How to Use a Keurig Machine: Learn in 6 Easy Steps

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A sip on your cup of a perfectly brewed coffee is a great way to start your day. Maybe a tea or a fruit drink after a meal? All of your favorite beverages is now achievable by having a Keurig brewing machine, the best way to have your beverage anytime and anywhere you want it.


But... have you ever wonder how this machine actually works? Or how to use it? Find out all the answer to your questions through this tutorial.

Before brewing your first cup, here are the things you need to know about Keurig machine.

What is Keurig?

Keurig is a brewing machine use for making coffee and other beverages in a most easy and convenient way. The main highlight of the Keurig machine is to give you a single-serve of different beverage varieties like hot and cold coffee, teas, cocoas, dairy-based beverages, lemonades, cider, and fruit-based drinks.

What are K-cups?

“K-cup” pod is a single-serve container that is filled with coffee grounds, tea leaves, cocoa powder, fruit powder, or any other contents, and is nitrogen flushed to keep it fresh. The K-cup is consist of a plastic cup, aluminum lid and a filter.

Aside from having the K-cup pods, Keurig Green Mountain, which is the manufacturer of Keurig brewing system also offers the following pod type:

  • K-mug pods
  • K-carafe pods
  • Vue pods
  • Rivo pods
  • Bagged Coffee

Steps on How to Use a Keurig Machine

For a newly bought Keurig Machine, you might want to do an initial cleaning before using it, by removing all the tape and cardboard then cleaning the brewer specially the water entry point.

Step 1

Turn on the machine: Plug the power cord in an outlet then press the power button. The add water indicator will then flash blue.

Step 2

Fill with water: Lift the water reservoir lid, pour the water up to your desired level. Always look for the water level guide when pouring the water, for accurate measuring, do not fill if the handle is up.

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Bottled or filtered water are the best kind of water to use to avoid building up of mineral in your machine over time of using it.

Step 3

Place your mug: Lift the handle first for the water to be drain into the brewer. Place your mug or cup on the Drip tray, make sure to have it at the center. If you prefer on using a bigger mug, carefully remove the Drip tray.

Just watch out for excess water when already brewing as catching such is one of the purpose of the Drip tray.

Step 4

Insert your K-cup: Place the K-cup inside the K-cup pack holder by lifting the handle in front. K-cup is a ready to use product so no unpackaging should be done anymore, just put it inside the machine as is. Wait for about 5 seconds or until the water has been drained into the brewer before lowering back the handle.

If you prefer to have the bagged coffee, you must use a coffee filter like this 'Reusable Coffee Filter' , just place it in the K-cup pack holder then put your desired amount of coffee grounds. This reusable coffee filter will only work on a Keurig classic series brewers as the size of the filter will only fit to the size of the K-cup pack holder of a the classic series model.

If you opt to have a Keurig Carafe, make sure that your Keurig machine is a 2.0 and Plus series brewers, as the K-carafe pods will only work on this model. They are not compatible with any other brewer model.

Step 5

Start Brewing: After lowering the handle completely, the ‘Brew’ button will then flash blue, choose your brew size first that will depend on how strong you want your coffee or beverage to be, then push the brew button to start brewing.

The ‘Brew’ button will turn into red to indicate that the water is heating. Do not lift the handle while brewing.

Step 6

Wait and Enjoy: Wait for about 2 minutes or until the Brew button turns into solid red. The beverage will then starts to be dispensed. Wait onto the last drop and Enjoy your beverage!

*For safety, Keurig brewing machine will automatically turn off in 90 seconds after brewing.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Keurig Machine?

After brewing, your machine is either ready to use again or for cleaning. Here are the steps on how to clean your Keurig machine properly.

#1 Cleaning the External Parts

  • To start with the cleaning process, make sure that the machine is already unplugged.
  • Clean the Brewer external housing and other external parts by using a slightly wet cloth.
  • Carefully remove the Drip tray and Drip Tray Plate. Empty the collected excess contents into the sink. Do not put the Drip Tray into the sink and clean it with a slightly wet cloth.

#2 Cleaning the K-cup Pack Holder

  • Lift the Handle to open, then carefully remove the used K-cup from the holder as it becomes hot if cleaning just after brewing.
  • Remove the K-cup pack holder from the brewer. Hold the top of the K-cup pack holder with one hand, then using your other hand, push on the bottom of the K-cup pack holder assembly until it releases.
  • K-cup pack holder has two parts, the holder and the funnel. Pull both parts until it separated.
  • Clean the bottom of the K-cup pack holder. You can use a paperclip to clean the needle inside if it has been clogged by coffee grounds. Just remember to take extra care when doing so as it is a sharp needle.
  • After cleaning, just snap back the funnel into the holder. Then align the K-cup pack holder into the brewer and push from the top using both hands.

#3 Cleaning the Cold Water Reservoir

  • Since the cold water reservoir is transparent in color, it is normal for it to have a discoloration over time of using it. Results will mostly depend on the kind of water you are using, but this won’t affect the operation of the brewer. However, to minimize the discoloration, make sure that you clean your cold water reservoir regularly.
  • To clean the water reservoir, lift the lid, remove the water level guide then clean the inside of the water reservoir using a slightly wet, lint-free cloth.
  • Just put back the water level guide and lower the lid after cleaning.

De-Scaling Your Keurig Brewer

To properly maintain your Keurig machine, de-scaling it every 3 to 6 months is required. Calcium deposits coming from the mineral water may build up over time and it can affect the performance of the brewer, to prevent any troubleshooting and maintain your Keurig machine in good condition, proper de-scaling is a must.

For the de-scaling process, you will need the following:

  • 20 oz. of undiluted vinegar
  • 12 oz. ceramic mug (*do not use a paper cup)
  • 30 oz. fresh water
  • Access to the nearest sink

Here are the 3 main step of the de-scaling process:

#1 First Vinegar Rinse:

  • Pour 10 oz. of the undiluted white vinegar into the Cold water reservoir.
  • Put the ceramic mug at the center of the Drip tray.
  • Lift the handle for 5 seconds for the vinegar to be drained into the brewer, then lower it back.
  • Push the brew button until it turns into red.
  • Wait for all the vinegar to be dispense, then dispatched it into the sink.

#2 Second Vinegar Rinse:

  • Pour 10 oz. of the undiluted white vinegar into the Cold water reservoir.
  • Put the ceramic mug at the center of the Drip tray.
  • Pour the remaining 10. Oz of the undiluted white vinegar into the Cold water reservoir.
  • Same procedure from the first vinegar rinse but this time, turn off the power of the brewer once it started to dispense the vinegar, let the remaining vinegar sits in the brewer for 30 mins.
  • After 30 mins, turn on the brewer again, lift and lower the handle then press the Brew button.
  • Let all the remaining vinegar to be dispensed and dispatched the same into the sink.

* If you do not want to use a Vinegar, you can use this 'Keurig Descaling Solution as a substitute.

#3 Water Rinse:

  • For the last step, pour 10 oz. of the fresh water into the Cold Water reservoir.
  • Place the mug into the center of Drip tray, lift and lower the handle then press the Brew button.
  • Place the mug into the center of Drip tray, lift and lower the handle then press the Brew button.
  • Wait for all the water to be dispensed then dispatched it into the sink.
  • Repeat the water rinse 3 more times to totally eliminate the taste and smell of the vinegar from the brewer.
  • Make sure to do the de-scaling process to your Keurig brewing machine every 3 to 6 months.

How to Properly Store Your Keurig Brewing Machine?

If you are not going to use your Keurig brewing machine for some time or if you will be bringing it to some other place, you must store it properly to have the same performance for the latter use.

You must first empty the Internal Water tank and the Cold Water Reservoir of your Keurig machine.

To do this, make sure your Keurig machine is turn off but still plugged in. Lower the lid of the Cold water reservoir then place a mug on the Drip tray. Press and hold the Brew button until all the water has been dispensed.

Make sure to store your Keurig brewer in a frost-free place in an upright position. Storing it in a cold temperature may have any residual content freeze inside and cause damage on your brewer.

Store also the cord properly by putting it inside the compartment that can be found at the back of your brewer.

After storage, before using your Keurig brewing machine again, clean the Cold Water reservoir using a slightly wet, lint-free cloth.

Troubleshooting Your Keurig Machine

In case you face some problem when using your Keurig brewing machine, here are the list of the common situation and the solution you need to know.

If your Keurig brewing machine is unable to brew a coffee

  • Check first if all parts of your Keurig machine is properly placed.
  • Then try to run your brewer without the K-cup. Repeat this for a few times and check if the machine is dispensing all the water.
  • If not, there must be a buildup of calcium preventing it from brewing your beverage.
  • What you need to do is mix some undiluted vinegar into the water, pour it on the Cold water reservoir then run the machine again, just like de-scaling it.
  • If it works, run your machine using a fresh water before trying to brew your beverage again.

If your Keurig brewing machine won’t turn on

  • Check if the problem is on the power button or on your Keurig’s screen, if not, try unplugging and plugging it again.
  • If it does not work, try to find a different outlet.
  • If that still do not work, contact the Keurig customer care immediately.

If your Keurig brewing machine screen keeps telling you to ‘add more water’

  • If your Keurig brewer keeps telling you to add more water even if the Cold Water reservoir is already full at its maximum level, try removing the Cold water reservoir and clean it with a slightly wet, lint-free cloth.
  • Place it back properly in the machine, fill it with water and try to run your machine again.
  • If still gives the same error message, contact the Keurig customer care immediately.

My Final Thoughts

Now, you will never have to worry about having a perfect cup of your favorite beverage. With Keurig machine, brewing has now become hassle free and even enjoyable. Having this at home or on your office place will not only be convenient to you but to your officemates, to your family and even to your guest.

I hope the step by step process on this tutorial helps you and answer all your questions about using your Keurig brewing machine. If it does, please do not hesitate to share this article with your friends and family. Should you have any related idea you want to share, just comment it below.

Charlotte Lane

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