I’m not a barista of any sort, but I love coffee. Not only do I love it, I’ve come to rely on it to get me through those early mornings. I love my coffee mixed with a little vanilla creamer, not too strong, and not too weak. So one day, while staying at a friend’s house, they brought home a new coffee maker to replace their old one, and I was very much surprised at how simple it was. It was the Keurig K45 Elite brewing system. Fancy name for what is essentially a new, and simpler way to have a cup of joe in the morning. What was once a chore of having to fill up a white paper filter with coffee, throw in a certain amount of water, and hope that you got the mix right, has changed with the Keurig coffee maker.
It’s so simple to make a cup of coffee now, all you have to do is take one of the K-Cups that you can buy in a package at almost any local super market or grocery store, put it in the top, close it, and make sure the reservoir on the side of the system has water. Then you can choose from one of three settings on how much coffee you want poured into your cup. Press a button, and viola! You have a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Put in whatever sugar, creamer, milk you want, toss out the small k-cup, and your set.
The beauty of this system is in its simplicity. I know when I wake up early in the morning, I only have a short amount of time to get to work, so every second counts. There are no coffee filters to buy, no messy coffee grounds to deal with, and no need to become an expert in the ratio of coffee to water mixture. Because the Keurig coffee maker only makes the exact amount you want, so there is no left over coffee that will be thrown out later on. The only waste it produces is the small K-Cup.
- There is no more wasted coffee. Because the Keurig system brews only the exact amount you need, you won’t have any left over coffee that will have to be thrown out the next day.
- One of the coolest features I’ve found is being able to brew for either a small (6oz), medium (8oz), or large (10oz) cup. So if you only want a small coffee cup filled, then you can set it to that. Or if you want to fill a larger mug that you can take with you on the go, you can do that as well. This is also useful for when you want to leave enough room for creamer or milk.
- Clean up and maintenance is simple. The reservoir that holds the water can be removed and rinsed out, and the part that holds the K-Cup can be removed and rinsed as well.
- K-Cups can be found almost anywhere you would normally buy your coffee. And they are incredibly affordable, and come in a huge variety of flavors, including decaffeinated varieties.
- If you need a large pot of coffee brewed for a large group of people, this is not the ideal system.
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