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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Keurig brewer Model B66 home brewer

(Republished from an old blog as I wanted to report more than 2 years later the unit is still working great and I enjoy the coffee from it.  I use it mostly on the weekends - as during the week I get my coffee fix at work :)  )

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(Republished from an old blog as I wanted to report more than 2 years later the unit is still working great and I enjoy the coffee from it.  I use it mostly on the weekends - as during the week I get my coffee fix at work :)  )

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Original review

Keurig brewer Model B66 home brewer

June 3, 2009
First you may ask what is this doing on a tech blog. I don’t know if your office is like mine but if the coffee machine is on the fritz that could amount to a 20% loss in productivity! J

The concept of the brewer is good in theory, keep the coffee fresh, and the temperature of the water right along with the pressure. This doesn’t account for filtered water or not which is probably a good idea to use (though arguably the filter in the k-cup filters some).

Setup:
Setup was pretty simple the unit was mostly assembled, only requiring connecting the front drip tray.
Then the manual has you prime the pump by just using water for the first cup or two without using a kcup.
You will note the pump when it pumps water in is noisy. Surprisingly loud and vibrating.

Using:
Usage is about as simple as you could get
  1. Fill the reservoir with water
  2. turn the unit on then wait till it says ready to brew
  3. Lift the large handle on the front, insert a kcup and close using the handle
  4. Then press the brew button for the size cup you have. Important for the large cup size you will need Kcups that say BOLD on them. These have extra coffee in them so that you can use the larger size cups.

Note: Be careful not to turn off or unplug the unit when it is pumping in water (you’ll hear the pump), or when it says add water. If you do not heed this your next cup will likely be a partial cup and you will have wasted a kcup.
Note I noticed when filling the reservoir it seems to leak on me a little bit at the bottom, not sure this is me or the design but happened often enough to notice. After there is a bit of water in there it doesn’t seem to leak anymore.



The coffees:
There is a wide selection of kcups available for coffee, less so for tea and hot chocolate.
Personally I’ve come to like the Timothy’s hazelnut, French vanilla or the green mountain hazelnut ( a bit of a lighter roast).
You can find a small selection at many grocery stores these days.
Ordering online at the keurig web site was simple to do, and I got my coffee I ordered within a few days.

The taste:
If you are a coffee aficionado the whole idea of this coffee maker probably already put you off, so you might wish to stay away. The coffee is consistent and tastes ok to good with a wide variety of flavors/types available. If you like really strong coffee you should try someone else’s unit first as some people find even with the BOLD kcups and a medium size mug brew the coffee isn’t strong enough for them. (I personally find it plenty strong for me and know many other people feel the same with some people saying it is a little too strong for a dark roast even without the BOLD kcups). We have a keurig brewer at work and the great majority of people find the coffee ok, there are a few folks that like a really strong cup and use BOLD kcups and half the water option (available on some commercial brewer styles only).

Updated: The leaking I noticed appears to have been happening when I tried to fill the resevoir a cup at a time while leaving it attached to the unit. If you instead remove the resevoir and fill it then re-attach I have not noticed any leaking.


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While the model in this article is old and hard to find now, you may want to try one of the  newer Keurig's.


B00KYWL34Q
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