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Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

Review Of The Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker is an office brewing system by Keurig that is based on the Vue brewing technology. It is designed for small and medium sized offices and allows office workers to brew a cup of their favorite beverage when they want it and how they want it. The V1200 includes the use of RFID technology to make it possible to detect the type of beverage that is getting brewed and based on that information to adjust the brewing parameters (pressure, temperature, brewing time) to result in a perfect cup of your favorite beverage.

Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

A nice feature is that the Vue packs can partially be recycled. What we’re at this time still missing is a reusable Vue pack that would allow you to brew your own beverage without the need to recycle or throw away a used Vue cup. You will find an in-depth look at the Keurig Vue V1200 below. Scroll down to the end to read our conclusion!

Product Features of the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

  • Removable 80 oz. water tank
  • Programmable touchscreen for easy and simple use of the brewer
  • MyBrew technology allowing to set the brewing temperature of the water. Temperatures are adjustable from 187° F to 197° F
  • Features eight brew sizes from 4 to 18 oz (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 oz)
  • A variety of settings to allow brewing of extra strong beverages, foamy drinks (e.g. latte’s), and many other beverages
  • Removable drip tray for convenient and easy cleaning

Available beverage varieties for the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker uses the Vue packs for brewing and is Keurig’s office brewer. Since the introduction of the Vue cups early in 2012 the selection of available beverages has grown tremendously. You won’t have any problem finding a wide range of different coffee flavors from many different brands. There’s certainly also no lack of specialty coffee drinks and also tea varieties. You’ll find a few of the different available beverages in the list below:

Amazon has an outstanding selection of Keurig Vue packs from a range of different brands. Check out the different Vue coffee varieties and Vue tea varieties that are available. You want to check back often as the available flavors are growing daily.

Best use of the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker is designed for small to medium sized offices. The large water reservoir of 80 oz. is the perfect size for these office settings. It allows to use this brewer to work efficiently and economically. Each office worker can select their own variety of drinks as well as brew the beverage the way they like it. Nothing beats this convenience.

The Vue V1200 is able to brew a cup of coffee within less than a minute. The brew cycle time depends on the strength and size settings chosen. Besides having the large water tank which means less fill-ups, this speed makes it a very efficient brewing system for office settings. There won’t be any long lines building up in front of this brewer.

Personalization features of the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Keurig Vue brewing system was introduced to allow for personalization of the brewed beverage. The Keurig Vue V1200 is no exception when it comes to that. You can choose from eight different brewing sizes which range from 4 oz. to 18 oz. This allows anybody to even fill large travel tumblers with this single cup brewer. Another great feature is the ability to adjust the water temperature between 187°F to 197°F. This allows to use the best temperatures to brew for example different tea varieties.

Yet another feature is that the V1200 provides a selection to brew a beverage stronger. With this setting you can brew a stronger beverage. This is achieves through automatic adjustment of the water pressure, the timing of the brew cycle, and setting of the airflow to get you a stronger brewed cup of your beverage. The stronger brew is based on a pulsing brewing cycle which takes longer but results in a stronger tasting beverage.

Optional Accessories of the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

There’s really nothing needed in addition to the brewer itself and the Vue packs to get your office going with delicious coffee. However, you might want to consider using a Keurig 05006 Vue Pack Carousel Tower to display a selection of different Vue packs for example for customers or guests. This will make it easy to pick and brew the desired beverage.

Reviews of the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker

There are not yet any customer reviews or ratings for the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker on Amazon.com. We will keep this section up to date when customer reviews get available.

Conclusion

We think that the Keurig Vue V1200 is a great office brewer. It combines the advantages of single cup coffee brewing where everybody can choose their preferred beverage with sufficient speed to prevent long brewing times. The large tank makes sure that you won’t have to constantly refill the brewer with water.

Somewhat of a downside as we see it is certainly the higher cost per cup of coffee if you compare it with a good old Bunn brewing system. On the other hand, you probably shouldn’t compare it that but instead focus on having everybody in the office happy that they can have a delicious beverage anytime they want it.

Find current pricing and specials on the Keurig Vue V1200 Single Cup Coffee Maker on Amazon.com. Find more single serve coffee maker reviews to find the best coffee maker for your home or office.

Vue Pack Recycling: Does It Really Work?

One of the things that Keurig advertises is that the Vue Packs are partially recyclable whereas the K-Cups really aren’t. Technically you can only recycle something that has the plastic code stamped into the container. You’ve probably seen many plastic containers that have any number ranging from 1 through 6 stamped on them. That specifies what kind of plastic the container is made of and whether and how it can be recycled.

Vue Pack Recylcing – Only For Marketing Purposes?

Vue Pack Recycling

Vue Pack Recycling (Source: Keurig)

The K-Cups don’t have that stamp so technically you can’t recycle them. We assume that if you put them into your plastic recycling bin, they might still be recycled (at least in some areas). Keurig promises that the Vue packs actually can be recycled and has the plastic container stamped as type no. 5 plastic. You can’t recycle the whole Vue pack but you can recycle the main plastic container.

Vue Pack -  What Can Be Recycled?

Vue Pack - What Can Be Recycled? (Source: Keurig)

If you have a garden and you compost then you should also be able to compost the used coffee grinds which would then only leave the foil that closes the grinds into the container to be ending up in the trash. However, it’s not that easy. Even though Keurig uses a plastic now that is marked and that technically can be recycled, there’s many communities and cities that do not recycle type 5 plastics. We are located in the Boston area and within 25 or so miles around Boston there’s two town or community that would recycle type 5 plastics. You can look this up yourself by checking out the recycling locations for Vue packs at: http://www.vuerecycling.com/.

Sending The Used Vue Packs

An alternative is to recycle you Vue packs by sending them in. The whole process is described at http://www.preserveproducts.com/gimme5/vuerecycling. While you will get a discount on future Vue purchases when you send your used Vue packs in, you still will have to pay for shipping. In our opinion that’s probably the easiest way right now to recycle your Vue packs.

Are Vue Packs Really Recyclable?

In our opinion we feel like Keurig is pushing the whole recycling really only for marketing purposes. We wonder why Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee didn’t opt for a type of plastic that can easily be recycled and thus would have created a truly recyclable container. It seems that Keurig simply can state now that you can recycle your Vue packs, but unfortunately nobody really can.

We think that what is needed is a reusable Vue pack container similar to the My K-Cup which produces no waste except for the used coffee grinds. If you’re really environmentally conscious then you probably will want to wait until such a system is available. Or, you can go and use the used Vue packs to grow seeds, use them as paint containers for art projects, etc.

Starbucks Verismo – What Gives?

Starbucks announced its own single cup coffee brewer system to hit the market in the Fall of 2012 in time for the holiday shopping. The Verismo system will be a high-pressure single serve coffee brewing system whereas most other systems on the market (K-Cups, Vue, Senseo, etc.) are brewing with low pressure.

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker

You might ask yourself why there yet has to be another system as there are quite a few by now. It is our understanding that Starbucks wants to perfect the espresso based one cup coffee makers and for that you would want to use higher pressures than the currently available systems use.

Starbucks has quite a few years under their belt in regards to single serve coffee systems. They started out with the Tassimo system (at that time by far the best quality coffee you can get from a one cup machine) and then switched to the Keurig K-Cup system about a year ago. They recently announced that they would have their coffee and tea flavors available for the new Keurig Vue brewing system (see Starbucks To Come Out With Vue Packs). In addition Starbucks also has their VIA system for instant one cup coffee. Why now yet another system?

Well, the move from Tassimo to K-Cups was clearly through the K-Cups having the biggest market share and Tassimo never living up to their promise (in regards to market share). The support for the Vue system is also clear as it provides a better coffee experience than the K-Cup system. The VIA system is a good addition as Starbucks can sell it in their stores and it can be used without the need for a coffee maker.

The Verismo system seems to target a different market altogether though. All other systems listed and supported are good for coffee and tea drinks but are somewhat not so good when it comes to espresso based drinks. Starbucks though is really a lot about espresso and less about standard coffee (in our opinion and you might disagree).

In addition, Nestle has had a somewhat successful introduction of their Nescafe Dolce Gusto which also targets the higher end coffee/espresso market. Starbucks certainly does not want to give up this market and thus had to come up with their own system.

What can we expect from the Starbucks Verismo system? We would dare to predict that it will be able to produce high-end, delicious cappuccino’s and latte’s that will taste similar to what you get in the Starbucks store. However, we’re also predicting that this will come with a certain higher price tag. No prices have been announced so far but seeing what market Starbucks is after we dare to say it will be more expensive than the current Keurig systems.

What should you do? Well, if you really only drink regular coffee or tea and only occasionally or never drink a cappuccino or a latte then we would suggest to go with either the Keurig Vue system or the Keurig K-Cups single cup coffee brewers. If you only occasionally drink any coffee then the Senseo system might be the best choice for you.

Find more single serve coffee brewer reviews to find the best coffee maker for your needs. Have a look at our Keurig Vue V700 One Cup Coffee Machine Review!

Starbucks To Come Out With Vue Packs

Starbucks Vue Packs

Starbucks Vue Packs

Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee, the owner of Keurig, have announced to intensify their partnership. Starbucks will provide Vue packs for Keurig’s Vue Brewing platform. The official statement can be found on Starbucks website.

Starbucks will provide Vue packs for their coffee and TAZO tea varieties. Keurig will be the exclusive provider of Starbucks single cup coffee beverages for low pressure brewers. That means that all non-espresso drinks will be available exclusively on the Keurig Vue and K-Cup platforms.

The choice of Starbucks to exclusively use Keurig as their single cup coffee platform (for low pressure drinks) also gives a big boost to the new Vue system as well as the K-Cup system. In turn this also means that the Tassimo brewers will have a hard time surviving in the US market. Not only have they lost Starbucks as a premium brand but now also face the Vue brewing system as a viable contender with regards to high-end specialty beverages. We think it’s safe to say that the Tassimo system will eventually pull out of the US market within the next few years.

Interesting about this is that Starbucks also announced their Verismo single cup coffee maker for the holiday season 2012. Looking at the statement that Keurig is the chosen platform for low-pressure brewers will in turn mean that the Verismo will be a high-pressure single cup coffee brewing system. This would lead us to believe that the Verismo will target the espresso-based beverages (espresso, latte, cappuccino) and will not compete, at least directly, with any of the existing one cup coffee maker systems out in the market.

Starbucks is clearly covering all the bases and it pushing aggressively into the single cup coffee market. We will post our take on the Verismo system in the next fews days. Overall though, the take away of this announcement in our opinion is that the Vue system is here to stay and that you should probably not bet on the Tassimo system anymore.

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