I’ve always seen questions from customers asking whether Keurig machines can make Latte and Cappuccino drinks. My answer was always that you could make a latte or cappuccino using a K-Cup pod for those drinks, however, those are always packed with artificial ingredients and crazy amount of sugar. They’re never as fresh as coffee house quality.
The answer to that question has changed now with the release of Keurig K-Cafe, a single serve coffee maker that can make coffee as well as specialty drinks. It even has a built-in milk frother, so now you can create your own coffee, cappuccino and latte without the addition of unhealthy ingredients.
What Is Keurig K-Cafe and How Does It Work?
K-Cafe is a single-serve coffee maker that works like any previous Keurig machine. It uses K-Cup pods to brew a cup of coffee in minutes. But new features have been added to this model to make it perfect for Latte and Cappuccino lovers:
- It can make an espresso-like concentrate for making specialty coffee drinks.
- It has a built-in milk frother for heating and frothing fresh milk. It prepares cold froth for iced coffee drinks, too.
This is the first time Keurig makes a coffee maker of this kind. And of course, like any other Keurig, you can still use the K-Cafe to make other drinks like tea, hot chocolate, hot cider and more!
Features of Keurig K-Cafe:
- Make coffee, cappuccino, latte and many other drinks using K-Cup pods.
- Brews cup sizes: 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz for coffee.
- Special SHOT size for preparing a coffee shot to use for specialty coffee drinks.
- Strong Brew options steeps your coffee longer for a bolder taste.
- Easy to use button controls
- Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz.
See How It Works:
What Pods Are Compatible with Keurig K-Cafe?
K-Cafe is compatible with any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable My K-Cup pods (Sold separately). This gives you the option to choose from a really wide range of pods, as well as your favorite coffee ground.
Does K-Cafe Make Espresso?
Espresso is the base of every specialty coffee drinks. To be made authentically, it requires the machine to have a high pressure pump to make it. Since a Keurig does not have that, it uses low pressure to make 2 oz coffee concentrate that is similar to espresso. This is a similar method to Ninja’s Coffee Bar system.
How Does the K-Cafe Frother Work?
The frother has a base that is built into the machine, so it uses the same plug as the machine to run. The jug of the frother is detachable, so you can pick it up to pour the milk into your cup. Using the button controls, you can choose Cap, Latte or Cold:
- Cappuccino option should create a denser foam,
- while the Latte option makes a more creamy and less foamy milk.
- Cold is for iced drinks, so the frother will only froth the milk without heating it.
You can use any type of milk you choose: full fat, half and half, skimmed or any type of milk alternatives (almond, rice, soy milk and so on). But do note that the results in froth will vary, since not all milk types foam the same way.
The milk frothing jug is dishwasher safe.
Keurig K-Cafe vs. K-Classic (K55), Keurig 2.0 and Keurig Mini, How Is It Different?
Image Title Keurig K-Cafe Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker, Makes Your Favorite Latte and Cappuccino Beverages, Comes with Dishwasher Safe Milk Frother, Strong Brew and Coffee Shot Capability, Dark Charcoal Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker, Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Machine, Matte Black Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker with 12 oz brew size and hot water on demand, Platinum Feature COFFEE, LATTES & CAPPUCCINOS: Use any K-Cup pod to brew coffee, or make delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
COFFEE SHOT FOR SPECIALTY DRINKS: Press the SHOT button to brew a concentrated shot of coffee from your favorite K-Cup pod to make delicious hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
DISHWASHER SAFE FROTHER: Froth fresh milk, including skim, soy, and almond. The frother is dishwasher safe for easy clean up after use.
STRONG BREW: Increase the strength and bold taste of your coffee.
4 CUP SIZES: 6, 8, 10, and 12oz.
SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K-Cup pod and use the button controls to brew delicious coffee, or make hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
LARGE 60oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
SMART START: Your coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size.
ENERGY EFFICIENT: Programmable auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings.
TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.2" tall and is top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker. Includes 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 water filters to help your beverages taste their best
Brews multiple K-Cup Pod sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
A large 48 oz. water reservoir allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a minute
Dispense hot water only by opening and closing the brewer handle (without a pod), and selecting your desired brew size. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
Auto-off: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your brewer after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy
The Keurig K-Select Single Serve Coffee Maker includes a bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.
Brews multiple cup sizes: (6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes all with quiet brew technology, minimizing noise during use.
Strong brew: kicks up your coffee's strength and intensity.Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4 inches tall
Simple button controls: just insert a Pod, select your desired cup size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.
Large 52 oz. Water reservoir: allows you to brew 5 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
Brewer maintenance reminder: alerts you when it is time to Descale your Coffee maker. Descaling is an important process that removes built-up calcium deposits, ensuring the best-tasting brew possible.
Small and compact; easily fits in tight spaces.
Brews multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) - the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
There is no water reservoir, which helps with portability - just add the exact amount of fresh water that you need for each brew. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
Simple button controls make it easy to brew your favorite beverage. Just insert a pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under two minutes
Available in multiple fun colors to complement a variety of décor
Automatically turns off after 90 seconds of inactivity, helping to save energy
The ultimate Keurig coffee maker. Includes 6 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 filters to help your beverages taste their best
A large 80oz water reservoir allows you to brew 10+ cups more before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to, and on the K575, you can choose from several different nightlight colors to illuminate your kitchen at night.
Brews multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz.) and brews a Carafe (22, 26, or 30oz) using K-Carafe pods, to give you more coffee when you need it (Carafe sold separately)
Strength Control: A strength control setting allows you to brew a bolder cup using any K-Cup pod brew size. Plus, five temperature settings allow you to enjoy your favorite beverage at your desired temperature
Hot Water on Demand: Press the hot water on demand button and select your desired brew size in order to dispense hot water. A removable drip tray at the base of the brewer catches drips and makes for easy clean-up
An extra-large color touch screen with a digital clock makes it easy to brew a fresh, great tasting cup in under a minute. Plus, program your brewer to turn on or off automatically at set times, so that it is ready to go when you want it, and turns off to conserve energy.
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Each of these models has its own pros and cons, and has its own features that make it special. What sets the K-Cafe apart is its ability to make specialty coffee drinks in addition to regular coffee and other hot beverages.
Using the other machines, in order to make a Cappuccino or Latte, you could have used a Cappuccino or Latte K-Cup pod, which is quite similar to those instant drink packets that include ingredients like sugar, oils, glucose syrup and loads of unhealthy ingredients. Using the K-Cafe, you can finally make a cappuccino or latte using coffee and fresh milk and adding your own ingredients.
The K-Cafe model can make:
- Coffee and hot beverages in brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
- Shot size for specialty drinks makes concentrated 2 oz of coffee as a base for your drink.
- Built-in milk frother heats and froths milk. It also creates cold froth.
What K-Carafe does NOT do:
- It can’t brew a full carafe like Keurig 2.0 models.
- It can’t brew K-Mug sizes (16 and 18 oz) which is also a feature of Keurig 2.0.
- It has no temperature control. This feature is available in Keurig K-Elite and Keurig K575.
Who Should Buy Keurig K-Cafe? Is It The Right Choice For You?
This Keurig model is aimed at anyone who loves their K-Cup pod but wants to make specialty coffee drinks, too. You’ll be able to make your favorite specialty drinks while controlling what you add to it. No more artificial or high calorie ingredients (well, unless you want to add them yourself!). The milk frother is a great addition to the machine. It heats and froths your milk for you, and you’re free to choice the type of milk you want.