Pros: compact, easy to use
Cons: spills easily, no reservoir
There are very few K-cup coffee makers under $100, so when I recently saw the price of the Keurig K10 MINI Plus drop from $99.99 to $79.99 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I immediately decided to buy it. In addition to the price drop, I used a Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon for 20% off, which meant my new Keurig only cost me $69.75 including tax. Also, when you register your machine at Keurig.com, Keurig will email you a coupon code for 2 free K-Cup boxes when you purchase 2 K-Cup boxes on their website.
The Keurig MINI Plus comes with 6 free K-Cup samples, so after trying a few of them, I was ready to make my purchase of K-Cups online. The sample pack includes 1 Barista Prima® Italian Roast Coffee, 1 Celestial Seasonings® Sleepytime Herbal Tea, 1 Gloria Jean's® Hazelnut Coffee, 1 Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend Coffee, 1 The Original Donut Shop® Extra Bold Coffee and 1 Tully's® French Roast Coffee. With the 2 free boxes coupon code, I got 4 boxes of 24-count K-Cups at Keurig.com for only $30.58. Keurig also threw in a free 4-pk sample of Bigelow teas. Not a bad way to get started with a new machine.
The Keurig MINI Plus is simple to use. You have the option of brewing a 6 ounce, 8 ounce, or 10 ounce cup of coffee, but unlike most Keurig machines, this one does not have a water reservoir. Therefore, you have to pour water into the tank each time you brew. Make sure to initially clean the machine by running it with water only before use. The tank has fill lines for the three cup sizes. I made the mistake of trusting this fill line when I tried making a 10 ounce cup of coffee the first few times. The tank overflowed onto the bottom and spilled water everywhere. It's easier just to fill your mug with water to an appropriate level and pour it into the tank.
To brew, simply turn the machine on, fill it with water, insert an K-Cup, and press the BREW button. Make sure to immediately remove the K-Cup once done. Once the grounds cool down and solidify, they may clog the needle portion of the brewer. The MINI Plus has an auto off feature which turns itself off after 90 seconds.
I only have a few complaints about the MINI Plus. The power cord is retractable, but very short. As I mentioned, the fill lines inside the tank seem to be inaccurate or might just take some getting used to. Also, the area for the mug is too short. My favorite mug happens to be a tall one and I plan to mostly brew 10 oz cups in order to get the most out of each K-Cup. In order to do that, I have to completely and permanently remove the drip tray. That makes the drip tray a pointless feature and unnecessary piece to store.
I really do like this machine, though. It doesn't take up much space and is available in a wide variety of colors including orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver, white, red and black. This makes it a fun machine to give as a gift. The price point and simple features makes it perfect for singles or college students. It is a no-frills K-Cup machine but brews your favorite K-Cups deliciously.