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Sunday, March 22, 2015

REVIEW -- 90 days with the Keurig K550 Brew System

90 Days with the Keurig K550 Brew System

So many choices. So Simple. So Delicious. The Keurig® 2.0 K550 Brewing System features revolutionary Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™, designed to read the lid of each K-Cup™ or K-Carafe™ pod to brew the perfect beverage every time. The K550 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup — all at the touch of a button.

The brewer has other great features including an extra large 80 ounce water reservoir, 2.8 inch color touch display, programmable clock, an auto brew option and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee. There’s even a separate setting for hot cocoa and other specialty beverages like lattes and mochas. The K550 model also has a customizable night light in the water reservoir and offers hot water on demand. So many options to choose from — not at all like a typical coffee maker.

Choose over 400 different varieties, from 60 brands you love including Green Mountain Coffee®, Starbucks®, Lipton®, and more. Look for Keurig Brewed® seal on your favorite K-Cup pod and K-Carafe pod varieties to ensure a delicious cup every time.

The Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System includes a Keurig™ Carafe, a 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter, and K-Cup® and K-Carafe™ pods to get you started.

Variety pack includes:

4 K-Carafe™ pods:

- Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend
- Green Mountain Coffee® French Roast
- Green Mountain Coffee® French Vanilla
- The Original Donut Shop® Regular

6 K-Cup® pods:

- The Original Donut Shop® Regular Extra Bold
- Green Mountain Coffee® Hazelnut
- Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend®
- Barista Prima Coffeehouse® Italian Roast
- Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast
- Celestial Seasonings® English Breakfast Tea
It is no secret our house loves coffee. When we had traditional 12-cup coffee pots, we easily brewed 3 or more pots a day.

But the downfall is when you have people who like different flavors and/or strengths of coffee. I like mine on the light or mild side and preferably flavored... typically what you would get from a convenience store coffee kiosk. Mama Melissa, however, likes hers on the strong or dark side, but flavored as well, preferably cinnamon. As she says, she likes 'road tar' coffee.

With the Keurig™ K550 Brew System, all our needs are met. I can have my mildly-roasted Pumpkin Spice coffee and Mama Melissa can have her strongly-brewed Cinnabon coffee, all with a lift of a door and a tap on the screen.

^^What I recieved -- The K-cups had been put away at this point

^^The Keurig™ K550 set up and ready for a brew

Brewing a cup of coffee through the Keurig™K550 is VERY easy. Just lift the front lid of the unit, drop the K-Cup into the holder, close the lid, select your cup size and strength, and then hit the Keurig 2.0 button.

^^Demostration of the Keurig K550 brewing cycle.^^
NOTE: I have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why the camera seems shaky.

Descaling is easy, and the Keurig™ 2.0 will tell you when it's time to do so. Just run the special descaling solution through the machine as directed on the bottle, and then run a full tank of clear water through the machine.

The biggest problem I see disabled people having with this is closing the lid once a K-Cup is inserted. I have had to use a bit of force sometimes when a K-Cup has been inserted, but it's not forceful enough to break the unit. They also may have a bit of trouble refilling the water reservoir, depending of what hand is their dominant hand.

I will warn you, This is part of the new Keurig™2.0 family of brewers. These brewers have the DRM management software installed to ensure you are using only Keurig™-approved K-Cups. Not only does this ensure the flavor of the coffee, but this also ensures that these Keurig™-approved K-Cups will not damage your machine.

The Keurig™ 2.0 brewers can be purchased through all major store chains and directly through Keurig, starting at $149.99. For more info, please visit Keurig.com

Thanks to the Keurig™2.0, I love the freedom of being able to enjoy whatever coffee I want, without forcing the rest of the house drink a flavor they may not like.

A HUGE Thank you to Lauren Pavlik and the entire team at Keurig/Green Mountain coffee for allowing me to do a review.

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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