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Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing SystemKeurig's standard bearing single serve brewer has room to improve.
Hi. I'm Katie Pilkington and I'm standing next to the Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System. This is a really nice looking machine as you can see. It features this really nice blue LED lights that highlight the 72-ounce reservoir which is removable for easy filling and it's matched over here by this LCD screen that highlights the control panel and all of your options. To brew a cup of coffee on this machine is really simple. You simply have to pull up on the lever, drop your K-Cup and then close. Push brew after you select your settings and it's as easy as that. Cleaning is pretty easy as well. You can remove this drip tray and this makes room for either a travel-size mug or if you want to clean this, both parts are 100 percent dishwasher safe and it is easily replaced just like that. The K75 allows you 5 size options for your beverages ranging from 4 to 12 ounces. The K75 brews coffee with K-Cups, but it's worth noting that it doesn't brew K-Cups as well as other machines on the market. It produced a cup of coffee that was kind of burnt and watery tasting and had a bitter finish. All of which are attributes that you're not necessarily looking for in your morning cup of coffee. There are other machines that we tested such as the Cuisinart SS-700 which brewed a much better cup of coffee with the K-Cup. If you're looking for more of Keurig's newer technology, they patented the Vue Cup which brews a very nice tasting cup of coffee if you're looking to stay within the Keurig line of products. One of the complaints we had about the K75 during our testing process was that the construction seems a little bit lacking compared to other machines we looked at. This is a fulcrum handle and it is pretty stable, I'm sure it's fine, but it feels a bit flimsy when compared to some of the metal parts featured on other machines. So you definitely wanna keep that in mind when shopping. Overall, this machine does everything you would want it to do as a coffee maker. There's nothing wrong with the mechanics of this machine or how it functions. It just doesn't brew very good tasting cup of coffee, which if that's important to you, I would definitely look elsewhere such as the Bunn My CafÃ© MCU or the Cuisinart SS-700. But if you are interested in this model, you can find it on the manufacturer's website for $179. Again, this is the Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System. I'm Katie Pilkington for CNET.com.