Many years ago, I purchased a small travel coffee pot that accommodated ground coffee and required a coffee filter. I was happy to have my own coffee pot when we traveled. It didn't make a lot of coffee, but it was portable and pack-able, which made it essential for travel.
I stopped taking it everywhere when hotels started putting small coffee makers & packets of ground coffee in every room. However, I have noted that many hotels have, once again, stopped providing the little coffee makers in the room since the pandemic began.
I need my coffee when I first wake up. I prefer to have it before I dress
for the day. That requires having a coffee pot & coffee in the room. I
also like being able to make hot tea in my hotel room any time of the day without having to
order room service.
I don't mind taking my own coffee and coffee maker. Frankly, it is probably cleaner for me to use my own personal coffee maker, water, and coffee.
After our last trip and a hotel room that didn't have a coffee maker, I went in search of a new portable coffee maker. I was thrilled to find a mini Keurig coffee maker that uses k-cups. That is even more convenient than the travel coffee makers of begone days.
I love my new Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker! I have only discovered one downside to my K-Mini. I can't remove the water reservoir to wash it. However, there is a Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker that does have a removable water reservoir, but is more expensive. The Plus version also has a storage unit that holds 9 k-cup pods and stores in the opening for the mug when packing for travel.
I purchased a tote bag for my Keruig K-Mini Coffee Maker that has a zipper pocket on the side for k-cups. In my case, I would rather be able to pack my personal ceramic coffee mug in the opening used by the storage unit on the Plus version, but I realize that is a personal preference.
The Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
This miniature version of the Keurig coffee maker is very easy to use. You simply add water in the reservoir using your mug. That way, you won't overfill it. Add your k-cup, close the lid, and push the button.
It takes a little longer for the mini to produce a hot cup of coffee because it doesn't start heating the water until you push the larger brew button (not the small "on" button).
I do recommend cleaning your new k-mini coffee maker right out of the box with vinegar & water to remove any manufacturing dust or debris that may be inside the coffee maker.
To Clean: Pour vinegar in the reservoir to the minimum (6) marked on
the reservoir, add water to the maximum (12) fill line. Place a mug below
the empty k-cup holder (the brew head), push the brew button and let it go
through a complete cycle. Then, brew a full reservoir of clean water
only at least 2 times behind the vinegar to cleanse.
I washed every piece that was detachable, plus wiped down the unit with a soapy cloth.
The Keurig K-Mini or K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker is the perfect travel
companion for brewing coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. In addition to
traveling, it is great for a small kitchen.
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