How to Use a Keurig for Brewing & Daily Use
1. Choose your pod and grab a mug
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of different K-Cups you can use, but some may not be compatible with your Keurig model. Keurig has two different brewing systems: Keurig 1.0 and Keurig 2.0.
- Keurig 1.0: Brews K-Cup pods only; compatible with all K-Cup pods available
- Keurig 2.0: Brews K-Cup, K-Mug, K-Vue and K-Carafe pods; compatible with Keurig-licensed pods only (they have “Keurig Brewed” on the pod lid
2. Lift the handle, insert the pod and lower the handle
Pretty self-explanatory! Once the pod is inserted and the handle is lowered, the Keurig device pierces the top and bottom — this is the secret to Keurig’s brewing system.
Instead of using a Keurig coffee pod you may elect to use the Keurig My K-Cup reusable pod, which allows you to brew a single serving with your own coffee grounds — no K-Cup required. To use the My K-Cup pod you’ll need to remove the standard pod assembly (the thing into which you place your typical K-Cup). It snaps in and out pretty easily.
3. Select the desired settings for your brew
- Brew size
- Brew temperature
- Bold selector
- Hot cocoa or other beverage selector
4. Press BREW and wait for your coffee to finish
- Physical button
- Touch display button
- No button, instead the brewer begins once the handle has been lowered
Your coffee is prepared. Some Keurig machines allow you to brew again in 30-60 seconds. Others will need a few minutes to warm up to the correct temperature.
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Keurig Regular Maintenance
1. Wash the drip tray, water reservoir, pod assembly, entry needle, exit needle, and carafe.
- Exterior: wipe down with a non-abrasive cloth or sponge
- Drip tray: rinse in the sink; not dishwasher safe
- Pod assembly: rinse in the sink; not dishwasher safe
- Water reservoir and lid: rinse in the sink and wash with soap and a non-abrasive cloth or sponge
- Entry and exit needle: rinse and wipe down with non-abrasive cloth or sponge; should they clog, use a paperclip to unclog (see image above)
- Carafes: wipe down with a non-abrasive cloth or sponge; for the thermal carafe, never submerge it fully under water
For anything that comes in contact with coffee, such as the pod assembly, it’s best to wipe down occasionally with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. The vinegar cleans away any of the rancid oils resulting from exposure to oxygen and water and ensures the best tasting cup of coffee possible.
2. Change the Charcoal Water Filter
3. De-scale Your Machine
- Fill the water reservoir to the MAX FILL line with de-scaling solution or a mixture of half water, half white vinegar
- Run the brew cycle one time
- Let the brewer to sit for at least 30 minutes, allowing the internal components to be cleaned
- Run the brew cycle multiple times until the water reservoir is empty
- Fill the water reservoir with water
- Run the brew cycle multiple times until the water reservoir is empty (to rinse)
Here are the steps on How to use a Keurig:
- Unbox your brewer and plug it in.
- Lift the handle and discard the shipping disc if included.
- Remove the water reservoir and clean it with soap and warm water.
- Prime the charcoal water filter (if you have one).
- Fill the water reservoir to the MAX FILL line.
- Press the power button and wait for preheating to complete.
- Grab a mug and place it on the drip tray.
- Lift and lower the handle without inserting a Keurig coffee pod.
- Select the maximum size brew setting and press brew.
- This will run a water-only brew cycle to clean the machine.
- Once the brew cycle is complete, discard the water in the mug.
- Insert a Keurig coffee pod into the K-Cup holder.
- Select the desired brew size and press brew.
- The machine will brew your coffee and dispense it into your mug.
Here are some additional tips for using a Keurig:
- Use fresh, filtered water for the best tasting coffee.
- Clean your Keurig regularly to prevent build-up of coffee oils and residue.
- Descale your Keurig every 3-6 months to remove mineral buildup.
- Experiment with different K-Cup pods to find your favorite coffee.
- You can also use reusable K-Cups to save money and reduce waste.