February 15th, 2012
Today, Keurig released the details of their next generation one-cup coffee brewing system: the Keurig Vue. The Keurig Vue single-cup coffee brewer will retail for $249 and use Vue packs in place of the Keurig K-cups; unfortunately, the Keurig Vue is not compatible with kcups and only works with Vue packs, which are similar is function but not design to the Keurig k-cups.
The Keurig Vue single-cup coffee maker features touchscreen controls and can brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and iced coffee beverages in sizes from 4 ozs (for espressos) to 18 ozs (for travel mugs). The brew temperature can also be programmed to brew Vue packs at your preferred temperaturs. Finally, the Keurig Vue is Keurig’s first one-cup coffee brewer capable of brewing milk-based beverages. Similar to Tassimo’s two t-disc system, milk-based Keurig Vue coffee drinks are created using two Vue packs: one with the coffee, the other containing the milk.
Finally, the Keurig has responded to the wave of criticism regarding the difficulty to be recycle k-cups. The Keurig Vue packs are made of #5 plastic, aluminum, and paper. They are designed so that the top aluminum foil and filter can be removed and separated from the #5 plastic container. Both elements can then be recycled. The Keurig Vue is expected to be available online and in retail stores in the next few weeks.