Welcome to our first post for 2015 and sorry it’s been a little while since we wrote last. And perhaps a little late to wish you happy new year? Maybe …
For us great news with the arrival of our brand new shiny Keurig 2.0 brewer, which arrived yesterday from our purchase the other day with Amazon.com. I know we shouldn’t be excited about a new coffee maker, but we are. In particular the first time you get it out of the box and set it up – its got the “new car” smell and feel. And in our case this is going to be one of the few times that its all going to be in one piece. The machines get taken apart to see how they work and more importantly how then to carry out certain repairs to help our readers.
So to start with, the packaging and what it comes with. We took a few photos along the way so you can see what you would normally receive in this type of purchase. We buy a lot of things through Amazon and always been happy with their service. The brewer came well packaged and with plenty of goodies. In addition to the K550 model, you receive:
- the Keurig carafe – which is a great innovation from Keurig and something we will be writing about more in future posts;
- 48 K-Cup packs – these are for making a single serve coffee drink;
- 4 K-Carafe packs – as the name suggests, these are for the carafe;
- a water filter and assembly (for the water reservoir); and
- the K550 Guide – setup manual and user guide).
It’s a nice package and suits both the beginner to Keurig brewers or the more long-term fan. Priced at approximately $190 it sure isn’t cheap, but then again the Keurig machines never have been; it’s not the price point battle they are in. They seem to be able to command a premium when we compare their brewers to ranges such as Tassimo.
We do like the look of the K550. It’s a smart looking machine with nice lines and contours. It certainly does carry on the Keurig tradition of a very contemporary product in design and style. It’s not cheap, but we felt it provided the best value in terms of the three machines that they have released to date, ie the K350, K450 and the K550. We don’t normally go for the top machine in a range, but for us the K550 proved the most attractive as a purchase choice.
What we hope the new Keuig 2.0 series, and in particular with the K550, doesn’t do is carry on with Keurig’s somewhat woeful product engineering . With the problems we have seen in the classic series, we don’t know what Keurig are going to call these brewers – so its rather self-coined, we hope the 2.0 series doesn’t follow the same course. Having said that, it would mean years of material for us going forward. But not a good thing for Keurig coffee users in general.
We would love to know what you think of the new 2.0 series of coffee brewers, if you have purchased one and if you have had any problems. Over time we will be releasing new material covering questions we have already received for the 2.0 series of brewers.