Ballpark estimate: $99 to $250+
A Keurig coffee maker is a single-cup brewing system that you can use in your home or office to make yourself a piping hot, fresh cup of coffee whenever you desire. Instead of having to measure out the grounds, with a single-cup brewer you simply need a pre-packaged K-cup (a little container that contains the right amount of coffee grounds needed for one cup), which you stick into the Keurig and then you push a button and get ready to see your fresh brewed coffee stream right into your mug.
Do You Need a Keurig?
The main reason that most people buy the Keurig (or any other single brew system) is because it is easy to use and you can make as many single cups as you would like. For instance, if you’re a person who living alone in an apartment who does not drink a lot of coffee, you can make one single serving without having to make a whole pot. If you want a second cup, you can make it fresh when you are ready for more instead of having to let it sit out for a while.
A Keurig system can also be used to heat plain water, and to make other hot drinks such as tea or hot chocolate. In addition, you can use it to make a cup of hot soup, too. Many stores now carry K-cups with these and other hot beverages and soup options.
Types of Keurigs
There are many types of Keurig coffee makers. If you want a simple model for your home, they there are five different models from which to select, depending on the features you desire. All of these require filling the reservoir with water to make your coffee. This means that as you use the water, you’ll need to refill it. If you prefer a Keurig for commercial use, there are two models that have a reservoir you can fill yourself with water. Other commercial options you can find are plumbed to have a water connection for continuous brewing.
The smallest brewer for the home is the K15, which is a small compact portable brewer that’s great for a small apartment. Its reservoir holds up to 10 ounces of water and it brews in less than two minutes. It also comes in six colors to match your décor. The next home brewer is the K55, which has a 48-ounce reservoir and it brews in under one minute. It comes in two colors and brews 6, 8, and 10 ounce cups, so you can select your preferences. The K250 is a state-of -the-art brewer with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology. This brewer can brew a 4-cup carafe all with a touch of a button. It can also read what kind of K-Cup is in the brewer and self adjust the settings for best results. It has a 40-ounce reservoir and a touch-screen display and comes in seven different colors. The K475 has all the options of K250, but with a larger, 70-ounce reservoir. It can also brew four 30-ounce cups. The last of the home brewing systems is the K575. This is the flagship brewer from Keurig. This has an 80-ounce reservoir and the largest touch screen.
The K145, which has a 48-ounce water reservoir, is good for an office of 15 people or less. It also brews 6, 8, and 10-ounce cups. The K155 is good for an office with 15-30 people and has a 90-ounce reservoir, color LCD screen, and quiet technology. The K150 is a commercial brewer good for an office of about 30 people. This unit can either be filled through its 90-ounce reservoir or that can be direct plumbed for continuous use. It is NSF certified for use in the food industry. The largest brewer for commercial is the K3000SE. This is good for businesses with 30 or more people. This unit can also have a coin changer accessory for offices that charge employees for their coffee.
Where to buy
If you desire any of the Keurig home models, you can find them at most retail store that sell small appliances, or you can order online through the the Keurig website or through sites like EBay and Amazon. If you would like to buy a commercial brewer, you’ll want to search the Keurig website to find authorized retails in your area.
In addition to buying the Keurig coffee maker, you’ll also need to invest in a steady supply of K-cups to use to make the coffee. The best place to buy K-cups is either online or at a shopping club like BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club. At these clubs the average price for each K-cup is around 42 cents each when buying 80 K-cups at a time. Where if you buy at the grocery store in smaller quantities, the price can go up to around 75 cents each. (Note that K-cups from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Green Mountain coffee while be more expensive than store-brand and less-known brand options, so if price is a concern, do some comparison shopping.) Further, it’s worth noting that Green Mountain owns Keurig and as such, if you order your brewer from Keurig and place a standing order for K-cups from the Green Mountain website, Keurig will give you an extended warrantee on your unit.
When you purchase a Keurig Brewer, you’ll get a sample of different K-Cups, such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and decaf coffee. Also, there’s an extra water filter for your brewer and coupons for future K-Cup purchases. If you’re looking for some ways to reduce your costs and don’t mind doing a little extra work, you can also get a model that comes with a reusable coffee filter that you fill yourself with coffee grounds. For an investment of about $15, this allows you to avoid needing to purchase the K-cups.
Cost for a Keurig Brewer
The cost of the Keurig depends on which model best fits your needs. On the low end of the price range, the smallest and slowest model, the K15, will cost $99.99. The K55 has larger capacity and better speed and will cost you $119.99, while the K250 is $129.99, and the K475 is $149.99. The largest model with the extended features, the K575, will set you back $179.99.
If you’re buying a Keurig for commercial use, the most affordable is the K145, which costs $129.95. The next price point is the K155, which sells for $249.95. All other commercial brewers must go through the dealer in your area and depends on what you want.
Accessories and Additional Costs
There are many accessories you can get for your Keurig. The most popular is the reusable coffee filter, which cost $15 but ultimately saves you money because you can use a bag of ground coffee that is a lot less expensive per serving than K-cups. The K-cup carousel is another popular item and starts at $25.00. You’ll also need the water filter, which sells for $25 for a package of six.