I’m not a morning particular person, but for the higher a part of a decade, I began my weekday mornings the identical method: Peel myself off the bed, zombie shuffle to the bathe, and take heed to podcasts with heavy eyelids on the way in which to the workplace. When I obtained there, I’d head straight to the Keurig machine for a pick-me-up.
The fashions modified through the years, and finally I used to be swiping by touchscreen menus as a substitute of pushing bodily buttons, however the course of was all the time simple and practically foolproof. Pop the highest, insert a pod, press the button.
I’ve by no means actually felt the urge to personal a Keurig myself, however after testing the Ok-Café for a month or so, I’m a convert. The espresso continues to be kind of the identical (it tastes effective), however the Ok-Café’s 4-ounce concentrated Shot possibility and dead-easy milk frother let me combine up my routine. With them, I used to be capable of make lattes and cappuccinos faster than it typically takes to position an order at Starbucks.
You can inform that this Ok-Café is slightly totally different simply by taking a look at it, mixing up the same-y design of prior Ok-machines. For years, you would take any Keurig machine, put it in a carnival home of mirrors, and see what all of the others seemed like. They have been slightly taller or slightly fatter, however all of them had the identical winged-spout, king-cobra design. The Ok-Café and Ok-Mini Plus are refreshingly minimalist, by comparability. They have massive round curves and fewer particulars to get misplaced in, with sleeker steel Ok-Cup lifting mechanisms and uncluttered controls.
The water tank and frother jut off both facet of the Ok-Café, every with an analogous half moon look to them. They make the foot-tall Keurig slightly wider than it must be, at about 15 inches, however in addition they make it simple to make use of. The tank holds 60 ounces of water, about sufficient for six full cups of espresso. If you typically use it for 4-ounce pictures, like I do, the reservoir could final every week or extra earlier than requiring a refill.
There are additionally buttons for 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-ounce cups of espresso, with a particular Strong button to pay attention the espresso a bit. I like that you would be able to simply choose a cup dimension whereas its heating as a substitute of getting to attend for it to arrange itself, too. Cups as much as 7.2 inches tall can match, which implies it might deal with moderately-sized journey mugs. (Keurig nerds ought to know this mannequin has no temperature management, digital clock, or auto-on performance.)
I’ve tried a number of new espresso flavors these days, and the Laughing Man Columbian Roast that got here with my unit has a darkish, semi-rich style that I like. You may also use your personal espresso with a reusable filter.
Easy Foam, Easy Clean
Espresso snobs, no, the 4-ounce Keurig shot doesn’t have crema, and isn’t as potent as a contemporary pull from an costly La Marzocco rig. But it’s substitute in case your requirements aren’t too excessive—particularly for those who’re utilizing it to combine. The Ok-Café’s magic is within the froth. The chrome steel frothing jug makes heating and micro-foaming sooner and simpler than most electrical frothers. Just pour your milk of alternative into the jug (there are strains for “latte” and “capp” inside) and drop it into its nest, which has slightly button that’s activated by weight.
You then faucet the Latte, Capp, or Cold button and it’ll froth your milk to perfection. Once it robotically stops, you may pour it into your espresso, inform Alexa to play “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” and kick your ft up.
Most espresso machines have a steam wand, which tends to get filthy and takes a while to grasp, and electrical frothers (together with the one on the extra reasonably priced Keurig Ok-Latte) typically have a nonstick coating that oddly appears to make sizzling milk keep on with them, requiring additional scrubbing.
That’s why I most popular the Ok-Café frother—it is easy! The jug has no electronics in it. A magnet within the base spins an agitator ring within the jug to foam the milk. The frother doesn’t have a nonstick coating both, that means it might go within the dishwasher, however actually all you’ll actually need to do is run it underneath a faucet for a second between makes use of.
On the draw back, the Latte possibility produced extra foam than I typically wished, and the foamer rattled a bit if the deal with wasn’t going through ahead. And for those who’re a leftie like me, it can take a few days to get used to pouring along with your proper hand. (Like all good issues on this merciless world, the frother is made for righties.) Still, its execs simply canceled out these minor cons, even when I used to be unable to make use of my dominant hand to create works of froth artwork.
This $180 Keurig is not for the hardcore espresso fanatic or espresso connoisseur. There isn’t a Ok-Cup on this universe that’ll style nearly as good as burr grinder, a portafilter, and 15 bars of sizzling H2zero blasting by your favourite roast. But for those who like pod espresso or need a approach to make a rattling fast latte or cappuccino with little or no trouble or cleanup, the Ok-Café is a pretty approach to get your repair.