Keurig/K-Cup® coffee is extremely popular these days. The quickness of use and cleanup are perhaps the main draws to these types of coffee makers, making the Mr. Coffee KG2 a perfect option for the hard-working coffee drinker. Keep in mind that although this coffee maker is not made by the Keurig folks, it is 100% made for Keurig K-Cups. Accordingly, it is a good alternative for those who have tried Keurig machines in the past, but haven’t had much luck.
The KG2 is the second generation of this single serve brewer. It is the result of a major recall of the first edition, which apparently sprayed scalding hot water all over the place mid-brew (at least in many cases). Let’s hope that the KG2 doesn’t have the same major flaw.
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- Quick brew
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Re-usable filter compatible
- Coffee isn’t hot enough
- Only makes an 8 oz cup
- No water reservoir
- Travel mugs don’t fit under brew head (even with drip tray removed)
- Various durability issues noted
About the coffee temperature
The temperature of the KG2’s coffee was actually a pretty contentious topic, and I think there is a pretty important question that is worth asking before jumping to conclusions: how do you take your coffee?
If you take your coffee black, you probably won’t be disappointed with the temperature. One reviewer noted that his cup of Joe actually stayed warm for 15 minutes after brewing. What you need to keep in mind however, is that he drinks his coffee black. If you add milk to your coffee you are obviously going to be losing a lot of temperature.
I do have to say though, if this machine isn’t brewing coffee in the 195-205˚F range the SCAA recommends, then it isn’t really doing its job to the best of its abilities. And I can practically guarantee that the KG2 doesn’t brew in this range based on what I’ve read from all of the reviews.
Eco-sensitive? No problem!
One of the great things about the KG2 is that it can use re-usable K-Cups like the Ekobrew (affiliate link) or Solofill (affiliate link). Considering that most K-Cups will cost you about $1 a pop, this is a great way to save money in the long run by using your own coffee grounds. While this does detract from the convenience a bit, the fresher tasting coffee, lack of waste, and money saved outweigh the slight reduction in convenience.
Like a big cup? Look elsewhere
The KG2 is not big-cup-friendly. It only makes an 8 oz cup, and the “reservoir” only holds about 9 oz of water at maximum capacity. Although the drip tray can be removed to accomodate for larger mugs, 16oz travel mugs are a no-go with the KG2. The workaround would be to brew into a smaller mug and then pour the coffee into a taller travel mug, but this seems to be quite a nuisance.
Moving forward from the recall
As I mentioned earlier, the KG1 was recalled because many of the units were reported to splatter scalding hot water all over the place mid-brew. Definitely a scary prospect. What was disconcerting when researching the KG2 was that one reviewer noted that this happened to her with the KG2. While it is certainly possible that the reviewer owned the KG1 and mistakingly thought she was reviewing the KG1 (when in fact it was the KG2), I’d certainly be hesitant to buy this machine even when there is only one reviewer reporting this safety issue. And considering it happened with the earlier model, it certainly isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.
I’ve already gone into some depth as far as the pros and cons are concerned, so let’s get into the actual ratings now.
In relative terms, the KG2 is offered at a great price in comparison to other K-cup coffee makers. At the time of writing, it is priced at about $70 on Amazon. I don’t feel like I can give it a perfect score, however, as I feel Keurig machines generally make an inferior cup of coffee and don’t offer the most reliable coffee makers out there.
Score: 4 stars
The Coffee Quality
Another reviewer already said it best:
“The hot water comes into contact with the coffee for a maximum of 30 seconds, and that simply isn’t long enough to produce the rich mouthfeel and complex flavors of slower methods such as a French press or a Chemex.”
Keurig coffee simply isn’t the best way to brew coffee. It may be the most convenient, but you will invariably be compromising taste with each cup that you brew. If you aren’t a coffee snob and just need a caffeine fix, you should be fine, but I can’t give the coffee quality high marks here.
Score: 1.5 stars
The Coffee Maker Quality
Made in China with a lot of plastic, the KG2 doesn’t have a lot to brag about as far as quality goes. It is a pretty simple machine with hardly any bells and whistles, which I think makes the machine an even more attractive option.
However, given the lack of a water reservoir and the inability to fit a travel-sized mug under the brew head, I think this is an average coffee maker at best.
Score: 3 stars
Ease of Use
I think you already know how the KG2 rates in this category. In fact, that’s probably why you’re considering it in the first place. The KG2 is actually just a one-button coffee maker, so the ease of use score is an easy 5.
Score: 5 stars
Keurigs are extremely easy to clean, and the Mr. Coffee KG2 is just as easy. Of course, there is no de-scaling notification, so you will have to be on top of a regular cleaning schedule without reminders.
Score: 4.5 stars
About 12 of the 70 reviews on this machine noted durability issues, many of which took place in less than a month’s time. This isn’t a majority by any means, but it is still a pretty large number in my book. If you are looking for something that is built to last, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Score: 2.5 stars
I actually like the way it looks, although I think a bit less plastic and a little more metal would make it look a whole lot better.
Score: 4 stars
It’s available in white, red, and silver.
Under 2 minutes to brew an 8 oz cup. Obviously, this violates a coffee snob’s rules of optimal extraction, but if you are looking at a K-Cup machine, taste isn’t a top priority. Speed very well could be your top priority.
Score: 5 stars
You will find nothing fancy about the KG2. No cup sensor. No timer. No programmability. A removable drip tray, yes, otherwise there is very little this machine does aside from making a quick cup of coffee.
Score: 1 star
This is a good K-Cup coffee maker for the coffee drinker who is on a tighter budget and constantly pressed for time. It is pretty small, which makes it great for the office or a small kitchen. Do keep in mind that the cord is pretty short, so you will need to be close to an outlet when using it (unless you use an extension cord). If I were in the market for a Keurig machine, this would definitely be one of the first that I considered. Me personally? I like a great-tasting cup of Joe that involves a more hands-on brewing approach. For coffee drinkers like me, I can’t recommend.
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