Friday, August 12, 2022

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker - A Mini K-cup Coffee Maker for Travel

Keurig K-Mini
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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  1. Such a handy travel accessory. As one like you who needs coffee 'instantly' upon arising, this K-Mini coffee maker would be perfect. Such a treat to have your very own travel cup of coffee brewed the way you like it for exactly WHEN you want it. Thanks, Sylvestermouse.

  2. Sounds like a great travel coffee maker. We used to bring our bigger Keurig with us when we went to Florida each year. It was nice to have the convenience in the condo we stayed at. Thanks for the review.

  3. The last time my husband and I traveled, we packed our full-size coffee brewer (which we love - see my review of the best large and small-batch programmable coffee maker here in Review This Reviews) and a bag of our favorite ground coffee. Even though we were driving and had room in the car for it, as well as a full kitchen in the Airbnb where we stayed, that’s not typical. If we were flying or staying in a hotel room, that certainly would not have been practical! I love that the Plus version is also compatible with the eco/friendly My K-cup universal reusable coffee filter (sold separately).

  4. Oh as a coffee-holic this is a must have for me, essential to everyone's wellbeing, while in my company! I haven't travelled much since the pandemic, so did not know that many hotels have given up on the coffee maker. Thanks for the advice, now I'm off to make sure that when I do get to go somewhere, my coffee will be ever close at hand! Everyone can relax, I'm well caffinated!

  5. Wow, what a fantastic idea for travel where hotels don't provide a machine in the room. Plus I would feel better using my own machine anyway. This one looks ideal; compact, easy to tote along. I would never had thought to take on for travel stays in hotels - good recommendation!

  6. Like you, I must have my coffee right when I get up in the morning. I would love this Keurig option. This is an essential travel accessory for anyone who seriously enjoys their wake-up java. Thanks for introducing it to me. Appreciated!!


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