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Getting a jump on this year's International Housewares Show in Chicago, Keurig just dropped news of a new pod-style coffee brewer. Priced between $120 and $130, the pint-sized Keurig K200 can make either single cups of coffee or full four-cup carafes. Besides the more mundane white and black options, Keurig also plans to sell the tiny kitchen appliance in your choice of five colorful hues.
As you may have guessed the K200 will be a Keurig 2.0 device. This means of course that the machine will not officially support older (non-Keurig 2.0) K-Cups or K-Cup pods from unsanctioned third-party vendors.
Unlike Keurig's first 2.0-family device, the larger K500 , the new K200 is a small single-cup coffeemaker at heart. Where the K500 has only one color option though, the new compact model will ship in a variety of colors. Along with staid black and white, you can also choose from orange zest, sandy pearl, strawberry, turquoise and violet.
Keurig expects the K200 brewer to hit store shelves starting May 12, first at Keurig.com then with wider retail release this summer. The broader question, however, is whether the color options will be enough to convince those new to Keurig's DRM-equipped coffee pod system to take the plunge.
There are certainly other competing solutions, such as Nescafe's Dolce Gusto and Starbuck's Verismo . The coffee brand-agnostic Bunn My Cafe MCU also won an Editors' Choice when we reviewed it back in the summer of 2013 as the best all-around single-serve machine. All of those products offer more flavorful drinks than the Keurig machines, and for only a modest price premium.