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Keurig Espresso Machines and K-Cups



Keurig is an interesting company that sets itself apart from the rest of the espresso machine world in a number of ways. For starters, they don't really make what you would consider an ordinary espresso maker.


Almost a decade ago Keurig transformed the espresso world when it introduced its single cup machines that use pods. And while other companies have since imitated, they hold the original patent and first mover advantage.


The Company


Keurig is an American company based in Reading Massachusetts, which is a little unique. Normally you think Italian or maybe German when you think espresso. And besides, their name sounds Dutch or German or something, but don't be fooled...they're from right here in the US of A.


The company was formed in 1992 but was bought out completely by publicly traded Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2006. Green Mountain is a coffee company that churns out over 700 million bucks a year in revenue...no slouch!


Keurig claims to dispense over two and a half million cups of coffee every day and boasts six hundred thousand machines in offices around the country. They also say that 6% of all daily coffee consumed is Keurig coffee. Personally I don't know how they could possibly come up with that number or if it is even remotely true...but it might be.


Their Espresso Machines


Keurig Coffee Machine

Like I said earlier, their espresso makers are not what you would call conventional. For one thing, they only make one cup at a time. For another thing, they use special pods instead of coffee grounds like most other espresso machines. They call it the K-Cup system. Guess what the K stands for...


This is not, strictly speaking, an espresso machine since it also makes coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soup and probably other stuff as well. Also I'm not sure if they use a pump or merely use steam to force the water over the grounds (espresso machines, by definition, use pumps NOT steam!).


But, in an attempt to prove that I'm not an espresso snob (even though I clearly am), I've decided to play nice and dedicate this whole little section of my web site to Keurig anyway.


So what models are available? Basically they come in two genres: home and commercial. Let's look at the home options first:


  • B30 Mini
  • B40 Elite
  • B44 Classic
  • B60 Special Edition
  • B66 Ultimate Edition
  • B70 Platinum


You can check out each of them below for reviews and special offers.


The commercial machines available include:


  • B3000SE
  • B200
  • B155
  • B150
  • B140
  • OfficePro
  • DeskPro


Most of the machines will run you between $100 and $200 bucks. And just to let you in on how popular these machines are, get this. At amazon.com an average espresso machine might have 20 reviews. The really popular ones have a hundred reviews. The Keurig B-70 has 592 reviews and 355 are 5 out of 5 stars, another 70 are 4 out of 5 stars. That's really incredible!


Of course, once you buy the machine, you have to buy K-Cups for the rest of your life. So you better make sure you like the flavor of the coffee that they use before you run out and buy a machine! 18-packs of K-Cups (that will make 18 cups of coffee) usually run around $10-12 dollars a piece which is incredibly expensive if you ask me. I can make a whole pot of expensive Illy coffee for like .50 cents and it's very expensive coffee. But whatever. I guess the ease of use and the no-mess no-fuss-iness of the whole thing appeals to people.


Plus there is a mind boggling array of different flavor options to chose from, so you should be ok.


So if you're looking for something that's incredibly easy to use, doesn't cost a lot, is easy to keep clean because it uses pods instead of messy coffee grounds, and is extremely popular, then Keurig is the machine for you. Check the links below (the B-70 usually costs around $250 but we often have it on sale for only $166!).








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