I came home from picking my toddler son up from preschool one day recently, and when I returned home, a big ol’ box was waiting for me in our doorway.
My heart started to race and my smile stretched across my face…. it was finally here!
I had been waiting for my new Keurig 2.0 coffee machine to arrive for several weeks, and my caffeine-dependent body was aching for a carafe of coffee.
Wait? A carafe. But, I said I had purchased a new “Keurig”, a brand notorious for making everyone a barista-in-a-box with their snazzy single cup drink brewers.
The Keurig 2.0 goes above and beyond its predecessors by allowing its owners to brew single beverages OR entire carafes of hot goodness in just a couple touches of it’s customizable (and pretty) LCD screen.
When making single cups, you can control how large a cup you brew along with the hotness of the water. Unfortunately, these features don’t work on the carafe setting, which is a bummer because its standard plastic carafe sieves heat rather quickly.
I immediately brewed a carafe of Breakfast Blend in my new Keurig 2.0 for my husband and I to enjoy.
The new 2.0 did a great job at helping us finish our stash of K-cups in record time. Soon it was time to replenish the supply.
I ran to the grocery store a couple of days later and found a bounty of Breakfast Blend single cups on clearance in the back of the store, 18 K-cups for $3.97!! I immediately shoveled the shelf into my shopping cart and gloated to everyone I knew about my bounty. I had heard that the new 2.0 was only compatible with Keurig-branded K-cups, so I felt assured that my new purchase would work just fine with my snazzy, fancy brewer.
This was around half of my new stash:
I assume the feeling that overcame my body when I put my first new K-cup into the 2.0 is similar to that of a man who is kneed in the crotch-area… sheer, unsurmountable pain. I got some weird “OOPS!” message telling me that my K-cup was not compatible with the brewer. It was basically the “PC Load Letter” of my kitchen. I wanted to cry…what would I do with my mountain of java??
First of all, shame on you Keurig. There are plenty of delicious coffee artisans out there who have created wonderful coffee pods to help drive revenue to your company. Other coffee companies who have whole bean or ground bean choices have been able to provide your machines with plenty of use via the reusable (and green, affordable, ecological) pods. Now, with the 2.0, these pods have gone obsolete.
I cannot believe a company would design a new brewer that would not work with their own (albeit, older) pods. Keurig created a ‘digital rights scanner’ that makes sure that it only works with pods that have a white rim and the official “Keurig” symbol stamped onto it.
Petty. Not only do I now have to buy pricey pods for my new brewer, but I have to push my older pods and ground coffee to the side. I love the carafe option, but I miss being able to use craft coffee grounds that I buy at the farmer’s market, the artisan stores on our main street, and from local growers who have a right to be in this space.
I hope that Keurig releases reusable pods for the 2.0, and releases a way to bypass this ridiculous “digital rights” sensor.
So, in a nutshell, what do I love – and not-so-love – about the Keurig 2.0?
- A water filter is included to keep your machine was signaling the “descale” and “decalcify” messages of death.
- The checkbox that reads “strong” actually means something… and it is delightful!
- The coffee tastes delicious and fresh, regardless of what size and strength you choose.
- Carafe: ’nuff said.
- Control over drink size and heat level.
- Customizable LCD screen.
- Carafe. I can’t get enough of this!
- (The fact that I got this Keurig 2.0 free from Influenster)
- Keurig’s monopoly on the coffee pod business.
- Digital Rights Scanner, and inability to use my older K-cups.
- No reusable, eco-friendly, refilable pods.
- Carafe allows coffee to get cold rather quickly.
All-in-all, I can’t complain too much because I was given this beautiful machine by Influenster, in exchange for my review and social media influence. I am happy that I have a snazzy 2.0 dazzling up my kitchen, but it saddens me that my coffee-drinking hands have been tied behind my back by Keurig and Green Mountain.