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The K500 is Keurig 2.0's flagship brewer (pictures)

This single-serving brewer can also serve up an entire pot.

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Originally hailing from Troy, Ohio, Ry Crist is a writer, a text-based adventure connoisseur, a lover of terrible movies and an enthusiastic yet mediocre cook. A CNET editor since 2013, Ry's beats include smart home tech, lighting, appliances, broadband and home networking.
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Meet Keurig 2.0

The Keurig K500 is one of the flagship brewers from the new "Keurig 2.0" generation of single-serving coffeemakers. Click through for a closer look.

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Cup compatibility

Unlike the previous generation, the K500 is compatible only with Keurig-branded K-Cups.

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Ease of use

Operation is simple -- just pop the cup in and press the brewer's one button. Fifty seconds later, you'll have a steaming hot cup of joe.

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Some cups left behind

Only the cup on the right will work in the K500. The Keurig-branded cup in the middle was produced before January 2014 and lacks the proper label to pass Keurig 2.0's scanner.

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Tsk tsk

Try and use a bargain brand or an outdated K-Cup in the K500, and you'll see an error message.

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Refills included

The other notable feature of Keurig 2.0 brewers is the ability to brew an entire pot.

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K-Carafe Packs

You'll use the new K-Carafe Packs for full-pot brewing. Unlike K-Cups, they're made out of recyclable plastic.

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Familiar pack design

The K-Carafe Pack is really just a taller version of the Vue Pack.

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Price point

The K500 will retail for $190 and is due at major retailers by September. Be sure to read our full review before upgrading.

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