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12 Rules for Keurig® Coffee Makers


We love getting new gadgets as much as the next guy. Like you, we want to know every trick our new toy can do. New Keurig® users are no different. Keurig® coffee makers come equipped with a ton of features and capabilities. After a decade in the industry, we found that newbies usually ask the same questions without fail. Likely, you are here because you are too. In this article, we will discuss the top twelve rules for Keurig® coffee makers. Knowing these rules will ensure that you are getting the most out of your new gadget and the best cup of joe. 
keurig coffee maker on kitchen counter in a home

Can you make espresso in a Keurig® brewer?

Sort of. There are two different uses of the word espresso. The correct connotation refers to a method of coffee brewing that requires an espresso maker. It’s a complicated process of pressure and heat that Keurig® brewers can’t mimic.

Espresso also refers to a roasting style of dark beans that are finely ground. A few K-Cup® coffee pods match this process and taste very similar to espresso. If you are not a coffee purist, these options will suit you fine.

Can you make iced coffee?

Absolutely. And you don’t even need anything special. All you have to do is brew your favorite K-Cup® over a tall cup of ice. Dark roasts work best and you should always use a plastic cup.

Can you make tea?

Yes. There are hundreds of K-Cup® teas available. You should not use loose tea in a My K-Cup® reusable filter. The tea leaves may jam the brew needles. It is for this reason, you should run a water-only brew cycle between each cup of tea.

lifting brew handle of keurig coffee maker

Can Keurig® machines make hot water?

Yes, it works great for instant hot water. Simply run a water-only brew cycle. To do this, perform the same steps you would to make a cup of coffee. But, do not insert a K-cup® pod.

Can you make lattes?

Yes, if you have the K-Cafe® you can make latte and cappuccino. Otherwise, you can use the espresso-style pods mentioned above with steamed milk for similar results. 

Can you make cold brew?

No. Cold brew coffee is prepared by steeping grounds overnight in water. You can not duplicate that process with any coffee maker. 

Can Keurig® coffee maker parts go in the dishwasher?

Yes. Top shelf only, please. If you use a water filter in your machine, be sure to remove it first. 

pushing brew button on keurig coffee maker

Is there a milk frother?

Yes, the K-Cafe® brewer comes with a milk frother. Or you can purchase a stand-alone model. 

Is there a model with a carafe?  

Yes, the K-Duo® comes equipped with a full-size carafe. With this model, you can make an entire pot of coffee or opt for one cup. Plus, if your carafe is ever damaged, replacements are available.

Is there a Keurig® machine with a timer?

Yes. The K-Elite®, K-Supreme®, and K-Duo® come with an auto on/off feature. But, the models change often. You should check for updates before you commit to one of these options.

Can you use milk?

Never. You can not put anything in the reservoir of your coffee maker except water. Doing so will damage the machine and void the warranty. 

How do I install a water filter?

We always recommend using a water filter for your Keurig® brewer. Filtered water will make your coffee taste better, and your unit lasts longer. Luckily, Keurig® made this easy for us with a filter designed for use in their equipment.

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