What’s The Deal With Keurig Cup Sizes?

There were a ton of things to consider when I went on the market for a new coffee maker. Most importantly, I needed a machine that made delicious coffee fast. As I was doing research, my mom suggested I go with a Keurig. I found that the machine brews various Keurig cup sizes to which I wondered what the benefits would be to choosing one size over the other.

Size Does Matter

Keurig brewers feature sizes ranging anywhere from 2-5 cup sizes. For example, the Keurig Platinum K75 K-Cup Coffee Brewer holds 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz. cup sizes. The amount of coffee I drink on a particular occasion matters to me, so having more choices is appealing. I don’t like to waste coffee on one hand, but I also dislike when I don’t make enough to quench my coffee thirst.

On those days that I’m looking for just a few sips to give me a little extra pep in my step, the smaller Keurig cup sizes come in handy. Rather than brew a full pot of coffee, I can plug a 4 oz. or 6 oz. k-cup into my Keurig.

Ever Heard of a Coffee Tasting Party?

Plenty of people have been to wine tastings. Now, with a variety of Keurig cup sizes at my disposal, I am able to throw coffee tasting parties. Instead of brewing a full pot of coffee in one flavor, I can offer cups of every size and in many flavors.

I am continuously looking around CoffeeForLess.com to find different flavors made by my favorite brands like Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, and Tully’s. My guests enjoy different flavors in large and small servings so they can sample new flavors and sip on old favorites.

With a variety of Keurig cup sizes, I can prepare them a small cup of coffee of their choice. And, if the person takes a liking to the new flavor, I can always pop in a larger 8 oz., 10 oz., or 12 oz. cup to quickly brew a larger serving.

Mom Is Always Right

One of the best aspects of owning a Keurig is convenience and the ability to choose from various Keurig cup sizes. With the ability to make the perfect up each time, I made sure to thank my mom for her advice. As the saying goes, “Mom is always right!”

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  1. Can you get more than one cup of coffee out of one k cup?

  2. I bought a box of the K cups . Didn’t know anything about this stuff and didn’t know you had to have an expensive thing like this to get a cup of coffee.. Can I open them up and use them in my regular coffee pot ?

    • I’m about two years late with this reply, but maybe someone else will have the same question. Yes you can cut open a K-Cup and use the coffee inside. All it is is ~one tablespoon of regular ground coffee in a small coffee filter, all of which is inside the top part of the K-Cup.

    • Why would you buy coffee pods (as opposed to a bag of ground coffee on the next shelf over!!) when you don’t have the machine required to use them?? That’s just wasting money..

      • My husband can’t have regular coffee and I don’t drink decaf. Brewing two pots would be time consuming and just as wasteful. The Keurig is a big help. Also, you can make different strengths/ types of coffee for different people. I do wish they would figure out a way to make the cups biodegradable though.

    • Yes you can put the coffee in you’r coffee pot but some brands you can order by the pound depending on the kind of K cup coffee.

  3. Hi there, does anyone know if the cup size setting also has some control over the strength of the coffee? I have a Keurig K45 Elite and it has 3 sizes, 5.25 oz, 7.25 oz and 9.25 oz. if I select the larger size is the coffee weaker than the small size? If they are the same strength then it seems that I am wasting the coffee in the K-Cup when I brew a small cup. It would be great to hear your thoughts…

    • I have the same Keurig and yes, the coffee is stronger in the small cup. The more water than runs through the k-cup, the weaker it becomes. I find the largest size is still strong enough. In fact, I sometimes reuse the k-cup and run the smallest size on the second cup. If you like strong coffee, it might not be strong enough for you, but I find that it’s strong enough for me.

  4. The first cup of coffee i brew is smaller than ones brewed afterward.
    Is there something I am not doing correctly?

  5. Does anyone know if you can change the water settings? My Keurig 2.0 only brews 4ounces and 6 ounces on the water side. For a cup of regular tea I have to brew both 6 ounces then another 4 ounces to get a cup of tea.

    • Without a pod in the machine, you don’t get the brewing size choice. Suggest you spend $5 at Walmart and buy a Brew & Save Keurig 2.0 refill pod – then use it empty and select the brew size you want.

      • Thank you Cinthia! I just got the 2.0 and I HATE it! Because I only get an half cup 6 oz! REALLY?! It was a gift so I can’t take it back but if I have to do it twice every time I’m NOT going to use it. If I can get something to put into it to give me what I want I’ll try it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. I had the keurig 400 2.0 and I had to take it back and exchange it 3 times in a year. Finally the store gave me my money back and I tried buying one from a different store. The touch screen kept going out on it. Dinally I took the last one back and just bought the Keurig elite (with just buttons). I have had this one over a year with no problems, but I feel like I’m missing something not having the newer model. Has anyone else had this problem with their touch screen?

  7. I don’t see a suggested amount of water for the K-cup on the box. Where do I find the instructions. 4 oz. to
    oz. are very big differences.

    And can I make the water setting hotter some how? I have to put mine in the microwave because it is not hot just warm.

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