How Does a Keurig Work and How to Clean It

How Does a Keurig Work and How to Clean It

With hundreds of different coffee makers on the market, you may have seen and considered purchasing a Keurig. But, how does a Keurig work? It seems fancy with individual servings portioned out, and you may be thinking that it is considerably more expensive that other coffee makers. It is worth it? Is a Keurig for you?

If you want to make coffee the easiest way possible, this may be the product for you. While traditional coffee makers take time and effort to make, you can make a variety of different coffee with barely more than a touch of the button.

​So, let’s take a look at how Keurigs work.

​What You Need to Use a Keurig

​To make coffee using a Keurig, you need minimal supplies. Making a cup of coffee has never been easier. Here is everything you need:

Select your favorite mug, K-Cup variety, and creamer or sugar, if you desire. Other than that, all you need is the brewer and some water.

Keurig Coffee Makers

There are a few different Keurig options. All of them basically work in the same way, but you will want to select the one that works best for you based on your coffee needs, price and design. The main difference is the size of the water reservoir and the control settings. All Keurigs work in basically the same manner, however.

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker


K-Cups are single serve coffee packs that are designed to fit perfectly inside the Keurig. Inside each K-Cup is the perfect amount of freshly-ground coffee to make a single cup of coffee.

K-Cups come in a variety of brands, roasts and flavors. The wide variety of options makes it easier for those who like to drink many different kinds of coffee. You can even get name brand coffee brands in K-Cups. Starbucks, Folgers, Green Mountain Coffee and The Original Donut Shop all offer their coffee in K-Cups. You can even get hot chocolate and tea flavors in K-Cups. So, how does a Keurig work?


How to Make Coffee with a Keurig

1. Prepare the Machine

Before you make your coffee, you will need to fill the reservoir tank on the Keurig with water. The reservoirs are either on the back or left side of the machine. To fill it, pour water into the reservoir until you reach the desired quantity for the amount of coffee you want to make. Be sure you don’t fill about the “MAX FILL” line.

How Does a Keurig Work

2. Put Cup into Position

Place your cup on top of the drip tray so that it is under the spout where the coffee pours out. If your cup or mug is too large for the machine, remove the drip tray and place your cup on the base under the tray.

How Does a Keurig Work

3. Insert K-Cup

Select your desired K-Cup and insert it into the machine. To do this, you will need to lift the handle on the front of the Keurig and place the K-Cup foil side up inside. Don’t remove the seal or puncture the K-Cup. The machine will pierce a hole in the foil and in the bottom of the K-Cup to brew your favorite coffee.

How Does a Keurig Work

4. Select Your Brewing Options

If your Keurig has option settings, you will need to use the buttons to select the cup size. If you don’t, or after you select the cup size, hit the “Brew” button to start the machine. At this point, you will need to leave your cup in position and refrain from lifting the handle on the Keurig. This could take a minute or two, so be patient.

How Does a Keurig Work

5. Remove Cup

How Does a Keurig Work

Once the coffee stops coming out of the machine and you hear the machine release a burst of air, you are free to remove your coffee mug. At this point, you can add in your creamer and sugar or sugar substitute if it suits you.

If you have issues with the size of the brew, you may want to either use a smaller or larger cup next time. You can also change the brew size on the machine, if that is an option on your Keurig.

6. Cleaning the Keurig

How To Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker

First, lift the handle and remove the K-Cup from the brewer and throw it away. The K-Cups should only be used once.

While you don’t have to thoroughly clean the Keurig every time you use it, you may consider cleaning the parts every so often, especially if you notice buildup or stains.

To clean the outside of the machine, take a damp cloth and soap and wipe it down. Remove the drip tray and empty it. You may want to rinse it with soap and water. While the K-Cup pack holder (the section under the handle) can be placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher on a low-heat setting, the machine itself should never be submerged in water.

Descale your machine every 3-6 months. This gets ride of calcium and lime buildup from the water. To do so, fill the water reservoir with white vinegar and place a mug on the drip tray. Brew the empty machine to thoroughly clean the machine. If you aren’t satisfied with the results, repeat the process. Before you use the machine again, run another cycle with just water to rinse out the machine (WikiHow).

Check out this video to see how to use a Keurig.

Final Thoughts

Did you enjoy learning how a Keurig works? Are you ready to go out and buy your own?

Using these easy steps, you will be brewing your own gourmet coffee with ease. Making coffee with a Keurig is one of the fastest, easiest ways to make coffee in your home. Plus, you won’t waste all that coffee that gets left in the pot.

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About the Author Miguel Garriga

My name is Miguel Garriga and I’m a self-made barista! Coffee is my passion and I made this website to share that to the world!

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