Coffee brewing has become a very common household phenomenon, especially since now brewing machines allow anyone to experience hundreds of flavors quickly and in the comfort of one's own home.
Keurig Green Mountain (now Keurig Dr. Pepper, as of 2018), has brought convenient, quality, home-brewed coffee to homes all over the world for more than a decade.
The Keurig 2.0 K250 comes with a stylish design, innovative features, and useful accessories. There's no wonder it's a hit among coffee connoisseurs.
If you're considering adding this brewer to your kitchen, the Keurig 2.0 K250 review below might help you make your decision.
Keurig 2.0 k250 review - At A Glance
- Brew sizes up to 30 oz
- Removable reservoir holds 40 oz of water
- Descaling solution
- Easy to remove the drip tray
- Water level window
- Control settings for brewing strength
- Black and white LCD touch screen
- High altitude setting
- Coffee is ready in 1 minute or less
- Charcoal filter
- K-Carafe pod, K-Mug pod, K-Cup pod,
- Various colors available
As you can see, the Keurig 2.0 250 has plenty of features, some more exciting than others. Some of the most convenient and cherished features include the settings, variety and design.
Among the pool of coffee lovers, there are those who just need a light pick me up (and may rely much more on sugar than caffeine) and the go hard or go home connoisseurs who delight in a strong, dark cup of joe.
The brew settings are no respecter of persons, whether you're in the mood for a light brew for an afternoon boost or a strong brew to pull you out of slumber. Many highly sensitive individuals who can run off of one cup for 2 days would definitely find this helpful.
This version also includes a high altitude for those who live at least 5,000 ft above sea level. It works by decreasing the temperature of the coffee to accommodate the lower temperatures that occur at high altitudes with just a tap on the touch screen. It's impressive to see this setting on such an affordable brewer.
The Keurig 2.0 K250 brings variety to your home. You have to admit that not everyone runs to the Keurig 2.0 K250 for coffee. So for another cool setting, you can pop in a hot chocolate K-cup, perfect for staying nice and toasty on a cold night. If that's not enough, you can even brew a K-cup of chicken noodle soup.
This brewer comes with aesthetic variety as well, from imperial red to turquoise or peacock blue, and the list goes on.
If you have an aversion for cramped kitchen counters, this one's much slimmer than the average coffee brewer. It makes you realize that less is more, especially if your kitchen gets heavy traffic.
Dimensions and Specs
The Keurig 2.0 K250 weighs in at 11.5 lbs. with the dimensions 16.23 x 10.96 x 16.13 in.
It's taller than previous models, at 13 1/2 inches.
As mentioned, the water reservoir holds 40 oz of water. The K250 K-Cups range from 6, 8 and 10 oz. The K-Mug allows you to brew a 12, 14 or 16 oz cup of coffee. Lastly, the K-Carafe holds up to 30 oz.
The standard temperature is set to 192 degrees Fahrenheit, while the temperature is lowered at high altitudes.
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The Pros of Keurig 2.0 k250
- It's a versatile brewer that not only brews coffee; You can brew tea, hot cocoa, and soup as well.
- The light weight drip tray makes it easy to empty spills.
- This version is compatible with 3 different pods: K-Cup; K-Carafe; and K-Mug.
- The brew strength controls make it suitable for varying levels of coffee drinkers.
- It has 9 brew sizes.
- The descaling solution is conveniently located in the box, helping to prevent limescale buildup. There's no need to buy it separately.
- It has a high altitude setting to make the temperature more comfortable for those who are over 5,000 feet above sea level.
- It's quiet enough to use in the morning without waking everyone.
- There is an array of chic colors from which to choose.
- The water level window makes it easy to see when the reservoir needs to be refilled
- The touch screen adds a techy edge, plus lets you choose your setting with ease.
- With the ability to brew a cup of coffee in 1 minute or less, it's the model machine for busy lifestyles.
- Its charcoal filters use the power of adsorption to filter out toxins.
The Cons of Keurig 2.0 k250
- The lightweight drip pan isn't secured in, so it can easily fall if you don't hold it in place.
- You might find yourself constantly refilling the reservoir since 40 oz goes fast, even for a small-sized family.
- The K-Carafe and K-Mug are sold separately.
- As with virtually any product, there seem to be a few bad apples in the bunch.
- Unfortunately, this model was discontinued.
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Techniques, Tips and Tricks
One of the most inconvenient encounters Keurig 2.0 K250 users have is the dreaded digital rights management phenomenon. If you're someone who just happens to enjoy any coffee not manufactured by Keurig, and you use a refillable K-cup, you may run into this issue.
You can by-pass this issue by purchasing something called a freedom clip. It's an inexpensive hack that gives you the flexibility to brew more coffee varieties.
Additionally, it's a good idea to invest in the carafe cup if you get tired of combining sizes just to fill your mug. For example, a 16 oz mug requires you to brew one 10 oz cup and 6 oz cup. But the carafe lets you brew 22,26 or 30 oz cups.
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Comparisons to Similar Products
Since the Keurig 2.0 k250 was discontinued (although they are still available for sale at some vendor locations), there are a few budget-friendly, similar brands to consider.
First up is the Keurig K55. It looks almost the same, but it's better suited for the minimalist drinker. This machine doesn't come with a K-Carafe or K-Mug pod. You simply pour in the water for a cup, as opposed to having a few ounces already stored in the reservoir. It does have an indicator so that you can follow the brewing process and automatically powers off after 90 seconds. It has button controls instead of a touch screen.
You may be interested in the almost identical Keurig 2.0 K200. There's no concern about whether the coffee will taste the same, since both models are pretty much identical on the inside.
In fact, almost everything is identical except for a few things. The K250 actually comes with an additional charcoal filter, the descaling solution, and sample K-Cup pods while the K200 does not.
Another similar model is the Keurig K475. For just a few more budgets, you get all the features of the K250 and some. It has a water handle, and the reservoir holds 70 oz of water. That means a lot less refilling.
Instead of a plain black and white, it has a larger, (2.4’’) color touchscreen. There are a lot more settings, including those that come with the K250. You can set the language to either English, French or Spanish. Furthermore, you have the ability to adjust the temperature yourself with the temperature control feature. Other options include K-Carafe auto-brew, auto on and off, a digital clock and energy save mode.
Also just a few budgets more, the K575 has all the K-475 inclusions with some extras. It lets you have instant hot water in addition to saving your favorites.
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In retrospect, you have a myriad of options with the Keurig K250, and the pros outnumber the cons.
Hopefully, this Keurig 2.0 K250 review assists you in the search for your ideal coffee brewer.
My name is Kathy Gallo, Editor of Daily Cupo, a Coffee buff. The guide you find here is designed exactly for you, and it is our hope that you find it not only interesting but also actionable.