keurig 2.0 coffee brewing system
So what’s the difference between Keurig 2.0 and the original Keurig system. Well like with all pod-based coffee machines their rootes all started with the ethos of simplicity. You load the pod, press a button, and out, comes your coffee. What could be simpler…well nothing but what if you wanted to change the output slightly, make the coffee stronger, hotter or change the cup size, etc. Well that’s where the new system comes in, Offering more options controllability to create the perfect brew
Keurig 2.0 allows larger 32oz size Carafe
One of the biggest changes is the amount of coffee that can be brewed in a single go, now up to 4 cups or 32oz. You obviously need a larger pod to ensure the correct amount of coffee grounds can be included for these larger drinks, so a new pod called the K-Carafe has been designed.
Updated K-cup’s with new drink size
As well as the K-Carafe addition the original K-cups have been upgraded to work with the new Keurig 2.0 system with a new 12oz size also being added to the original 10oz, 8oz, and 6oz sizes. K-Mug was also added, which was up to 16oz and aimed at the travel mug size but I believe this has essentially been discontinued and replaced with different fill options in the K-Cup.
Version 2.0 allows you to Customize your drink
As well as increased cup size options the version 2.0 compatible brewers allow you much more control over your drink with customizable options for how strong or hot you want your drink.
No backward compatibility with original Keurig
The one negative is that the 2.0 system offers no backward compatibility with the original Keurig pods so if your machine broke and you bought a new 2.0 version any leftover pods are useless. Although you can get refillable pods for your Keurig 2.0 so you could maybe empty the coffee out into that!!! The new system is also locked down to only official Keurig pods but they do have many coffee brands available on it such as Green Mountain, Folgers, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, etc. Plus the refillable pod option so this shouldn’t cause too many issues once you have committed to this route.
Keurig 2.0 pod size guide
Here is a quick recap of the different Keurig cop sizes available from the different k-pods
K-Cup pods: brews sizes up to 6oz, 8oz, 10 oz or 12oz.
K-Mug pods: 16 oz for travel mugs (Discontinued).
K-Carafe pods: 32 oz.
Available coffee machines compatible with Keurig 2.0
There are many Keurig 2.0 coffee machines available now but the ones I would pick from are the Keurig K-Classic, K-Select, K-Elite, K-Mini, K-Mini Plus, Chefman InstaCoffee Single
or the Keurig Plus Series including the K200, K250, K475, K575 and K1500 brewers.
I have actually done an extensive review of the Keurig k575, Keurig k-elite and Keurig k250 which gives you a good idea about what features are available across the range.
Also, check out other pod-based coffee machines such as the Nespresso and Verismo system