When packing your clutch bags for a quick trip, do you also struggle to pick which coffee maker to bring with you? I have no problems with leaving my phone or keys at home, but a coffee maker? No way! What if I end up jammed in traffic and need a fine cup of coffee to calm myself down?
But in all seriousness let’s see if the Keurig K Mini has a place in my bag… Or home…
That Extra Half an Inch.
At 5 inches, the Keurig K Mini is one of the slimmest appliances on the market. It’s also about 12 inches tall, just under 17 with the pod chamber open. Because the water tank is built-in and you don’t have to remove it for refills and cleaning, you can park it almost anywhere and under anything.
The water tank holds up to 12 ounces of water, but it will take at least 6 ounces for the machine to work. That means no espresso, sorry. Still, you can use espresso pods to make a very long lungo or a cafe americano.
Since there’s 6 inches between the drip tray and the spout, you can use any standard cup or mug. If you want to use a tall travel tumbler, you will have to remove the drip tray.
Only a Couple Of Buttons.
You’ll find only two buttons on top of the machine and it’s very difficult to confuse them. The smaller one is for turning the machine on and off, and the bigger one is for starting the brewing process.
From start to finish, it should take no longer than 90 seconds before you can enjoy your coffee. And there are another 90 seconds of pre-programmed automatic shut off, which means you never have to remember to turn off your Keurig. Ever.
To gain access to the pod chamber, you will have to pull the lever up. It’s the same type of lever you’ll find on all Keurig single-serve coffee makers. It’s not the most disability-friendly design, but it’s not like you will need a strong grip or the full use of your palms to operate it. What might be a bit problematic is the drop-down design of the chamber. Going in will not be a problem at all, but coming out… eh.
Because this is a portable model, I have to take a second a show my appreciation for the cord storage solution. It’s such a small and often overlooked detail, but you quickly learn to care about it if you’re accident-prone or if you have cats. Or both.
The Keurig K Mini is not too difficult to look at. The body is made out of plastic, but it feels sturdy and like it won’t melt after a single use on a hot summer’s day. It’s also that nice, matte stuff – not the super shiny that looks super cheap and super scratched out the second you take it out of the box.
There are four colors to choose from – black, gray, pastel pink, and Oasis, a signature teal shade. If you put a white ribbon around the last one, you can have a Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Keurig K Mini – All In Good Taste.
There’s a bit of a groove you have to get into but overall, the Keurig K Mini is very easy to use.
You can fill the tank before or after pressing the on button. No need to take out your fancy measuring jug.
Just fill your cup or mug with the desired amount of water, and pour it into the tank. As long as you don’t pass the 12-ounce limit, everything is peachy.
The next step is to add the K-cup or another pod into the chamber. You’ll have to remember this order of events or your machine will not work. Water first, K-cup after.
Lift the lever and place the pod into the adapter. If you’re using a reusable coffee pod, you’ll have to remove this adapter first. If you’re using the Keurig’s reusable pod, you will also have to remove the adapter on its bottom.
Once you close the chamber, a light will come on right above the big brewing button. If the light is solid, that means that the machine is ready to go. Press the button et voila. Coffee, Or another hot beverage of your choice.
I must admit, when it comes to the quality of the brew, this little guy outperforms many larger models.
That’s just another reason to reach for it instead of its bigger cousins – besides the fact you’ll get your cuppa several times faster.
Another lovely detail is easy cleaning. Not only is it easy to keep the exterior clean by using a simple cloth, but the machine has three pre-programmed cleaning modes – cleansing rinse, fresh water rinse, and the internal tank soak. Without a clean machine, you’ll never get decent coffee nor tea, so yay.
If I’m keeping it one hundred this is not a family or an office solution. You can take it to work, but it will not replace your office lounge coffee maker.
It will serve you well when you’re traveling, in a college dorm room, if you live alone in a small space or even maybe as supporting vocals to your main coffee brewing star.
The machine also works with reusable pods, something that Mother Earth is very happy about. At least my sources say so.
It’s quick, it’s small, it’s simple to use – everything I think the whole concept of K-cups is about.
Now, let’s look at the Pros & Cons of Keurig K Mini:
When it comes to its target demographic, this is a great appliance at a great price point. But if you’re not #foreveralone or #notcaringnotsharing, you might want to look elsewhere.
Nevertheless, Keurig K Mini absolutely makes a fine cup of coffee! There’s no doubt about that!
Feel free to check it out at Amazon.com, and if you have any questions drop me a line below and ask!
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