When Keurig first delivered its brewing system and K-cups to the market, the company’s original thought was for its machines to be used at the office, so that everyone could have their favorite flavor of coffee. The idea took hold though, and Keurig also became popular for home use.
Keurig has become so popular that it has many different brewers available in stores today. We have reviewed several of these coffee makers and put together a list of our top four, including the pros and cons of each, to help you narrow down your search.
|Keurig K155 Office Pro Commercial|
|Keurig K-Elite Pod Maker||11 lbs||4.6/5|
|Keurig K 3000 Commercial Single Cup Office System||37 lbs||4.3/5|
|Keurig K145 OfficePRO||16 lbs||4.1/5|
The Keurig K155 Office Pro Commercial is our favorite commercial-grade brewing system for your office. It is a pour over brewing system with a large 90-ounce water reservoir. It has an easy-to-use, programmable LCD touchscreen display.
The K155 is made to handle several different standard-sized coffee mugs. It also has four brew sizes to choose from. Once you hit the start button, it takes less than 60 seconds for your coffee to be ready to drink. It is also a relatively quiet machine that won’t startle you when you use it first thing in the morning. The internal hot water tank can be drained to avoid burns if you need to move this coffeemaker to another room.
However, this machine has no strength control, and you can’t hook it up to a direct hot water line.
We have chosen the Keurig K-Elite Pod Maker as the best brewing system for a small office because it is really quiet. It won’t interrupt the flow of work for your employees.
This particular Keurig machine doesn’t have very clear instructions on how to get it set up and programmed correctly. There is no display screen for you to look at and read, so the initial setup of this brewer can be somewhat tricky.
The Elite Pod Maker has a large 75-ounce water reservoir, so you won’t have to refill it constantly. Unfortunately, the lid on it isn’t hinged so that you can just open and pour. You have to completely remove the top every time you need to add water, and then replace it. It isn’t very time-consuming, but it is annoying.
The Keurig K-Elite has an automatic on/off switch and a strong brew button for those that like their coffee with a bolder taste. It has on-demand hot water available to instantly brew any of the five brew sizes that are available to you.
The Keurig K 3000 Commercial Single Cup Office System is a good option for a single cup brewing system for your office. For convenience, this machine can be directly plumbed into your hot water line, so you won’t have to refill the water reservoir all of the time.
This Keurig coffee maker is the Energizer Bunny on steroids. It can brew coffee back-to-back all day long without needing time to cool down between each cup. It can brew four different sizes between four- and ten-ounce cups, so everyone can use their favorite cup. Remember, though, that even though this is a good coffee pot for your office, it isn’t the best on the market. It tends to make more watered-down coffee.
This brewing system has automatic K-cup pod ejection. The cup is thrown into a built-in waste bin after use. The problem with a built-in garbage can is that the K-cups are wet. Fluid gets into the trash collector and can grow mold very quickly, making it not so sanitary. It also has a lot of nooks and crannies that are difficult to clean.
The biggest issue with this system is that it doesn’t come with all the parts that you need to get it set up. The filter kit has to be purchased separately. That means paying for the kit over and above what you have already paid for the machine. You’d think that something that is required for the use of the device would be included in its cost.
The Keurig K145 OfficePRO is a good brewing machine for a smaller-sized office. Its 48-ounce water reservoir can brew three different sizes: six-ounce, eight-ounce or ten-ounce cups. People can adjust the size of the cup they use according to their energy level. If they need more, they can come back for a second cup. The Keurig K145 brews a cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds.
This brewing system uses K-cups to make your coffee. The issue with that is that one pod is only good for one cup of coffee. That means a lot of trash and a lot of cash. Keurig does have reusable K-cups, but unfortunately, they don’t fit this machine. The only cups that will fit are the disposable ones.
Make sure to place this machine away from where people will be talking on the phone or meeting with others. This machine vibrates while it brews and is rather noisy. It could interrupt an important meeting if it is too close.
Since we review many different kinds of coffee pots, we have not used this one for an extended period of time. We have heard several reviews say that this particular model will only last for about a year before it needs to be replaced. Again, this has not been our experience, but it is something important for you to know.
When using your Keurig to serve multiple people, storage drawers for your K-cups can be important. If you are in a large office that will be serving a lot of people, you may want an extra display case to keep enough cups out at one time.
Using a coffee maker at the office is different than using one at home. It gets used a lot more. It is essential that you find a good quality product that can stand up to the amount of use will get with the number of people in your office.
We all have a budget that we need to stay within, but we also want to get a good quality product. When you are shopping for your Keurig, check to see what kind of materials it is made from, and what extra features may be included. Make sure that you get what you paid for.
In a large office environment, it is crucial that your machine has a strength control setting, so that individuals can choose how strong or weak they would like their coffee to be.
5. K-cups and Filters:
Though Keurig is best known for its single-serving K-cups, it also has machines that can use regular coffee grounds in a standard coffee filter.
If you would like a carafe with your Keurig, you will need to go into the Keurig 2.0 series. If the brewing system that you purchase doesn’t include a carafe, it is easy to buy one separately.
When using your Keurig for single servings, it isn’t imperative that your machine is programmable because each person will be doing their own thing at their own time. If you are using a more massive device with a regular coffee filter to make simple black coffee, you can program the machine to brew that pot at a particular time so that it is ready when the first person reaches the office.
8. Other Features:
Some other features that you may like on your Keurig:
a. Drip tray
b. Auto on/off
c. Storage for cords
Coffee makers are complicated machines that have many parts working together to make your perfect cup of coffee. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you understand your Keurig better.
Some people like their coffee strong, and one K-cup just can’t get it quite strong enough. To overcome that issue, brew two K-cups at a time at the smallest brew size available and then combine them into one cup. This will give your coffee a bolder taste.
2. Bitter Taste:
Many people complain that Keurig coffee is bitter-tasting. To get past this issue, try adding a pinch of salt to your cup. The salt neutralizes the acid in the coffee, causing to taste less bitter. Be sure that you just use a pinch, or you will have salty coffee. You might have to play with this a bit to find out how much salt is right for your taste.
Another thing you can do to help temper the bitter taste is to descale your brewer regularly. Descaling will remove any calcium build-up inside your machine that can add to the bitter taste.
3. Reusable K-Cup Filter:
Using a different K-cup for every cup of coffee made in your office can be quite costly. You can save a few bucks by purchasing a machine that uses reusable filters. These machines use regular coffee grounds, which are more economical, and allows users to put in the right amount of grounds to match their taste.
To get the most out of your Keurig, you should understand how all its different features work. Since every machine is different, we recommend that you read your owner’s manual to understand your specific device fully.
5. Less Than 60 Seconds:
One thing that makes Keurig K-cups so popular is that you pop the cup in, hit a button, and get a hot cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds.
6. Water Quality:
Water quality can significantly change the taste of your coffee. As already stated, calcium in your water can cause your coffee to have a bitter taste. On the other hand, having magnesium in your water can enhance its flavor.
We have given you some things to look for in your Keurig brewing system, as well as different tips and tricks to get the most out of the one you purchase. Let’s go back to the top four Keurig brewers we have reviewed:
Hopefully, we have given you enough information to narrow down the list of brewers that you want to look at. Take your time and make sure the machine you purchase is capable of doing everything you would like it to.
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