Last night, I was out pretty late at a Katy Perry concert with the girls. Katy was amazing and she entertained us for over two hours. So much fun!
The thing that wasn’t fun is waking up this morning at the typical early morning time in order to get Little Dude off to school on time.
Yawn. I need my morning coffee.
Enter the Keurig 2.0, thanks to Influenster for the complimentary machine they sent me for the purposes of review.
I’m a long-time Keurig owner, and I’m hooked on the ease of use, the ability to make only what I need and change the strength on a per-cup basis, and the speed. When I get up in the morning on a Monday through Friday, I’m not in the mood to wait for a whole carafe to brew, but on a Saturday or Sunday, sometimes we need a coffee maker that makes a whole carafe. When I heard that Keurig was making a machine that offered the best of both worlds, I couldn’t wait to see it.
I’ve only had the machine for a few days now, but it’s as reliable as my previous Keurig and just as easy to clean and prepare my coffee. It’s a gorgeous looking machine with a lot of stainless steel and black accents, which is what I prefer for any appliance I keep on my kitchen counter. The water reservoir is larger (80 oz.) so it has to be filled up less often and probably my favorite new option? The ability to change the color of the digital screen background and the reservoir light. Right now, both are a pretty green, which looks great when I use the night light option because the new’ish paint in the kitchen is a pale green. Perfect!
Prepping the machine for the first use was pretty standard — following the included directions, I washed the necessary parts and re-assembled. The pre-heating process for the water took a few minutes, but so did the prep of the water filter that I chose to install. One thing you’ll want to keep in mind when you upgrade to this Keurig 2.0 is that it won’t work with all the k-cups out there. It will only work with k-cups that have both the Keurig logo on the lid (the little black circle) and the white strip around the rim. Also, if you have any k-cups made before January 2014, it won’t work with those either…but really, what coffee lover has coffee just sitting around??
When you’re tired and cranky and not quite ready to greet the day, coffee can make a world of difference…or is that just me? Either way, having the ability to make good coffee quickly, on-the-fly, is critical to my mornings. On those days where we need a carafe, the new Keurig 2.0 makes sure I’m all set. Remove the drip tray, place the included carafe there instead (inserting the little tab into the slot on the machine) and set up the auto-program. Pop in the special size carafe k-cup and you’re good to go. Walk down to the kitchen in the morning and you’ve got a wonderful smelling carafe of coffee that’s not sitting on a hot plate burning. You can carry the carafe to the table with you, or upstairs to laze in bed watching tv, knowing that pot of coffee is customized to your strength level and size, just like the individual cups. All that in one machine!
This helps me on my way to a happy morning.