US – Keurig Dr Pepper has expanded its connected brewer line with the introduction of a new kitchen appliance that promises to make delicious coffeehouse drinks, Keurig K-Cafe Smart.
The new brewer connects to the Keurig mobile app for over 70 coffeehouse recipes, which allows consumers to create delicious coffeehouse drinks right from home, the majority of which can be made in three minutes or less.
This upgraded version of the K-Café that joins the K Supreme Plus Smart also uses the brand’s BrewID technology, which can select the perfect settings for whatever K-Cup pod consumers choose to use.
The company said once the pod is in, one can manually change the settings across five strengths, six temperatures, and four sizes.
Also, one can set the K-Café Smart to make lattés and iced drinks, as well as single or double shots of any coffee pod for drinks like cappuccinos and macchiatos.
Like the other K-Café machines, the K-Café Smart comes with an upgraded milk frother that has three-speed settings, enabling users to make rich, delicious froth from a wide range of milk options, including non-dairy, as well as the ability to make cold froth for brew over ice café-style beverages
Additionally, the K-Café SMART features Keurig’s MultiStream Technology™, which uses five streams of water instead of one concentrated stream to thoroughly saturate the coffee grounds more evenly throughout the pod for full flavor and aroma in every cup.
Mauricio Leyva, group president at Keurig Dr Pepper, said: “The K-Café Smart takes customization to a new level. It goes well beyond black coffee, enabling café-style creations like London Fog Lattes and Cinnamon Macchiatos.”
With the K-Café Smart, coffee lovers can craft the specialty drinks they crave and discover new favorite recipes simply by connecting to the Keurig app. With over 70 recipes to choose from, we know our consumers will be delighted to taste and trial all the new coffeehouse beverages they can make from the comfort of their home.”
This new coffee brewing machine for home drinkers has come at a time when data from the NPD Group as reported by The Wall Street Journal, show that the average price of a cup of coffee was $4.90 at the beginning of 2022, up 7.6% from the same period in 2021 — a barista-style brewer like the K-Café Smart might be a good way to save money.
The K-Café Smart is available exclusively at Keurig’s website for $249.99, with plans for expansion into retailers nationwide this autumn.
Further expanding its SMART portfolio, the company also announced the launch of the K-Supreme® SMART.
It features BrewID technology to power coffee expert-recommended brew settings for full flavor and aroma in every cup and pairs with the Keurig mobile app for a fully connected experience.
The SMART portfolio is available on Keurig.com at an MSRP of US$199.99.
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