Wendy and I are both devoted to our Keurig coffee makers. I am the only coffee drinker in the house and only drink one cup per day, so it’s just such a convenient solution for making my morning coffee. And, while I’ve become addicted to the convenience, I have to admit that there are a few areas in which I think my coffee can always be better. So I sat down with Wendy and shared my three tips for making coffee with my Keurig even better.
Better Keurig Coffee Tip #1 – Filter your water
Recently I was looking for instructions on cleaning out my Keurig and one of the steps mentioned was replacing the water filter cartridge. This was a problem since I don’t even have a water filter in my machine, and it’s not because my machine didn’t come with one. No, that’s because I tossed the filter when I opened my machine because I didn’t know what it was. Don’t be like me.
Fortunately, if you find yourself without a filter, this is a quick fix as you can purchase a replacement on Amazon, along with the replacement cartridges. I think this is important because good coffee starts with good water. If you’re using tap water in your Keurig, be sure you’re using, and regularly replacing your water filter cartridge.
Better Keurig Coffee Tip #2 – Run a hot water cycle
As I sit here typing this, my coffee is sitting in the microwave waiting for me to retrieve it after reheating. That’s because I ignored my own advice about running a hot water cycle through your machine into your coffee mug before brewing your coffee. You can run a hot water cycle simply by running your machine without a K-Cup in the brewer. This will warm up your mug ahead of time, which will help keep your coffee hot for longer. This won’t help when you set your coffee down and walk away for thirty minutes, like I am prone to do, however.
I am working to reduce the single-use plastic in our home, and one area that needed a lot of improvement was our K-cup usage. While there are recyclable K-cups on the market (you can find them from Real Good Coffee Co, Double Donut Coffee, and Tayst, among others) they aren’t widely available in stores. To solve that problem, I’ve started using reusable K-cups. If you’re are a coffee purist, you could bump the taste up even more by grinding your own beans at home. I’ll admit that I don’t do that and I just buy pre-ground coffee at my grocery store. These work great and they’re easy to clean after each use. Having multiples on hand means that I can brew more than one cup of coffee at a time if I have guests over, without doing dishes between each cup.
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