Enter the brand new Keurig 2.0 Brewing System. There are three models: K300, K400 and the K500 with the K300 as the entry model starting at $119.99 CDN. The main differences between all three models are: reservoir capacity and a colour touch display and exterior metal instead of plastic components for the K400 and K500 models. All three models will happily brew coffee, hot cocoa, mochas and chai lattes with the touch of a button.
Part of the Keurig 2.0 welcome package includes a variety pack of six K-cups ranging from coffee to tea and hot chocolate. There are two K-cups missing because my hubs and I got too excited and had to brew a carafe right away! Then I made myself another cup of coffee and forgot to take pictures…
The kit also comes with a plastic Keurig-branded carafe that holds 4 cups of coffee. When brewing a pot of coffee, swap out the base with the carafe. The carafe does not click into the machine even though there is a little plastic piece that slots in. It can move VERY easily which is what happened the first time we made coffee causing us to have to start the cycle to again. This made the coffee incredibly watery.
The 60oz water reservoir on the side is BIG. In fact, the machine itself is pretty bulky and takes up quite a bit of counter space which can be precious when your man enjoys cooking!
One thing I was not expecting was the touch screen. This is something I often wished the Tassimo had.
Now, let’s make some hot chocolate!
This is not a barcode brewing system like the Tassimo. The Keurig knows two things: how to brew coffee and how to brew “other” stuff. After lifting the handle and popping your K-cup into the machine, the menu then prompts you for a cup size and whether you’re brewing coffee or “hot cocoa/other”. In this case, I selected hot cocoa and 8oz and pressed the now glowing Keurig button. I waited about 30 seconds and I had my hot chocolate! I wanted it quite concentrated so only half of my mug is full, but you can certainly add more water or milk (separately).
Final Verdict: The hot chocolate was easier and faster to brew with the Keurig than with the Tassimo. The Tassimo has two pods: one for milk and one for the actual chocolate and is very dilute in taste. The Keurig hot chocolate brew was much sweeter and what I would expect a cup of hot chocolate to taste like. I also tried a French Vanilla coffee K-cup and found it very tasty even without much sugar or milk. I think this is a great machine if 2-4 people are actively using it as you can take advantage of brewing coffee in a carafe. It is a bulky machine so if you don’t have a lot of space or are just living on your own, you may opt for a more personal size.
For someone like myself who loves flavoured coffee, having a brewing system has definitely stopped me from buying my coffee outside which we all know ADDS UP. There are so many K-cup flavours that will just keep you wanting to brew right through to summer when there are Lipton Iced Tea options!
Machine courtesy of Influenster for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own.