Originally posted by Cross Country Cafe on Thu, Apr 18, 2013
You have taken the plunge to the wonderful world of single serve coffee by investing your hard-earned money into a Keurig brewer. Many take this leap of faith not realizing that there is some maintenance required. A Keurig needs a little extra love and attention that you probably have not been used to giving to your coffee brewer. The good news is there are some very easy steps you can take to keep your new toy running smoothly and ensure a good, long life!
First meet your Keurig’s very best friends:
1) Use distilled or filtered water (never spring or tap water).
This is an absolute must do. The minerals in your tap water will build up inside your brewer over time and cause all kids of havoc. This is the number one mistake I see people make and the number one reason for early deaths in Keurig brewers.
2) Perform periodic descaling using distilled white vinegar.
Most Keurig brewers come with a sensor that will alert you that a descaling is in order however, I would suggest you write it on you calendar to do every 8 weeks whether it is needed or not. We recommend using distilled white vinegar or this descaling solution to clean your Keurig brewer.
Descaling is so easy and the benefits are enormous, watch this step by step video to learn how:
3) Use Urnex “Clean Cup”
This is a product designed to clean up and around the needle area on you Keurig Brewer. It is designed to be the same size as a K-cup but contains sodium carbonate to flush out any splash-back and contaminants that may be on this part of your brewer. This is a great product to use if you switch between coffee / tea / hot chocolate quite often and are experiencing cross-contamination of taste.
4) Purchase a commercial grade brewer.
Keurig offers 2 lines of coffee brewers, one is approved for use in homes the other is designated for commercial use. It stands to reason that the commercial grade brewers are designed to take on the use and abuse of an office or warehouse. Wouldn’t it make sense to bring that same quality into your home? I sure think it does! However, the commercial brewers can be difficult to find. Very few retailers carry them because they cater to homes. To be sure that you are getting the highest quality brewer first, do business with a Keurig Authorized Distributor. Distributors (such as us) generally operate online but will sometimes have a local retail shop as well. Also, look for a model number higher than 100. The B40, B50, B60 and B70 are all home units. The B145, B150 and B155 are all commercial units.
To make it simple… buy a B145. This is the most economical, longest lasting brewer available. AND it comes with a variety pack of coffee to boot!
5) Never use anything in your Keurig besides water and Kcup coffee.
This may seem silly but, you can’t imagine how many times we have heard the question:
“Can I put milk in the water reservoir of my brewer to make hot chocolate?”
The answer is heck no!
“Can I put sugar in my re-usable My Kcup?”
Let’s make this real clear, if you find yourself asking can I put _______ in my Keurig. And the blank is filled in with anything other than coffee and water, the answer is no.
Your Keurig shows you love every morning with your favorite fresh, hot coffee ready to drink in under a minute. Return the favor with simple care and maintenance and you will have a relationship to last a lifetime!