Keurig K-Cafe Review

Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
80
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

The Keurig K-Cafe, replacing the discontinued Rivo, brews K-Cup coffee, espresso, and even milk-based lattes and cappuccinos thanks to the integrated frother, all with the push of a single button (OK, two buttons).
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Key Features of the Keurig K-Cafe

Key Features of Keurig K-Cafe

  • Product Line/System: K-Cafe
  • Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 60 oz
  • Display: Button control panel with buttons for Brew Size, Coffee or Latte/Cappuccino, and Brew Strength
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Dimensions: 15.3"W x 11.7"D x 12.5"H
  • Weight: 10.0 lbs
  • Other Features: Milk frother, one-push specialty beverages

Keurig K-Cafe Overview

Recently, Keurig discontinued several of their product lines to simplify their product offerings. One model to get the axe was the Keurig Rivo, the company's lone machine designed to brew espresso and milk-based beverages like lattes and cappuccinos.

In its place, Keurig released the K-Cafe.

Like all Keurig brewers, the K-Cafe brews K-Cup coffee with this model offering 6-12 oz brew sizes using the standard K-Cup system.

However, the K-Cafe also has the ability to brew concentrated espresso-like beverages you can savor straight or use as a base to make lattes, cappuccinos, and other specialty drinks.

The integrated frother has 3 froth settings you use for your custom coffee creation:

  • Latte: Smooth, silky foam
  • Capp: More aerated, whipped foam
  • Cold: Cold frothing for iced drinks

Making any specialty beverage is as easy as pushing two buttons: Brew and your foam of choice.

And if a regular cup of Joe is what you're craving, well, that's as easy as it's always been.

Pros

  • Includes Keurig's upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Brews both single-serve pods and 60 oz carafes
  • One-touch Latte & Cappuccino buttons that froths milk for you
  • Dishwasher safe frother

Cons

  • If you want a coffee and specialty beverage machine, why not get a Nespresso VertuoLine brewer?
  • Frother designed for skim milk and will work with other animal milks but struggles with almond milk
  • Doesn't come with a water filter kit

Is the Keurig K-Cafe for you?

Is Keurig K-Cafe for you?

The Keurig K-Cafe is the ideal brewer to kick your Starbucks habit and become your own barista. If you want the flexibility to brew standard coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, and whatever else you can whip up, this is the brewer for you.

If you're looking for the ability to brew both coffee and specialty beverages but want a more bare-bones brewer, Keurig also makes the K-Latte. It has a smaller 36 oz reservoir, lacks the 12 oz brew size, and includes a non-dishwasher safe frother but can brew a similarly wide range of beverages as the K-Cafe.

If you're looking for a machine that brews full 60 oz carafes instead of specialty beverages, you want one of Keurig's 3 K-Duo brewers.

Keurig K-Cafe Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Keurig K-Cafe!

Check out Keurig K-Cafe!

Keurig K-Cafe
The Keurig K-Cafe, replacing the discontinued Rivo, brews K-Cup coffee, espresso, and even milk-based lattes and cappuccinos thanks to the integrated frother, all with the push of a single button (OK, two buttons).

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