Coffee Grounds In Your Cup? Time To Clean The Keurig Needles
When you brew a K-cup, there are needles inside your coffee maker that make holes at the top and bottom of the pod. This allows hot water to pass through the capsule and make its way to your cup. The ground coffee in the pods can get stuck around the needle. If left there, they will turn dry and hard. This is more likely to happen if you don’t discard your pods soon after brewing. Eventually you may end up with Keurig coffee grounds in your cup. Keep reading to learn how to clean each Keurig needle to remove this buildup.
Coffee Grounds In Cup & Other Signs That You Need To Clean The Needles
If your coffee starts to taste bitter, it is probably because old brewed coffee grounds are falling from the needle into your cup of coffee. You may even be able to see Keurig coffee grounds in your cup.
Another sign that you need to clean the needles is that your Keurig machine starts to take longer to brew, doesn’t make a full cup, or only drips slowly. The build up of coffee grounds in the needle will increase the time it takes for the filtered water to move through your brewer.
2.0 models will display a message when performing needle maintenance is needed, including the water under pressure error.
How To Clean Keurig Needle Using A Paper Clip
Follow these steps for Keurig needle maintenance, but use caution around the sharp needles.
- Straighten one end of a paper clip.
- Turn off the brewer and unplug it and remove the water reservoir.
- Grab the sides of the K cup holder and remove it from the brewer by gently pulling away.
- Press the button on both sides to separate the holder from the housing. Push the lever to show the exit needle, then hold it down while flipping the holder over.
- Insert the straight end of the paperclip into the needle area and then move it around in a circle a few times. Rinse the pod holder with water and set it aside to dry.
- Open the handle and look under to see the top entrance needle. Carefully insert the paper clip and move it around to clean.
- Reinstall the pod holder and close the lid.
Keurig 2.0 Needle Maintenance Using The Orange Cleaner
The easiest way how to perform needle maintenance on a Keurig 2.0 is with the orange needle cleaner. Most models will come with one. However, if you lost yours you can buy a new one for just a few dollars.
- Turn off the power. Unplug the machine from the wall.
- Fill the silicone bulb in the middle of the orange tool with water.
- Lift the handle to open your brewer. Place the tool in the pod holder. Make sure the arrows on the ring point down. Push firmly down.
- Raise and lower the handle five times to draw out coffee grounds.
- Remove the orange tool. If you look inside the bulb, you’ll see the coffee grounds that were removed.
- Perform a cleansing brew. You can use only water and no pod or, preferably, you can insert a cleansing rinse pod. Use your touchscreen to brew a 6 ounce cup, letting the cleansing solution or hot water flow through the machine. When done, discard the cup’s contents.
- Clean the orange tool by washing with warm water and let it air dry.
- Put the K cup holder back into the machine. Make sure it clicks. Then put the water tank with water filter back in place.
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