Keurig K475 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Much of what I could say about the Keurig K475 I've already said about its big brother, the Keurig K575. (Click here to see my review of the K575). They both use Keurig 2.0 technology, so they "read" the lid of each K-Cup or K-Carafe pod so as to optimize the brew. They both have color touch screen control panels and large water reservoirs, though those on the K475 are smaller.

But are the similarities outweighed by the differences? And which is the more reliable? Read on to find out:

Keurig K475
The Keurig K475

Table of Contents
What You Get Speed & Energy Conservation
Comparisons With K575 Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What You Get With Your Keurig K475

The coffee maker comes with six K-Cup pods and a water filter handle, together with two filters. You'd think that a carafe would also be included, as this machine is designed to take carafes as well as cups. Perhaps that would push the price up too high for Keurig's liking.

Keurig emphasize the versatility of this coffee maker, and it's difficult to fault them on that point. You have five brew sizes for cups (4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-oz), and three for mugs (12, 14 and 16-oz). And for the carafe that you have to buy separately, you have 22, 26 and 30-oz.

There have been criticisms of Keurig coffee makers in the past for producing brews that aren't strong enough. The Strength Control Setting is designed to overcome that. It allows you to opt for a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.

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Speed and Energy Conservation

Like the K575, it's fast. A brew takes no more than a minute from start to finish. And it's programmable, so you can make it turn on and off at pre-set times, to conserve energy.

One criticism Keurig hope to lay to rest with this model is that their brews are sometimes not hot enough. The K475 gives you five temperature settings to choose from. Experiment until you have found the size and settings that suit your palate.

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Keurig K475
The Keurig K475 from above

Comparisons With The Keurig K575

The essential differences between the K475 and the K575 are:

  • the touch screen on the K475 is 2.4-inches, compared to 2.8-inches on the K575
  • the water reservoir on the K475 is 70-oz, compared to 80-oz on the K575
  • there's no 18-oz brew size for mugs on the K475 compared to the K575.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
  • Water reservoir: 70-oz (enough for about 8 cups)
  • Touch screen: 2.4-inches
  • Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Manufacturer: Keurig
  • Color choice: Black, Sandy Pearl, or Vintage Red
  • ASIN: B018UQ5RC6
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: 119297

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
  • Touch screen control panel makes programming easy
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Five temperature settings
  • Energy Saver mode
  • Strength control setting

Cons:

  • You have to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time to get rid of the factory smell
  • Make sure you purchase from Amazon or some other reputable seller to ensure you don't get a reject

Here's a useful YouTube Video of a new K475 being cleaned and used for the first time -

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K475 scores an average of well over 4 stars from over 760 reviews on Amazon at the time or writing. About three-quarters of reviewers give it four or five stars.

As you'd expect with a technological product like this, there are a few dissatisfied reviewers. However, most complaints are comparatively minor. These include excessive noise while brewing, and having to purchase the carafe and reusable filters separately (fair comment).

Most reviewers love the great tasting coffee this machine produces and the fact that you can use your own grinds, thanks to the reusable filter.

A noticeable thread here is the importance of reading and acting on the advice in the instruction manual. This includes cleaning the machine before using it for the first time, and regularly after that.
If you have trouble brewing from the older K-Cup pods or from non-Keurig pods, re-inserting usually works.

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Summary

The K475 is basically an economy version of the K575. It costs around $30 less (depending on where you purchase it). The touch screen and water reservoir are a little smaller and you have one less size option for your K-Mug pods.

However, performance, speed, convenience and the taste of your coffee (or other beverage) seems to be just as good. The Keurig K475 is a quality coffee maker and you can purchase it with confidence.

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Keurig K575 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

One thing immediately catches your eye about the Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker. It's the impressive 2.8 inch Extra Large color touch screen. It promises ease, versatility and sheer style as the "ultimate" coffeemaker in the Keurig range.

But wait a minute. This touch screen may boast its own wallpaper and special lighting effects. But does it help this coffeemaker justify its price tag of just about sub-$200 and produce the goods? Especially when you can get the Keurig K475, which has nearly as big a water reservoir and only a slightly smaller screen, for around $30 less. Let's see.

Read the rest of the review below:

Keurig K575
The Keurig K575

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Table of Contents
The "Ultimate" Setting Up
Versatility and Capacity Features and Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Keurig K575 - Keurig's "Ultimate" Coffeemaker

Touch screens are spreading. They've been around for a while on our phones and tablets. Now they're on our coffee makers too. And no doubt they'll be on nearly everything very soon. Just like digital readouts when they first appeared in the late 1970s.

The touch screen on the K575 is the control panel - replacing old fashioned buttons and giving you the latest state of play at the same time. By default, it displays a digital clock. But when you're using this piece of advanced technology it gives you all the other information you need as well. And in style.

It's kind of hypnotic. You'll want to go through the set-up process all over again just to enjoy the lights. Then you'll want to re-program the on-off times for your new machine. Ah - if only communicating with ordinary, dull fellow humans was as exciting!

But it's time, I'm afraid, to get down and dirty, and see whether this futuristic, almost intimidating, machine can let you produce, with ease, a great tasting cup of coffee (or tea, or cocoa).

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 view from above

Setting Up Was Never More Exciting

That's because the touch screen gives you such a feeling of power. You even have a choice of language - English, French or Spanish. Then - what's this? An altitude setting! Useful if you're living at an altitude of 5,000 feet. Next is the water filter reminder - talk about set and forget.

Talking about setting and forgetting, don't forget to set the water reservoir light/night light color. Equally important - the wallpaper to give a pleasing background to your LCD screen. Oh, and while you're at it, you may as well set the Energy Saver Mode On/Off times and water temperature settings.

What else is there? Oh, of course. Better set the clock so it displays the right time. Phew! I think that's about it.

Only one other thing to remember when setting up, and it doesn't concern the touch screen (unfortunately). And that's to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time. Make it two things. Read the manual as well.

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Versatility and Capacity

At 80-oz, the water reservoir on the Keurig K575 is the largest in the Keurig range. You can brew ten or more cups before needing to refill. That's convenient if you hate the mundane tasks associated with making great coffee and hot drinks. Like refilling the reservoir. You can remove it for refilling or cleaning, and the lid can be removed or just opened a little.

But perhaps more impressive is the sheer choice you have. Not only do you have the range of coffee, tea, cocoa and specialty beverages from 75 different brands. You can also use the Keurig Plus Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (available separately) when you prefer brewing from your own coffee grounds.

More choice coming up. You can choose from a cup, with brew sizes of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12-oz. You can have a mug with a brew size of 12, 14, 16 or 18 oz. Or if you really want to push the boat out you can have a carafe of 22, 26 or a massive 30-oz. It's a pity Keurig don't include the carafe in the package, but then that would probably push the price up above $200.

So much for size. What about strength of brew? Back to the touch screen again (any excuse!).You have a Strength Control setting that lets you brew a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.

As for the temperature of your drink, you have no less than five settings, plus a Hot Water On Demand button (choose the brew size for the amount required). That's for if you simply want to make your own drink for a change. But then, who'd want to, when you have a machine like this to do it for you?

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 - with carafe

Features and Specifications:

    • Color: Platinum
    • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
    • Water reservoir: 80-oz
    • Touch screen: 2.8-inches
    • Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 14.9 pounds
    • Manufacturer: Keurig
    • ASIN: B018UQ5VEK
    • Origin: China
    • Item model number: K575

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
  • Extra large touch screen control panel makes programming easy
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Five temperature settings
  • Energy Saver mode
  • Strength control setting

Cons:

  • You have to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time to get rid of the factory smell
  • Make sure you purchase from Amazon or some other reputable seller to ensure you don't get a reject
Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 - without cup or carafe

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K575 being put through its paces -

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker has over 830 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing. It has an average score of over 4 stars. Almost two-thirds of reviewers give 4 or 5 stars.

Reviewers particularly like the ease of use and wide range of brew sizes, flavors, and temperatures to choose from. The bold coffee option scores highly, as you would expect. Also popular is the ease of operation and (needless to say) that intuitive touch screen. The new-style reusable K-Cups are a hit.

Some reviewers complain that the K575 doesn't accept non-Keurig branded K-Cup pods. However, here's a secret. Search YouTube for "using the K575 with non-Keurig k-cups" (or similar search term) to find how to get round this.

One important lesson from some reviewers is this. Make sure you purchase either from Amazon itself or from an independent seller with a high feedback score. Some unfortunate buyers have been supplied with an obviously used machine that is sub-standard and not even packaged properly.

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 in action

Summary

The Keurig K575 is for you if you want

  • an upmarket coffeemaker for a reasonable price
  • total control over your brew
  • an incredible choice of brews
  • total control over the amount of time the machine remains on
  • a large capacity water reservoir
  • speed (even straight after the machine "wakes up")
  • a large choice of colors for the lighting display in your kitchen, day and night
  • a state of the art touch screen display!

You know (or can find out) how to use non-Keurig branded K-Cups with it, so increasing your choice of brew exponentially. And most agree the coffee tastes great. We have no hesitation in recommending the Keurig K575.

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Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother Review

The Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother is currently available as a used item from a few sellers via Amazon. We originally wrote this review when it was a regular item featured on Amazon, and we have decided to leave it on this site as it may be of use to some.

This espresso maker has been described as a perfect combination, and by Nespresso themselves as "the ultimate machine in modularity, simplicity, and purity."

That sounds pretty lofty, and it is quite unusual to find two distinct products being sold as a duo. But Nespresso must have their reasons for it, and they certainly stand by their decision. So let's take a look at this product pair and see if it's worthy of the praise.

Nespresso U D50
Table of Contents
Easy To Use Combo Pre-Set Cup Sizes
How Long To Wait? The All-Important Flavor
Running Costs And The Cleaning...?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons  
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Nespresso U D50 - An Easy To Use Combo

The Nespresso U D50 has been designed for ease of use. Essentially, you just press a button to make your selection, place the pod in place, and the machine, with its 19 bar pump pressure, will pierce the pod, brew the coffee and eject the used capsule into the capsule dispenser at the end. It couldn't get much simpler.

The Aeroccino milk frother, too, has a rapid, one-touch system that puts it into action preparing hot or cold froths, with or without foam. It heats the milk to around 130 degrees - not quite as hot as the coffee shop, but hot enough for nearly all home espresso drinkers.

There are two levels of froth - latte, and cappuccino - or the froth setting can be turned off. It can froth the milk while warming it, or leave it cold. It does work best with regular milk but can also take almond milk, which, naturally, won't be quite so frothy.

You can customize how the espresso maker looks. The water tank at the back, which can hold a decent 27 fluid ounces, can be rotated 180 degrees around the machine.

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Pre-Set Cup Sizes Can Be Changed

The pre-set cup sizes accord to the standard Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo but if these aren't to your liking you can change them and the U D50 will remember your new settings. You simply press the appropriate cup size buttons while using the slider at the same time.

Nespresso U D50
Nespresso U D50

How Long Do You Have To Wait?

Delicious coffee, even from a capsule, can't be delivered instantly, of course. But this coffee maker comes pretty close. It heats up ready for use in around one to one and a half minutes. Each espresso then takes around 20 seconds.

As we've just noted, the milk frother has variable settings as to frothing and heating, so that affects the speed of delivery, but hot frothed milk generally takes around a minute, depending on its original temperature.

The All-Important Flavor

Flavor, as we all know, depends on a number of things. A clean coffee maker with no left-over grinds, fresh filtered water, and fresh, quality coffee grinds. The first two are down to us, but as far as the coffee is concerned, Nespresso choose only Grand's Cruz green coffees for their capsules, to ensure you get close to coffee shop standards.

And with seventeen varieties to choose from, as well as three cup sizes for strength adjustment, you won't have much of a problem in finding a flavor to suit your palate.

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What About The Running Costs?

The Nespresso U D50 was designed to use Nespresso coffee capsules only. Probably the most convenient place to purchase them is at Nespresso's website, where you buy in batches of 50 and the price works out at about 60c a pod. Depending on your taste, you may find that you need two pods for each cup.

You have seventeen varieties to choose from and you receive a sample of each with your new machine. While it's possible to buy reusable filters and grind your own beans, that doesn't work out much cheaper, if at all, and the flavor is certainly inferior to that of the Nespresso pods.

Electricity consumption is normal for this kind of device, and the espresso maker has an auto off setting set for 9 minutes of non-use.

And The Cleaning . . ?

Keeping your Nespresso U D50 clean is easy. After each brew, the pod is automatically released into the capsule dispenser. A light indicates when the water tank is empty or the capsule dispenser is full.

Then you just empty the pod dispensing bin (which holds up to 12 used capsules), rinse the drip tray, and refresh the water if necessary. With the Aeroccino milk frother, you just rinse the inside of it after each use and make sure you don't get the base wet.

Some coffee makers have a nasty habit of the spout dripping after each brew and eventually filling the drip tray, but the U D50 has a retracting outlet, so that problem is avoided.

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Check out this short video showing an expert using the Nespresso U D50 to make a delicious espresso:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.5 x 9.8 inches ; 6.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 pounds
  • Item model number: A+D50-US-BK-NE
  • Water tank: 27 ounces
  • Cup sizes: 3 - Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo
  • Uses Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • 19 bar pump pressure
  • One touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth
  • Light indicator warning for empty tank or full capsule dispenser
  • Capsule dispenser holds 12 used capsules
  • Auto off: 9 minutes
Nespresso U D50 Milk Frother
Nespresso U D50 Milk Frother

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Stylish and sleek
  • Very easy to use
  • Fast brewing and milk frothing
  • Great tasting coffee
  • Easy cleaning

Cons:

  • You're restricted to Nespresso coffee capsules - a little pricey
  • Milk frother heats to 130 degrees, less than at the coffee shop
Nespresso U D50 - Aerial View
Nespresso U D50 - Aerial View

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Consumer Ratings

The vast majority of reviewers of Amazon give the U D50 the full five stars. The average rating is about mid-way between four stars and five from over 280 reviewers, at the time of writing.

What users like most about this combo is the excellent tasting coffee it produces, and how easy it is to use. Its speed and sheer good looks also count for a great deal.

Some have mentioned that the pods are rather expensive. However, most users seem happy about that aspect, and you have to bear in mind that you're paying for great tasting coffee with every brew.

Overall, it's appreciated as delivering a great espresso every time, with little to no mess to clear up afterward.

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Summary

Nespresso made this espresso maker and milk frother to be compact and simple to use. But it also had to produce coffee that its users would love, and, judging from most of the reviews, they do. That's the Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother for you.

Nespresso U D50
Nespresso U D50

 

 

 

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Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother Review

If you take a quick look at the Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother, all you'll see would be a sleek, stainless steel exterior with just one simple control knob. You'd think that it was just another one of those milk frothers that gives you a choice of two - take it or leave it.

But when you see what this device can do, it's like opening a whole new world of coffee and milk frothing, of exotic drinks of smooth, tantalizing flavors, or creamy froth that you never knew existed before.

So far, so good, but can it really be worth the not insubstantial price tag of not far south of $130?

Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother
Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother

Table of Contents (jump ahead!)
Build Quality and Design Everything?
How Long Does It Take? You'll Want To Know...
What About Cleaning It? Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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Superior Build Quality and Simple Design

The Breville BMF600XL consists of a base unit, which controls the induction power, and a jug, or carafe, in which the milk froths are made. Both are of stainless steel. The only plastic parts are the lid and the two frothing discs - one smooth, for making lattes, and the other with slits, for making foam for cappuccinos.

The disc that isn't being used is stored on a magnetic hook at the back, so it's almost impossible to lose. The power cord, too, stores away easily when not required.

The carafe has a minimum fill line, and if you fill to that level then you'll have enough milk for two 10 ounce cups of coffee. You can make enough for four cups at a time if you wish.

The knob on the base unit lets you control the temperature of the milk produced. You can have a cold stir for a cold drink (though you won't have so much froth), or you can take the heat up to 160 degrees and all points in between.

A froth needs more than just heat, of course. It needs stirring. The BMF600XL uses its discs for this. They're not turned mechanically, but magnetically. Take the disc you need, according to whether you want foam or not, and press it home into the containing slot. Make sure it's stable before you start. Like any brilliant idea, it's basically very simple and produces great results.

And the build quality is such that there's no reason why it shouldn't continue doing so for many years.

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Breville BMF600XL - The Machine That Does Everything

Frothing milk is actually only one of the functions that this machine carries out quietly and reliably. It's also a hot chocolate maker if you just add the appropriate ingredients, though there is a little skill involved in this (see below).

Apart from regular full-fat milk, you can use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or skimmed milk (which produces the largest froth). If you prefer you can add cocoa, agaves or coffee, so that your drink is ready made without having to prepare another part of it elsewhere.

And you don't have to have a froth at all. You can make steamed milk. In fact, using it as a flavored milk steamer is one of its most popular uses.

It does produce very hot milk (though you can, of course, reduce the temperature setting), and it's capable of melting chocolate chips fed into it through the lid whilst foaming the milk. It's quiet too, and if you're up to latte art then this machine won't let you down.

The recipe book that comes with the frother itself contains a number of other dishes, so experiment and discover which kind of brew you prefer, because sometimes it seems this machine can do almost anything.

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But How Long Does It Take?

One reviewer on Amazon describes the Breville BMF600XL as "fast, simple and reliable". If you set the temperature to its highest and pour in milk to the minimum level in the carafe then you'll have your frothed milk ready in between one and two minutes, depending on the original temperature of the milk, and prevailing conditions in your kitchen.

You'll Want To Know About This ...

I'm always mentioning in my reviews about how coffee makers, espresso makers, and milk frothers, are not just kitchen appliances like refrigerators or cookers, which can take a certain amount of punishment through careless handling, and so on.

They are, in effect, precision instruments, and this is particularly true in this case. We've seen how the BMF600XL has two frothing discs, and how you always use one of them, depending on whether you're making a lot of foam or not, to stir the milk while it's being heated.

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The disc must be allowed to spin freely, using the magnetic field generated. So it must be clean. If there's any dust, powder or anything at all on it then it will be out of balance and won't spin properly or at all. Sometimes it may need a slight tap with a spoon to start it off, if it's reluctant to start moving.

The best temperature for producing frothy milk is 140 degrees to 160 degrees. Most users set it to around the maximum to start with, and then adjust when they know their machine better.

The BMF600XL needs to be started as soon as you've poured the milk into the carafe. Any delay may lead to condensation being formed and the motor may shut off. Observe the instructions in the User Manual - you need to press the button a second time to start the frothing process.

If you're making, for example, hot chocolate, then don't just dump the chocolate concentrate into the top of the milk. That may disturb the spin of the disc. Wait until the milk is warm, and then sprinkle it in slowly, using the facility in the lid that's there for the purpose.

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What About Cleaning It Afterward?

The Breville BMF600XL is very easy to clean. The carafe is dishwasher safe, though it's almost as easy to rinse it by hand. As it's made of stainless steel, any milk deposits will just rub off.

This 10-minute video shows the Breville BMF600XL doing its job:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 10.2 inches ; 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Item model number: BMF600XL
  • Induction heating - carafe dishwasher friendly
  • Two frothing discs for magnetic stirring - latte and cappuccino
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Stainless steel construction

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • You can make almost any milk drink with this
  • Easy to clean - dishwasher safe
  • Complete temperature control

Cons:

  • Discs have to be absolutely clean to work properly
  • Needs minimum amount of 8 oz milk to work properly

Breville BMF600XL
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Consumer Ratings

Reviewers on Amazon are very favorable towards the BMF600XL, giving it an average of nearly 4.5 stars in over 940 reviews at the time of writing. They particularly like its versatility, and how it produces delicious milk froths and drinks.

A few have mentioned problems in getting it to start, but with the tips given here, this should present no problem to you. The price is another point sometimes raised, but then you do get what you pay for here.

The great majority of users are more than happy with their milk frother.

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Summary

The Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother is an extremely adaptable, reliable machine that looks good and is easy to clean as well. It can make you a milk drink exactly to your requirements in no more than a couple of minutes, and is quite capable of remaining in regular use for many years. At the very least, this deserves careful consideration for your next milk frother.

 

 

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A Review of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker (C60 and D60)

The C60 and D60 versions of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker are basically the same machine. The only differences are cosmetic. The C60 has ribs on the side and has a round, fat spout. The D60 has no ribs and has a thin, tubular spout. The colors are different. The C60 comes in a choice of titan or brown, whereas you can have the D60 in blue, green, aluminum, silver or various shades of red.

What we'll do in this review is to treat them as one product, which, apart from the above differences, they are.

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso C60
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso D60
Table of Contents
Capabilities Control + Ease of Use
How Fast? Easy to Clean?
How Does It Taste? Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker - Big Capabilities In A Small Package

One of the most surprising things about the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 and D60 is how small it is. It's only just over nine inches tall, with a length of less than 13 inches and width of just 4.33 inches.

But what it lacks in size it makes up for in style and performance. Nespresso have hidden the water reservoir round the back of it, leaving the handle and front piece as the main visible features. They've cleverly hidden the drip tray inside the machine, with a funnel directing spills into it from underneath the cup ledge.

Complete Control With Ease Of Use

The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 / D60 is about as user friendly as it's possible to get. It's a single serve machine and caters for almost any sized cup or mug. You can control how much water you want it to dispense and how strong you want your drink, so you get a consistent cup of coffee every time. But you can also vary any single serving by holding down one of the buttons on the back, for example to make a lungo (or larger drink with more water).

Backlights on the controls indicate what stage has been reached in the brew cycle, and it's easy to detect the water level in the reservoir. There's a container inside the machine into which used capsules drop automatically, and there's even a little storage space to keep the power cord when not in use.

To top it all, you have auto shut-off in case you forget to switch off before retiring for the night or going out.

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But How Fast Is It?

If it's speed you're after you won't be disappointed. The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 / D60 can hold its own against much larger and more powerful-looking coffee makers. Each brew is ready in 25 to 30 seconds. Incredibly fast. Catering for a large family or guests shouldn't present too much of a problem as the water reservoir holds 24 ounces.

And Can It Be Cleaned Easily?

Nespresso supply a cleaning kit with full instructions, so cleaning is straightforward, and actually easier than with most coffee makers. You simply run it without putting any pods in. You can remove and rinse the folding drip tray very easily, and that will be the bulk of the cleaning required for the C60 / D60.

Nothing beats, though, actually getting inside the machine (as far as you can) with the cleaning kit, and Nespresso recommend that you do this periodically to keep your espresso maker in top condition.

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What Does The Coffee Taste Like?

It's hard to find anyone with anything but praise for the sheer good taste of the coffee this espresso maker produces. It comes with a set of pods so you can select your favorites before ordering more. They average around 65c each, but there's a large choice and you can get the best deals online. If you're environmentally concerned then you can easily re-cycle them.

Watch this video to see the Nespresso D60 in action:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.3 x 9.2 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Item model numbers: C60-US-TI-NE and D60-US-AL-NE
  • Water reservoir: 24 oz
  • Drip tray: folding and removable
  • Auto shut-off
  • Uses Nespresso pods

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Small and compact, fits in any kitchen
  • Brews exceptionally fast - 25-30 seconds
  • Uses Nespresso pods, so no mess
  • Complete control over cup size and strength of brew
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Pods aren't cheap - around 65c but possibly cheaper online
  • A little noisy, but only for a few seconds per brew

Consumer Ratings

The C60 has nearly 600 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing and scores an average of over 4.5 stars. The D60 has around 130 reviews and scores a little lower. As you'd expect, there's nothing much between them in the figures, and the reviews themselves largely say the same things, being mainly praise for how versatile and reliable they are.

These models haven't suited everyone, of course (it would be rather surprising if they did) but negative comments are largely down to individual taste. One or two have mentioned the noise, but others describe these products as "whisper quiet", and what noise there is only lasts a few seconds anyway.

It's safe to say that most users are delighted with their Nespresso C60 or D60.

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Summary

Whether you opt for the ribbed C60 with its round, fat spout, or the D60, without ribs and with its thin spout, you're bound to be pleased with your purchase. The Nespresso C60 / D60 Pixie Espresso Maker represents good value for money and is backed by Nespresso's formidable reputation for producing high quality espresso makers.

Click here to buy the Nespresso C60.

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Mr Coffee Single Serve (BVMC) Coffee Brewer Review

This Mr Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer is one of the products from Mr Coffee that have resulted from the partnership with Keurig and its brewing technology.

Mr Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer
Table of Contents
Keurig Means K-Cups Ease & Speed
3 Brew Size Options Easy Cleaning
Features & Specifications Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

Priced at under $90 (at the time of writing), it is aimed at those coffee lovers who just want a single brew at times of their choosing, and don't want to mess about with programming or anything else. In other words, simplicity. So does this coffee brewer deliver?

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Keurig Means K-Cups

As you'd expect from any coffee maker that has the benefit of Keurig's brewing technology, this product uses K-Cups. The advantages of using K-Cups are well known - you just put one in the slot, close the lid, and shortly after you have your brew. Oh, and there's no mess to clear up afterwards. Just dump the used filter in the trash.

The only downside is the cost, if that bothers you, in which case you can use a reusable K-Cup filter, such as a Solofill Reusable. But you do get a 5 pack of K-Cup samples to start you off, which can't be bad.

Ease and Speed

For those of us who want it easy and fast then we could do a lot worse than the Mr Coffee Single Serve. The K-Cups make it easy, and Mr Coffee and Keurig make it quick. Less than one minute to a brew, according to Mr Coffee, though in practice it's more like a minute to start the brew (following the previous brew) and another 30-40 seconds to actually brew a 6 oz or 8 oz cup. Even so, not a bad turn-around time.
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Mr Coffee Single Serve

Mr Coffee Single Serve

Three Brew Size Options

Surprisingly for a single serve brewer, this model gives a choice of 6 oz, 8 oz, or 10 oz sizes of brew. The 40 oz water reservoir can supply around 6 cups of average size, so you won't have to keep getting up to refill it.

Easy Cleaning

Mr Coffee recommends that you use bottled or filtered water in this coffee maker. Ordinary tap water will clog up the channels through which it has to pass and cause problems. Even these precautions won't prevent cleaning and maintenance tasks, but at least they're made as easy as they can be.

The water filter lifts off for thorough inspection and cleaning, as does the drip tray. It's important to follow the advice in the Owner's Manual, otherwise, you risk having a non-working coffee maker on your hands and complaining about it in the reviews section.
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Features and Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 11.8 x 14.2 inches ; 10.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds
  • Item model number: BVMC-KG6R-001
  • Water reservoir: 40 oz removable
  • Drip tray: removable
  • Brew size options: three - 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz
  • Uses K-Cups
  • Auto shut-off: 2 hours (optional)

Mr Coffee Single Serve

Pros and Cons of the Mr Coffee Single Serve

Pros:

  • Easy to use with K-Cups
  • Removable water reservoir for easy filling and cleaning
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
  • 3 brew size options

Cons:

  • K-Cups can be costly
  • Power cord could be a little longer

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This video shows a demo of the Mr Coffee Single Serve in action:

Consumer Ratings

The Mr Coffee Single Serve scores over 3.5 stars from over 1,800 reviewers on Amazon at the time of writing, with around two thirds of all reviewers giving four or five stars. Most users like the simplicity of the coffee maker, with no clock, default settings or temperature adjustments to worry about.

As ever, there are a few negative reviews from users who have had an unfortunate experience with their machine. What can be learned from that is that any coffee maker, no matter what the price or who the manufacturer is, needs periodic maintenance and cleaning if it is to last the course. This model is very easy to clean and maintain.
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Summary

The Mr Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer is powered by Keurig Brewing Technology, and that's what gives it the power it needs to deliver fast, delicious brews in a choice of cup sizes. Minimal maintenance is required if you use K-Cups, and there's the reusable filter available if you need to economize. With high user satisfaction, you can purchase this product with confidence.

Mr Coffee Single Serve

Mr Coffee Single Serve

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Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System Review

Keurig are arguably the market leaders in the manufacture of high quality coffee makers to suit all requirements and pockets, and over the years they have built up a loyal following for each of their products. Their Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System is no exception.
What Keurig have done with this product is to produce a single serve coffee maker that utilizes the convenience of K-Cups, gives an option of two server sizes, brews extremely fast at up to six cups at a time, and retails for less than $135 (at the time of writing) on Amazon.

Keurig K40
Table of Contents
Suitable For 1-6 People Power and Speed
Variety and Flavor Easy To Use?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

That's quite a tall order for something as reasonably priced as this. Keurig themselves claim that this is "the most affordably priced Keurig kitchen brewing system". Let's see if the K40 delivers what Keurig claims it does.

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Suitable For One To Six People

Earlier versions of the Keurig K40 restricted you to just one cup size, but now you can choose either 7.25 ounces or 9.25 ounces. Averaged out, that means you can brew around six cups at a time from the 48 ounce water reservoir.

Power and Speed

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You get a surprisingly powerful motor with this model. 1500 watts makes possible the exceptionally short time required - 15 seconds - to reheat the water between brews. You can serve hot drinks to your guests without keeping them waiting for minutes on end while the coffee is prepared.

Variety and Flavor

If you love K-Cups then this machine is for you. With 70 varieties of hot drinks to choose from few people will fail to find their favorite brew. But if you want, you can use Starbuck pods instead, or even your own coffee and filters.

K-Cups, though, are what this product was really made for. Their popularity shows no sign of abating, probably on account of their ease and convenience. If you're concerned about the cost or environmental consequences of using them you have the option of using a re-usable K-Cup filter. Just remove the K-Cup holder first and you'll find it just fits in nicely.

The K40 can make you tea or hot cocoa if you prefer. You can even have iced beverages. Just fill your cup or glass with ice cubes and brew as you do normally.

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But Is It Easy To Use?

Once you've primed it before using it for the first time, then the K40 is very easy to use.

If you stick to K-Cups then you'll know that they are simplicity itself. You just put them in the holder and close the lid. No filters to worry about. The water reservoir is removable (as is the drip tray) for cleaning and re-filling with water.

If you ever forget to switch it off, the auto shut-off will do it for you after 2 hours. The descale indicator will tell you when descaling is required. This is a big plus, as descaling is an important part of the overall maintenance and cleaning process.

Features and Specifications of the Keurig K40:

  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 12.2 x 14.2 inches ; 13.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Motor: 1500 watt
  • Type: single serve
  • Reservoir: 48 oz removable
  • Drip tray: removable
  • Brew sizes: 7.25 and 9.25 oz
  • Method: K-Cups or reusable K-Cup
  • Auto shut-off: 2 hours
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Speed of brew (less than one minute)
  • Choose from K-Cups, Starbuck pods, reusable K-Cup filter or your own coffee and filters
  • Two sizes of cup to choose from
  • Powerful 1500 watt motor
  • Auto shut-off

Cons:

  • You may need extra-bold K-Cups for fuller flavor
  • K-Cups aren't cheap

Here's a good video showing exactly what's in the box when you purchase a new Keurig K40:

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K40 has over 1,550 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, which give an average rating of well over 4 out of 5 stars. Hundreds of users have given it the full five stars.

Most people love its great looks as well as the taste of the coffee. The wide choice of flavors and drinks, and the ease of use are also popular.

Some reviewers have complained of a weak taste, but others say a darker roast is the answer to that, and, of course, taste is a very individual thing. Others have had problems with the water pump after extended usage, which is usually down to a blockage. It can be cleared by removing the water reservoir and cleaning it.

These comments underline how important it is to properly clean and maintain any coffee maker at regular intervals. It is, after all, a precision instrument that has to deal with coffee grounds and almost boiling hot water on a daily basis. No wonder that if it isn't looked after properly then any coffee maker will malfunction.

The K40 comes through as one of the more reliable coffee makers.

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Summary

The Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System is ideal for domestic use where from one to six people use it, perhaps with occasional guests popping in as well. It can brew you a wide variety of hot and cold drinks with as little as 15 seconds between each cup, and is very easy to clean and maintain. With the Keurig name on it, this is a coffee maker you can purchase with confidence.


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BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer Review

The BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer is a # 1 Best Seller on Amazon, so let's see why that should be.

BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer
BUNN BT

Table of Contents
A 10 Cup Machine Power & Reliability
Flavor Is It Easy To Use?
A Precision Instrument Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

The BUNN BT - A 10 Cup Machine

If you're only brewing a few cups a day then perhaps a coffee maker like the BUNN MCU would be better for you. The important point about the BUNN BT is that it not only makes you a full carafe of 6 - 10 cups (50 ounces) of coffee at a time, but that it keeps the water in the stainless steel internal water tank hot all the while it is on.

This makes it an ideal coffee maker for a small office, or for a house where a lot of people come and go most of the time, and stop by for a brew. The coffee in the carafe stays hot for at least 2 hours, and up to 4 hours, depending on room temperature and conditions, so you won't be constantly brewing up.

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Power and Reliability

BUNN have been manufacturing coffee makers for over 40 years now, and in that time have established themselves as a solid brand name with an enviable reputation. They've made this machine with an 800-watt heater and an internal thermostat.

This means you can heat the tankful of water up from room temperature in about 14 minutes, using just 160 watts of electricity, and then later in the day have hot coffee brewed in three and a half to five minutes for another six to ten cups.

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What About the Flavor?

So many factors influence the flavor of the coffee, and they all have to be right. The vital processes are the heating of the water to the right temperature, filtering it through the coffee grounds for maximum flavor extraction, the coffee grounds themselves, the water itself, and the prevention of anything unwanted from entering your cup.

The BUNN BT uses a spray head design to ensure all the coffee grounds are saturated by the water evenly and completely. Some users have found that the water can overflow and make a mess on the work surface - see below for more on this and how to prevent it.

If you can prevent one or two potential problems with it then this coffee maker can deliver great tasting coffee from the first cup to the last.

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Is The BUNN BT Easy To Use?

Once you've inserted your coffee grounds and filled the water reservoir, it's as easy as closing the lid. That's all you need to do to start the brew process. Unless you switch it off, the machine is always on, with a vacation switch to turn it off when you go away for a few days.

A Precision Instrument

I mentioned just now about how some people have had a problem with the water overflowing during the brew process. It's important to remember that any coffee maker is a precision instrument, and needs a little attention from time to time to be kept in optimum working condition.

Little things like the filter you use can make all the difference. If your filter is not quite long enough then the water level can rise above it and overflow. Make sure your filters are not too short. The best filters for the BT are BUNN's own, as stated in the User's Manual. They're reasonably priced if you order direct from BUNN.

A restrictor flow head, available free of charge from BUNN, can also cure this problem. It does extend the brewing time by about 20 seconds, but you will probably consider it worth the wait. Other causes have been the use of unbranded filters that are too short or grinding the coffee too finely.

And, as with all coffee makers, if you don't clean it now and then you're bound to have problems. Clean the sprinkler and outlet area regularly, and use the supplied brush on the delicate parts.

There's more advice on this topic on the Questions and Answers section of the Amazon page.

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Here's a short video showing the key features of the BUNN BT:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 15 x 10 inches ; 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
  • 800 Watt Heater
  • Internal Thermostat
  • Spray Head Design
  • Item model number: BTX-B
  • Warranty: 3-year, limited

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Thermal carafe keeps taste and temperature of coffee for 2-4 hours.
  • 50-ounce capacity reservoir for up to 10 cups.
  • Stays on all day for 3 minute brew time.
  • Vacation switch.
  • Easy to use - just close the lid to start a brew.

Cons:

  • Needs regular cleaning to avoid water overflow.
  • You're tied to BUNN filters - other makes may be too short.
  • Sprinkler can come off too easily - be careful not to throw it out with the used grounds.
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Consumer Ratings

The BUNN BT scores well over 4 on average in over 2,000 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing. Nearly two-thirds of reviewers give it the full five stars. They love its great looks and that the taste of the coffee doesn't deteriorate even after 2-4 hours in the carafe.

Some have had a problem with the coffee overflowing during the brew process. I've already dealt with this problem.

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Summary

BUNN have shown their confidence in this product by covering it with a 3 year limited warranty. The quality of the coffee produced by the BT is superb, and the brew time very fast.

The BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer is ideal for a small office or a domestic set-up where there are two or three people who drink a lot of coffee. If this is you, click the link below to find out more about this high quality coffee maker.

 

 

 

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Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker BVMC-ECMP1000 Review

Mr. Coffee invite you to use their Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker BVMC-ECMP1000 to "create coffeehouse-quality espresso drinks just like a professional". But does this machine really produce espressos as good as that? And is it as convenient and easy to use as they make out?

I saw from my research that there's little doubt the Mr Coffee Cafe Barista is capable of making the most delicious of espresso-based brews - espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas, and even americanos - and in a great variety of flavors, in just minutes and at the touch of a button.

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista
Mr. Coffee Café Barista

Table of Contents
Frothed Milk Removable Reservoirs
Under Control Features & Specifications
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

You can have single or double shots - just choose the appropriate filter. And you can choose whatever blend of coffee you like to put in the portafilter, and in whatever size cup or mug you prefer. No problems with being versatile, then.

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The BVMC-ECMP1000- Frothed Milk Makes All The Difference

There's nothing quite like being able to froth your own milk, and that makes all the difference between a regular coffee maker and an espresso machine. The Mr Coffee Cafe Barista, has an automatic milk frother, handles all kinds of milk, including low fat, soy and almond, and truly can make milk froths from any of them that easily rival those produced by any coffee house.

The secret is in the froth dial, which you can adjust to taste or to suit your selected brew. A 15 bar pump easily provides all the pressure needed to ensure that even the most extreme demands are met, and that froths can be made even from skimmed milk.

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Mr Coffee Cafe Barista has Removable Reservoirs for Convenience and Ease of Cleaning

Espresso machines, of course, require a little more care and attention than most coffee makers simply because there's a milk reservoir as well as a water reservoir to manage and keep clean. But with this model Mr Coffee have gone out of their way to make it easy.

You can easily remove both reservoirs, and you can wash the milk reservoir and lid can in the dishwasher on the top rack, though, personally, I'd rather not risk it. But make sure you place this component, which slides horizontally into position, fully back in place after cleaning (otherwise you may find things get messy).

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Everything's Under Control

There's not much about your brew that you can't control down to the last detail. And all from the simple control panel that lets you choose single or double shot, or custom. Set the froth dial, and you'll have your drink within a couple of minutes.

If you're worried about leaving the milk in the milk reservoir and having it turn sour then just store it in the fridge when not in use.

The milk froth dispensing tube is easily adjusted according to the size of your cup, so it is aimed at the centre to avoid spills. Make sure it is lifted up and into your cup.

Cleaning the Mr Coffee Cafe Barista is easy. I've already mentioned the reservoirs, so what about the other components? The internal mechanism is cleaned by pressing the "Clean" button on the control panel, or you can clean the brew head by putting an empty cup under it and pressing the espresso button (check there's no coffee in the portafilter first). You can remove the drip tray for cleaning, too.

One tip here - make sure you don't leave the milk reservoir dial in the "Cleaning" position after cleaning, or you may get a surprise when you next brew up.

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Watch this 5-minutes or so video to see this coffeemaker in action:

Features and Specifications:

  • Semi-automatic 3-in-1 espresso, cappuccino and latte maker
  • One-touch control panel
  • Single, double and custom servings
  • 15-bar pump espresso maker
  • Automatic milk frother
  • Manual function
  • Removable drip tray
  • Removable water and milk reservoir
  • Adjustable cup tray
  • Recipe book containing 20 easy-to-make coffeehouse drinks
  • Wipe clean exterior
  • Programmed cleaning cycle
  • Dimensions: 12"L x 14"W x 12.2"H
  • ETL listed
  • One-year warranty
  • Model# BVMC-ECMP1000

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Pros and Cons

Pros: Versatility - it brews any espresso to any size in any flavor or blend you like; froths any kind of milk (even skimmed); superb flavors; easy to clean.

Cons: You have to push the milk reservoir firmly back into its slot before brewing, or it may leak.

Consumer Ratings

The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker earns over 4 stars from over 1,440 reviews (over 75 per cent of which are 4 or 5 star) on Amazon at the time of writing. Most reviewers love its versatility and the fact that they can brew their favorite drink in their own special way, adjusting the level of milk froth to just the way they like.

Ease of use and the clarity of the instructions are also appreciated by most. And the 20 strong recipe book is also a hit.

Some reviewers have complained that the machine has made a mess on their counter when used, or that the milk container leaks when the machine is in use. However, most users seem not to have been so troubled, and it's possible some people aren't pushing the milk reservoir back firmly enough into the slot before starting their brew, which would cause some leakage. This is a point to watch with this model.

Obviously make sure you have a large enough mug in place if you program for a double shot. And, interestingly enough, one reviewer has observed that you get a creamier brew if you use milk with lower fat levels.

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Summary

As long as you read the instructions and carry out any preliminaries, such as priming the machine before using it, then there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy the delicious brews that this espresso machine is capable of producing for a long time to come.

Mr Coffee used to be known for producing coffee machines and espressos at the lower end of the market, but with their Café Barista Espresso Maker BVMC-ECMP1000 they have shown that they can make a quality, easy-to-use machine that produces a variety of delicious, customized brews at the touch of a couple of buttons.
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Milk Frothers – Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System vs Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker

The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother are both popular milk frothers. Find out now which is best for you.

First off, lets have the Features and Specifications:

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System

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Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System - Click image for more details
  • Consistently froths any type of fresh milk to make
    hot or cold espresso based beverages
  • Brews authentic espresso in under a minute using
    freshly sealed packs
  • At the touch of a button simplicity
  • Three frothing modes: Cappuccino, Latte, and Cold Froth
  • Two Espresso sizes – short (1.4oz.) or lungo (2.8oz.)
  • Dishwasher safe parts for easy cleanup
  • UL Listed: Household use only
  • Power: 1,000 Watts
  • Dimensions: 11 3/8"H x 10 3/4"W x 11 3/8"D
  • Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
  • Weight: 17 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 22 pounds
  • Single Cup Brewer Model Series: Rivo™
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Real Milk Froth Multi-Frothing Modes
Ensuring It's Hot Enough Freedom of Choice
Pros and Cons of each Consumer Ratings
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Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

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Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker - Click image for more details
  • Easy insertion and ejection of capsules
  • Holds 10 used capsules
  • Removable 34-ounce water tank
  • For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • Integrated aeroccino milk frother
  • Rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and Iced Cappuccino
  • Compact brewing unit technology
  • Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
  • 19 Bar high pressure pump
  • Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
  • Automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo)
  • Pivoting cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 9.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds

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Both the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother are in the mid to high price bracket for milk frothers; (the Keurig is currently discounted on Amazon to less than $125) and both products promise a wide choice of great tasting brews, and ease of use and cleaning, among other things.

Both manufacturers are well placed to bring their specialist expertise to bear on high quality coffee - Nespresso is well known for its own coffee products and Keurig for its partnership with Lavazza coffee, which is highly regarded among coffee connoisseurs.

So if these coffee makers are in your price range, which would be the best choice?

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Milk Frothers Make Real Milk Froth

There are cheaper coffee makers than these that can produce delicious coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and even iced coffee in many cases, but when you pay more, as with these two products, then the world of real frothed milk, free from the constraints of K-Cups, opens up before you. This is where you can produce brews that are as good as, or even better than, your local coffee shop.

Both of these machines excel at producing great tasting brews embellished with milk froths that can be easily varied according to your own taste. They take any kind of fresh milk, including soy and almond, and can produce either hot or cold beverages in as little as one minute.

Multi-Frothing Modes

The Keurig Rivo (Italian for 'revolutionary') offers three frothing modes - Cappuccino and Latte (as you'd expect from the name) and cold froth, while the Nespresso also gives us Macchiato (which you can actually get with the Keurig as well). So there's plenty of choice with both models.

Most users of the Keurig agree that their milk frothers are superb, but there is sometimes difficulty in getting the amount of froth right. You have to experiment with different levels and remember that if you want more froth then you have to allow more space for it in the cup.

What about the temperature of the milk? This has been a point of contention with some users of both milk frothers. The Nespresso delivers the milk at a temperature of 150 degrees, which many users like as it's "immediately drinkable". Others, though, think it ought to be hotter and that it makes for a cooling effect on the brew itself.

Ensuring Your Coffee is Hot Enough

The trouble is that if the milk is heated up too much there is a risk of it becoming scalded and that would spoil the taste of your brew.

Of course, you can heat your coffee in the microwave for a few seconds as soon as it's been poured out, but this risks overheating the milk - something your coffee maker has avoided. Heating your cup before it's filled with your brew is probably better. Just put some water in it, put it in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds, and empty the water before replacing it in your coffee machine. After all, coffee houses make sure their cups are warm before the coffee is poured in. Why expect comparable results from cold cups?

Do these two coffee makers measure up to the likes of Mr Coffee and Starbucks in terms of taste? If you're a seasoned coffee taster then you may be able to tell the difference, but to most of us, it would be extremely difficult. And the good thing about these machines is that they are both very consistent in producing great coffee.

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Freedom of Choice - Or Nearly

If you are going to want to change your supplier of coffee pods from time to time then neither of these coffee makers will suit you. But then is it such a disadvantage to be restricted to one supplier?

Well, many of us would be wary about being forced to pay higher than market prices for our coffee capsules from a supplier with a monopoly on our machine, and this issue has been raised in the reviews of both milk frothers.

The Keurig Rivo only accepts pods from Lavazza and the Nespresso, as you'd expect, only takes its own make. But neither company seems to be extortionate. If you're planning to buy the Keurig, then you'll be getting a "starter pack" of 12 pods in four varieties, so you can decide which you prefer before buying whole packets.

Also, make sure you join their club so you can purchase your pods at very favorable prices online, and watch out for promotions when you can bag yourself a bargain. Order well in advance, though, as shipping is slow.

With the Nespresso D121, at around 60 cents a capsule it will be more expensive than using your own grinds but cheaper than Starbucks. And you'll still have a wide choice. There are sixteen varieties in a range of strengths and flavors, including three decafs. You can purchase on Nespresso's web site, which is much cheaper than at the drugstore, or shop for refillable pods (that don't melt in the machine) on eBay.

And it's worth remembering that, though tied to a single supplier of pods, you'll be drinking coffee that is of a consistently good taste.

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Keurig Rivo Pros and Cons

Pros: 3 frothing modes and 2 espresso sizes; simple to use; great tasting brews and milk froths.

Cons: For hotter brews you may need to heat your mug first.

Nespresso D-121 Pros and Cons

Pros: Huge 34-ounce water reservoir; holds 10 used capsules; fast; programmable; auto power off; great tasting brews and milk froths.

Cons: Milk frother doesn't heat milk enough for some. As with the Keurig, you may need to heat your mugs first.

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Customer Ratings

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System

This product scores an average of a little less than 4 stars from over 850 reviewers on Amazon at the time of writing, and over 55 per cent of them give a full 5 stars.

What people love most about the Keurig Rivo is how it produces great froths very quickly without making any mess to speak of. It's easy to use and easy to clean. You just rinse the milk pitcher and frothing stem under hot running water.

There have been a few concerns about the plastic frothing cup showing stress cracks or clouding up. If this were to happen to you then check the warranty as you may need to replace it. If it is made in China then you may want to use a US or European made cup instead, which will have been subject to stricter quality control.

Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

On Amazon at the time of writing, the Nespresso scores well over 4 stars from over 330 reviews, well over two-thirds of them being of 5 stars. So the two milk frothers do have some disparity in terms of ratings.

The sheer good taste of all the various types of coffee it produces is the Nespresso's strong point in the reviews on Amazon. One or two users have mentioned the noise when frothing, but this appears to be a minor issue.

And, like the Keurig Rivo, some say the milk frother doesn't heat the milk sufficiently and that makes the brew tepid. Again, it's a good idea to use warm cups rather than cold.

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Summary

The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System, at under $125, has been heavily discounted from its original price level of around $415.00, and the Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker is priced from below $250 to over $400, depending on which supplier you purchase from.

So, apart from the price discrepancy, it probably all boils down to whether you prefer the taste of Lavazza coffee or Nespresso. It may be worth checking them out before you buy. Both coffee makers, in their separate ways, produce fabulous coffee with great variety, quickly and with the minimum of mess. And as milk frothers, they produce great milk froth. You can't go far wrong with either.

'Coffee Lover'

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