Hi there! My name is Sean and I’m going to be a guest contributor here for a little bit. I’ll start by saying I don’t know as much about the fancy forms of coffee as Tessa does, but when it comes to the simple stuff and certain coffee brewers I know plenty. Anyways, let’s get to the point, okay?
Today I want to do a review of the Keurig® MINI Plus brewing system. I personally have one in my apartment at school and figure I’ll share my knowledge on it. If you are completely unaware of what it is, here’s a link to it. The Keurig MINI Plus is a K-Cup style brewer that brews one cup of coffee at a time. It’s about a foot tall and about five inches wide, so it will fit on that counter-top of yours just fine. There’s a spot in the top of the machine to pour water in for your coffee that typically only holds one or two cups worth of water. There’s also a catch in the bottom to catch excess liquid.
Now if you don’t mind, let’s get into the good and the bad about this thing.
Something I really like about this brewer is that it doesn’t take very long to brew a nice hot, fresh cup of coffee for you. I’ve never actually sat down with a stopwatch to time the thing, but it prepares your coffee in just about two or three minutes. I personally think that’s great because I can walk over and start my brewing and then get ready for the day while it does its thing.
Another thing I like about it is that K-Cups aren’t terribly expensive and having the Keurig saves me the trouble of walking/driving/flying/teleporting to my nearest coffee shop for my daily brew. Convenience is key when it comes to this thing. It’s also incredibly simple to use as well. All you really need to do is pour water in the top, put your K-Cup in, and press brew. Simple.
This is completely unrelated to coffee but if you like those little cups of ramen noodles that you pour hot water into to prepare, this thing is great for that too. Just put your ramen under it in its cup and hit brew without any K-Cup in it and you’ll have a perfect, hot cup of ramen right there in a few minutes or less.
Something I don’t like about this brewer is that it is very inconsistent with how much water it uses to brew your cup of coffee. Sometimes I’ll brew a cup and it will be half full and other times it will be overflowing. This is mostly just inconvenient, but if you’re buying a coffee maker for convenience the damn thing should be consistently convenient.
The price. This thing costs about $80. That’s a decently high price tag if you ask me. There are several other coffee brewers of the same nature that are just slightly more expensive and better quality than this one.
It wastes a decent amount of water. The catch in the bottom fills up with water and a little bit of coffee after just four or five brews. Maybe that’s not a big deal to you, but it annoys me a little.
It only brews one cup at a time, so if you have a bunch of roommates, family members, moochers, or anybody in your home who also loves their coffee it might be a better idea to just by a coffee pot brewer instead.
Overall I would give this coffee brewer a 6 out of 10. I recommend Keurig brewers, but I do not recommend this one unless you get it for free like I did. If you’re going to invest your hard earned cash in a Keurig I’d recommend looking at the Keurig K45 Elite for just $20 more.
Thank you to Sean from Tree At Last for contributing to the blog today!! Thanks for the input, Sean. Anyone reading should go over to http://treeatlast.wordpress.com/ to check out a really well written blog!