I'm the type of coffee lover who appreciates a meticulously brewed pour-over. At the same time, I'm a coffee lover who really values convenience. I had a Keurig Mini for about 10 years and it served me well. It wasn't always my “goto” brew method for coffee, but I appreciated how much time it saved me in the mornings when I my schedule didn't allow me to wait on a French Press. Recently, I upgraded to a Keurig Elite C Single Serve coffee maker and was treated to a wealth of new practical features. The following Keurig Elite C review will cover some of the major benefits of this machine and hopefully, give you a better idea of whether it's worth the purchase or upgrade.
I bought this Keurig Elite coffee maker from Costco and so it came with extras such as free K-Cups and a handy reusable K-Cup filter. (The difference between the K-Cup Elite C and the regular K-Cup Elite is the number and type of accessories that ship with it.) I've spent about 2 months with this machine and have stressed tested quite thoroughly.
Keurig Elite C Review: Design and Interface
The Keurig Elite C is a grand example of form and function. It's sleek, attractive, and practical taking up relatively little counter space. Compared to many other Keurig models, the Keurig Elite C just feels like it was made with stronger and sturdier parts. As an example, where as the most K-Cup machines use plastic drip trays and lift handles, this machine uses a metal ones.
The user interface is very simple and easy to use which will delight newcomers to the K-Cup space. It features push buttons as opposed to a touch screen. Call me old school, but I actually prefer push buttons. You can select from 5 different drink sizes and also choose an option for a “stronger brew”. There's a designated button for only hot water which is very helpful for making tea. As an added convenience, there's a descale button that will light up whenever your machine needs to be descaled. At the end of the day, anyone who's ever used a Keurig will feel right at home while those new to Keurigs will ease right into the world of K-Cup machines.
Keurig Elite C Review: Features
I really appreciated the high cup clearance. While this may not be a big deal for some, my old Keurig Mini didn't have the clearance for my larger mugs which was bothersome. Being forced to brew smaller cups of coffee made me feel like I was just wasting caffeinated goodness with each K-Cup. However, the Keurig Elite C has more than enough clearance to accommodate even my largest mugs. If you need more space, you can remove the drip tray to make room for a travel mug up to 7.2 inches tall.
I admit to being a little concerned about whether the coffee produced by this new machine would be watered down at all. Fortunately, after making over 100 drinks, I can say this machine makes a rich, full-flavored cup of coffee. For coffee connoisseurs who consider water temperature, you should know that it runs around 180 – 190 degrees. While not in the perfect range of 200-205, it's still more than capable of giving you barista-quality coffee.
The Keurig Elite C comes with a removable 75 ounce water tank. That's huge! When you're coming for a Mini that had no reservoir to begin with, a reservoir of this size is hugely welcomed. Let's just say the added convenience of not having to constantly refill the reservoir has resulted in my coffee and tea consumption going up. I recently hosted an gathering of about 9 coffee-loving people and let's just say this workhorse of a coffee machine was a life saver.
Reusable Universal K-Cup Adapter
This seemingly unassuming bonus adapter has transformed my coffee-drinking habits. There are coffee lovers out there who have understandable concerns about the environmental footprint of K-Cups. While eco-friendly and compostable K-Cups are increasing by the day, this reusable K-Cup adapter makes for a great alternative as well. By using this adapter you won't have any plastic cups to throw away. If you're the type to reuse coffee grounds but don't want to have to cut open a K-Cup every time to do so, this adapter is a solution to that. Beyond benefiting the environment, using this adapter will likely produce better-tasting coffee since using you can use your own fresh coffee grounds instead prepackaged ones. I personally think using fresh coffee grounds in a K-Cup adapter is the ultimate example of quality and convenience. It's like having a pour-over quality brew while still being able to reap the time-saving benefits of a K-Cup machine.
note: When putting in the new adapter, make sure to remove the existing K-Cup holder first.
Pros: Keurig Elite
- Brew time under a minute
- 75 ounce water tank is super convenient
- Sleek design and very simple user interface
- Fast warm up time
- Very quiet
Cons : Keurig Elite
- No brew options for anything over 12oz (not a true con since this machine isn't meant for that)
One thing to be mindful of is that despite its large reservoir, this machine is designed as a quality single serve coffee maker and not a machine that fills carafes. That being the case, it's no surprise that this machine can't brew anything more than 12oz.
In concluding this Keurig Elite C review, I was thoroughly impressed by the design and output of this machine. It's an attractively-priced coffee machine at $130 that delivers upscale performance and convenience. In the end, buying this Keurig Elite C coffee maker has been an investment for me that's more than paid itself off.