If you’re a coffee lover, there are many brewing methods you can make use of at home if you want gourmet drinks without hitting the coffee shop every day.
While you’ll enjoy a great deal of freedom to dial in the roast profile if you embrace the pour-over method, you’ll also need plenty of time and patience.
If you demand great coffee at the push of a button and you’re happy to choose from the hundreds of proprietary K-Cup varietals, investing in a Keurig 2.0 K575 makes perfect sense.
Today, we’ll summarize the chief advantages and drawbacks of this range-topping machine in the 2.0 series but before that, a quick glimpse at its core features.
I. Keurig K575 Features
- 5 drink sizes: 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 10oz, 12oz
- Use a carafe for larger parties: 22oz, 26oz, 30oz
- Use any K-Cup pod
- Welcome pack of 6 K-Cup pods
- 2 water filters and water filter handle
- 80oz water reservoir good for 10 large coffees
- Strength control
- Hot water on demand
- Intuitive touch screen
II. How Keurig K575 Brews
Brewing with any Keurig is super-simple and this simplicity is one its main selling points.
First, you’ll need to perform a brewer’s rinse to flush the machine and all components, removing any taint before you start brewing.
Brewer’s Rinse and Repeat
- Plug in your Keurig
- Lift up the handle then discard the shipping disc. Not all models come with this
- Remove the water tank and wash it down with some warm soapy
- Prepare the water filter. Rinse it under running water for 1 minute then soak in a bowl for 5 minutes. Make sure any loose debris falls away
- Pop the filter into the handle provided
- Fill your Keurig so the water reaches Max
- Hit the Power button and let your Keurig heat up
- Put a mug on the drip tray
- Lift then lower the handle but do not insert a pod
- Hit maximum brew size then Brew
- Repeat steps 8 to 10 and your Keurig is fully primed for action
Brewing Your Coffee With a Keurig K575
- Choose your K-Cup pod. You can also opt for the K-Mug, K-Vue or K-Carafe
- Lift the handle, place your pod inside the holder and lower the handle. This allows the device inside your machine to pierce the pod
- If you are not using K-Cup pods, you’ll need to remove the standard assembly so you’ll be able to press the reusable filter into action
- Choose your brew size and the temperature of the water. Select strength if you’d prefer a bolder coffee
- Hit the Brew button and you’ll have your drink in a minute or so completely hands-free
You can see how simple it is to use the Keurig K575.
How about maintaining it, though?
Keurig K575: Maintenance
Luckily, you really won’t need to put in much effort to keep your Keurig running like a dream. With super-automatic machines often being a real grind to clean, this is one more shining reason to consider a Keurig.
- Wipe down the outside of the machine with a damp cloth
- Remove and clean the drip tray. This is not dishwasher-friendly
- Take out the pod assembly and rinse this thoroughly
- Rinse and wash the water reservoir. Don’t forget to clean the lid
- Rinse and wipe down the piercing needle. Use a paper clip or similar to remove any coffee ground clogged on
- Wipe down any carafes with a damp cloth
Every 2 Months
- Swap out the charcoal water filter. You’ll get 2 provided with your K575. After this, they’re available at a very reasonable cost
Every 3 Months
- Descale your Keurig using either the descaling solution recommended or a mixture of white vinegar and water
- Fill up the water reservoir to Max using solution or equal parts mixture of vinegar and water
- Pop a mug on the drip tray
- Run through the brew cycle
- Allow the Keurig to sit for 30 minutes so all internal components are nicely cleaned
- Run through several more brew cycles, removing the mug as necessary, until you’ve emptied the water tank
- Refill the reservoir with water and run multiple cycles with no K-Cup pod so you can fully flush the system then you’re back in business
Rear more: How To Clean A Keurig Coffee Maker
III. Benefits of Keurig K55
The obvious question before buying anything at all is “What’s in it for me?”
We’ll highlight 8 of the principal benefits to the Keurig K575 so you can see at a glance if this single serve coffee maker would be a worthwhile investment.
Replacement takes place after around 100 coffees so you’ll get plenty of mileage from these filters.
Class-Leading Water Tank Makes 10 Coffees
If you’ve got a large family or you regularly have lots of friends over, you’ll understand the frustration of small coffee machines that have you constantly scurrying to refill the water.
While the first generation K55 has a large enough tank, the 80oz reservoir on the K575 gives you enough water for up to 10 coffees on a single fill.
If you want to fill your Keurig from the faucet, the tank slips off with ease. This also helps you to clean it with the minimum of fuss.
The tank comes with a nightlight offering you multiple muted colors instead of the harsh glare of kitchen neon.
Shotgun Brew Times
If you’re looking for a single serve coffee machine, speed is of the essence. Much of the sacrifice you make in relinquishing control over the brewing process is made up for in terms of raw pace.
Keurig claims you’ll have coffee in your cup in less than a minute but like many claims from manufacturers, this is slightly ambitious. Allowing for pre-heating, you’ll have your morning shot in 2 to 3 minutes which is as close to instant as possible.
Once the water is heated, you’ll hit Keurig’s 1-minute claim for all subsequent drinks.
Choose From Multiple Cup and Carafe Sizes
If you’ve got a large family and everyone seems to have different drink choices, you’re in safe hands with the K575.
Whether you want a short 4oz shot or a much longer 12oz Americano, you’ve got 5 cup sizes to choose from.
This model is also compatible with K-Pot capsules so you can make a whole carafe in 3 sizes up to a whopping 30oz.
This flexibility is a welcome upgrade on the already impressive first generation of Keurigs.
Water Filter Included
You’ll get 2 water filters thrown in so you can make certain your coffee is built on the best foundation.
Poor quality water will not only impair the taste of your drink, it will also cause your Keurig to scale up and degenerate.
Tweak The Water Temperature To Taste
Getting the temperature just right is crucial if you want to make the most out of that filtered water.
The K575 offers 5 temperature settings so you can dial it in whether you like your coffee piping hot or verging on the lukewarm. Everyone has different tastes and this flexibility is welcome in a single serve machine.
Get Hot Water on Demand
Have you got any hot chocolate lovers in the house?
If so, the hot water on demand feature broadens your scope beyond coffee.
Whether you want tea, cocoa or some hot water with lemon, this is another area in which the K575 outflanks the earlier generation of Keurigs.
Wide Selection of Beverages
Although you’ll be limited to using K-Cop pods, there’s no shortage of choice.
The selection of over 400 varieties from 70 recognized brands is almost overwhelming in fact.
If you prefer to branch out into your own ground coffee, you can get the optional My K-Cup reusable filter. This is also a great way to make running your Keurig more economical.
From tea and hot chocolate through the full gamut of coffee, your only problem will be choosing which one you want next.
The crisp, clear touch screen renders using the K575 a cinch even if you’re not a tech-lover.
When the machine is not being used, you’ll see the clock front and center.
Navigation is a breeze and you can get all the drinks you need at the push of a button in less time than it would take for the kettle to boil.
Using the touch screen, you can program your Keurig to fire into action at predetermined times. Whether it’s a stiff espresso as you come down the stairs or a latte when you get home later, you can speed up an already rapid process and make coffee even more convenient than grabbing a quick cup from Starbucks.
If you fancy firing up a carafe at a set time, just use the auto carafe settings, leave the pod in place and you’ll have steaming cafetière waiting for you.
IV. Drawbacks of Keurig K575
Few coffee makers are perfect and we’ll highlight 3 sticking points with this Keurig 2.0 so you can see for yourself if they’ll put you off investing in the K575.
Restricted To K-Cup Pods
While we’ve mentioned that you’ll get plenty of choice when it comes to K-Cup pods, being committed to proprietary pods means you can’t shop around for price too much.
Price up the pods in advance and you’ll get an accurate idea of how much your Keurig will run you in refills.
You can, of course, opt for freshly ground coffee in the reusable filter but that takes away some of the immediacy of a single serve machine.
Note: There’s a recognized workaround allowing you to use a variety of K-Cup pods. We certainly do not advocate this since it might invalidate your guarantee, but it’s worth mentioning so you can make your own mind up. Cut the label off a used pod and pop the part containing the bar code on the reader. Shut the lid as if you’ve inserted a K-Cup. The paper sticks to the reader kidding it into believing the capsule you’re using is a Keurig.
K575 Is Too Tall
While the K575 is designed with the classic understated Keurig aesthetic, the unit itself is rather tall.
It’s awkward to store the machine in a cabinet since you’ll need clearance to lift the top and insert your pods.
Think about where you plan to place your Keurig and whether or not you need to store it away. Height may or may not be an issue for you.
Strong Brew Setting Underwhelming
Keurig market the K575 with a focus on the intense coffees you can choose at the push of a button.
The problem here is that Keurig is not recognized for machines producing super-strong coffee. You might get a little added kick by hitting the bold setting but don’t expect a supercharged coffee from your K575.
V. Who Will Buy It?
The Keurig K575 is ideal for large families or anyone who regularly drinks a great deal of coffee in a single sitting.
If you’re happy to let the machine do the work and you don’t mind investing in K-Cup pods to the exclusion of other brands, the K575 is a winning combination of price, performance and first-rate coffee every time.
VI. Closing Words
Single serve coffee makers are not for everyone and if you demand total customization over the brewing process, the Keurig K575 is not for you.
For anyone who appreciates the convenience of gourmet coffee at the push of a button, this flagship model in the Keurig 2.0 series is a must.
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