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Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System
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2,608 of 2,633 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2009
I read every single Amazon.com review for this item. And then read them again. I went to the Keurig website and researched the B40. Came back to Amazon and read the reviews one more time. If I was going to pay $100 for a coffee machine, I wanted to be sure I knew as much as possible about it. I finally purchased the B40, and after getting it today and having brewed four cups of coffee so far, I offer the following review (from a BLACK COFFEE drinker, no milk, no sugar):

I think the people who claim this machine is too loud and complain that it vibrates too much are your normal "Mr. Coffee" people. Yes, the machine makes noise. It's pumping pressurized hot water into the K-Cups. Of course it's gonna make noise. I counted each time the noise was made. It lasts five seconds each time, at most. And it's MUCH quieter than my Melitta Mill & Brew, which grinds the coffee beans with a high shrill. This machine also vibrates. But again, it's well worth the minor noise and moderate vibration. You shouldn't be shelling out this much money for a coffee machine if you expect a Mr. Coffee coffee maker. You are buying a "gourmet" coffee machine, and it has some cool features that require hot pressurized water to be pumped through the machine. Not a big deal!

I think a lot of the negative reviews that I read, and maybe all of them, referred to an older version of the B40 that only had one cup size setting. Indeed, when I purchased this machine at Target today, the display model for the B40 had only one cup size. I had to triple-check the box to make sure I was getting the B40 with the TWO cup sizes (and I was). So maybe they have improved the machine since that version.

I read negative reviews about this machine making weak coffee. I was so freaked out about those reviews, I wanted to brew every K-Cup (even the Extra Bold) on the small cup setting. As I was brewing the third cup, I put in a "regular" K-Cup and hit the "large" cup setting. I immediately went into Panic Mode, worried that I just wasted a K-Cup, because my coffee would be too weak to drink. Not true at all! Yes, the coffee was not quite as strong as I would normally like, but it was a very decent cup of coffee. I will not worry if I ever hit the large size on a regular pod again. Although I plan on buying all Extra Bold cups, so that I can brew a bigger cup.

I am extremely pleased with this coffee machine. So much so that I plan to buy two of this same model (or the B60 if it's on sale) as Christmas gifts for my mom and uncle.

As a former coffee house Assistant Manager and an avid fan of "gourmet" coffee, I highly recommend this coffee machine. Probably the best $100 I have spent in at least five years. One of my biggest concerns was that the beans had NO TIME to brew properly in such a short amount of time. But I was completely wrong. This machine brews a nice, bold, rich cup of coffee. Slightly less bold and rich if you brew the regular pods on the larger cup setting; but still very drinkable. I was also concerned that the pods would leak after removing them from the machine, but they are almost dry. I haven't had a single one drip on the way to the trash can, and I remove them seconds after brewing. I'm extremely pleased with the ease and cleanliness of using this machine. No filters to deal with, no messy coffee grounds, no dirty coffee pots to wash (and filter baskets). The convenience of the machine alone is well worth the minor noise and vibration.

I highly recommend this machine. Just do your research and make sure this is the coffee machine you are looking for. It takes time to research, but it pays off in the end. I couldn't be happier with the B40, and don't see why anyone else wouldn't be just as pleased.

Time for me to make another cup.
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333 of 343 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2006
I have been using the Keurig B-40 for over 7 months now and have been very impressed with it. It heats up very quickly, and the auto shut-off feature allows you to have your machine shut down after 2 hours of inactivity. You can use the B-40 for brewing tea by buying tea in K-cups, but I simply and frugally put my tea (either loose in strainer or in a bag) in a cup and run the Keurig without a K-cup in the holder. I use the Keurig in a similar manner to add hot water to cups of soup.

As mentioned in other reviews, the 7.25 oz brewing size is fine for a single regular cup, but small for a big mug or travel mug. Furthermore, the strength of the coffee that you get with the regular K-cups is too weak for my taste. The regular K-cups are better suited to one of the other Keurig brewers (B50 or B60) where you have the option of changing your brewing volume to 5.25 oz. The caveat is that you have even less coffee. The Extra-Bold K-cups that vendors are now selling actually do brew a great cup of coffee in the 7.25 oz size and I would recommend that you order Extra-Bold versions of your coffee if you like your coffee stronger. K-cups are a fantastic convenience - easy to use and easy to dispose of. Maybe too easy - I blasted through my first box of 25 in the first week at work. They are not cheap either, at between 40 and 50 cents a cup if you search for deals. However, the Extra-Bold varieties are fairly limited in availability. An accessory that I highly recommend - the Keurig 5048 My K-Cup Reuseable Coffee Filter - allows you to fill its reusable basket up to the rim with your favorite ground coffee. If you fill it all the way it makes a very strong cup of joe - just the way I like it.

Pros:

Price

Convenience

Utility

Looks cool on your desk

Great coffee with Extra-Bold K-Cups or optional Keurig 5048 My K-Cup Reuseable Coffee Filter

Cons:

Single 7.25 oz brews coffee that is too weak with regular K-cups

Fairly limited selection of Extra-Bold K-cups

Cost per cup is pricey
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404 of 422 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2006
The Keurig B-40 makes excellent, well flavored coffee... in a snap! It tastes just as good as a brewed cup with a traditional coffee maker, it does NOT taste like it came from a vending machine.

The only con is minor: the 7.25 ounce serving size. This is perfect for a coffee cup, but a large coffee mug will require you to brew 2 k-cups. But brewing is so quick, that you can brew both K-cups within 30 seconds.

The B-40 is an excellent choice for a model. Because brew cycles are so fast, you do not need the timer option that comes with the B-50 or B-60. The B-50 also offers a smaller cup brew option, but trust me - you won't need it. The B-40 also comes with an auto-off feature that will turn off the machine 2 hours after the last brew, which is great if you worry you may forget to. (If you drink coffee throughout the day, you can disable this feature too.)

I joined Green Mountain Coffee's "cafe club". Check it out on their website. Huge variety of coffees and teas. Free shipping and automatic deliveries of your favorite flavors set up on a schedule you choose.

Great coffee maker, highly recommend.
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163 of 170 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2006
After several years of laboring over our home coffee machine for mediocre coffee, or waiting in line to spend $$$$ at our local coffeehouse, my husband and I began to consider coffee as just an occasional treat. However, I gave the Keurig B-40 to my husband as a gift, and not a single day has gone by that we have not enjoyed it! It is so easy - just pop in the k-cup, press the brew button, and you have a great cup of coffee or tea. It is perfect for us - we drink about two cups each day with no mess or fuss. The coffee is great - lots of variety in the choices. Check out the different vendors online and you can really save money on the k-cups. We have experimented with ours - making iced tea or iced coffee by using a tall glass of ice instead of the usual mug. I can even use my own tea bags - the Keurig heats up the water very quickly and makes it easy. One of the downsides with this model is that you can't adjust the size (and it is a small serving). To fill up a large mug you might need two or three cycles. You also can't adjust the strength of the brew - your only option is to choose a dark or light roast to vary the intensity. However, both of us have found several flavors that we really enjoy, and our guests are always impressed that they can choose their own blend and flavor! We also tried the Tassimo and the Senseo brands, and found the flavor to be lacking (much more mediocre). If you are a true coffee fan, and want a professionally styled machine that makes it simple and fast to make, then the Keurig B-40 is for you!
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330 of 358 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2008
After having a commercial unit at work for the last few years, I finally decided to purchase one for the house. After doing a fair amount of research, I decided I didn't need all of the bells and whistles on the other models, and purchased the B40. Set up was easy enough, but the noise made by the unit when filling the tank was extremely loud. The best way to describe the noise is to compare it to an air compressor when the compressor kicks on to suck in the air. The unit vibrated excessively which caused items on the counter to "jump" around, and the noise was loud enough to make it impossible to hold a conversation when the tank was filling. I "test brewed" a few more cups, and after each brew the noise and vibration kicked in again when the tank was filling.

After doing some research online, I think the tank filling mechanism on this unit is hit or miss. Based on other reviews, it appears that some are extremely loud and others are not too bad. My parents have the B50, which made much less noise than the B40, so I knew I didn't have to live with the noise on this unit. I decided to return the unit and try the B60 instead.

Out of the box, the B60 looks almost identical to the B40, except the B60 has a digital clock and more silver plastic. Size and build quality seemed identical. I crossed my fingers and hit the button to fill the tank. To my surprise, the unit was much quieter than the B40. Although it still made some noise and vibration while the tank was filling, it was much less intense than the B40. This unit sounded comparable to the B50 that my parents own.

I suspect that the pump mechanism on these three units is the same, but for some reason some are louder than others. For all I know, had I bought another B40, it may have been just a quiet as the B60.

All told, I am happy with the B60. And the blue lights on the unit definitely enhance the "coolness" factor.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2006
I got the B40 about a week ago and so far could not be more pleased. I considered the B50 initially, but then determined that the programming and dual brew size were not necessary for me. After all, if the brew cycle only takes about 30 seconds, why set a timer for it to start at a certain time? Doing without those two features saved $50 also. The unit came with a sample pack of 18 different coffees and a couple of teas. The flavors/blends that I have tried so far have all been good. I don't usually like very strong/bold coffee, so I can't pass adequate judgement on those varieties. You can buy the K-Cups from several online sources in a variety of flavors for about $9-$13 for a 25-pack.

The brewer itself couldn't be easier to use. I am the only coffee drinker in the house, so I specifically wanted a single cup brewer. My online research led my to this unit and I am very pleased. The initial start-up out of the box takes about 3 minutes to get the system primed and heated. After that, the manual recommends leaving the unit on, which I do. If you choose to have it shut off after use it will take a couple of minutes to heat the water before the next brew. In my case I simply pop a K-Cup into the brewer, push the brew button and 30 seconds later I have a hot cup of tea or coffee. Remove the K-Cup and you're done. The only cleanup is a 2-3 time yearly de-scale process. The unit is a little noisy in the brew process, but it's not loud at all. That's the only negative I would give it and I hesitate to call it a negative.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2006
I've had the Keurig B-40 Elite for about two months ago, and more than ever before, I am looking forward to getting up in the morning.

What initially attracted me to the Keurig line of single-serve coffeemakers was the option to use your own coffee in a reusable coffee filter (available separately from Amazon.com for $14.95) instead of the K-Cups, which can cost over 50 cents each. Leery of signing onto a razor-razor blade model, I wanted the flexibility to be frugal.

I ruled out the higher-priced B-50 and B-60 because I didn't need all the bells and whistles that those models offer. I don't need a timer (really, if you can brew a cup of coffee on demand, why would you want a machine that makes it at a set time?) or a blue LED display (although it is pretty). I might have liked the variable brew size option (two sizes on the B50 and three on the B-60), but to save $50 and $100 respectively I could live without it.

Setup on the B-40 Elite is straightforward. Follow the instructions for priming the unit (a one-time affair), and you're good to go. I confess that I brewed my first cup with one of the 18 K-Cups that came included with my unit. They are fiendishly convenient. The B-40 Elite delivers 7.25 ounces of coffee per brew, which turned out to be just the right amount for me. Before this, I was using a French press, so the coffee that comes out of the Keurig does not measure up in strength, but it is still flavorful and oh-so-fresh, and of course with a French press only your first cup is hot. I was astonished at how quickly the Keurig produces a cup of coffee-pop in the K-Cup, or spoon your coffee into the filter basket, (firmly) lower the handle, press "Brew," and in less than 30 seconds you're drinking a very good cup of coffee.

Even in its stripped-down incarnation, the Keurig B-40 Elite still has some nifty features. In addition to Auto Off, which is handy if you're only going to brew one or two cups in the morning, the unit has lights that come on when it's time to add water to the 48-ounce reservoir and when it's time to descale the machine. (As I've only had the unit for a short while I haven't had to descale yet.)

One cautionary note: When filled with water, the reservoir is somewhat awkward to replace-instructions recommend filling it to the line, but putting in less water than that makes it easier to handle.

All factors considered, the Keurig B-40 Elite is a handsome and functional single-serve coffeemaker, and I recommend it to anyone who loves their coffee fresh and hot.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2006
I just couldn't wait to get this thing out of the box. The anticipation of having a fresh cup of coffee literally at any given moment was unreal. I like to drink coffee but will not brew a whole pot for myself, so this brewer made alot of sense for me. And let me tell you I was not disappointed. It makes a cup, a small cup that is, less than 8oz though. So if you are looking to fill those travel mugs, it would probably take 3 rounds. The coffee tastes great, piping hot, and full of flavor. I especially like the dark coffees from Green Mountain. All the others aren't as flavorful. I am not much of a flavored coffee person so I cannot offer anything on those. The tea is great, breakfast tea that is. I am very happy with this machine. If you are the lone coffee drinker in your home, or most of the time, you'll love it. And even for entertaining it is quite impressive to offer guests a variety of flavors for them to choose themselves. I say buy it !! You won't be disappointed!!
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2007
Between french presses, drip systems, pod systems, and espresso makers, I own about 15 coffee makers of one kind or the other. The B-40 is one of my favorites, and the one I use at my office.

Let me compare it to other pod makers I've had or have (from Gevalia and Krups).

Advantages

--Works perfectly every time

--Super convenient--just throw the little plastic K cup away after brewing

--Looks good

--Heats up in a minute or so. Has an automatic cut off so you don't have to worry about leaving it on.

--Wide range of good quality K-cups. I like French and Italian roasts, and Sumatras.

--The coffee it produces is at the right temperature and is about as good and you're going to get from a pod-type system. It's not up there with freshly ground fresh press coffee, but that would be an unrealistic expectation

Disdvantages

--Pods are expensive and not widely available in retail outlets. I order on line so availability isn't an issue. By the time shipping is factored in, though, it still works out to about 50 cents a cup.

--The machine does make a bit of a rumbling noise refilling the boiler after brewing a cup. No big deal though

--Only makes one size. Other Keurig models make three different ones. I have the B-50 at home, though, and find that I use the middle setting all the time anyway, so don't consider this a major problem.

--I'm a bit concerned about the ecological impact of the plastic K cups (cf regular pods that should break down easily)

--Fairly expensive

Overall, I heartily recommend this for any use where convenience is important. I still use a french press at home when I want a really great tasting cup, but otherwise, rely on my two Keurigs.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2006
This is just what my office needed. I have been struggling to find a cafe convenient to my office where I could get a quick cup of java, since the shared pot on my floor is a bit too grimy for me. Of the FIVE cafes in my building, the coffee is too weak. So I investigated getting a single-serve machine. I figured that I could amortize the cost of the machine in 2-3 months. Upon the recommendations of the other reviewers I gave the Keurig a try. WOW sums it up. So very easy to use. Basically plug and go (actually you run water through the machine once to prime it). I use the Green Mountain French Roast Decaf. It's not Starbucks, but then again it is convenient and will only cost FIFTY cents a cup. I use bottled water, so no need to run into the pantry. Also, clean up is a breeze - just take out the little pod and toss!! This could not be more perfect for my needs.
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