Sometimes you need coffee so bad, you can’t be fussed with grinding the beans, measuring water and then waiting for a true brew. When your morning looks like this, a quick coffee solution is in order.
Review: Keurig K-Mini Plus
The Keurig K-Mini Plus is one of the smallest single-serving coffee brewers in the market. With the introduction of the K-Mini Plus, Keurig has refined the design, aesthetics, size, as well as the brewing prowess of its newest single-serving coffee maker.
The Keurig K-Mini Plus doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of some of the larger and more advanced Keurig coffee makers, but that’s okay. This machine is meant to be small and compact and to be used for single cups of hot coffee. WhenI saw it I thought it would be perfect for my camper van, or my desk at the office.
Setting up Keurig K-Mini Plus
Getting this machine set up doesn’t take much. Plug it in and you’re basically ready to go after running a test batch through the machine.
To use this brewer, first power it on, add your water and let it come to temperature. Add your coffee pod of choice, and close the lid firmly and press the brew button. You’ll hear the machine suck the water inside to heat it. That takes about a minute, and the machine is silent while its works. That made me think it wasn’t working. But about a full minute later, there’s fresh hot coffee.
I have to say I fussed with how to operate this machine initially. I thought it was pretty simple, but even the instructions weren’t super clear on exactly what to do.
At first I couldn’t get the lid to close properly on the machine. I felt like I was forcing it and I’d break it. Eventually it seemed to loosen up and get easier.
You’ll need to pick up some Keurig-compatible coffee pods; there are in abundant supply at the grocery store or on Amazon, and you can find many different brands’ coffees, and a variety of styles and roasts. The coffee tastes just fine, and if you don’t like one style of pod, you can easily try another.
Pod recycling: what to do with K-Cup waste
There’s been a lot of talk of late about the enormous waste of disposable single-use pods. While competitor Nespresso includes an envelope for you to return your used pods for recycling, Keurig does not. Instead, they leave it to you. Kind of.
Keurig says its solution is simple: the pods are designed so you can peel off the foil lid, compost the coffee grounds, and recycle the plastic #5 cup, alongside other recyclable containers from your home, in local community recycling programs. Nice idea, except in most cities, Calgary included, doesn’t accept such small pieces of plastic, so even if you flip these into the blue bin, they’re getting sent to the landfill anyway. The City of Calgary says, “Coffee pods and discs are too small and light for to be sorted properly at the recycling facility.”
This for me is kind of a big downside of going with Keurig. There’s definitely a lot of extra waste with no real solution.
How long does it take to brew?
The brew time feels long with the K-Mini Plus. I timed it at over 50 seconds. In the grand scheme of things, I guess that’s quick enough, but it feels long while you’re staring at the machine, jonesing for your cuppa.
Keurig K-Mini Plus: Features
The Keurig K-Mini Plus is a mere 5 inches in width, which is perfect for small kitchens. This Keurig has such as tiny footprint, don’t be surprised if you can squeeze this thing even is the most congested areas of your kitchen. When I was doing my review, I wedged it easily between my TV and the Thermomix cooking robot. Compact is indeed the name of the game!
Portable and travel-friendly
Coming in at less than 5 pounds, the Keurig K-Mini Plus is incredibly portable. While I wouldn’t recommend carrying this thing around in your backpack or suitcase while traveling, it is an ideal companion for the aforementioned campervan or an RV—or even the smallest desk. Plus, the K-Mini fits most travel mugs up to about 7″ tall. All you need to do is remove the drip tray to create more room. This is a nice feature for making that last cup of coffee to go!
Removable drip tray
The K-Mini brewer has a handy drip tray that can hold up to a cup of liquid in case you accidentally forget to slide your cup/mug under the brew nozzle. To make emptying and rinsing easier, the drip tray is removable.
Pod storage container
I actually really like this feature; the K-Mini coffee brewer features a semi-cylindrical pod storage container that can store up to 9 K-Cup pods. You store the pod storage container under the brew nozzle when you aren’t using the machine. It keeps coffee handy, but concealed and the whole thing looks tidy.
I always forget to turn off the appliances. Fortunately, the brewer has an auto-off feature that will shut down the machine; it’s programmed to automatically turn off after brewing one cup.
Removable water reservoir
The Keurig K-Mini brewer sports a water reservoir for meting a single serving, and similarly to the drip tray, it is completely removable. Rinsing, filling, and cleaning it is a breeze.
Range of cup sizes/servings
The Keurig K-Mini Plus is designed to brew a few different size cups of coffee at 6 and 12 ounces???????. All you need to do is to fill the water reservoir with the required amount of water, and you’re good to go. Alternately, just fill you mug and pour it into the reservoir.
Keurig K-Mini Plus: Pros & Cons
- Small and portable
Detachable pod holder
Removable and easy to clean drip tray
Auto turn-off feature
Lots of coffee pod types & brands
Coffee tastes great
- Only good for one cup at a time
Pods not recyclable in some places
Can take some getting used to to operate
The Keurig K-Mini Plus is a capable little single-serving coffee maker especially if you aren’t an avid coffee drinker and not comfortable committing to a largeer coffee brewer or pounds of coffee bans at a time. The Keurig K-Mini Plus sells for about $89CAD.
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