"Our most advanced brewing system for large offices." That's how the Keurig K3000SE Coffee Brewing System is described by Keurig themselves.
A single cup coffee brewing system that is used by dozens, possibly hundreds, of people throughout the day has to be advanced. They all want different brews, in different strengths, with different flavors and in different amounts. And they don't want to have to go through a complex procedure to get it, either.
So, against this considerable challenge, how does the Keurig K3000SE coffee maker measure up?
Note: The Keurig K3000SE (formerly known as the B3000SE) is in limited supply. You may still be able to purchase it, but new Keurig K3000SEs are now rare. Used products are available, which is why this review has been left in place.
Read the rest of the review below, to find out:
|Table of Contents|
|Heavy Duty Office Machine||Coup de Grace|
|Spoilt For Choice||Easy As LCD|
|Cleaning It Up||Features & Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
A Heavy Duty Office Machine
Keurig's K3000SE is designed and built for constant heavy use. The kind of use that only a large, busy office can provide. And if you've ever worked in such a place you'll know that people don't want to wait for their refreshment. They want it at the touch of no more than a couple of buttons.
They want an intuitive interface so they don't have to think unduly. So they can seamlessly carry on talking with their colleagues about the latest office management techniques and other gossip.
But they also want their exact choice of brew to taste good, and not have overtones of the previous brew. And they certainly don't want any interruptions for refilling the reservoir or anything else that could spoil their day.
Can the Keurig K3000SE handle all of that? Let's see. It has an LCD display that is simple to use (more on that below), and it has speed. It uses regular K-Cups (not "my K-Cups" as it's a commercial machine), so there's no messing with actual grinds. The capsules are auto-ejected and every 35 to 40 brews the display alerts you to empty the bin. If you need more storage you can add a platform that takes another 70 empty capsules.
The Coup de Grace
You're also alerted if you forget to put your cup on the drip tray or a K-Cup pod in place. And if you want hot water only there's a separate dispenser for it. You can easily rinse the internal works clean of any vestige of the hot chocolate brewed by the previous user.
And, finally, the coup de grace. The K3000SE is plumbed in to the main water supply. This does away with a reservoir and all its attendant cleaning and constant refilling. This coffee brewer can happily go on supplying coffee in all measures and from all kinds of K-Cup all day. Non-stop and without complaint or even much attention at all.
That seems to have the "heavy duty" box ticked.
Spoilt For Choice
Using the K-Cup capsules, the K 3000 SE can brew in sizes of 4-oz, 6-oz, 8-oz and 10-oz. The 4-oz is really for espressos or iced coffee. If you want a larger brew you can flip the drip tray and insert a mug of up to 20-oz.
As for blend and taste, you are restricted to K-Cups. However, in an office environment this matters less than at home. And you still enjoy a choice of K-Cups that extends to over 200 coffee and tea varieties. And a dozen or so of the top coffee and tea brands. If that's not enough, you can set the brewing temperature to between 187 and 192 degrees, according to your preference.
There's a separate hot water dispenser for when you need hot water for tea or some other beverage. You can get up to 10-oz at a time. It does make some noise when working, though only for a matter of seconds. Nothing that sounds out of place in a busy office.
There's one final level of choice. If you're the boss, paying for office refreshments out of your own pocket, you'll like this. You can connect the K3000SE to a vending machine so users have to pay for their drinks. This setup can take both US and Canadian currencies, and increases prices in 5-cent units.
Easy As LCD
An office machine like the Keurig K3000SE might be used by dozens of different people all the time. So it has to be simple to operate, and it is.
The four buttons below the LCD screen are used to select from the choices presented. The LCD readout is inter-active and intuitive, and key to the simplicity of operating the machine. Even the language can be selected on setup from English, French and Spanish.
Most users will just lift the brew handle, place their cup on the drip tray, put the K-Cup in place, close the handle, select their cup size and press the button.
It's not only for selecting your drink. The LCD display also provides diagnostic messages when something's wrong, such as if the capsule bin needs emptying. And, of course, if 60 seconds is a long time to you, you can check progress on the LCD screen.
Cleaning Up The Keurig K3000SE
Ease of cleaning is important in an office environment. As we've seen, there's no reservoir to clean. The outside of the K3000SE just needs a wipe with a damp cloth once in a while. The internal works should be regularly cleaned by running a measure of hot water only, and discarding it.
You can remove the drip tray very easily for cleaning. The filter should be replaced at least every six months. Descaling should be carried out regularly, using 80-oz of descaling solution. Some users simply do a regular brew with vinegar and water and find that works perfectly well.
As for servicing, if you regularly purchase your K-Cups from a dealer then he will probably be happy to service your machine free of charge. Worth checking out.
Features and Specifications:
Product Dimensions: 17.4"H x 18.0"D x 12.0"W
Item Weight: 37 pounds (35 lbs. empty)
Shipping Weight: 37.4 pounds
Water supply: Direct line, plumbed in (3/4 inch garden hose fitting)
Brew sizes: 4-oz, 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz
Electrical: 1400W, 120VAC
Plug type: 3-Wire Grounded
Item model number: K3000SE
Usage: Commercial use only
Power: 1,400 watts
Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
Accessories for the Keurig K3000SE
- Keurig B3000SE Filter Kit by PureWater Filters (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- PureWater Replacement Water Filter Cartridge for Keurig K 3000 SE (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- Kq8 Filter Kit for Keurig K3000SE (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- Keurig K 3000 SE Deluxe Filter Kit (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- Kq8 Filter Kit for Keurig K3000SE by Omnipure (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
Pros and Cons of the Keurig K3000SE
- Speed - brews prepared in under a minute
- Convenience - uses K-Cup® packs
- Safety - mug and K-Cup® sensors
- Energy Saving Mode
- Auto on/off
- Direct Water Line Plumbing
- No filter included (and you need one)
- May require a plumber for installation
- Instruction Manual unclear on some matters
Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K3000SE being put through its paces -
Keurig is one of the leading coffee maker manufacturers and have been named the coffee maker "Brand of the Year" for all five years from 2012 to 2016 by the Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Study. You can read more about them in our review of the Keurig K45 here.
At the present time there are less than 50 reviews of the Keurig K3000SE coffee maker on Amazon. They give an average score in excess of 4 out of 5 stars, with over 70 per cent giving four or five stars.
Many reviewers love how it functions non-stop with hardly any attention required. That's largely down to having it plumbed in to the main water supply, and no reservoir to worry about.
The ease of use and lack of mess is also appreciated. The used capsules just fall into the bin by themselves at the end of the brew.
Some users complain that they don't seem to have all the parts they need to install it. That underlines the fact that you need a plumber to set up this coffee maker properly. The instructions also leave something to be desired, but if you employ a plumber then you won't need them.
All in all, most users of the Keurig K3000SE are very happy with their purchase.
The Keurig K3000SE is a heavy duty coffee maker for use in a busy office or reception area. It's not for domestic use unless you want another device plumbed into your domestic water supply.
It is easy to use, and cuts out the mess often associated with K-Cup machines. You really do need a plumber to set it up, but once that's done then maintenance is very easy.
So if you need to keep your workforce happy and/or impress commercial visitors, the Keurig K3000SE coffee maker is an extremely good choice.