Answering All the Keurig K-Cup® Questions You Were Wondering About…
One of the very best things about the Keurig K-Cup coffee beverage brewing system is that it’s so ridiculously easy to use that a toddler (or a relatively motivated platoon of ants) could probably figure out how to get the best, freshest, and most rewarding beverages out of it.
That said, any new technology, especially when it is new to you can bring up many questions regarding proper use. If you’re contemplating purchasing your first Keurig, have recently picked one up, or have had one for a while and still find that you have a few questions, you’re in luck. In this post, we’ll answer the top seven most asked questions about this amazing machine, and how to put it to best use with easy and clear answers.
1 - What Water Should I Use in My Keurig?
Your Keurig K-Cup® Brewer is designed to be perfectly usable with tap water. Tap water, unless you live in areas with very hard water, will make terrific coffee time after time with your Keurig brewer. Alternatively, you can use distilled water or filtered water in your Keurig. But you should never use softened water or mineral water in a Keurig K-Cup® brewing machine.
2 - How Can I Brew Into a Travel Cup or Taller Mug?
Brewing into your favorite travel mug or taller coffee mug is typically pretty easy--depending on the model Keurig you have. With most Keurig brewers, using a taller receptacle is as simple as pulling out the drip tray to accommodate the height of your cup.
This is true only to a point though. For really large or tall cups, you may have to use a smaller cup and then transfer your beverage into your receptacle of choice. Also, make sure only to use glasses and cups that are rated for hot liquids. Exploding vessels of hot liquid are not a tremendous amount of fun.
3 - Can I Brew Iced Coffee or Tea?
Of course you can. Many K-Cup® pods are designed to be brewed directly into a full cup of ice. But really, you can brew anything you want over ice. For cold beverages that do not get watered down, you may be better off brewing into a cup, refrigerating, and then pouring your cold brew over ice.
As mentioned above, brewing hot liquid into a cup not rated for it, especially when it is holding ice and extra cold, can be extremely dangerous.
4 - How Do I Make Stronger Coffee?
Making a stronger cup of coffee is as simple as adjusting the steeping time on some models. But for extra points, you can look for pods that are designed to deliver a strong, bold-flavored cup of coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you desire.
5 - How Do I Get More Variety in K-Cup® Pods?
At CoffeeForLess.com you will find a staggering variety of K-Cup® pods for your Keurig machine. But if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, consider making your own custom pods using our reusable, refillable, K-Cup® pods.
6 - How Do I Clean My Keurig?
Keurig descaling solution is the best way to remove hard water deposits and other build up from your Keurig equipment. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for cleaning, or clean when prompted, depending on your model. Learn more about cleaning your Keurig coffee maker in this handy post on the Coffee For Less blog here.
7 - Are K-Cup® Pods Recyclable?
Most K-Cup® pods are not recyclable. But there are reusable K-Cup® filters available that you can fill up with whatever coffee you’d like – see above. Keurig brewing can be just as environmentally friendly, if not more environmentally friendly than many other types of brewing. Learn more about recycling and re-using your K-Cup pods in these handy craft projects now!