Keurig K Cafe Coffee Machine
The K-Cafe is right up there as one of my favorite Keurig capsule coffee machines.
K-Cafe Coffee Maker
After spending many hours researching the Keurig range and watching YouTube videos, I have to say, the K-Café stands out among the Keurig range of capsule coffee makers.
This is a versatile machine without being too bulky. It covers the basics in capsule coffee machines, and although it doesn't have a carafe option, it does have some great features.
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At a Glance - K-Cafe Coffee Machine
Keurig K-Cafe Features
4 Cup sizes for regular Coffee, Cappuccino & Latte Brewing
The K-Cafe has a lot going for it. It has 4 cup sizes to choose from - 6, 8, 10 and 12 ounce.
An attractive thing about the K Cafe is that you can use K-Cup pod to brew a regular coffee, and use the milk frother to make delicious lattes and fluffy cappuccinos. The milk frother is dishwasher safe, so clean up afterwards is easy.
The Milk Frother is dishwasher safe and froth fresh milk, including skim, soy, and almond. The frother also has a COLD setting for cold frothed milk.
Cleaning the Frother
Keeping the milk frother clean is easy. This can be done either by hand in warm soapy water, or in the top rack of the dishwasher. The frother and lid go on the top rack of a dishwasher and the whisk can be placed in the utensils basket.
If washing by hand, make sure you use only non-abrasive cleaning materials as you don't want to damage the inner surface of the frother. Dry all parts thoroughly using a soft, nonabrasive cloth, and then reassemble.
Shot Button & Stronger Brew Button
Press the SHOT button to brew a concentrated shot of coffee to make delicious hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
For a bolder coffee, press the STRONG button. Using the Strong Brew button increases your coffee strength and intensity.
Energy Saving - Auto Off
As an Energy Saving feature, the Auto-Off feature turns your coffee maker 2 hours after last brew.
The coffee maker will alert you when it's time to descale. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, making sure the machine runs efficiently and ensuring you continue to get the best-tasting brew possible.
Travel Mug Friendly
The K-Cafe will accommodate a travel mug up to 7.2 inches tall with its drip tray removed. The drip tray is also dishwasher safe in the top rack.
Dimensions of the Keurig K-Cafe
Dimensions: 12.5” H x 15.3” W x 11.7” D
Height with handle open: 16.7” H
The K-Cafe weighs 10 pounds.
Fits an 7.2” mug clearance with drip tray removed.
Mug clearance with drip tray in place 6.2" H
Cord Length: 30 inches
60 oz Water Reservoir
The 60 ounce water reservoir of the Keurig Cafe coffee maker is removeable for easy filling, or you can fill it while it's in place using a water jug.
You're not restricted to warm latte's and cappuccino's with the K-Cafe. It's just as easy to make an iced beverage.
Make an Iced Latte or Ice Cappuccino in 3 Minutes
To make an Iced Latte or Iced Cappuccino, add chilled milk to the LATTE or CAPP line that's marked on the inside of the frother.
Put on the frother lid and put it in place the frother in position on the K Cafe.
Press the COLD button followed by the LATTE or CAPP button. The frother will beep once and both buttons will illuminate while the milk is frothing. This process will take around 3 minutes.
You'll know it's complete as the light on the COLD, LATTE or CAPP buttons have gone off, and the brewer beeps twice.
Watch the video on how to easily make a Latte or Cappuccino
Have a look at the video below that shows the steps needed to make a Latte or Cappuccino with the K-Cafe coffee machine and milk frother.
The video runs for 51 seconds.
K Cafe Special Edition Capsule Coffee Maker
Keurig have released a special edition K-Cafe. This has all the same features and dimensions as the black K Cafe but is finished in a premium nickel color, with a metal handle and drip tray.
As it's a Special Edition, it also costs more than the standard black K Cafe but the nickel finish will suit a wider range of kitchen styles.
Best K-Cup Pods Compatible with the Keurig Coffee Brewers
K-Cup Capsule Range
The range of K-Cup compatible pods is extensive, and the K-Cafe expands on the range by providing latte style and cappaccino options.
Some of the K-Cups most preferred by coffee lovers include the Keurig Variety Packs, Green Mountain, Starbucks, Folgers, Peet's Coffee, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou Coffee, Mr Donut, and McCafe.
Click on the links below to see either the full range of K-Cup Coffee Capsule range on Amazon.
The K-Cafe reusable single brew K-Cups. This will save you money in the long term if you buy reusable K-cup pods. Using these will not just save you money, they also save on general waste and landfill.
Premium Keurig reusable pods are made of durable, BPA-Free materials with a handy lid and stainless steel design mesh filter. These are easy to hand wash, and are top-rack dishwasher safe.
Click on the button below to see the current price of Reusable K-Cup filters available from Amazon.
General Care & Maintenance of your K-Cafe Coffee Maker
Any appliance will last longer with some regular care and maintenance. Taking care of the components of the K-Cafe doesn't take much effort but should be done at regular intervals.
The Drip Tray on the K-Cafe can hold up to 8 ounces of overflow. This needs to be emptied and cleaned occasionally.
To remove the Drip Tray, slide it toward you while keeping it level, and tip any overflow liquids down the sink. This can be cleaned in the top rack of a dishwasher, or by hand with a damp, soapy, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth.
To keep the Keurig K-Cafe looking as good as the day you unboxed it, give its exterior a clean from time to time. This can be done easily and quickly with just a clean, damp, soapy, lint-free cloth.
Make sure this is a non-abrasive cloth. It should go without saying, but never immerse the brewer in water or any other liquids.
Water Reservoir and Reservoir Lid
The water reservoir lid and water reservoir can be placed in the top rack of a dishwasher to clean, or can be hand washed. To hand wash, use a damp, soapy, non-abrasive cloth.
Make sure you thoroughly rinse the reservoir after cleaning to remove any cleaning solutions or soap suds. You don't want these to contaminate the water supply on your next brew.
Do not dry the inside of the water reservoir with a cloth as lint may remain within the reservoir. After rinsing, fill the reservoir with clean water and reposition it on the brewer.
Why is the K Cafe my favorite single serve coffee brewer?
Because it covers regular coffee, extra shots, and can froth milk for cappuccino and latte lovers.
It serves both hot and iced lattes. I personally love a bit of frothy milk in my regular coffee.
The customer reviews are good, and this is not a bulky machine even with the milk frother.
Last Updated on June 1, 2021