If you’re like me, you know that the day doesn’t start until you’ve had your first cup of coffee, and sometimes going out to get it isn’t an option. Keurig understands our coffee needs. That’s why they’ve made it so easy to have that perfect cup of joe with just the push of a button.
If you weren’t aware, this model was discontinued in August 2014. If you’re looking for a Keurig that meets your needs, stop by our 7 Best Keurig Coffee Makers for 2022.
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Who Needs the Keurig K200?
Let us introduce a dream come true – the Keurig K200. A wonderful, easily affordable starter machine for people just beginning their journey through the joys of single-serving coffee makers.
But what about when you want to make more than just one cup of coffee? Well, that’s where the Keurig K200 shines differently than its predecessors. The K200 can brew a whole pot of coffee to share with others or to savor yourself. Other Keurigs can’t do that!
True to the brand, this model also uses revolutionary Keurig Brewing technology to read the lid of your chosen K-Cup, K-Mug, or K-Carafe pod to ensure you get the perfect beverage every time. It can even make specialty drinks like hot cocoa, mochas, or chai. Prefer iced coffee instead? Check out how to brew it!
Just look for your favorite flavor in the K-Cup 2.0 pod line. Brew your blend in a mug or even a carafe to share with everyone. The Keurig K200 can do it all.
Why the Keurig K200?
Keurig is an excellent addition to your kitchen to fulfill all your coffee needs. The classic black and silver design will fit in with the most decor and is slim enough to fit on most countertops without taking up too much room. Prefer a different color? The K200 is available in various colors to match any personality type.
The touch screen is simple to use and lets you have full control of your cup of joe, from the size to the strength. Thanks to the removable drip tray, you’ll never worry about messes or overspills.
You must remember to turn this product off after each use, as there is no auto-shutoff feature. Bummer, we know. But it’s a quick coffee maker, filling your cup in less than a minute, depending on size and brew type.
There’s also a 40-ounce water reservoir, which means you can enjoy multiple cups without having to refill it. It’s also removable for easy fill-ups and houses the included water filter, so you can be sure your water gets purified before drinking.
Things We Like
- Large water reservoir
- 1-minute brew
- Single-cup or a whole carafe
- Multiple brew sizes (4, 6, 8, and 10-ounce cups)
- Regular or strong brew/specialty drinks
Room for Improvement
- Requires extra equipment for multiple cups
- Doesn’t work with all K-Cup pods
- K-Cup pods aren’t recyclable
Features of the Keurig K200
The Keurig K200 is an upgraded model of the popular single-serve coffee maker. You can expect the same excellent quality and easy usability with this machine that you would get with any of the other models under the Keurig label. However, there are some neat features the K200 has that you can’t find in the other coffee makers. Keep reading to find out what!
Keurig is known as the pioneer of single-cup servings of yummy coffee. You’ll never again have to worry about throwing away a whole pot of coffee when all you want is one cup. Just pop in a K-Cup pod and hit a button. However, many people dislike that you can’t make more than one cup at a time.
But the Keurig K200 has solved the problem of making coffee for everyone and just a single serving. By purchasing the separate carafe, you can use your single-serve machine to make up to nine cups of coffee at once.
To use the carafe feature, you’ll need the carafe and the K-Carafe pods, which brew 22, 26, or 30 ounces but are also no longer in production.
To brew the perfect cup of coffee every time, you just need to put in your K-Pod, choose the appropriate size and strength, and wait. Once finished, simply toss the K-Pod away. They are not reusable.
There are 75 blends and over 400 flavors, so you’re sure to find a taste that works for you.
Be aware that only Keurig pods work with this machine. You cannot use other brands. You can choose from multiple pod sizes: 4, 6, 8, or 10-ounce K-Cup pods, 12, 14, or 16-ounce K-Mug pods, or 22, 26, or 30-ounce K-Carafe pods.
Be Environmental Friendly
Throughout their production, Keurigs have taken a lot of heat for their product’s environmental footprint – the disposable K-Cup pods that hold your coffee grinds. It is difficult to recycle these as you have to completely disassemble them and divide the different materials, including plastic and aluminum.
Strong Brew Mode
With previous Keurig coffee makers, you’d get less coffee in your mug if you wanted a more robust cup of coffee. It can be frustrating to have to give up quantity for quality. But with the Keurig K200, that’s not a problem.
The Keurig K200 has nine modes to choose from, including four regular brews in four, six, eight, or ten ounces; four strong brews in the same sizes; or a carafe, which fills a whole pot.
If you want regular strength, just push the touch-button screen to pick the appropriate K-Cup size. But when you need that extra strength, switch the button to strong. And don’t forget, you can make specialty brews and teas with just a switch of the button.
Keurig Brewing Technology
You may wonder how your coffee machine can ensure you get perfect-tasting coffee every time. The answer is in the K-Cup pod lid. Your Keurig reads each pod’s label before brewing, so it can know the appropriate amount of water to use to correctly make your coffee.
Then, once the water is heated up, a hollow needle punctures the foil top, and the water fills the pod. Another needle pokes a hole in the bottom of the pod so that your brewed coffee can flow through the K-Cup and built-in filter right into your waiting cup.
In less than two minutes, you have a piping hot yummy cup of java that tastes like you just purchased it straight from your favorite coffee house. And remember, with so many varieties, you could try a different flavor daily!
Easy-to-Use Touch Display
You don’t have to be a technology wizard to use the Keurig K200. The simple-to-read display lets you easily see what settings you’ve chosen. Press the arrow up or down to select the size and strength of your brew, or move down the menu to select specialty drinks like hot cocoa or tea.
The information is displayed in an easy-to-view size, so you don’t have to worry if you can’t see smaller words or numbers. But we are a bit disappointed that there’s no clock on the screen. Nor is there a timer or an automatic power-off.
Some coffee makers come with a freshness meter that tells you how long the coffee has been made. Unfortunately, the Keurig K200 doesn’t have this option. The screen is simplistic and easy to understand, without any training.
Large Water Reservoir
With an ample 40-ounce water reservoir, you can brew up to four cups of coffee with one refill. When it’s time to refill, just detach the tank by lifting and placing it under your kitchen faucet or refilling it from a bottle.
The water filter is located inside this tank. Keurig recommends changing the water filter every two months for heavy use or after sixty tank refills if you’re an infrequent user. The charcoal filter takes less than ten minutes to change.
Soak your new filter in a cup of water for at least five minutes before putting it into your empty reservoir. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new one after giving it a quick rinse after soaking.
There’s even a dial that you can rotate to set which month the filter will need to be changed again. Newer models will provide the date you replaced the old filter and when you’re due for a new one.
Alternatives to the Keurig K200
We love the Keurig K200 with all its excellent capabilities, including the option to make multiple cups of coffee at once. But we were a bit disappointed that we couldn’t set this coffee machine to auto-brew.
|Dimensions||8.9"W x 13.4"D x 13.6"H||10.4"W x 13.4"D x 13.6"H||9.8" W x 13.0"D x 13.3"H||6.9"W x 10.7"D x 10.8"W|
|Water Reservoir||40 oz||70 oz||48 oz||10 oz|
|Brew Sizes||4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, 22 oz, 26 oz, 30 oz||4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, 22 oz, 26 oz, 30 oz||6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz||6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz|
If you need a coffee maker that can be programmed to turn on and power off, Keurig also has the Keurig K575, which has an 80-ounce water reservoir and can make coffee cups up to 12 ounces instead of just ten, like the K200. You even have control of your temperature with the K575. But it is a lot more expensive and bulkier so it’ll take up more room.
Need a coffee maker compact enough to fit into tight spots? The Keurig K-Mini single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker could be your solution. It’s less than five inches wide and can brew cups from six to 12 ounces. It only has a one-cup water tank, so you’ll have to refill the water before each brew, but it does have a 90-second auto power-off. It cannot brew a whole pot like the K200.
Keurig Does Have Its Problems
As much as we love Keurig, we want to point out that you might experience some common problems. Most of the time, there’s a simple solution to these issues. We recommend keeping this article saved somewhere easily accessible in case you have any problems with your Keurig.
Chances are, your problem is the same as we’ve experienced, and you can use our tips to get your machine up and running without calling customer service or purchasing a new one. Your Keurig will last through many uses and years if properly cared for.
What are some common problems Keurig experiences?
- Clogged Keurig – break down and clean properly
- Trying to reset your Keurig – follow the easy steps listed in this article
- Powers off/on automatically – check the auto-brewing feature
- Leaking – check the water reservoir and gaskets for damage
- Improper amount – your machine is probably clogged and needs cleaning
- Bad-tasting coffee – clean your machine every 3-6 months
- Weird noises – Unfortunately, the Keurig does sound odd when brewing, so these sounds might be normal. If your coffee tastes normal, there’s nothing to worry about. Otherwise, try cleaning.
Keurig can experience other problems, but we’ve covered the most important ones above. But once again, be sure to give our linked article a review because it goes into step-by-step details for all types of troubleshooting.
What is the Tallest Cup the K200 can Accommodate?
If you want to brew directly into your travel mug for those busy mornings, the K200 has you covered. You must remove the included drip tray and place your cup under the brew chamber.
Make sure it’s under seven inches, and you’re good to go.
Can you use your own coffee grounds in the K200?
While the number of K-Cup flavors has grown since I first used a Keurig – God, I feel old, it’s always nice to be able to grab some coffee from a local roaster.
With a My K-Cup reusable filter, you can do just that. While you do have to buy something extra, knowing that you’re not creating as much waste makes it a little bit easier to swallow.
Wrapping it up
The Keurig K200 was a great single-serve and group coffee maker that the company took a gamble on and lost. If you’re looking for something similar, check out the Keurig K-Duo. This brewer took the K200’s place and even has an included carafe so you can start making enough coffee for yourself and your friends right out of the box.
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