It always makes for a sad day when you reach for your favorite K-Cup® coffee, brews it up in your Keurig® with immense anticipation, takes the first heavenly sip, and…instead of pure bliss, you taste bitter solids on your tongue. Yep, we have all been there once, or twice it is a classic case of coffee grinds in the mug.
Generally, when brewing with a Keurig® coffee maker, this is caused by grinds or tea clogging the exit needle. This blocks the water from clearing the area after each brew. This situation occurs more often with teas, Cafe Escapes and when using the My K-Cup® but, can happen on occasion with a good old-fashioned K-Cup® pod.
Luckily, this is a very easy problem to solve.
First, you will need one essential item- a paperclip. Yes, I said a paperclip. Years ago Keurig® brewers used to come with a handy dandy tool for unclogging the exit needle but, since they have stopped, we have found that a paperclip straightened on one end works just as well.
Lift the handle of your brewer to expose the brew basket (the area that you put the K-Cup® pod in). You will see the needle that punctures the bottom of the K-Cup® pod. Put the straightened end of the paper clip into the needle and gently move it around and down to attempt to clear any debris.
Next, to be ultra thorough remove the entire brew basket (twist and lift). Wash the K-Cup® brew basket with warm soap and water. Place it back in your Keurig® machine making sure that it is in place tightly. Last but not least, run a water-only brew cycle.
After completing these easy steps, you will be well on your way to enjoying delicious grind-free Keurig® K-Cup® coffee! If you are still experiencing this issue, it may be time to clean your brewer with Keurig® descaling solution.
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