The Keurig Single Cup Brewer

The Keurig Company manufactures a line of single cup coffee and tea brewers for home and office use. This review discusses the smallest model,the MINI Plus Personal Brewer.


Review: The Keurig Single Cup Brewer

Published 08:14 am

As the lone coffee drinker in my household, I found that I was relegated to either regularly wasting as much as half a pot of brewed coffee or going the instant route. Neither of these options held much appeal for me so when my 12-cup coffee maker went kaput, I went in search of an alternative. The Keurig single-cup brewer was the perfect solution for me.

Keurig MINI Plus Personal Brewer

The Keurig line of brewers for the home runs from the compact MINI Plus Personal Brewer to the B155 Fully Programmable machine. The main difference between the MINI, which is the model that I have, and love, and the other models is the size of the reservoir and brewing time. My MINI has a single cup reservoir and brews in about two minutes. Keurig.com lists a brewing time of under a minute for all of their other machines.

Saves Counter Space

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The small personal brewer is a gem for people like me who have limited counter space in the kitchen. At less than 7-inches wide and 11-inches tall, I can either keep my little red machine on the counter or hide it away in a cabinet for those times that I need more workroom. The brewer has a little door that covers the reservoir that pops up to allow a fill-up, so it does need a little more room up top when in use. It is light and easy to move around so there is no problem pulling it out from under the over-the-counter cabinet to use.

Easy to Use

The Keurig brewers use K-cups instead of the more traditional filter basket. To make a cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate, press open the K-cup receptacle, pop in a single-use cup, and close the lid. The K-cup is pierced by two needles that are stored in the lid so that water can flow through. As soon as you close the cup receptacle, the water reservoir lid pops open. Fill with water to the 6 oz, 8 oz, or 10 oz line, depending on how strong you like your coffee or tea, and then close the lid tightly. A light on the right side of the machine will begin to blink, telling you to place your cup under the K-cup holder. Press the blue Brew light and within two minutes, your hot cuppa is ready.

The K-Cup

K-cups are becoming easier to find as the popularity of Keurig brewers grows. I have found them at Publix and Giant grocery stores and in Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are quite a few coffee roasters that produce the K-cup including Caribou, Green Mountain, and Newman's Own Organics as well as packaged teas from Bigelow, Twinings, and Celestial Seasonings. I have also found hot chocolate in K-cups at Harris Teeter grocery store.

The Last Word

For me, the single-cup MINI Plus Personal Brewer works extremely well. I can put a pot on, so to speak, in about a minute and within another two, my fresh cup of coffee is waiting for me. With the single cup brewer, I am not tempted to drink too much coffee just because there is some in the pot and I don't end up wasting almost as much as I drink. I know that you do not have to make a full pot of coffee when using a traditional machine, but I always did because I could never get the grounds to water ratio right for anything less than a full pot. Bottom line, I love my Keurig.

Bestselling The Keurig Single Cup Brewer Products in 2021


Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • FITS ANYWHERE: Less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces
  • TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7.0 inches tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Auto off feature turns off your coffee maker 90 seconds after your last brew, helping to save energy
  • COMPATIBLE WITH THE MY K CUP UNIVERSAL REUSABLE COFFEE FILTER: Brew your own ground coffee (sold separately)
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: Keurig K Mini single serve coffee maker

Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black

Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: 12-cup glass carafe included with your brewer along with a heating plate to keep coffee hot.
  • BREW A CUP AND A CARAFE: use both ground Coffee and K-Cup pods.
  • MULTIPLE BREW SIZES: Brew a 6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and a 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup.
  • COMPATIBLE WITH KEURIG GOLD TONE MESH FILTER ACCESSORY: a reusable coffee filter you can use to brew your perfect carafe (sold separately).
  • LARGE 60 OZ. WATER RESERVOIR: the 60 oz. Water reservoir is shared between the single serve and carafe brewing, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • STRONG BREW: brew a stronger, more intense single cup. 30 inch cord length
  • PROGRAMMABLE CARAFE AUTO-BREW: program your Coffee maker to automatically brew a carafe up to 24 hours In advance.
  • PAUSE & POUR: automatically pauses your Coffee maker mid-brew for 20 seconds, allowing the carafe to be poured.
  • SMART START: your Coffee maker heats, then brews in1 simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: auto off feature turns your brewer off 5 minutes after the last brew to save Energy.

Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black

Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: Keurig K Mini Plus single serve coffee maker with pod storage unit that fits in your brewer and can hold up to 9 K Cup pods
  • FAST & FRESH BREWED: Coffee made in minutes
  • POD STORAGE: Holds 9 K Cup pods and fits in your brewer for ultimate portability and saves counter space
  • CORD STORAGE: For easy transport and tidy countertops
  • TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7.0 inches tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Auto off feature turns off your coffee maker 90 seconds after your last brew, helping to save energy
  • COMPATIBLE WITH THE MY K CUP UNIVERSAL REUSABLE COFFEE FILTER: Brew your own ground coffee (sold separately)
  • MATTE FINISH: Sleek simplicity meets modern style the K Mini Plus coffee maker is available in a variety of matte finish colors with silver detailing on the handle and drip tray

Keurig K150 Single Cup Commercial Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Silver

Keurig K150 Single Cup Commercial Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Designed for small to medium sized businesses, and durably built to perform day in and day out, the K150 Commercial Coffee Maker delivers beverages everyone will love.
  • TOUCH SCREEN INTERFACE: Full color touch-screen with adjustable brew temperature, programmable Auto On/Off settings, and you can walk through brewing instructions in three different languages.
  • POUR OVER WATER RESERVOIR: Go big with the K150 - with a 90 oz., easy to fill, removable Water Reservoir, you can make up to 18 cups before refilling;Faster brewer speed
  • FIVE BREW SIZES: Choose from five different brew sizes - 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., or 12 oz. From strong to milder brewed beverages. Because tastes differ.
  • REMOVABLE DRIP TRAY: The Drip Tray is designed for easy cleanup and versatility. It slides out of the way to accommodate travel mugs. Plus, it's dishwasher safe.
  • NSF CERTIFIED: Rugged and sanitary; this brewer has passed extensive testing and analysis of the National Sanitation Foundation.

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker, with Single Serve K-Cup Pod and 12 Cup Carafe Brewer, Black

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker, with Single Serve K-Cup Pod and 12 Cup Carafe Brewer, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • MULTIPLE BREW SIZES: Brew an 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and an 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup.
  • 60oz. SINGLE RESERVOIR: The 60 oz. water reservoir is shared between the single serve and carafe brewing, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • PAUSE & POUR: Automatically pauses your coffee maker mid-brew for 20 seconds, allowing the carafe to be poured.
  • SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K-Cup pod or ground coffee and use the button controls to brew a delicious cup and carafe.
  • BREW A CUP AND A CARAFE: Use both ground coffee and K-Cup pods.

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Silver

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
  • COFFEE IN NO TIME: Brews K-Cup pods in under a minute.
  • LARGE 75oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 8 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • REMOVABLE DRIP TRAY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2 inches tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
  • BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: Alerts you when it is time to descale your coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible.
  • QUIET BREW TECHNOLOGY: Minimizes noise when the coffee maker is in use.
  • BEVERAGES: Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages.
  • USE GROUND COFFEE: Compatible with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately), allowing you to brew with your own ground coffee.
  • BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: Alerts you when it is time to descale your coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built up calcium deposits, ensuring the best tasting brew possible
  • QUIET BREW TECHNOLOGY: Minimizes noise when the coffee maker is in use
  • BEVERAGES: Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages
  • USE GROUND COFFEE: Compatible with the My K Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately), allowing you to brew with your own ground coffee

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 To 10 Oz. Brew Sizes, Rhubarb

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 To 10 Oz. Brew Sizes, Rhubarb
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • BREWS MULTIPLE K-CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10 oz.) – the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
  • LARGE 48 oz. WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
  • DESCALING: An important part of cleaning your Keurig brewer. This process helps to remove calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a coffee maker over time.
  • AUTO-OFF: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your coffee maker after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy.
  • SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert a pod, select your desired cup brew size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.
  • Brews multiple K Cup Pod sizes (6, 8, 10 ounce) the most popular K Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew
  • A large 48 ounce water reservoir allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to
  • Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a minute
  • Dispense hot water only by opening and closing the brewer handle (without a pod), and selecting your desired brew size. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean up
  • Auto off: An auto off feature is easily programmed to turn off your brewer after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Slate

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Slate
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
  • COFFEE IN NO TIME: Brews K-Cup pods in under a minute.
  • LARGE 75oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 8 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • REMOVABLE DRIP TRAY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2 inches tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
  • BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: Alerts you when it is time to descale your coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible.
  • QUIET BREW TECHNOLOGY: Minimizes noise when the coffee maker is in use.
  • BEVERAGES: Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages.
  • USE GROUND COFFEE: Compatible with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately), allowing you to brew with your own ground coffee.

Keurig K-Duo Plus Coffee Maker, with Single Serve K-Cup Pod and 12 Cup Carafe Brewer, Black (12-Cup Thermal Carafe and 15 K-Cup Pods included)

Keurig K-Duo Plus Coffee Maker, with Single Serve K-Cup Pod and 12 Cup Carafe Brewer, Black (12-Cup Thermal Carafe and 15 K-Cup Pods included)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: 12-cup thermal carafe 15 K-Cup Pods included with your brewer. BREW A CUP AND A CARAFE: use both ground Coffee and K-Cup pods.
  • STRONG BREW: brew a stronger, more intense single cup and carafe. MULTIPLE BREW SIZES: Brew a 6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and a 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. Cup.
  • MULTI-POSITION 60 OZ. WATER RESERVOIR: can be positioned to the right, left, or along the back of the brewer to optimize counter space. 12-CUP THERMAL CARAFE: Included with your brewer and keeps Coffee warm for up to 2 hours.
  • PROGRAMMABLE CARAFE AUTO-BREW: program your Coffee maker to automatically brew a carafe up to 24 hours In advance. PAUSE & POUR: automatically pauses your Coffee maker mid-brew for 20 seconds, allowing the carafe to be poured.
  • SMART START: your Coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size. ENERGY EFFICIENT: auto off feature turns your brewer off 5 minutes after the last brew to save Energy.

Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker, Comes with Dishwasher Safe Milk Frother, Coffee Shot Capability, Nickel

Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker, Comes with Dishwasher Safe Milk Frother, Coffee Shot Capability, Nickel
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • SPECIAL EDITION: Complement your kitchen with the premium nickel colored finish, metal handle and drip tray
  • 4 CUP SIZES: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces
  • SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K Cup pod and use the button controls to brew delicious coffee, or make hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos
  • LARGE 60 ounces WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine; Removable reservoir makes refilling easy
  • SMART START: Your coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process; No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Programmable auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings
  • TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2 inches tall and is top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup
  • COMPATIBLE WITH THE MY K CUP UNIVERSAL REUSABLE COFFEE FILTER: Brew your own ground coffee (sold separately)
  • BREWER MAINTENANCE REMINDER: Alerts you when it is time to descale your coffee maker; Descaling is an important process that removes built up calcium deposits, ensuring the best tasting brew possible
  • HIGH ALTITUDE SETTING: Ensures your coffee maker works properly at altitudes greater than 5,000 feet

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