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The Keurig 2.0 -- Details to Know Before You Buy

I had been considering purchasing the newest version of the Keurig brand coffee maker, the Keurig 2.0. My daughter wanted to upgrade from her original Keurig, so thought it would make a perfect Christmas gift.

In searching online for information and pricing on the Keurig 2.0, I happened across this article on DailyFinance.com.

It's true that the 2.0 version allows the user to brew either a cup or a carafe of coffee -- although the carafe is smaller than the standard size of 8 to 12 cups. What the Keurig 2.0 does not allow a user to do is use the original Keurig K-cups or any other brand of K-cups either. Only the new "Keurig Brewed" cups and packs will work in the 2.0.

How does Keurig assure that? There is a built-in scanner system in the 2.0 model. The user has to scan the cup or pack before making a cup or a carafe of their favorite brew.

The cups you can fill yourself with whatever coffee you prefer will also not work in the 2.0 model.

I'm holding on to my present coffeemaker and shopping for a different gift for my daughter.

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Scorpie wrote on November 8, 2014, 8:34 AM

Since my Keurig 1.0 works just fine I see no reason for an "upgrade." I also use Windows XP, Office 97 and drive a car that's 30 years old.

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2014, 9:32 AM

I think the attraction of the Keurig 2.0 is the fact you can brew a carafe of coffee if you prefer. I'm not biting, though, and I think some folks who do may be disappointed.

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2014, 9:33 AM

That's great. : ) The more bells and whistles, the more things can go wrong.

Bellatricks wrote on November 8, 2014, 11:13 AM

Wow restrictions on the cups? I think that's a bad move. Keurig is becoming the Apple of coffee makers with a move like that.

SandraLPetersen wrote on November 8, 2014, 11:22 AM

I haven't gotten a Kuerig . . . yet. Our dentist has one in the reception area and I've liked what I saw. I like the varieties of hot drinks you can have but I don't know if I'll ever change from the coffeemaker I use now. Is it cost-effective to use a Kuerig? My current coffeemaker was a Christmas gift from one of our daughters. I have been known to drain a 12-cup pot of coffee a day. Most of the time I drink 4 or 5 cups.

acrogodess914 wrote on November 8, 2014, 2:43 PM

I just scored a free upgrade to the 2.0 thanks to house party.com but thank goodness our old model was gone or I would be kinda made about needing all new kcups

FourWalls wrote on November 8, 2014, 3:19 PM

I've never used a Keurig (the only time I've seen one up close is one that was in a hotel room I stayed in recently, or on the store shelves). I bought some K-cups for some friends of mine as a wedding present (it was on their list where they were registered). I must say that I have never seen the attraction of these things. One box of K-cups cost about twice what a box of 20 teabags do (and you can use a teabag twice in most cases). I suppose if you only drink one cup of coffee a day it's appealing, but the price, when you add it up, is astronomical.

Ellis wrote on November 8, 2014, 3:24 PM

Fortunately for me my coffeemaker is not back from Canada...and she's good with the kids...lol

WordChazer wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:01 PM

My parents have a capsule coffee maker with controls that make it look like flying a fast jet. For us teapots with legs, the kettle is much simpler!

WordChazer wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:03 PM

You can't use a teabag twice if you're dealing with a Brit drinking tea... I drink my tea by the pint and leave the teabag in the mug.

paigea wrote on November 8, 2014, 8:46 PM

I think I will pass on the new Keurig. It's nice to have one since we like such different strengths of coffee. We mostly use the filter that we add our own preferred coffee (and amount) to. We mostly each only have one or two cups so it's cost effective I think.

AliCanary wrote on November 8, 2014, 10:53 PM

Oh, this sounds exactly like how Apple completely ruins something every time they make a "new and improved" version of it. What a ripoff! You are wise to stick with the one that works for you.

AliCanary wrote on November 8, 2014, 10:54 PM

Ha ha ha! I SWEAR that I hadn't read your comment yet when I made mine. It's SO true, though.

BarbRad wrote on November 8, 2014, 11:22 PM

It's smart you checked this before buying. Sometimes upgrades aren't all you hoped they would be because of these kinds of limitations.

BarbRad wrote on November 8, 2014, 11:23 PM

You've got that right. I still hate Maverick.

ViperGirl85 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:27 PM

If I was looking for this, I would change my mind. I just have a regular single cup coffee maker, not the K-Cup of any kind.

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:47 PM

The Keurig original is more money-saving because you can buy the little "baskets" that are empty and fill with your own coffee, tea, etc. Personally, for the price of the unit and the price of the K-cups, I'm sticking with my standard coffeemaker.

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:48 PM

Maybe you'll do a review for us with your experience with the 2.0?

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:51 PM

I do drink too much coffee in a day for even the Keurig 1.0 to be economically feasible for me, unless I use my own coffee to fill the baskets you can buy and fill yourself. But that kind of defeats the purpose of the Keurig for me, as I like tasting different coffees.

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:55 PM

Lol, glad to learn you're not in the market then. : )

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:55 PM

Lol, I am more a coffee pot with legs, but I get your meaning. : )

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:56 PM

Yes, using the original Keurig in that way makes sense, and doesn't cost too cents. : )

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:58 PM

These companies think of everything to build in profit -- as if they aren't making enough already.

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 9:59 PM

Yes, I am glad I checked it out. It might have been the gift my daughter thought she wanted, but likely wouldn't have been able to afford the new K-cups for it. It would become an expensive dust-catcher.

Feisty56 wrote on November 9, 2014, 10:00 PM

I feel bad for the unsuspecting folks who will buy the Keurig 2.0 and then find out that using it will lock them into more expensive coffee and other brews.

ViperGirl85 wrote on November 9, 2014, 10:34 PM

I hope they find out before it's too late! It's almost frustrating how I can only find K-Cup things, and I don't don't have that brand, so... :-/

nbaquero wrote on November 13, 2014, 6:58 AM

Feisty56 I think it does pay to be an informed consumer and devote the time to do some research before buying any products. Thanks for the reminder.

Feisty56 wrote on November 13, 2014, 9:58 AM

You're most welcome. I don't do much impulse buying as having spending money is a luxury, so try to get the best bang for my bucks.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 3:04 PM

You've got to be kidding me! I would certainly never buy a Keurig that required me to scan my cups and didn't allow me to use a loose coffee of my choice.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 3:06 PM

Yes Lissette, I hope you will! I'd love to hear more about it from someone who is actually using the 2.0 version.

Feisty56 wrote on November 16, 2014, 10:05 PM

I don't think most people would -- if they knew ahead of making that purchase would result in that. Hopefully &acrogoddess will fill us in on her experiences with the 2.0 model.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 17, 2014, 1:25 AM

It's great that you're raising awareness of this issue, because the company sure isn't going to be upfront about it!

Feisty56 wrote on November 17, 2014, 9:03 AM

I don't want to rain on their parade, but do think that those who are interested in purchasing the 2.0 ought to at least know what they're getting into. For some folks, the scanning of K-cups and not being able to use your own coffee may not be an issue, but for myself and those I know, the cost of being able to use the machine would render it a dust-catcher.