Hello friends! This past week has been so very relaxing, reconnecting with family and finally finishing a few wonderful books that have sat on my nightstand for months. I’ve stayed up until midnight savoring each text while tucked under the covers with no deadlines to fret about and then I sleep in past 8 a.m, it’s such a luxury! Taking time off makes me feel so refreshed and excited for the new year.
I’ve always been old school in my approach to my morning cup of coffee. I drink 1-2 cups each morning and sometimes I indulge in the occasional afternoon cappuccino with a friend. For me it’s always been either brew a big pot at home or swing by the coffee shop in the afternoon.
I started noticing the Keurig popping up everywhere, my sister has one, I spied one in a friend’s craft studio, I see them in retail shops or small offices and I wondered what the big deal was. How convenient that Keurig contacted me and offered to send me one to try it out for all the holiday entertaining we were doing, so I was grateful to accept.
After two weeks of making coffee and other beverages with the new Keurig 2.0, I’m loving it. I rearranged my baker’s rack and set up a little breakfast/beverage station for guests to grab whenever they wish – it really is such a fabulous appliance for single beverage hospitality.
We’ve been living without a kitchen during our stay here since we’re renovating so we’ve been making all sorts of hot concoctions with it. Coffee obvs but so much more!
The Keurig 2.0 has a 80 oz. water reservoir and hot water function so we can heat instant oatmeal, yes!
My children love the hot cocoa function: set the dial, press the button, boom, it’s ready. The little Swiss Miss pods make fab hot chocolate, incomplete without whipped cream.
I’m not embarrassed to say – I was a big Star Trek The Next Generation fan when I was in college, I watched it daily with fellow Trekkies and always loved when Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard ordered “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot” from the replicator and it appeared in 5 seconds. With the Keurig it takes 45 seconds but it reminds me of those scenes. And yes you can make any hot tea with it too!
Criticism? Keurigs are addictive! They’re convenient but can be more expensive compared to brewing your pot of 6-8 cups of coffee with grinded beans in a basic coffee maker at home. So while I’ll continue to brew my standard carafe back in Cali, I’ll still treasure this Keurig here in Las Vegas since a single brew is cheaper than a trip to a coffee shop and provides both our family and guests with multiple options and instant gratification. And it’s the closest thing to Captain Picard’s Enterprise replicator. :)
We’re entertaining this week so I whipped up afternoon mochas with the Keurig 2.0 carafe function, pretty smart since the carafe competes with a standard coffee maker.
Simply program it for up to 4-5 cups in the carafe (for mochas I opt for the 3-4 brew) add a healthy squeeze of chocolate sauce, then 1-2 cups of milk, and blend it with your immersion blender inside the carafe. Pour into mugs and dollop with whipped cream and a drizzle of more chocolate sauce. Serve with an afternoon treat, delish!
My favorite thing about this appliance is it offers a quick hot beverage with minimal work. You can use over 400 varieties including brands from Starbucks to Swiss Miss.
Ring in the New Year with a new Keurig 2.0 beverage maker of your own. This week Keurig is giving away one to a lucky winner – Eligibility To Enter:
1) Leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: Where would you use your new Keurig 2.0? In your kitchen, office, studio?
One winner only, giveaway ends Saturday January 3, 2015 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry. Good luck !
*This post in partnership with Keurig, all reviews, recipes, and opinions are my own! …
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winner #792 Diane G. notified via email.