You can complain about the quality of the coffee they produce all you want, but now that those pod-based Keurig hot beverage machines come built right in to GE's new Café French Door refrigerator, they aren't going to disappear anytime soon.
And if you think Keurigs are the greatest thing since sliced bread, you can now reclaim some valuable counter space the next time you upgrade your fridge, too. Well, if you live in the US, although the sale of GE's appliance division to Swedish-based fridge-monger Electrolux at the end of last year makes it not as much of a foregone conclusion as it once was.
GE's Café Series fridges were originally introduced back in the States in 2013 and were one of the first to feature a programmable hot water dispenser built right into the unit's side-by-side french doors. And because at its core a Keurig is essentially just a hot water dispenser – it's the K-Cups that really do all of the "brewing" – it was a logical next step to integrate the machine right into the new Café French Door fridges.
From a distance it's actually hard to tell the new version of the fridge apart from the existing models because the Keurig brewer is just a small plastic accessory that opens to accept a pod, and then snaps into the front of the fridge's water dispenser. As a result, the addition of the coffee-making functionality doesn't actually change the fridge's dimensions or diminish its capacity in any way.
Where you do see a difference is with the Café French Door's user-interface on its built-in LCD display. Once the Keurig accessory has been snapped into place with a pod inside, the fridge provides the same beverage size options that you're presented with on a dedicated Keurig machine. So to brew up a mug of coffee or tea you just select small, medium or large, then use a dedicated dial to start the hot water flowing as an added safety precaution.
Available in the States sometime in autumn for $3,300 (just shy of £2,200 converted, though no plans for a UK release as yet), GE's Café French Door fridge actually sounds like it will be one of the most advanced Keurig machines you can buy. The water used is purified before it's dispensed, which will certainly help improve the taste, and the fridge can even be controlled remotely from an app, letting users schedule times for when the water is pre-heated so it's immediately ready to dispense when you roll out of bed and need every bit of assistance you can get to face the day.