I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don’t trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or a cell phone screen – John Cusack
Coffee is a universal agent for good. With a cup of coffee in your hand, you can face whatever adversity life throws at you with determination and resolve.
It’s the great equalizer that levels the playing field and makes us all appreciate, when we’re stood in line at our local coffee shop, that we’re all in this together.
It’s the lifeblood that flows through all of us and makes the impossible possible with every delicious sip.
And while he might not have made the best big-screen choices for the last decade, as far as coffee is concerned, John Cusack’s judgment is flawless.
Better shared with friends, family, and colleagues, coffee has a way of bringing people together and making them see the best in each other.
That’s probably why we adore it, as it doesn’t just set our taste buds on fire and make every nerve ending in our body’s tingle with excitement and pleasure, it also makes the world a better place.
That’s why we’ve spent our lives searching for the perfect cup of coffee and the consummate home coffee maker, so that no matter where we are, we can share a great cup of coffee with our nearest and dearest and the people that we’re closest to.
It’s a quest that’s made us venture into more coffee shops that we care to remember and sample the wares of a seemingly endless variety of coffee makers.
But it was this adventure that also introduced us to Keurig, which was an encounter that changed the way that we thought about coffee forever.
Who Are Keurig?
Keurig isn’t a who, they’re a what. The brainchild of John Sylvan, a man determined to solve the age-old problem of bad office coffee, Keurig is the company that Sylvan started to pursue his goal and both pioneered and made the use of the single-serve coffee pod an everyday reality.
Their founder finally conquered the problem that he’d set out to overcome, and, and at the same managed to establish a global coffee brand.
Often imitated, but never bettered, Keurig has come a long way since they launched their first coffee maker and pod system in nineteen ninety-eight.
They’ve made believers out of those who were all too willing to dismiss the idea of the coffee pod and have partnered with just about every famous coffee brewer in America and elsewhere to create a nearly endless variety of coffee pods that can be used in their machines.
Now part of the Dr. Pepper family, Keurig continues to go from strength to strength, and their machines, and pods are slowly, but surely, beginning to conquer the world.
As we’ve already mentioned we’re big fans of the Keurig K-Cup system as it makes it possible for us to get a cup of our favorite coffee in the comfort of our own home.
We’re more than a little partial to Dunkin’ Donuts’ own brand of coffee (sometimes all you need is a mug of Dunkin’s finest to blow the black clouds away) and when they partnered with Keurig, that was the only incentive that we needed to invest in a Keurig Classic.
And from the moment that we first used it, it has never left us down and has always brewed delicious, single-serve coffee.
But when we heard through the coffee grapevine that Keurig had released a machine that made it possible to transform a K-Cup coffee into a latte or a cappuccino, right then and there, we were sold on the idea.
And before you could say “Holy Starbucks Batman”, one was winging its way through the USPS system to our front door.
The K-Cafe was ours, and we hoped that it would live up to our wildest expectations.
Size is Important
The first thing that struck us about the K-Cafe was its size. Keurig usually keeps things small and simple, but to incorporate all of the functionality and technology that the K-Cafe uses to transform the traditional K-Cup into a latte or a cappuccino, it had to bulk up.
It’s like the K-Classic spent two months working out in the gym, day in and day out. The K-Cafe is a lot bigger than previous Keurig machines, and it’ll take up a lot more room on your countertop than other Keurig machines will, but trust us, it’s worth it.
Part of the size of the K-Cafe is due to its sixty-ounce water reservoir, which once it’s filled, will let you brew anything up to ten cups of coffee before it hits empty, depending on the size of cup that you like to drink.
And speaking of the size of coffee that you like to drink, at the touch of a button, the K-Cafe will let you brew either a six, eight, ten, or a twelve-ounce cup of coffee from a single K-Cup pod.
As we’ve always been of the mindset that you should either go big or go home (or, if you’re already in your home beat a hasty retreat into another room), we’ll always go for the biggest size that we can. We’re twelve-ounce fans and nothing will ever change that
Brewing the K-Cafe Way
Even though we opted for a twelve-ounce cup for our first brew, we weren’t worried that it wouldn’t be as strong as a six-ounce cup and wouldn’t pack the same amount of caffeine punching power as the K-Cafe has a trick up its sleeve. The strength control button.
If you like your coffee a little stronger like we do, just hit that button before you start brewing and your coffee will be delivered just the way that you like it. Strong and full of flavor.
If you want a two-ounce single shot of coffee that’s guaranteed to wake you up in the morning and keep you focused all day long? Just hit the shot button and the K-Cafe will do the rest.
And if, in the rush of the morning confusion you forget to switch the machine off before you head out of the door?
Don’t worry, as long as you’ve pressed the automatic off button while you’re brewing your coffee, the K-Cafe will power down and switch itself off two hours after it’s brewed its last cup of coffee.
Then there are the cappuccino and latte buttons. As long as you press either of them before you start brewing, it’ll transform any K-Cup pod into a cappuccino or latte that’s ready to receive the right amount of frothed and foamed up milk. Speaking of which…
The K-Cafe Piece De Resistance – Lattes & Cappuccinos
The one thing that really stole our heart when we started using the K-Cafe though, was its milk frother. It’s so simple, straightforward, and easy to use, that we couldn’t figure out why nobody else had thought of doing it before.
Just fill the milk frother to the appropriate level (which is marked on the inside of the frother – cappuccino or latte), place it in the cradle and press the button, again latte or cappuccino, and the K-Cafe through the miracles of modern coffee science does the rest.
It’ll add the right amount of froth and foam to your milk, and all you have to do is pour the prepared milk on to your already made cappuccino or latte, that’s just come straight from the K-Cup pod to your mug, and you’re ready to drink whichever of the two you prefer.
Normally, we’re black coffee people, that’s the only way that we usually drink our coffee, but we were sucked into using the milk frother and we have to admit, we’ve developed a taste for cappuccinos that doesn’t seem to be abating and doesn’t look like it’s going to disappear any time soon.
And it’s all thanks to the K-Cafe.
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The Keurig Hall Of Fame
While most coffee makers, even Keurig machines, have at least one flaw or an issue that prevents them from entering the Coffee Maker Hall of Fame, we couldn’t find a single reason why the K-Cafe shouldn’t be crowned the Keurig King Of Coffee.
At a push, it’s maybe a little too big and if Keurig had opted for a smaller reservoir, then maybe the K-Cafe could have been a little smaller, and taken up a little less space in the kitchen. Maybe.
However, one of the simple pleasures of coffee is being able to enjoy it with your friends, to sit and chat, and just catch up while sipping on a delicious cup of joe.
And the K-Cafe with its extra-large reservoir makes that possible. We were able, for the first time ever, to sit down and share a cappuccino made the Keurig way with some of our oldest friends, and that made all the difference.
It was the final hurdle that, up until now, Keurig has never really been able to leap over, But with the K-Cafe, they’ve finally achieved the impossible.
They’ve made a versatile and incredibly adaptable K-Cup machine that allows you, and your friends, to enjoy coffee the way you all want to enjoy it, together.
And for us, that’s not only priceless, it’s also the reason that we wouldn’t, under any circumstances, trade the K-Cafe for any other coffee maker on the face of the planet.
It’s as close to coffee making perfection as we’ve ever come.