Keurig is a coffee machine manufacturing company founded in 1992 by coffee lovers who wanted to mimic, for the home and office, the freshly brewed cup of coffee that gourmet coffee houses provide. Instead of other coffee machines that brew a pot of coffee, Keurig utilizes a patented single-cup brewing technology to produce one cup of beverage at a time. Besides brewing coffee, the various models of Keurig machines can be used to make tea, hot chocolate and iced beverages.
The first Keurig machine was introduced in 1998. The company's patented single-cup brewer uses pressure-based brewing technology to produce the correct amount, temperature and water pressure for one cup. The ground coffee, which come in single cups called K-Cups, is available in many different flavors and strengths. To brew a cup of coffee, consumers only need to put in the K-Cup of their choice into the brewer and press the start button. There is no need to grind beans, insert a filter or measure coffee. Some of the coffee K-Cup options are Green Mountain Coffee's Breakfast Blend, Tully's Italian Roast Extra Bold and Van Houtte's House Blend.
Different Keurig brewing systems are sold to accommodate consumers' different requirements. Some brewing systems can brew for different cup sizes, display multiple languages, go into energy-saving mode and are temperature-adjustable. There are also different brewing systems designed for use in different locations. The Keurig B130's compact design, for example, allows it to be used inside a small room. The Mini Brewer is even smaller so that you can take it with you when traveling.
Besides making coffee, all of Keurig's brewing systems can be used to make tea. The company sells K-Cups packed with tea that, similar to the ground coffee, are pre-measured. Just as you would for making coffee, simply insert the selected K-Cup into the machine and press the start button. Bigelow, Timothy's, Gloria Jean's, Cafe Escapes, Celestial Seasonings and Twinings of London supply Keurig with tea varieties. Tea K-Cup options include Celestial Seasonings' English Breakfast Black, Twinings of London's Earl Grey and Bigelow's Chai Green Tea.
Hot Chocolate and Iced Beverages
Keurig machines also make hot chocolate. The hot chocolate K-Cup selections are more limited than those for coffee and tea. Green Mountain Coffee, Timothy's, Cafe Escapes and Ghirardelli supply Keurig with chocolate. All together, the hot chocolate flavors include white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and mocha. For iced tea, fill up your cup with ice and put in your desired iced K-Cup. Iced K-Cups are available for Celestial Seasonings' tea such as Sweet Raspberry Perfect, Sweet Lemon Perfect and Sweet Peach Perfect.
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