Okay, so I have expressed on numerous occasions my disdain for Keurig, in that Keurig brewing machines are quite pricey for doing one job (brew one K-Cup into a cup) and that K-Cups are quite pricey and not great on the environment, all for the sake of convenience. Nevertheless, I had come into the possession of several dozen K-Cups from various brands. With dozens of K-Cups lying around, it made sense to have a machine to take advantage of them.

At first, I wanted to just go with a cheap generic coffee maker that was compatible with K-Cups. But there was a significant discount on Keurig’s cheapest machine, Keurig K-Express Essentials, which usually runs for $55.

I had low expectations for the machine, but color me impressed. It truly is convenient and simple as inserting a K-Cup and pressing one button. The cheapie Keurig offers 3 brewing cup sizes, 6, 8, and 12 ounces. It has a 36 ounce water reservoir, which is detachable, so you can brew up to 6 cups of coffee (or 3) before needing to refill the reservoir. The detachable water tank is already a win for me, as it’s easy to bring it over to the sink to fill up, and easy to clean as well. In contrast, it is a little tiring to fill a container with water and bring it over to a coffee maker’s fixed water reservoir, and gee, it isn’t very easy cleaning these water reservoirs either, which eventually become riddled with mineral deposits and require descaling.

My only concern was what purpose would the machine serve once I’m out of the free K-Cups I had obtained? After all, gram by gram, K-Cups are at least twice as expensive. Thankfully, Keurig now has K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filters, which are as they sound. You can put your own coffee grounds (or even tea) into the filters and brew like you would any other K-Cup.

Introducing the K-Express Essentials Single Serve Coffee Maker in Black: Keurig quality at our most welcoming price. This have-it-all brewer is a great way to experience genuine Keurig quality and rich, full-flavored coffee made with the push of a button convenience – at a truly attractive price. This streamlined, modern coffee maker gives you a range of Keurig features that can enhance your coffee routine. You can enjoy a delicious cup of hot, freshly brewed coffee in minutes – with no prep and no mess. The 36 oz reservoir means you can make cup after cup without refilling, and back-to-back brewing means you don’t have to wait for your brewer to reheat before brewing a second cup. Plus, you can choose your favorites from the hundreds of coffee brands and flavors available in K-Cup pods, including tea or hot cocoa. You can even use a My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter with your own favorite ground coffee (sold separately). And all of this comes at a price that helps you put America’s #1 single serve coffee maker brand on your counter. Now everybody can truly enjoy a rich cup of coffee at the push of a button, because Keurig is for all. Available exclusively at Walmart.

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