First of all, I can only speak for sure about the Keurig B-40 because that’s what I own but most of these tips would apply for any Keurig coffee maker. If you haven’t gotten a Keurig and are curious about it, check out my review on the B40 here: My Love Affair with my Keurig B40 Coffee Maker.
Here are the tips I have learned on my own and from others on how to get the best coffee experience with your Keurig:
- If your tap water isn’t the best quality, use bottled or filtered water. It will taste better and you will need to descale your coffee maker less often. We use a filtered water as it’s cheaper than buying bottled water.
- Shake your K cup before putting it in the brewer. This is specially important for the k cups that have flavors such as the hot cocoas and iced teas. It helps distribute the flavor crystals so you will get more flavor in your drink. I just automatically do this now with all my K cups regardless of the type. I learned this from my son and didn’t believe it at first but I tested it out for myself and he was right. You get more taste out of your K cup if you shake it before brewing.
- As soon as you finish brewing your drink, take the K cup out of the brewer. This is especially important for the cocoa, apple cider, and tea k cups. The reason being that the longer the k cup is inside the brewer, the more the stuff inside the k cups can gunk up the brewer. This is something else I have gotten into the habit of doing. I just automatically take the k cup out, no matter what variety as soon as it’s finished brewing.
- You can brew water without a K cup. Great for a cup of noodles, jello or soup or for anything you need hot water quickly for.
- If you want to make your own coffee and use the Keurig My K-Cup use fine ground coffee so your coffee will not taste watery. The finer the grounds, the better the taste.
- Speaking of My K cups, it’s not the only game in town for using your own coffee in your Keurig. Solofill Cup and EZ-Cup Filter Papers
have great reviews and good options if you don’t like the My K cup.
- Some parts of the Keurig coffee makers are dishwasher safe but others are not. I read several reviews where folks put the parts in the dishwasher that were not dishwasher safe and they warped. It’s just safer to hand wash everything. It’s very rare that you need to wash them anyway so it’s best to be safe, not sorry and hand wash them.
- If your coffee tastes too strong, and you want more coffee than one brew gives, just lift the handle and brew it again with the same k cup you just used.
- The serial number is either not on your Keurig machine itself or sometimes it is, but it’s very hard to find. It is on your box though. So copy it and write it inside your manual or put it some other place where you can find it if needed if you ever need to call customer service. In some cases, customer service requires this serial number.
- Do register your warranty. Folks with a warranty seem to have a much easier time getting their machine replaced. Also you will get a code to get 2 free boxes of k cups by registering your warranty online! Definitely makes it worth your time to register it.
- When you first get your Keurig, your manual will tell you to run some water through the machine and go through the steps as if you were brewing some coffee but without the K cup. The instructions don’t tell you that you have to lift the lever and lower it as if you were actually putting a K cup in the machine. Just don’t really put one in. See the picture below to show what lever I’m talking about.
I hope these tips have helped. If you have anymore, please leave them in the comment section and I’ll add them to this list.