The Keurig Vue V700 is the final brewer released in Keurig's 1.0 line. This brewer is really important since it represented the first departure from k cup technology. This brewer uses "Vue packs" rather than k cups. It's probably no coincidence that this new technology emerged just as the patent on k cups was 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?
OK, those are the big selling points. Now, lets look at the Vue in more detail.
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 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 problem you should be aware of.
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.
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 R500, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, and the Tassimo brewers are superior when it comes to specialty coffee drinks.