Disclaimer: I was provided this product in exchange for an honest review. I purchased some of the K Cup flavors for myself.
I had never considered buying a Keurig. I drink a lot of coffee. I love large coffee mugs more than anything. However, a Keurig seemed like a fun novelty.
It arrived when my college roommate, Micah, was over visiting. We decided to set it up and try it out. In college, Micah and I shared a coffee pot, but had to get our own creamers because we didn’t like the same flavors. So, it was fun that we could each make our own cup of coffee in a flavor that we liked best. My husband happened to be out grocery shopping, so I asked him to pick up some other flavors!
The ability to chose our own flavors and brew coffee quickly was quite a novelty. It was fun, but I think it would be an expensive habit, in the long run. My husband and I have a Bunn coffee maker that keeps hot water in the back, so I can make 10 cups very quickly. The good thing about the Keurig, though, is that every person can chose their own flavor. Before the Keurig, we either brewed plain coffee and used different flavor creamers and syrups.
The next morning, my husband and I decided to use the Keurig. We each chose a flavor and drank it. Then I brewed a pot and drank the rest of it!
I also tried out the hot water feature of the Keurig. I have an electric kettle that I usually use to boil water. Instead, I took my large mug and filled it with hot water from the Keurig at 6 oz at a time. It took several minutes to fill my mug because I had to do it over and over. I did like that the water wasn’t boiling, so I didn’t have to wait for it to cool down so long.
The carafe that comes with Keurig 2.0 could use some upgrading, too. It isn’t insulated, so you either need to be able to drink it all at once, like me, or be willing to reheat it. The Keurig 2.0 also has the ability to be set to go off at a certain time, but there is nothing to keep the coffee warm, again. You either have to not hit the snooze button or microwave it!
So, my overall assessment is that the Keurig 2.0 is a fun novelty that I’ll probably use for an afternoon cup of coffee over the winter, until I drink up all of my K Cups. After that, I’m not sure if I will use again. It takes up a ton of counter space, so I’m not sure where I’m going to keep it… our coffee bar is totally full. We also keep things like crock pots and the rice maker in the closet upstairs because there isn’t room in the kitchen.
If you have the counter space, only drink a small cup of coffee at a time, and would rather spend 50 cents a cup for a flavored cup of coffee at home, instead of your usual Starbucks habit, then the Keurig 2.0 could be a good option for you. If you’re like me, though, and prefer a pot of Maxwell House with some hazelnut creamer, then it might not be your most cost efficient option.