Well, that was easy! This is the refrain that has been playing over and over in my house lately, thanks to the Easy Button from Staples. You know the commercials, the one where some difficult office task is solved by a press of the big red button that says “easy” on it. Well, they actually sell these things now and I am the proud owner of one. It was sent to me along with a Keurig Office Pro coffee maker for review and it gave me a right giggle when I saw it in the box along with my K-cups. And now that my kids have discovered it, it gets pressed fairly frequently. It hasn’t actually made my life easier yet, but it made me laugh, so that’s always a good thing.
One of the unexpected perks of being a mildly successful food blogger is the opportunity to review products like this (not the button, the coffee maker!). I get a lot of offers for product reviews and I turn down far more than I accept. But when it comes to coffee and all its accoutrement, I am almost guaranteed to say yes. Because I love my coffee, I love everything about coffee, and I love to try new coffee and coffee machines. I had a Keurig home brewer for a while and we got along very well for five or six years, but I was itching for a new coffee maker so I gave it away last year. I am always looking to upgrade my coffee situation, I can’t help it. It’s a bit of an addiction, really. So when Staples asked if I would like to review the Keurig Office Pro, well…you know the drill. All they asked in return was an honest review.
This is actually not meant to be a home brewer, as it’s called the Office Pro and it clearly states “Commercial Use Only” on the shipping box. But truth be told, it’s not all that different from the home brewer I had a few years back. It’s not one of the big huge fancy Keurigs with a whole lot of different settings, and that’s okay by me because I get easily confused by big huge fancy things with a whole lot of different settings. As an office brewer, it would really be for small offices only. The water tank doesn’t hold more than 5 or 6 cups worth of coffee before it needs to be refilled. But if you were running a small office and wanted to have a one-cup brewer for your employees, I think this is certainly a solid and inexpensive option. The benefit of one-cup brewers like this is that the clean-up and maintenance is so minimal. Besides throwing away the used K-cups and filling the water tank, you rarely have to clean them and they alert you when they do need a little descaling. As long as the water tank is full, the water is heated and ready to go and there’s no risk of a half-drunk pot of coffee burning because no one remembered to turn it off.
I’ve tried a number of one-cup coffee makers and I have to say, Keurig has it right. Not all of them do, believe me. The K-cup system makes a very good cup of coffee and they’ve cornered the market with some of the best and most beloved brands of coffee available. So if you’re in the market for a one-cup coffee maker, whether for your office or home, you can’t go wrong with Keurig. I do love it, and I am certainly glad to have one again. That said, I will still keep and use my large-pot coffee maker. For an individual such as myself who works from home and consumes a fair bit of coffee, a Keurig is not always the most cost effective option. But for a small office or an individual who only drinks one cup of coffee while rushing out the door, Keurigs can actually make life a little bit easier.
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*Disclosure: Staples sent me a Keurig Office Pro to review and keep. All opinions are my own.