Product Review – Keurig Vue
We’ve been using our Keurig Brewing System for three years now and love it. However, I saw an infomercial (Direct TV Keurig) on the new Keurig Vue and decided that it was time to get a new machine.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with the old one. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a coffee machine that makes individual cups of coffee. We’ve never had any trouble with it in the past three years. It has been like the Energizer Bunny and kept going and going and going. We still have tea, hot chocolate and apple cider pods to use up so will continue to use the old one until all of the pods are gone. Then some lucky person will be able to purchase it at a garage sale and enjoy freshly brewed coffee with every cup.
I usually don’t watch infomercials. But, the thing that got my attention is that we can change the temperature and the strength, unlike our regular Keurig. I enjoy mild coffee and regular teas, hot chocolate and apple cider, but I like that mild drink to be very hot. My husband likes drinks that are not smokin’ hot and enjoys strong coffee. My sons like their drinks at what Star Bucks calls “kids temperature”. I can do all of that… including the boy’s drinks with the new Vue without having to water theirs down with ice to cool them to the right temperature. Well… that got my attention so I kept watching the infomercial.
And, I ended up purchasing the new Keurig Vue.
They had a backlog in their orders so mine took almost three weeks to get to me. However, because of the delay, they chose to absorb the shipping cost so I wasn’t charged for shipping. Also, they didn’t charge my card until they had shipped the product. And, because I purchased the whole thing outright rather than doing the 5 monthly payments, they included the pod carousel (that you can see in the picture above). The coffee machine came with 6 boxes of a variety of different kinds of coffees (including decaf), iced tea and hot chocolate. It also came with an iced coffee glass with straw and a travel mug.
This machine is great. It’s a lot quieter than our original Keurig. It also has a water filter that you snap into place that evidently lasts for two months. (There are two filters included.) When you turn it on for the first time you have to put water through it, hit brew and them dump that hot water out. To be on the safe side (and thinking about cleaning out the machine from any potential residue from manufacturing), I kept hitting brew and dumping water until my first container of water was gone.
It takes about 4 minutes to heat up the first time. After that, it doesn’t seem to be much longer than with our old Keurig. So, you turn it on and the first thing you see on the touch screen is that it is heating up. (Sorry about the blurry picture.)
You put the pod in like this and shut the lid. (Because it’s late afternoon, I chose a decaf coffee.) It’s that simple.
The touch screen allows you to chose how you want your coffee to be made. As you can see there are three tabs for hot drinks, specialty drinks, and iced drinks. You also select the size of your cup and how strong you want the coffee. (If you choose strong, it brews more slowly through the ground coffee beans and so takes slightly longer to brew.) Then you hit brew which is the big round circle in the center.
It immediately starts brewing your coffee. And believe me, when you drink coffee using the Keurig (regardless of whether it’s the old machine with the K-cups or the Vue with the Vue Packs), the coffee is vacuum sealed. So, it’s like unsealing coffee freshly every time you make a cup. And each cup is individually brewed so there’s no coffee sitting for a long time in a pot. Everything is always fresh.
Unlike the K-cup which the machine punctures at the top (to force water into the pod) and at the bottom (where the brewed drink comes out), the Vue Pack is punctured twice at the top (once in the center where the hot water is forced into the pod and once in the spout where it pours out). This is tidier for clean up because there isn’t any liquid coming out of the bottom of the Vue Pack when you take it out.
But, the thing that I REALLY like about these Vue Packs is that you can peal the top off. Just pull the tab back and the whole pouch comes out. Then you throw away the filter full of coffee grounds (or tea leaves) and throw the base into the recycle bin.
Voila! You have your cup of coffee and everything is very quickly cleaned.
We love our Keurig. I highly recommend it to any and all. The only downside to the Vue (at the moment) compared to our other Keurig is that there isn’t as big a variety of drinks to choose from as there are with the K-cup selections. Since it’s fairly new, though, I expect that we’ll be seeing more and more options as time goes by.
The larger pods in the bottom of the carousel (shown below) are travel mug size, the smaller pods are for regular coffee cup size brewing. If you’re like me and don’t like your coffee quite so strong, the travel mug size will be too strong for you. Use the regular Vue packs. You can order both. I get my coffees from Green Mountain. If you are a customer for a while, you get a sizeable discount on the price. We’ve never had any issues with them and appreciate the discounts. Also, if you order 4 boxes or more at a time, you get free shipping. So, if you don’t drink coffee often, you simply tell them to ship once every 12 weeks or however long you want to have between. You can do all of that online.
So, if you are like I was for years… visiting Star Bucks every day on the way to work… you will enjoy quite a savings by getting yourself a Keurig and using your own travel mug to brew your own coffee the way you like it. You walk out of your own house with a freshly brewed travel mug of coffee every morning.
UPDATE DECEMBER 29, 2012
I asked Keurig if they would be bringing out an equivalent of the My K-Cup for the Vue any time soon. Here was their answer as of today.
“Thank you for your email and for your interest in our Keurig Vue Brewer. We do expect to have a My K-Cup equivalent for the Vue Brewer available in early 2013. Please check our website www.keurig.com for updates. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions or concerns.”
Update February 5, 2013
Good news! Another company called Coffee Outlaw sells a product called Solofil Cup V1 Gold that is a reusable Vue pack. One of the readers of this review purchased his reusable Vue pack and says it works well. See his comment below. (Thank you for the update, Michael. I know a lot of people will be happy about this.)
NOTE: I do product reviews for the fun of it. If I find something that I think you all need to know about, I’ll do a product review on it. I do not get any benefit or compensation from any company for any product reviews that I do. If I like a product I’ll let you know. If not, I’ll let you know that as well… and explain why.