The Keurig B145 is a powerful espresso machine used mainly in an office setting where 15 to 20 cups of coffee a day consumption is not uncommon. The Keurig b145 is only certified for commercial use but consumers do use it in the home. This is a paired back model in comparison to other Keurig machines. However this does not detract from the fact it is a solid and reliable performer. The indicator lights on the b145 inform you when the water is heated, when the machine needs to be descaled and when the tank needs to be filled.
This espresso machine effectively works off one touch. This one touch allows a user to brew a cup of tea, coffee or coca in approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
One of the characteristics of this espresso maker is that, unlike the Keurig b40 and other Keurig models, you cannot use the My K-cup coffee system. The Keurig B145 only accepts Keurig K-cups coffee modules which are effectively premade coffee samples (200 available) which you insert into the machine in order to produce your drink. Now, there is nothing wrong with Keurig K-cups and there are a great range of flavours available, but you do lose the flexibility to choose and experiment with your own flavours. The My K cup system does allows you to use your own coffee in the machine.
However if you do not wish to use the Keurig K-cups there is a workaround. A system called Ekobrew – similar to Keurig K-cups – works perfectly with the Keurig b145. Again, Ekobrew allows you to experiment with the coffee you use in the machine.
From a design perspective this is an extremely rugged coffee maker with an industrial strength pump. Some customers have complained that the pump in the machine is a little loud, but the general consensus is that as the pump is being primed this noise lasts for no more than 30 seconds.
Judge for yourself by looking at this video from another Keurig with a similar pump.
To extend the life of the machine it is important to use bottled or filtered water. This is particularly important if you want to cut down on the amount of times you descale the b145. If you do run into problems the unit comes with a 1 year warranty.
When starting to prep your brew you’ll notice how easy to use and accessible the water tank is. This reservoir sits on the left hand side of the machine and can be filled using it’s large top portion. When the machine is first used there can be a slightly plastic taste to the tea. This, I discovered , was rectified instantly by thoroughly washing the water tank in a dishwasher cycle. The tank ,incidentally, holds 48 ounces of water.
Once the water reservoir begins heating you will be drinking your fist 10 oz cup of coffee in under 5 minutes.
Although a 10 oz coffee size is available you also have the option of drinking 6 to 8 oz size espressos also.
A couple additional features that are worth mentioning: if you leave the machine on for longer than two hours it will automatically switch itself of. This is a useful, energy saving feature and will help you save on your electricity bill. The Keurig B145 also has an internal draining mechanism that will soak up the water in the centre of the machine if you need to transport it anywhere.