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A high-quality machine that is single serve and iced coffee friendly, the Keurig K-Elite is the an affordable replacement for the Keurig K575.
I have always loved my Keurig machines. They make my cup of java as fast as 1. 2. 3.
I am absolutely all about speed when it comes to getting my first cup of coffee before my eyes open.
It’s just how it goes.
And, this Keurig is a step above the rest. It blends a sleek design with programmable features, and it will be sure to provide you with a cup of wonderful aromatic goodness almost as soon as you roll out of your comfy and hard to leave bed.
It makes starting your day worth it.
If you are like me, you need a coffee maker that offers speed, quality, and customization above anything else.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in to see what makes the Keurig K-Elite so darn special.
Customize, Customize, Customize
There are many options for different brewing sizes available with this Keurig. You can brew 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, or even 12 oz cups of coffee.
If you are someone who wants to grab your coffee and go, then this machine could be your new best friend. By removing the removable drip tray, it accommodates a travel mug of up to 7.2 inches tall. And, if you keep the drip tray in place, it will catch an entire accidental brew, making the spill clean up easy!
You are also able to adjust the strength of your coffee by pressing the strong brew button on the front of the machine. It will increase both the bold taste and overall strength of your coffee’s flavor.
To take it even one step further, the Keurig K-Elite has also introduced the option for iced coffee with its iced setting. Simply press the iced button on the front of the machine and it will brew hot coffee over top of the ice in your cup for a full-flavored icy treat.
The Keurig K-Elite also makes a kettle an unnecessary kitchen appliance with the use of its hot water button. You can use it to make porridge, tea, hot chocolate, or whatever else you would need hot water for.
And, while K Cups can be great and convenient, they are also known to leave your coffee with a plastic taste. To get around this, you can use the K Cup Universal Reusable Coffee filter (unfortunately sold separately) which allows you to use your own coffee grinds.
This is an excellent feature for all you coffee lovers (addicts?) out there, who know how important the right grind of coffee is!
The programmable settings this machine offers also allows you to control the temperature of water you use to brew your coffee with. With 187-192 degrees Fahrenheit, your coffee always extracts at right temperature, just the way your tastebuds appreciate.
High Altitude Setting
One other unique feature of this machine is the High Altitude setting. When you brew coffees at higher altitudes, water has an overall lower boiling point. With this Keurig, you are able to choose this setting which will lower the boiling temperature and not overheat your coffee to the point of burning it and leaving you with a bitter taste in your back of throat.
Designed for Convenience and Speed with a Modern Flare
Exterior wise, the Keurig K-Elite has been elegantly designed. It has a beautiful brushed finish and metal details that make it stand out from the coffee maker crowd. It comes in three different colors: Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, and Brushed Slate.
Measuring 12.7 x 9.9 x 13.1 inches, it isn’t smaller than the other Keurig machines out there, but it is still a great sized machine to leave out on your countertop so it is ready to use when you require it.
The water reservoir capacity is also a step up from older machines. This Keurig holds up to 75 oz. (or 8 cups) of water in its removable water tank. That means you will need to spend less time refilling it and more time drinking its deliciously produced goodness.
Overall, using the machine is the same simple, easy, and convenient set up as previous machines. You stick your K Cup in the slot, close the lid, and choose your preferences for your ideal cup, then watch as your coffee begins to brew.
With Keurig's new Smart Start tech (as long as you enable it!), you can stick your K Cup in and press brew without the machine being fully warmed up and ready to go. Walk away for a few minutes and when you come back, your freshly hot coffee will be waiting for you. Now what is easier than that?
Quite Brewing Technology
The quiet brew tech is also an excellent feature, with the brewing noise being minimized which can be a definite perk first thing in the morning or when using it in an office setting.
Maintenance and Care
There isn’t really much to clean with the Keurig K-Elite. Other than throwing your old pod away or washing your reusable K Cup, it’s a pretty simple machine to take care of.
The one thing I can say is that when you use a shorter cup, chances are water will splash out and leave your counter a bit messy. But hey, that’s what a paper towel or rag is for!
For longer term maintenance, the machine will require a cleaning every 3-6 months which will remove the scales build up from boiling water. It can be done using a descaling solution and refilling the tank a few times to flush the machine out.
The cool thing about the Keurig K-Elite maintenance, is the Brewer Reminder Maintenance feature will alert you when it’s time to descale. This is an important process as it removes the build up of calcium deposits, making sure you will get smooth and tasty cups of coffee.
What Comes in the Box?
There really aren’t a lot of components needed to make your Keurig work. The setup is easy and pretty straight forward. But to get a feel of what you will be dealing with when unboxing your Keurig, you will find the followings:
Accessories You May Want to Try
Sometimes having the right accessory completely changes your coffee game. If you are an accessory lover, you may want to give these a try:
To make the most of your Keurig K-Elite, I would recommend doing the following:
What we like:
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What's the bottom line?
If speed, ease of use, and a good looking machine are on the top of your list for an ideal coffee maker, then I would say the Keurig K-Elite is for you.
You just can’t go wrong with having a cup of coffee made in under a minute. And, if you purchase the refillable pods, being able to use those is just a nice treat.
You get the ease of the Keurig paired with the greatness of perfect ground beans. Even without the refillable pods, Keurig offers over 400 different variety pods to choose from.
However, it may not be perfect choice for you, if:
You are someone who wants even more control over your coffee than your cup size or whether it is hold/cold, you may want to consider passing on this one.
If you are someone who needs an entire 12-14 cup carafe, this isn’t a machine that will work for you.