You all know that I am partial to my French press – particularly since I switched to a double walled version. I like making a pot that will last me until we are ready to settle in for a day’s work. I like that the double wall keeps it hot. When we’re on the road, I miss my French press, but I’ve taken to bringing along a pour over — (and, yes, I bring my own ground coffee).
But… In the past couple weeks, I got this email from Influenster – I was (more than a little ) surprised to read they were sending me a Keurig machine. Not, “Would you like a Keurig Machine?” But, “Yay! We’ve sent you a Keurig machine!”
Well, I remarked my surprise to my husband, and went on with life. I figured I’d pick up a small box of k-cups so I could give it a fair testing, report back what I thought, and then go back to my French press. My husband started lobbying to have the machine in his office, to heat hot water.
You see, we had a Keurig previously for a time. It was good at what it did, but – back then – it wasn’t that much. This was in 2010. We were running a BnB, it was a good, cost effective option for guests who only wanted a cup, or when only one guest wanted coffee. More cost effective per cup than pouring a pot down the drain. Also used it to make iced tea (old school – no pods specifically for iced tea, then), and general water heating. When the BnB closed, I gave it away. Only made one size serving
Monday, the box with the Keurig arrived.
WOW. Huge improvement in 10 years.
- Makes servings from 4 ounces up to 32 ounces.
- Can use my nice cup and saucer sets
- I can make a pot for company (yay!)
- Has an optional water filter: better flavor; better maintenance
- Has a “maintenance accessory”
- Reusable filter – so much better than the one I had gotten previously
- Kids like it – hot chocolate, tea (hot or iced). Easy
- HUsband (not a coffee drinker) is pretty interested – for hot chocolate, for the occasional vanilla latte… (Maybe he’ll get on board the coffee train here at home, now…)
I want to add in something here — my thinking about needing to pick up some k-cups to give a fair test? I really sold Influenster short – they weren’t leaving something like that to chance. Along with the coffee maker, they sent:
30 k-mugs (make up to 16 ounces of coffee each)
- 72 k-cups (making up to 12 ounces of coffee each)
- A water filter starter kit (water filter holder and two cartridges)
- A 32 ounce carafe (for company – or for those mornings when I just want to reach and pour, not keep getting up to brew again)
- A “maintenance accessory” (this is a little widget for cleaning the brewing apparatus – easy-least to use.
- A carousel for all the brewing pods they sent.
So… Yes, the was a hugely generous #voxbox, but more to the point, Influenster sent me all the tools to really give this machine a thorough testing. My favorite of all the optional gadgets?
- The water filtration kit. Honestly, each place we move or go, I really, really notice the change in the water flavor. I recently started using filtered water across the board, including t make my coffee, and I notice it tastes so much better. With this, the water filtration is part of the coffee making system. Plus, it’s better for the machine, too – no residual deposits on the internal heating reservoir. Believe me, that adds up.
- The carafe. It’s thickly double walled. This baby will keep my coffee hot no matter how crazy the air conditioning runs this summer! #lifeinthesouth It’s also stainless steel, so it matches all my other much valued #buyonce stainless steel kitchen tools.
Updated to add: I have been using this Keurig now for a month, and I’m really, really appreciating it. Aside from getting that first, treasured cup of coffee just a few minutes earlier each morning, it’s been pretty handy in other ways, too. #busymom, remember? Well, I’ve used the Keurig to make instant rice as side for dinner on thos really busy days and even fruit teas (freeze dried fruit + hot water + a bit of stevia = infused water ON THE DOUBLE!). My husband, who is not a coffee drinker, has become sufficiently intrigued that, in a couple weeks (when I can pry my fingers off of it), the Keurig is going to spend some time in his office, so he can give it a test run himself (not really. I think he already knows he wants it, but it’s good to give things a try, right?).
So, once more, MANY thanks to #Influenster for including me in this campaign and letting me check out all the amazing innovations in this machine. Questions? Pop them in the comments here (Facebook & Instagram are good, too. If you ask me on Twitter, please tag me so I see it!)
I received this Keurig machine and all accessories from Influenster and Keurig
at no cost for testing and review purposes.
Any opinions expressed here are mine alone.