Every year a new coffee contraption comes out. What do most people do? They research and make their final decision.
Here’s my in-depth review of the Keurig K-Cafe. You’ll find the facts, pros, cons, and the final verdict. You’ll also find a few alternatives.
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What can you make with the Keurig K-Cafe?
You can make traditional coffee (like the classic Keurig), Lattes, and Cappuccinos. You can also create a SHOT of coffee for specialty drinks like hot OR iced lattes and cappuccinos. If you like using a traditional Keurig, and you like specialty drinks then this is the perfect machine for you!
-At the time of writing this review, the Keurig K-Cafe is retailing for $199.71
-Comes with a frother that’s safe to use with the following types of milk (skim, soy, or almond).
-You can make four different cup sizes including:
- SHOTS (2 Oz.)
- 6 oz.
- 8 oz.
- 10 oz.
- 12 oz.
-Water reservoir holds 60 oz. of water
– Has a SMART START function that allows your water to heat and brew in one process (you don’t have to wait for it to heat before selecting the cup size).
-Turns off automatically 2 hours after the last brew.
-The machine is 15.3″ wide and 12.5″ tall.
-The machine weighs 13.55 pounds.
Accommodations coffee cups/travel mugs that go up to 7.2 inches tall (with drip tray removed) and 6.2 inches tall with drip tray inserted.
How to use the Keurig K-Cafe
When first using your Keurig K-Cafe be sure to wash the frother, and the water reservoir.
Turn on the machine and select your desired setting. You can choose between traditional coffee or cappuccino/latte. If you choose traditional coffee you can choose the oz setting you prefer (6, 8, 10, or 12 oz). If you want your traditional coffee to be strong just select the strong button. If you choose the latte or cappuccino setting it automatically starts brewing once you select that option and push the center start button.
You can froth your milk while the coffee is brewing. Simply fill the milk to either the cappuccino or latte line. If you are frothing cold milk choose cold, and then cappuccino or latte. If it’s warm milk just select cappuccino or latte and it will begin frothing. Be sure to keep the lid on so you don’t make a mess.
Important note: The frothing container is NOT microwave safe. Be sure to warm your milk before putting it in the frother.
Can I control the temperate? No, if you want to control the temperature on your coffee maker I would recommend the Keurig K-Elite
Can I use hot or cold milk in the frother? Yes, if you are using cold milk be sure to choose cold and then choose latte or cappuccino.
Can I use the espresso roast k-cups? Yes!
Can I put syrup or creamer in the frother? No, if you want to add flavor to your milk do so after it’s been frothed.
How long does it take to make a coffee or specialty drink? It takes 3-5 minutes depending on what you’re making (including water heating time)
How long does it take to froth the milk? It only takes 2-3 minutes to froth the milk ( you can froth the milk while you are making the coffee)
Does the machine have to be turned on to froth the milk? YES, I actually thought I could just froth my milk with the machine being off I even thought it was broken because it wasn’t working.
Does it make actual espresso? No, it makes concentrated coffee.
Can I use reusable coffee pods? YES, plus it’s a great way to save money.
Can I make iced coffees with the Keurig K-Cafe? Yes, you can.
Can I use this Keurig to make teas and hot chocolate? Yes.
What’s the difference between the Keurig K-cafe and the Keurig Rivo? The Rivo uses specialty pods (Lavazza pods) and the K-cafe uses regular K-cups. Note: the Rivo has been discontinued.
Is there a warranty? Yes, there is a limited one year warranty.
How many colors does the Keurig K-Cafe come in? 2. It comes in black and a silver special edition (the one shown in the photos).
- It’s fast
- Easy cleanup
- Has lots of options
- Large water reservoir
- It’s not too expensive
- Has a good quality built-in frother.
- K-cups can get expensive
- It’s wide (not the best for small kitchen spaces)
Would I recommend the Keurig K-Cafe? Absolutely. It’s great for new coffee drinkers, those who enjoy specialty drinks, and for people who just like traditional coffee.
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The best alternative at a lower price point is the Keurig K- Elite
I like this alternative because it’s still a Keurig, it’s fast, and it uses K-cups. I like this one because it’s about $50 cheaper, and it has temperature controls. NOTE: This Keurig does not come with a frother
The best alternative around the same price point is the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
This one does cost about $20 more than the Keurig K-Cafe. However, it has tons of functions (including a frother) and you can brew a full-size carafe. You can also make specialty drinks.
The best high-end alternative is Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine
What is your favorite coffee maker? I’d love to know what you prefer and why!