Keurig has been king of the pile in the world of single serve coffee makers for several years now.
But sales of the original Keurig brewers likely slowed as competitive machines hit the market, some of them offering more features and choices, including the option to make cappuccinos and lattes.
The Keurig Vue V700 plays catch-up with these competitors, and then some.
The basic system is the same as the original Keurig brewers. You choose your settings from the touchscreen control panel, make sure there is water in the reservoir, drop in the single serve cup, and press brew.
But there are some significant differences.
First, this new system doesn’t use the old K-Cups, it uses Vue Packs. And no, you can’t use the old K-Cups with these new brewers.
As for choice, the Vue system launched with more than 30 varieties representing a mix of brands, including Green Mountain Coffee, Barista Prima, Tully’s, Coffee People, Gloria Jean’s, Green Mountain Naturals, Café Escapes, Caribou Coffee, Celestial Seasonings, Emeril’s, Newman’s Own Organics, Timothy’s and Van Houtte. Also exclusive to Vue is Green Mountain Coffee’s newest entry – the two-step Barista Prima Café beverages.
And here are some of the settings you can choose. Again, if you have an older Keurig brewer, you will see how the choices have grown with the Vue V700.
You can make any of these selections from the V700 Touchscreen panel.
- Choose from a wide selection of cup sizes: 4-oz, 6-oz, 8-oz, 10-oz, 12-oz, 16-oz and 18-oz
- Select your brew temperature up to 197 degrees
- Choose “Strong” for a bolder brew
- Choose “Café” to brew lattes and cappuccinos
- Choose “Brew Over Ice” to make the perfect iced coffee or tea
And – finally – the Vue Packs are recyclable!
One of the complaints a lot of people had with the original Keurig K-Cups was that they weren’t recyclable. That was a big deal, with millions of used K-Cups hitting the landfills every month.
With Vue Packs you peel off the foil lid, with the filter and used coffee attached, separate the plastic cup, and drop it into your recycling bin.
The Vue V700 is a great advance in many ways, and we’re sure it will be a big hit with everyone who has used, loved or even wanted one of the older Keurig machines.