Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System Review
For those that don’t know, K-Cups are individual filter cartridges that hold coffee grounds, designed for use in Keurig single serve coffee brewers. When K-cups were invented they were patented, and were recently owned by Keurig’s corporate parent, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. In September 2012, two of the main patents expired and both patents fell into the public domain. Of course those folks that watch such things predicted that competitors will then legally be able to reverse engineer the ubiquitous K-Cups, without paying Green Mountain their royalties.
It seems that Keurig’s answer to their problem of K-Cup technology becoming public domain was to create a new single serve coffee brewing system, that requires a new type of unique cartridge. The new system is called the Vue Single Serve Coffee System, and the cartridges are aptly named V-Cups.
With that being said, we decided to take a look at the Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System, and see if the new system was actually an evolution in coffee brewing, or simply a reboot of the K-Cup system designed to repeat the success of the original and retain their domination of the single serve coffee market.
The Keurig Vue V700 is a fully programmable coffee brewer that features an interactive touchscreen and a new “Custom Brew Technology”. In addition to brewing coffee and tea like it’s predecessor, the Vue also brews iced beverages,as well as café and specialty drinks. The unit can brew anywhere from 4 oz to 18 oz in under a minute and has settings to control strength and brew temperature. There are some similarities with the K-Cup brewing system, but there are also a number of differences between the Vue and the older Keurig models and they are significant.
“The new Keurig® Vue™ Brewer, with Custom Brew Technology™, gives you total control to brew your way: stronger, bigger, hotter and with more choices than ever before. Enjoying a perfect cup of coffee has never been easier.” – Vue V700 Use And Care Guide, Keurig.com
The Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System measures 12.52″ high, is 10.07″ long and x 11.8″ wide. The unit weighs 13.1 lbs when empty.
Style And Color
The V700 is very attractive in design, it is black and silver and a little larger than your average K-Cup machines.
The Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System features a fully programmable color touchscreen, a brew time of less than a minute, strength and temperature control, eight different brew sizes, energy saving mode, a 74 ounce water reservoir, a removable drip tray with adjustable plate and cord storage.
Keurig Vue V700 is an attractive and well designed machine, like all Keurig Brewers. The touch screen is easy to use and gives you the ability to customize volume, strength and temperature for brewing, and there are separate settings for tea and iced beverages. The adjustable temperature does allow you to brew hotter coffee than it’s predecessors and the strength settings pre-wet your coffee grounds and brew slower, giving you a more full bodied brew.
The V700 also brews lattes using 2 separate V-Cups, the milk and the coffee, and each is adjustable. When compared to the B60 K-Cup brewer, the machine is a little louder and takes slightly longer to brew a cup of coffee, but the results are a more full bodied brew.
Compared to the K-Cups, you will actually get more coffee from one V-cup. The V Cups come in 2 different sizes, regular and travel mug, with around 50% more coffee in the travel mug size. The travel size V-Cup is approximately a third taller and there are fewer V-Cups to a box. They will brew anywhere from 12 to 18 oz of coffee.
The V Cups sit sideways and the system punctures the cup on two places; on the top where water and air goes in to the grounds and the bottom where the brewed coffee drains out. The cups are asymmetrical, so there is a little funnel on one side for the coffee to drain. The water reservoir features a hinged lid on the front, allowing you to refill the tank without removing it and pulling the cover off. Because the unit is shorter, reviewers found that they were able to put in a V-Cup or fill the water without pulling the brewer out from under their kitchen cabinets.
Another criticism of the ubiquitous K-Cup was that it was not recyclable, with some calling it the least ecological friendly of all the single serve coffee brewing methods. Green Mountain/Keurig took this issue very seriously, and intentionally designed the vue system to be more earth friendly. The V-Cup is constructed of #5 plastic, so it can be recycled wherever #5 plastic is accepted. There is a little work involved to properly recycle them; you have to remove the filter, as well as the as the foil lid. Green Mountain has even gone so far as to giving the concept of recycling the V-Cup it’s own website: VueRecycling.com
The biggest issue with the Vue system is that because it is relatively new, the variety and availability of the Vue cups is somewhat limited. They are more costly then K-Cups, and a lot of grocery stores still do not carry them. You can purchase them through retail and e-Commerce channels from Keruig’s website or sites like Amazon. This is probably a temporary problem.
Quite a few reviewers had complaints that a travel mug that is larger than 16 oz will not fit under the dispenser, even with the drip tray removed, so you may end up having to purchase a new travel mug.
There are also issues with brewing with the V700 when you live at altitudes 6000 feet or greater. According to the engineering department at Keurig, this is because of lower ambient pressure that occurs at higher altitudes. They have suggestions for workarounds on their website.
The system is noisier than your average K-Cup brewer, and there is currently no cartridge available for the Vue that allows you to use your own coffee grounds, like the My K-Cup.
Parts, Accessories and Replacement Parts
Replacement parts are available through the Keurig website, such as a replacement drip tray for the Vue V700 or replacement water reservoir. V-Cups, as we mentioned are available through retail and e commerce channels. Amazon.com currently has quite a selection of V-Cups.
Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System rated a 3.8 out of 5 stars form 159 customer reviews. 70% of reviewers rated the Keurig Vue V700 with a rating between 4.0 and 5.0 stars, a very positive rating overall.
The Vue is available for anywhere from 175.00 to $225.00 at big box stores or online at sites like Amazon.com. Click the link below to check the current status, availability or price of this item.