5 Ways to Make Your Keurig® Brewer Last

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013

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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!


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® coffee makers.

2) Perform periodic descaling using descaling solution or distilled white vinegar.

Most Keurig® machines 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 descaling solution.

3) Use only Keurig® approved products in your brewer. 

There are more and more knock off “K-Cup® pods” available in the marketplace everyday.  These products are tempting to try for a bit of variety or perhaps a lower price but, using them can void the warranty of your Keurig® coffee maker and possibly assure the demise of your prized possession. Keurig spent years researching and developing the optimal K-Cup® to be used properly in their brewers. The renegades can not say the same.  I have seen knock offs that are made from instant coffee or have sugar in them- two sure-fire ways to kill your brewer.

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4) Purchase a commercial grade brewer.

Keurig® offers 2 lines of single serve 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.

5) Never use anything besides water and 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 K-Cup®?”

Absolutely not!

Let’s make this real clear, if you find yourself asking can I put _______ in my Keurig® machine.  And the blank is filled in with anything other than coffee and water, the answer is no.

Your Keurig® brewer 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!

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Topics: Keurig K-cup FAQ's

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