Keurig Vue V700: A Closer Look

The Keurig Vue V700 is the newest brewer in Keurig's arsenal. This brewer is really important since it represents the first departure from k cup technology. This new brewer uses "Vue packs" rather than k cups. It's probably no coincidence that this new technology is emerging just as the patent on k cups is expiring. Keurig's business model is based on having sole rights to the brewing technology, so they needed to switch things up.

Keurig definitely took a step forward with this new technology, so let's jump in to the Keurig Vue review. Here are the key selling features of this new brewer:

Why buy the Keurig Vue V700?

  • Stronger Coffee – This is a significant step forward. The older k cup brewers pretty much used the same brew cycle for everything. You could vary the size of the cup, but that was about it. The Keurig Vue adjusts the water pressure, timing, and airflow depending on how strong you like your coffee. For a strong coffee, the Keurig V700 uses a "pulse" brew, which takes longer but makes a fuller cup of coffee.
  • Bigger Coffee – The Vue gives you even more options, allowing you to brew anywhere from 4 oz. all the way to 18 oz. We were a little skeptical about this since even a 12 oz. drop in the older k cup machines resulted in a weak cup of coffee. However, the pulse brewing available in this machine makes the larger drop settings possible, without sacrificing coffee strength too much.
  • Hotter Beverages – The older Keurig machines maxed out at 192 degrees. This newest addition to the Keurig lineup can brew up to 197 degrees. While this may not seem like a lot, 5 degrees makes a significant difference in the quality of brewed coffees. An optimal brewing temperature is around 200 degrees, so the Keurig V700 takes a significant step forwards.
  • Specialty Coffees – This new Keurig machine will allow you to make specialty coffees, like lattes and cappucinos. For these types of drink, the Vue uses a 2-staged process, one with the milk or "frother" cup and one with a coffee cup. This is a process common to the Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, but is a first for Keurig.
  • Environmentally Friendly – One of the common complaints about the Keurig brewing system is that the k cups could not be recycled. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters tried to address this with the new Vue packs. The coffee and filter assembly is now detachable from the #5 plastic cup. This allows the waste to be discarded and the plastic recycled. We applaud this attempt to address a long-standing defect in the k cup technology; however, it is a bit of a hassle to separate the filter from the cup. We wish Green Mountain could make this even easier.

OK, those are the big selling points. Now, lets look at the Vue in more detail.

Features

  • 8 brew sizesRegular cup sizes (4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., and 10 oz.)Travel mug sizes (12 oz., 14 oz., 16 oz., and 18 oz.)
  • Fully programmable color touchscreen
  • Adjustable brew temperature (187–197 degrees)
  • "Strong" brew setting with pulse brewing
  • "Cafe" setting for lattes and cappucinos
  • "Brew over ice" setting for iced coffees and teas
  • Removable 74 oz. water reservoir
  • Removable drip tray

Specs

  • 10.07" wide, 11.8" deep, 12.52" tall
  • 13.1 lbs empty
  • 1500 watts
  • 120VAC/60hz
  • UL approved for household use only
  • Brewing time: from 30 seconds to 90 seconds depending on desired strength

Keurig Vue Review
We have mixed feelings about this coffee brewer. We really like the additional control over the brewing process. The pulse brewing in combination with the hotter brewing temperature makes a significant difference in the quality of the coffee. Well done, Keurig!

On the flip side, we have two main issues with the Keurig Vue. First, you cannot use k cups in this new machines. This means that until Green Mountain comes up with an adapter, some of your favorite coffees might be unavailable. Second, we found the specialty drinks merely OK. The Keurig Vue is an excellent coffee machine, but both the Tassimo and the Nescafe Dulce Gusto are better when it comes to lattes and cappucinos. If you are really looking to do espresso based drinks, we highly recommend you consider the Keurig Rivo R500. This machine is absolutely top notch when it comes to espresso, cappucinos, mochas, and lattes. The Keurig Vue just isn't designed to these types of drinks well.

Reliability
Reliability is a huge deal to us at OneCupCoffeeSource. The Keurig Vue appears to be a solid machine overall, but we are receiving a number of complaints on some vue cups leaking during the brewing cycle. Essentially what happens is that in addition to the main coffee stream coming out of the brewer, there is a second stream of plain water that comes out as well. The end result is a weak, diluted cup of coffee. This problem does not affect all of the brewers or even all of the types of vue packs; however, it is a significant problem you should be aware of.

Customer Service
Keurig's customer support is nothing short of outstanding. If anything goes wrong with your brewer, Keurig will make sure you're well taken care of.

Bottom Line
The Keurig Vue V700 retails for $249.95. At this price, we think it's well worth it once the "leaking" problem mentioned above is resolved. The Vue is a significant improvement over k cup technology. There is also little question that Green Mountain will make sure that there are no shortage of different coffees available for this machine. If you think this brewer might be right for you, here's a quick link to it on Amazon: Keurig Vue

If you're looking for a machine to do lattes and cappucinos, we'd recommend that you pass on this one for the time being. The Keurig Rivo R500Nescafe Dolce Gusto, and the Tassimo brewers are superior when it comes to specialty coffee drinks.


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