One cup coffee makers are such a convenience item, but they definitely aren’t known to make the best cup of coffee. I will admit that since the original publishing of this post, I have jumped ship and now own a Nespresso, which I am fiercely loyal to! However, I do think these tips below will help you up your coffee game and make better coffee with your Keurig.
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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.
Better Keurig Coffee Tip #3 – Use reusable coffee pods
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.
Up your coffee game with an at-home frother
Long-time Long Story Short fans will know that I am deeply dedicated to my milk frother. I started with a budget version, that I still recommend if you’re on the fence about the investment. But if you know that you love a frothy topper to your coffee, make the leap to a version that will allow you to create both hot and cold foam options.
I use the Nespresso Aeroccino, but this is a pricey option. Mine came as part of a bundle with my Nespresso machine.
Miroco makes a well-loved version with all of the same functions at less-than half the price!
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