What makes the Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System stand out is that it can prepare a perfect cup of coffee, hot cocoa, tea or iced beverage in less than 60-seconds. You read that correctly, just 60 seconds. It will have your freshly brewed drink ready in under a minute.
All you do it select a K-Cup Pod, insert it into the machine by lifting up the handle and dropping it in. Then you just close the lid and press the button labeled ‘Brew’ and in moments your beverage will be ready. It took almost longer to read the instructions just now than to actually make a cup of tea, coffee or whatever your K-Cup Pod selection was.
The Keurig K45, features three different brew sizes ranging from 6, 8 and up to 10-ounces. The water reservoir built into the unit will hold a total of 48-ounces of water so you can brew a number of cups of coffee or tea without having to stop and frequently refill.
There’s also a removable drip tray which allows you to brew for larger cups as well as travel mugs. The front of the Keurig K45 has simple to read and understand button controls. It’s indicator lights can tell at a glance what is happening with a brew cycle. These controls also make it an easy machine to program for that morning drink. It also comes equipped with an auto shut off.
An added bonus with the Keurig K45 Elite is a stainless steel travel mug which uses what the manufacturer calls Contigo AutoClose Technology. What this means is that the travel mug has an efficient leak and spill-proof design so that when you seal it closed, nothing is going to drip out of it. The lid is also easy to clean. The Keurig K45 brewing system comes with a descaling solution to help keep the product working its best. Descaling is recommended every three to six months by the manufacturer, depending on level of use. The descaling removes calcium deposits that can build up inside the brewer.
What Keurig K45 Elite owners say
Online reviews of the Keurig K45 Elite rate this product highly for many reasons. Firstly an attractive, contemporary look that fits well in any kitchen. This brewer is noted for making perfect beverages each and every time and fast. The fact that it uses K-Cups also means it is clean to use with little, if any, mess to clean up after use or several uses. The temperature that the brewer heats the water to is also a plus as it is virtually the perfect ‘hot coffee’ temperature, according to online postings.
On the down side, the Keurig K45 Elite uses K-Cup Pods which are, generally speaking, not nearly as affordable as cans of ground coffee or tea bags.That being said, when you purchase this product you receive a starter kit featuring twelve Pods in a Variety Pack.
The brewer is not exactly quiet as there is a rumbling noise it produces during the brew cycle. Some reviewers noted this as a disadvantage while others have not mentioned it at all. Some online posts point to the plastic K-Cups as not being very good for the environment, which could be an issue for many households that have adopted ‘green’ practices.
Operationally, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages with this product.
When you consider that you can have a nice, hot cup of coffee or tea ready in less than a minute without filling a filter with a precise measurement of coffee grounds or loose tea, (which would take time later for clean up), the K45 Elite is a great alternative. If you are looking for convenience plus low maintenance, then you should seriously consider adding one of these to your kitchen counter top. If price is a factor, you will note that this is a bit on the pricey side, however, the quality of the brewer is evident.
The Environmental Question
The deciding factor could very well come down to the environmental question, but manufacturer Keurig Green Mountain is focused on sustainability and committed to recyclable coffee pods. As always it’s a personal preference and for many, quick and clean will win every time. The Keurig K45 Elite is that kind of brewing system and our #1 Single Serve Coffee maker.