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Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewer
The Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer is one of Keurig's newest offerings that adds a little more flexibility to the Keurig brewing system. As well as the system's usual one cup brewing method, this machine also includes a four cup carafe, which uses specially designed larger K-cups.
The 2.0 machine series was introduced as a way for Keurig to reclaim its market share after its largest K-cup producer, and now owner, had its patent expire in 2012. That led to a lot of low-cost producers rushing into the market and making their own K-cups for the machine. With this new series, old style K-cups will not work. Further, the 4-cup style is completely new. The other item that does not work with the 2.0 series is the reusable cups that allow for custom ground coffee in disposable filters, such as My K-Cup. If an incompatible cup is placed in the brewer, the touchscreen throws up an error and does not continue brewing.
The Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer has a removable, 80 ounce water reservoir on the side and a 2.75 inch color touch screen on the front. The removable reservoir allows it to be filled up via a sink. The touch screen shows the time and offers brewing options when the machine is started. It allows four different background colors for the screen and includes an option to illuminate the reservoir when it's dark. The color of the machine is black and gray plastic with silver metallic trim. The base can be removed and doubles as an overflow tray that can hold eight ounces of liquid.
The usual package for this brewer includes a water filter, four cup carafe, K-carafe packs and regular K-cup packs.
The primary benefit of the Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer is brewing coffee on demand, eliminating coffee getting old and stale in a pot. Even the four cup carafe works in that fashion as it is meant to be used for multiple people and getting four cups at once. The Keurig system generally appeals to people who want individual cups of coffee and not an entire pot. They work well in offices, dorms and hotel rooms.