A steaming hot cup of coffee is how most people start their day. Some may prefer tea or cocoa but the ritual is essentially the same and is repeated every day in millions of homes and offices around the World. The new Vue Series of brewers from Keurig will brew your favorite beverage just the way you want it with more brew sizes and options than their previous K-cup brewers.
The Keurig Vue Brewing System is currently available in 3 models for home use, (V500, V600, and V700) and a larger model Vue V1200 which is commercial grade and suitable for continuous use in a busy office or commercial environment. Each brewer works with Vue pack beverage cups to provide the ultimate single cup brewing experience for Coffee, Tea, Cafe Beverages, and beverages brewed over ice.
Keurig kindly provided a Vue V700 model for my review. I'm sure I would have been happy with any of the Vue home brewers but the V700 has some enhanced features that I really liked.
The small footprint of the V700 fits neatly on top of the small bookcase I had targeted for a coffee station upstairs near my office with plenty of space left for Vue Pack beverages beside the brewer.
Filling the water reservoir can be a challenge with some brewers but not the V700. Keurig designed it with 3 fill options. The entire reservoir can be removed from the brewer, filled with water, and the replaced very easily. The weight of the filled reservoir of 74 oz. of water might be a bit more than you want to move around so you also have the option of removing the entire cover of the reservoir and pouring water in through the large opening. If you want to fill the reservoir with the least amount of fuss and bother, you can opt to flip open the hinged front part of the lid and pour water in that way. Condensed moisture collects on the inside of the tank above the water level so it's a bit hard to see the Maximum Fill Line mark inside the tank. I put a sticker at the fill line on the front of the tank where I could see it when adding water. I hope a future update will add a more visible Fill Line on the front of the tank.
If the brewer senses that the water level is low, a light will start flashing below the tank and the control panel will display the message 'Please Add Water'. Once water is added, the brewer will return to normal and resume brewing.
Adjustable Temperature Settings: The V700 comes with a default temperature setting of 192º F but you can adjust the temperature in 1 degree increments between 187º - 197º F. In my opinion, all beverages were brewed at the perfect temperature but if you prefer something different, the excellent manual will tell you how to adjust the temperature to your liking.
We've had a K-cup brewer for about 3 years and it has served us well but the new Vue Brewers have extended the range of brew sizes beyond those of the K-cup brewers. The V700 will brew a larger cup of coffee without losing the character and flavor of your favorite blend.
Brew size selection will vary depending on the beverage you choose:
Coffee brews in cup sizes ranging from 4 oz. to the full sized 18 oz. travel mug.
Tea/Other brews in cup sizes from 6 oz. to a 12 oz. travel mug.
Hot Cocoa brews in cup sizes from 8 oz. to 10 oz. capacities.
It's true that Vue cup beverages are slightly more expensive than K-cups. In most cases the difference is only about 5 cents a cup more. That's because Vue cups contain more coffee to brew a great cup of coffee in sizes up to an 18 oz. travel mug. There is even a special Travel Mug Vue cup size for those really large travel mugs.
Brew your coffee extra strong by selecting the Strong setting on the control panel. Strong is the default setting when you receive your brewer so just tap the touch screen to deselect it or activate it again. The Strong option is only available for coffee beverages.
The aroma of fresh brewed coffee in the morning is wonderful but I've never liked the taste of coffee until now. The Vanilla Latte brewed in the V700 did it. I love it! After that, I realized that it was actually dark roast coffee that I don't like. Light roast and medium roast varieties taste lovely. I was just tasting the wrong type of coffee all these years.
Cafe Beverages including the Vanilla Latte, Cafe Mocha Specialty, and Cappuccino are each brewed with a Frother Vue-cup and a Coffee Vue-cup in a very simple process. Insert the Frother Vue-cup in the brewer and close it. Then select Cafe Beverage on the control panel and the Frother menu pops up. The default size is 4 oz. which you can change if you wish. When the settings are to your liking just hit the Brew button. When it's finished frothing, you will be prompted for the settings of the coffee. Adjust the settings the way you want, swap out the empty frother Vue-cup and insert the Coffee Vue-cup. Close it and push the Brew button again. Enjoy your delicious Cafe treat. Latte Creator Packs are also available in Creamy and Mocha varieties that you can pair with your favorite Vue Cup coffee for a unique Cafe beverage.
Vue V700 Brewer Features:
- Fully programmable color Touchscreen: Easy to see and select your brewing options
- Preheats in about 4 minutes before you brew your first cup in the morning.
- Brews each cup in under one minute: Tea is ready to drink as soon as the water is in the cup. No more waiting for tea to steep.
- Strength & Temperature control: Use the Strong option for your coffee and set the temperature between 187º - 197º F just the way you like it.
- Eight brew sizes – from 4 oz. up to a full size 18 oz. travel mug
- Energy Savings Mode – Auto On/Off or turn the brewer on and off manually.
- Enjoy beverages hot or over ice
- Enjoy Cafe Beverages: Brew frothy café beverages using a Vue Pack Frother cup and a Vue Pack Coffee variety.
- Large, removable 74 oz. water reservoir with easy fill, flip-top lid: 3 easy ways to fill the reservoir.
- Removable drip tray with adjustable plate: Adjusts to fit a small coffee cup to a very tall travel mug and protects your countertop from drips.
- Cord storage keeps the cord safely out of the way.
- BPA free
- Keurig.com Brewer purchases carry a 30-day Money Back Guarantee. See details online.
- Includes a Welcome kit and a Use and Care Guide for your Vue Brewer.
Vue Brewers are designed to work with Vue Pack beverages and are not compatible with K-cups.
The available selection of Vue Pack beverages is not yet as vast as for the K-cup brewers but more Vue-cup beverages will be added over time. Keurig partners with more than 3 dozen companies to offer over 200 varieties of Keurig approved coffee, tea, hot cocoa and Brew Over Ice beverages for the Keurig Brewing Systems. Look for the Keurig Brewed Seal which is their pledge that the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste and safety you expect from Keurig.
Coffee lovers will find a good selection of Vue Packs in Light, Medium, and Dark Roast as well as Regular and Decaf varieties of some of your favorite coffee brands. Starbucks, Folgers Gourmet, Green Mountain, Dunkin Donuts, Emeril's Gourmet, Newman's Own, Barista Prima Coffeehouse, Timothy's, and other premium quality coffee brands have already developed Vue Pack varieties of their coffee beverages for Keurig. My personal favorite is the Vanilla Latte from Barista Prima which is made in a 2 step process with a Vue pack for the froth and another Vue Pack for the coffee.
Green Mountain and others have created Travel Mug Vue Packs to capture the hearty flavor of your favorite brew in a full-sized travel mug up to 18 oz.
Tea lovers will enjoy several varieties of Celestial Seasonings tea for brewing hot or over ice. I found that the iced tea varieties were equally good when brewed hot instead of over ice. The Vue brewer will also dispense hot water for use with your favorite tea bag, instant coffee, or bouillon cube.
Your new Vue Brewer will come with a free sample pack of beverages. My Vue V700 Brewer came with the following varieties but the selection my vary with the brewer you select and availability at any given time.
Bonus Vue cup variety box includes:
- 1 Barista Prima Italian Roast Coffee
- 1 Café Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- 1 Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea
- 1 Celestial Seasonings Southern Sweet Iced Tea
- 1 Gloria Jean's Hazelnut Coffee
- 1 Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend Travel Mug Coffee
- 1 Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Coffee
- 1 The Original Donut Shop Extra Bold Coffee
- 1 Timothy's Columbian Decaf Coffee
- 1 Tully's® French Roast Coffee
New Keurig brewer owners can register their products online and receive a special offer of 2 free boxes of Keurig Brewed Beverages with a qualifying purchase. See the details online. Keurig customers become members of Club Keurig and are eligible for additional discounts on Keurig beverages and other products. Currently, members receive 10 - 15% off the purchase of Vue Packs and free shipping on orders of $45 or more. Visit the Keurig Store online before you shop elsewhere for your Vue Cup beverages. With your Club Keurig discount, the prices will likely be lower than those you will find on Amazon or at other retailers.
The Keurig Vue V700 Brewer performed consistently over many weeks of use. The Preheat time was fast as was the brew time for each beverage brewed. Water was dispensed in the amount selected every time without fail. Every beverage was brewed to the desired temperature. If there's anything closer to perfection than the Keurig Vue V700 Brewer, I have yet to find it. If you're searching for the perfect gift for just about any occasion, a Keurig Vue V700 Brewer is a gift that will be used and appreciated every day for years to come by the recipient and their family. Better still, buy one for yourself and enjoy a perfectly brewed cup every time.
Purchase your Vue V700 Brewing System directly from the Keurig Store online for $149.99 with free shipping. You can also find the V700 on Amazon from their marketplace partners for prices starting at $108 plus shipping charges. Bed Bath and Beyond lists the V700 for $119.99 plus shipping and Kohls sells it for the same price with free shipping.
Vue V700 Specifications:
• UL Listed: Household use only
• Power: 1,500 Watts
• Voltage: 120VAC / 60Hz
• Weight: 13.1 lbs. empty
• Dimensions: 12.52"H x 10.07"W x 11.8"D
• Single Cup Brewer Model Series: Vue® V700