How To Make a Strong Cup of Coffee With Keurig?
Coffee snobs turn their nose up at the Keurig, and not for no reason either: while fast and convenient, Keurig-made coffee doesn’t quite pack the punch that it should. Does this mean it’s time to throw away your Keurig and go back to traditional pour-overs or coffee drips?
If you’re willing to put in the extra effort, it’s not impossible to brew delicious, bold cups of coffee with your Keurig machine. Read on for our top tips and tricks to maximizing your Keurig for better, stronger brews.
Clean And Maintain Your Keurig Regularly
If your Keurig used to make decent coffee but is now getting worse and less efficient with every cup, the first thing you should do is clean your machine. We recommend cleaning your Keurig at least once a month or more if you use it heavily.
Remove the K-Cup holder, wash it out, and clean around the area to get rid of coffee grounds, dirt, and other debris. Use a soft brush or paper towel to scrub it thoroughly and remove oil and bacteria build-up. Finally, to sanitize the Keurig, run vinegar through it for one or two cycles. Make sure to run a few water cycles to rinse it out right after so that you don’t get vinegary-tasting coffee.
Stronger, Better Coffee With Keurig
Pod-based coffee makers aren’t the top choice for optimal flavor, but they are incredibly convenient. You don’t have to trade your Keurig for a more complex, powerful coffee maker just to get the kind of coffee you want. A few tweaks are all it takes to significantly improve the body and flavor of your coffees.
Turn the Heat Up On Your Keurig
The reason your Keurig machines don’t produce strong brews is two-fold: one, the super-fast brewing process means that the water has less contact with the coffee grounds; two, the water doesn’t get hot enough to extract most of the flavor from the coffee. While you can’t control the duration of the extraction process, you can at least get the Keurig to brew at a hotter temperature.
The Keurig 2.0 series of brewers lets you choose the temperature. It doesn’t reach the ideal brewing temp of 205F, but the closer you can get, the better. You can also pre-heat the Keurig (just like you would an oven) by running a hot water cycle right before brewing.
Choose Darker or Stronger Coffees
Hacking your Keurig kind of defeats the purpose of its ease and convenience. While the tricks we’ve mentioned today can boost your coffee’s body and flavor, it does require some work. Is there a way to make the most out of your Keurig without all the extra effort?
The short answer is: yes. It’s as simple as buying darker roasts than what you’d normally go for. Since the Keurig dilutes the strength a little bit, an extra-strong coffee will still come out lighter and smoother than you’d expect. There are dozens of Keurig-compatible brands that offer bold roasts, so you’ll never have a hard time finding one.