How To Make Awesome Coffee With Keurig Pods

Posted on: 30 December 2020

Sometimes coffee lovers turn up their noses at Keurig pods or k-cups. They may insist that they can make far better coffee in their French press or with some other fancy contraption. And indeed, they might make excellent coffee with these methods. However, it's disingenuous to insist that one can't make good coffee with Keurig pods. You can make an incredibly delicious morning cup with these pods — you just have to follow some specific steps and protocols.

1. Make sure your pods are fresh.

One reason why k-cups sometimes get a bad reputation is that people let them get stale. If they sit in your cabinet for 2 years and then you try to brew them, of course your coffee won't taste great! Buy smaller quantities of k-cups more often to make sure you're going through them before they get stale. And check the expiration date before using a pod.

2. Experiment with the different brewing volumes to find your ideal setting.

Most Keurig coffee makers have multiple settings. You can make a really strong, 6-ounce cup of coffee, a medium-strength one with 8 or 10 ounces, and a weaker one with 12 or 14 ounces. Experiment with the different settings to see which strength you like best. Do this each time you get a new type of coffee pod. You may like one style of pod on the 6-ounce setting, but another with the 8-ounce setting.

3. Use filtered or bottled water.

When coffee lovers make their fancy, fresh-ground coffee in a special apparatus, they typically use bottled or filtered water. If you want the very best coffee from a Keurig cup, you need to do the same. Water straight from the tap contains a lot of extra minerals and chlorine residue that will throw off the flavor of your coffee, regardless of how you brew it.

4. Drink the coffee promptly.

Since Keurig coffee makers are pretty hands-off, it's common for people to start the brewer, get distracted, and then come back 20 minutes later to find their coffee brewed, but cold. Reheated coffee is not as good, regardless of the brewing method. For the best k-cup coffee, stick around in front of the machine as it brews so you can start sipping it while it's still hot.

With the tips above, you can make lovely coffee with your Keurig-style brewer and coffee pods. Other coffee brewing methods, like French presses and percolators, have their place. But it's hard to beat a k-cup for convenience.