinker’s preferences – you can even buy cups for hot cocoa and tea.
The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System also comes with programming capabilities – to control the temperature of the water, set the digital clock, and select an automatic on/off. But that is literally as complicated as it gets. Since having my Keurig, I haven’t had to clean up any spilled coffee grounds, touch any gross coffee filters, waste a single cup of coffee, or wish for a hotter cup. But even though this machine is stylish, convenient, and extremely effective – it does have its drawbacks.
The Special Edition Brewing System costs about $150, which isn’t so bad compared to similar products (like the Cuisinart SS700, or the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto KP2100). Sure it’s on the higher end of the budget, but for the quality and convenience, I’d say it’s worth the price. But the K-cups are where the real budget issues come into play. A typical 24-pack costs around $18, making each cup of coffee roughly $.75. Though this is an economical substitute for an expensive Grande from Starbucks every morning, a 12oz bag of coffee grounds is still much less expensive – and, unlike the K-cups, allows the freedom to choose how strong you want the coffee to be.
There are also a few minor flaws with the water tank. Because of its small size, it frequently needs to be re-filled – unless you purchase a larger water tank. Re-filling is easy with the removable tank, but I typically just pour water from a measuring cup – and the tank’s location on the left side makes this annoying for us right-handed people (I’ve spilled using my left hand a few times). Also, according to some customers, the tank can give a “plastic-y” taste to beverages unless cleaned rigorously – though I have yet to experience this myself.
All in all, the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System is a great machine. Even though it’s a little expensive it will still save serious money for the Coffee-shop-frequenters, and spare home-brewers the hassle, mess, and waste of other inferior machines. Keurig machines are also great for the office, business waiting rooms, and conference rooms – making coffee easily and readily available to anyone in need of a little pick me up.