There are a lot of benefits to using a Keurig machine. Keurig is convenient and makes a great cup of coffee or tea in just minutes. In this article, you will learn how to get the most out of your Keurig machine.
What Is Keurig?
A Keurig machine is a coffee brewing system that uses small, disposable pods of coffee grounds. John Sylvan and Peter Dragone invented the Keurig system in the early 1990s. “Keurig” comes from the Dutch word for “excellence.”
The Keurig machine brews coffee by piercing a small hole in the top of the pod and injecting hot water into the pod. This brews a single serving of coffee that dispenses into a cup. Finally, the used pod is ejected from the machine.
While Keurig machines require the use of specialty coffee pods, which can be more expensive than traditional ground coffee, many users feel that the quality and convenience of the Keurig system outweigh the cost. The Keurig system is quick and convenient, making it popular in offices and homes with many people who take coffee at different intervals.
There are now many different types of Keurig machines on the market, with various features and price points. Whether you’re looking for a simple coffee maker or a more sophisticated espresso machine, Keurig has a machine to suit your needs.
Although the Keurig coffee machine comes fully assembled, you will need to do some initial setup before using it. Setup is easy and includes the following steps.
Reading the User Manual
Every machine comes with a user manual. You need to read and understand the instructions before proceeding. Reading the manual will make it easier to set up the machine.
Removing the Adhesive Tape
First, check the machine for any adhesive tape or plastic film. Remove these adhesives and dispose of them.
Clean the Reservoir
Even if you have a new device, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s clean. To clean your Keurig’s water reservoir, remove it from the machine (depending on your model, it may be on the side or back).
Setting the lid aside, lift the reservoir and clean it with soap and water. Don’t forget to rinse it thoroughly with running water. Some reservoirs can’t be removed; if yours is built-in, fill it with water and run it through the machine. Make sure to wipe down the water entry point where you took out the reservoir.
Fill the Reservoir With Water
Fill your Keurig reservoir with water to the maximum fill line marked on the side after cleaning it. Replace the reservoir and set it in place, then replace the lid. If you have a removable reservoir, you can feel it under the tap. For built-in reservoirs, use a different container.
Run the Brewing Cycle
Plug your device into a power source and press power to begin brewing. Depending on your Keurig model, the water should automatically start heating up.
There will typically be a red heating light that turns off as soon as the machine warms up. If your Keurig does not have a heating light, listen for the heating noise to end before continuing. Remember to put a mug or a container onto the drip tray to catch hot water.
The purpose of this step is to clean every internal element of your device that your coffee will go through.
As any coffee lover knows, there is nothing like a perfect cup of coffee. And the Keurig brewing system makes it easy to have a great cup of coffee every time. However, did you know Keurig has six different brew settings, each producing a unique cup of coffee?
Settings number 1 and number 4 are specifically for brewing K-Carafe and K-Vue coffee pods. You can use the additional settings to prepare other café-style beverages, such as espresso or cappuccino. And for those hot chocolate lovers out there, setting number 6 is perfect for brewing cocoa.
These numbers are color coordinated like this:
Each is labeled from one to six, respectively.
In addition to the settings discussed above, a few other features can help you personalize your cup of coffee. For example, the “strong” button enables a pulse brew. Pulse brewing is an innovative way to extract more flavor from your coffee beans, resulting in a deeper, richer taste.
Another great feature is the adjustable drip tray. The tray allows you to use different-sized cups and mugs, so you can always enjoy your coffee exactly how you like it. User-friendly features like these make it easy to see why this coffee maker is a top choice for coffee lovers everywhere.
Everyday Maintenance & Cleansing
As with any small appliance that gets regular use, you want to ensure your Keurig is clean and well-maintained. A little preventive care will go a long way in extending the life of your machine and keeping it brewing delicious coffee for years to come. Here are some tips for everyday maintenance and cleansing of your Keurig:
Rinse the Dip Tray
The drip tray on your Keurig collects excess coffee or water that drips out during and after brewing. It’s important to empty and rinse the tray regularly, as it can hold eight fluid ounces (240 mL) overflow liquid.
To take out the tray, pull it away from the machine, empty it into the sink, and wash it with a soapy rag. Rinse the tray with water and replace it before brewing your next cup of coffee.
Clean the K-Cup Holder
To clean the K-Cup holder, lift the handle and pull the holder. At the same time, push on it from below. Then pull the funnel off of the K-Cup holder. Rinse both parts in soap and water. Be careful when working around the sharp point inside the K-Cup holder.
If your Keurig is clogged, try putting a paperclip into the underside of the exit needle to clear built-up coffee residue. Another way to clean the area underneath the K-Cup holder is by using a damp cotton swab.
Descale Your Unit
With use, mineral deposits can grow inside your Keurig. For maximum efficiency, you will occasionally want to descale it. Start by filling the reservoir half-full of white vinegar and running a few brewing cycles. Do this again with regular tap water. This process will help to remove any lingering vinegar taste.
Do not forget to rinse your pitcher before refilling with fresh water, and remember to wipe the body of the unit with a damp cloth to remove stains from spills.
Draining the Water Tank
Before storing your Keurig, you need to drain it completely. If your device has a removable water tank, here is a step-by-step guide for draining your Keurig’s water tank:
- First, remove the water tank from your Keurig and place it on a counter or flat surface.
- Next, find the small drain valve on the bottom of the tank. The valve may differ depending on your model, but most Keurig has a small knob or lever that turns to open the valve.
- Once the valve is open, hold the tank over a sink and allow the water to drain out completely. You may need to wait a minute or two for all the water to drain.
- Finally, close the valve and replace the tank on your Keurig. That’s all there is to it! Draining your Keurig’s water tank consistently can help to extend its lifespan and keep it operating at peak efficiency.
Draining the Internal Reservoir
Before beginning this process, please switch your Keurig off and unplug it from the power outlet. You will also want the machine to cool for about 30 minutes to allow any water remaining inside to become cold. Once these steps are complete, you can begin.
- Lift the lid of the water tank and pull it straight out and to the right of the brewer
- Empty any remaining water from the tank
- Use a screwdriver or your fingers to open the small thumb screw at the back of the machine. With the thumb screw removed, lift the access panel at the back of your unit. As you remove the access panel, you will see a tube with a plug at the end.
- Pull the tube from its plastic clip holder.
- Now that the tube is free, gravity will do its job and begin draining any remaining water from inside the machine.
- Once the water has been drained from the tank, firmly press the plug back into its end position in the tube. Return the tube to its original position in the plastic clip holder after emptying the pitcher.
- Reattach the rear access panel and thumb screw before replacing the water tank and lid. Your Keurig is now ready for use.
Tips To Avoid Problems
As anyone who has owned a Keurig knows, these coffee makers can be prone to problems. From clogged filters to water leaks, several issues can arise. However, several simple tips can help to avoid these problems.
Use Filtered Water
Ensure to use only filtered water in your Keurig. This will help prevent mineral build-up and extend the life of the machine.
Clean Your Keurig Regularly
Clean your Keurig regularly with a descaling solution. This will remove any coffee residue or build-up that can lead to clogging.
Replace the Water
Replace the water filter every few months, and don’t use third-party filters. Only use filters that are designed specifically for Keurig machines. Using other filters can result in clogging or poor coffee flavor.
Give it a Warm-Up
Let your machine warm up. Sometimes your Keurig coffee maker will need a few minutes to warm up. If you’ve just turned it on for the first time of the day, give it some time to get ready before trying to prepare your first cup.
Flush Your Keurig
Another important tip is to flush your Keurig with hot water after brewing sugary drinks like hot chocolate. This will help prevent sugar from crystallizing in the machine. Run a cycle like normal, just using plain water.
Properly Store the Machine
If you plan on not using your Keurig for an extended period, it’s important to properly clean and store the machine to prevent mold and mildew growth. It would help to run a cleansing brew cycle with water only to remove any coffee grounds or residue from the previous brew.
Descale the Machine
Also, descale the machine by running a cycle with a vinegar and water solution. Be sure to rinse the machine thoroughly afterward. Don’t forget to dry the exterior and interior of the machine completely before storing.
Store in a Cool, Dry Area
If possible, store the Keurig in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. With proper care, your Keurig will be ready to use when you need it again.
Now that you know how to use and maintain your Keurig machine, it’s time to make yourself a cup of coffee or tea. We hope you enjoy the convenience and taste of your Keurig machine. If you enjoyed the read or have some pointers feel free to comment. Help someone else by sharing the article.