Unless you enjoy just getting your coffee instant out of a sachet, one of the best ways to quickly enjoy your coffee is via a Keurig single-serve coffee maker. It’s simply one of the most convenient ways to enjoy a cup of coffee quickly in the world today. While it’s actually usually as simple as popping in a single-use coffee pod in the whole setup, it’s better to take to the task with great care. Here are the simple steps to get yourself a piping hot cup of coffee every time.
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I. Pre-brewing Steps
Before you brew, you want to make sure that your coffee makers are prepped to go and cleaned out. This pre-brewing process is the best way to do that. You don’t always have to do this before brewing your cup of coffee, but it’s recommended that you undertake this process every week or so to ensure that the machine is always in top shape. This isn’t a substitute for full cleaning that you should regularly do, but it serves its purpose for most days.
Step 1: Filling with water
The very first thing that you need to do is to fill the reservoir with water. One full mug of water is usually more than enough. Just make sure that the amount of water is well above the minimum fill line. This will ensure that there’s enough water to get the process done. Using less than this minimum can potentially damage your machine and its components. Conversely, it would be best if you never filled more than the maximum line either, as this can cause overflow and wastage in the final output.
Step 2: The heating process
Next, you need to ensure that your Keurig single-serve coffee maker is properly plugged in. Then, please turn it on by hitting the power button usually located on the top right side of many units from this brand. Doing this will begin the heating process—which takes the water up to a hot 192 degrees Fahrenheit. You should hear a gurgling sound as the water starts to boil. Avoid touching any part of the machine to verify it’s working—you might risk getting burned.
Step 3: The cleansing brew
With a mug in the holding tray, life and then lower the handle without putting in a coffee pod then wait for the brew indicator light to flash that signals that everything is good to go. When it is a solid light, hit the brew button. Don’t be alarmed if the indicator light pulses—this is absolutely normal. When the blinking stops after around two minutes, clear water will pour out into the mug. This signifies that the cleansing process is over. Just chuck away the water away and ready yourself to brew a cup.
II. Brewing a cup of coffee
Step 1: Filling up the machine.
Like the pre-brew process, you should start by filling the desired amount of water into your mug. Again, take careful note of filling above the minimum line but below the maximum lines to ensure that everything works properly and there are no hitches. With that done, place your mug underneath the spout to ensure that it catches the brewed coffee.
Step 2: Placing your chosen pod
When you have selected a pod, you want to brew, lift the handle and place the pod in the pod holder. Do this without touching the foil lid on the pod. This needs to stay intact to brew your coffee properly. Next, completely close the lid after insertion and after ensuring the pod is secure in its holder. When this is done, patiently wait for a few seconds for the indicator light to flash, which means the brewer is ready to go.
Step 3: Brew and enjoy!
Pressing the brew button will cause the indicator light to start pulsing. This indicates that the brewer is heating up. It should take roughly two minutes for all of this to happen. When the process is done, the indicator light will once again light solid, and your coffee will start to dispense. Wait until the indicator light dies out before removing your cup or mug to ensure that you get everything. It’s good practice to dispose of the pod when you’re done with all this to have the coffee maker ready for next time.
III. Some added information that’s great to know
When brewing in areas of a higher altitude, carefully push down on your coffee pod until the bottom of the pod is punctured by the needle underneath. You should hear a light pop when this is done properly. This ensures that the end brew pours out as intended, as higher altitudes make the whole process somewhat more difficult.
Taller travel mugs
Should you be doing away with regular-sized mugs, you should remove the drip tray to ensure that it fits better. This is a preferred alternative to forcing the travel mug under and around the drip spout, which may cause damaging spillage after the brewing process is complete.