I am sure you are probably associate the Keurig coffee maker with high end single serve coffee. Well, the new Keurig K Cafe machine takes it to a new level with espresso style drink options. Here’s the whole scoop on what you need to know about the quality of the coffee, the foam, how easy it is work, and if it requires K cups. This single-serve coffee maker can compete with most coffee shops! I love the quiet brew technology as well as the option to make a strong cup of coffee or specialty drinks.
I am a bit of a coffee snob. As a former Starbucks barista, it sort of comes with the territory. I know an excessive amount about coffee beans, various roasts, all sorts of coffee and espresso drink recipes, and various options for making an excellent cup of joe at home. In addition, my husband was raised in Italy so the love of a good espresso runs in his genes. I think I have high standards but his are even higher! So recently when our very pricey espresso machine quit on us, I began to research some replacement options.
Cappuccinos are my drink of choice and I was really curious to try the new Keurig cappuccino machine since I had heard it was super easy to use and priced well. I was provided with a Keurig® K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker in order to facilitate my Keurig K-Café review.
Keurig K-Café Review: My Thoughts On The New Keurig Latte Maker/ Cappuccino Machine
First, I will cut to the chase and give you my quick summation Keurig K Cafe review then I will proceed to provide you with in depth details on the various features and how well they function.
Short Keurig K Cafe Review:
I have to say that most people will absolutely love the Keurig® K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker. This new Keurig cappuccino machine makes it super easy to make incredibly good quality foam every single time for the delicious lattes and cappuccinos. It is also super easy to make a great quality cup of coffee brewed to your exacting size and boldness strength desires. The K-Cafe brews strong coffee shots for the cappuccino and lattes, not actual espresso. However I can confidently say, that most people will not notice the difference.
In Depth Keurig K-Café Review:
With the new K-Café™, it is easy to make a coffee, coffee au lait, coffee latte, and coffee cappuccino. This Keurig coffee cappuccino maker is a Keurig single cup coffee maker so you can use any K-Cup® pod to whip up a creamy, frothy coffee drink. I made a quick video on Instagram TV to share the ease of use of the simple process with you. This has a fairly compact design and doesn’t take up too much counter space. There is a shot option so you can enjoy espresso-style drinks.
It is important to note is that the K-Cafe is not an espresso machine. If you are an espresso snob who enjoys drinking espresso shots by themselves like my husband does, you will notice that the K-Cafe does not make espresso. However, it does brew strong coffee shots that make coffee lattes and cappuccinos that even I, who used to be a Starbucks barista, enjoy. I honestly think that most people would never notice the difference between a cappuccino made with the K-Cafe concentrated shot of coffee and a cappuccino made with an espresso shot. To be honest though, a super discerning palate, like my husband’s, can tell it is not espresso.
Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker
The Keurig K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker is so easy to use.
To make a coffee, you just insert a K-Cup and select the one of the four cup size options ( 6, 8, 10, and 12oz.) . The smaller sizes will provide a strong bold taste. Try the different size options to find the perfect brew strength for you. This Keurig brewer gives you a strong brew or a more mild brew with the touch of a button.
To make an espresso style drink, like a creamy latte or frothy cappuccio, hit the “strong” button, then hit “brew” for it to brew a concentrated shot.
To prepare the foam for a cappuccino or latte, you just select “capp” or “latte” and allow it to froth the milk you pour in the stainless steel frothing pitcher. You can froth fresh milk including soy, almond, skim, and whole milk.
Just pour the frothed milk over the concentrated coffee shot and enjoy! You can even make an ice latte or cappuccino by hitting the cold button on the milk frother. Cafe-style drinks are quite easy with this Keurig model.
This Keurig single cup coffee maker is very easy to use and keeps things neat and contained nicely. You can brew several different coffee drinks in row as long you use a new K-Cup for each one.
K-Cup Or The Reusable My K-Cup
The K-Cafe model works with normal K-Cups. For this Keurig K-Cafe review, I tested it with Laughing Man K-Cups because I love that they a Fair Trade coffee company and that their k-cup pods are recyclable plastic #5. The K-Cups make it super easy because there is nothing to measure and nothing to clean!
The K-Cafe model also works with the reusable My K-Cup which is a Keurig accessory that is sold separately. The My K-Cup houses a single serve size stainless steel coffee filter so you can use any ground coffee you want to make your coffee. The My K-Cup is easy to use and works fantastic. Of course, it does require that you add your own coffee and clean it out each time. For the Keurig K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker you will need to remove K-Cup pod holder assembly. You will not need to use the My K-Cup adapter. I made a brief video explaining it below:
Keurig Milk Frother
The Keurig milk frother does an amazing job. As a Starbucks barista who made froth by hand each time, I can tell you that some people are better at making froth manually with a steam wand than others and it takes practice to get it right. But with the milk frother on the Keurig K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker it is so easy to get the perfect froth every time and without any practice.
There is no steam want to master. You just fill the pitcher with milk to either the cappuccino line or the latte line, put the lid on, place on the frother base. Then push the capp or latte button for it to do all the work! So easy and it makes amazing foam so you can make the perfect lattes and cappuccinos.
You can push the “cold” button to make cold foam just as easily for an iced latte or iced frothy cappuccino. This is a super cool feature to be able to get cold frothed milk. This cold setting turns cold milk into cold foam and this a unique feature that I haven’t seen on any espresso machines!
Plus, you can use your choice of fresh milk (almond milk , soy milk, and skim milk, etc). The dishwasher-safe frother makes for for easy clean up.
Large Water Reservoir
The Keurig K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker has a large reservoir which saves time on refilling. I also like that the Keurig coffee cappuccino maker has a removable water tank for easy refilling.
Auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings and safety.
Travel Mug Friendly
This Keurig coffee cappuccino maker accommodates all cup sizes. It even fits travel mugs up to 7.2” tall. The drip tray is top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
The Keurig K Cafe is a huge upgrade from a standard Keurig coffee maker. I love how easy it is to use the Keurig K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker. I also love the amazing milk foam on the latte and cappuccinos. I think this new k-cafe would make a great addition to anyone’s morning routine!
To learn more, get coffee recipes, or buy a Keurig K-Café Maker, visit keurig.com
Have you tried Keurig machines before? Are you interested in the new Keurig Latte Maker / Cappuccino Machine? I hope you found my Keurig K-Café Review helpful and please let me know if you have any questions!