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Good economy model of Keurig brewer
 from San Francisco, CA,  Apr 20, 2013

The Keurig B130 is a small no-frills Keurig model. Dimensions are approximately 11" H x 7" W x 10.5" deep. Since it's a commercial model (like you might find in a hotel room), it has instructions printed on the front panel, which you may find helpful or unsightly. Water must be put into the reservoir for every use. Clean-up involves wiping down any tiny spatters on the unit and washing out the drip tray--very easy. After two months of 2 - 4 times per day use, I've found the Keurig B130 to be pretty good. It brews a cup of coffee or tea within a few minutes and brews hot enough for a decent extraction. (Though tea never comes out very good with any Keurig--just not enough brew time.) The need to put water in each time is fine with me, since water that sits around doesn't taste as good anyway and pouring in the water is simple and straightforward. I've found that 6 - 7 oz of water per k-cup is optimal for a flavorful brew, though if you prefer a milder cup, the machine will take up to 8. Downsides: the machine seems a bit rickety, like it may not have great longevity. This seems to be a problem with all Keurig brewers. I've yet to hear of one lasting more than 2 or 3 years with daily use. A bigger issue with the B130 involves use of an Ekobrew Reusable K-Cup filter. Sometimes it works fine and sometimes the machine ejects the Ekobrew mid-cycle, spewing hot, saturated coffee grounds (i.e. lava that stains) everywhere. Varying the grind and the amount of coffee in the filter has made little difference, though it seems better when the filter is filled to the 2/3 line instead of 3/4 and the grind is a bit on the fine side but not powdery-fine. Also, the Ekobrew and some K-cups cause clogging of the outflow pipe on the Keurig (that sharp-ended tube that pokes into the k-cups). When this happens, the Keurig just stops mid-cycle. Sometimes re-starting it will coax it into completing the cycle; sometime adding a little more water helps. I've found that running a cycle or two of plain water usually clears the clog. Once, I had to poke a needle up the tube and root around, which I'm sure is a bad idea. It did work, though. Overall, if you're looking for a reasonably-priced Keurig brewer and don't mind one with diagrams on the front, and if you don't mind the expense of K-cups, I'd say the B130 is a solid option.

  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality is decent, not outstanding.
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Fairly accurate
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