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Can I Use Instant Coffee In My Keurig Machine?

Keurig coffee makers brew coffee quickly. So quickly that K-Cups are usually mistaken for Instant coffee. If you’re wondering the same, rest assured that the coffee in K-Cups is real ground coffee and not Instant coffee.

Can Instant Coffee Be Used in a Keurig? Or Any Coffee Maker?

Before answering the question. Let’s understand what instant coffee is and how it’s made:

The name Instant Coffee is referred to any coffee that is prepared, well, instantly. It’s the type of coffee that melts in hot water and turns into a cup ready to drink, immediately.

Instant coffee is made from real coffee beans that have been processed in different methods to turn them into a coffee concentrate then into the granulate form they’re sold as. This type of coffee melts in hot water, leaving no coffee ground to clean. And as we all already know, it’s instantly prepared and requires no brew time.

Watch how instant coffee is made here:

So, to answer the question, can you use Instant coffee in a Keurig machine?

If you use reusable K-Cup filters with your Keurig, and you’re considering filling them up with instant coffee, then that would be a really bad idea. The instant coffee will melt as soon as the machine runs the hot water through the filter, so there’s no point in having that instant coffee in the machine in the first place. Same goes to any coffee maker.

If you’re a fan of instant coffee, then there’s no need to use any type of coffee machine to prepare it. That’s why many people prepare instant coffee to ground coffee. Because it requires no brewing time or any special type of machine.

For your Keurig machine, however, you’ll need coffee ground. It can be any brand you like, but you’ll have to make sure that it’s ground on the coarse side rather than a fine grind.

Can You Put Milk in Keurig? – Common Questions and Answers About Keurig Coffee Makers

Even though Keurig is by far one of the most popular single-serve coffee brewers, there are still many questions around what it is and how it works. For that reason, we’re dedicating this post to the most asked questions about Keurig brewers.

Questions About Keurig Machines:

How Does Keurig Work?

Keurig is available in many different models and a lot of features, but how it works basically remains the same. There are two parts of a Keurig coffee maker:

The machine itself, and the single serve coffee pod which contains enough coffee ground to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Once you insert the coffee pod into the machine, a needle that also pumps water punctures the coffee pod. The Keurig coffee machine will heat up the water and pump it through the coffee pod and that’s when the coffee starts to pour out into your cup.

It sounds like a lot of work, but you don’t have to do anything other than insert your favorite coffee pod and press a button, Keurig’s coffee maker will do the rest.

Are Keurig Coffee Makers Worth It?

It depends on what you’re looking for in a coffee maker. Keurig machines are affordable and are well worth their price. Many people complain that over time, buying K-Cup pods can get expensive, and they’re right. If you do the math, a single serve K-cup can cost more than a cup of drip coffee for example. But on the other hand, you get convenience, no mess or clean up to worry about it, and each person in your household or office gets a customized cup of coffee (unlike a coffee maker where everyone is forced to drink from the same pot/blend). And that’s where the true value of a single-serve coffee maker like Keurig comes through. And if you’re worried about K-Cup expensive, a reusable K-Cup filter can cut this cost out.

How Do I Use a Keurig Mini?

Keurig K-Mini Plus is the smallest Keurig brewer, perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space, or does not consume a lot of coffee. This particular model does not have a water reservoir. To use it, you have to fill it up every time with a fresh cup of water and it will use up all the wate you add in. So you have to fill it up according to the cup size you want to brew. Other then that, it works exactly the same as every other Keurig. You’ll find a single Brew button, so insert your coffee pod, fill up the water tank and hit the Brew button. That’s it!

Can You Put Milk in a Keurig?

No, absolutely not! That will ruin your machine, for sure. Keurig (or any other coffee maker for that matter) can be filled with WATER only. If you want milk with your coffee, there are two options:

  • You can use a milk pods, which brew the same way a K-Cup coffee would.
  • Heat your milk in a microwave and brew your coffee separately.

If you’re someone who likes milk based coffee drinks, then something like a the K-Cafe coffee maker would make a great choice for you…

As you can see, the K-Cafe was designed with you in mind. It has a built-in milk heater and frother that prepares hot milk, foamy milk as well as cold foam for iced drinks. And while it does brew coffee like any other Keurig machine, it also prepares Espresso-like coffee concentrate for making cappuccinos and lattes.

You can learn more about the K-Cafe here.

Which Keurig Makes Iced Coffee?

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Technically, you can make Iced coffee using any Keurig coffee maker by simply brewing coffee into a cup full of ice. You’ll want to make sure you’re not using a glass cup because going from cold to hot might cause it to break or shatter. Some Keurig coffee makers have a special Iced Coffee settings, what it does it adjust the settings to brew to a smaller size and bolder taste to make cup for the coffee taste when the ice starts to dilute. If you choose a Keurig that does not have this feature, you can simply just choose a smaller cup size than the actual size of the cup you’re brewing.

How Can I Make a Strong Cup of Coffee with a Keurig?

If you prefer a really strong cup of coffee, make sure you’re buying bold blends instead of medium. Many brands offer bold and dark roasts for a stronger taste. Try this Custom Variety Pack of Bold K-Cups which has 40 pods of bold, French roast and Dark Roast coffee.

Some Keurig models have Strong brewing options, which steeps the coffee a bit longer before dispensing the coffee brew to result in a stronger cup. Some of these models are Keurig Elite, Keurig Select and Keurig 2.0.

What Is a Keurig Vue?

Vue is one of Keurig’s models that had some advanced features like larger cup sizes, a touch screen, strength and temperature control, and more. These features were not available in other Keurig brewers, so Vue made the best choice. But as of now (2017), Vue’s great features have been implemented in Keurig 2.0 machines, and Vue models have been discontinued. You’ll probably still find Vue coffee makers sold in some shops, but we would not recommend you buy one as it’s been discontinued and you’ll rarely find Vue packs (specially designed pods for Vue) available.

What Does It Mean When My Keurig Says “Descale”?

It means it is time for the machine to be cleaned up internally. Descaling allows the machine to clean up the inside from any possible build ups/residues and ensures it remains functioning as it’s supposed to.

Where Can I Buy Keurig Descaling Solution?

You can buy it online from Keurig or Amazon. Or if you have a local store that sells Keurig machines, you’ll most likely find the descaling solution there, too.

How Often Should I Change My Keurig’s Filter?

It is recommended that you change the filter cartridges every 2 months, or 60 water reservoir refills. Not changing the filter will affect the quality of your coffee, so it’s highly recommended that you do not skip this maintenance step. Alternatively, if you don’t wish to use filter cartridges, then always make sure to use filtered water.

Questions About K-Cup Pods:

Does Keurig Make Espresso?

Keurig Coffee Maker is not just a coffee maker, it’s actually a brew station that can prepare a lot of drinks including coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Can a Keurig prepare Espresso though?

Chances are you’ll find Espresso K-Cups sold by many brands, but in reality, Keurig can’t make an authentic cup of espresso. Espresso is made by a high-pressure machine (espresso maker), which is something a Keurig doesn’t do. However, it might be able to create a brew that replicates the taste of espresso. That’d probably mean a dark roast and really strong coffee to replicate the strength of an espresso shot.

Does Keurig Make Cappuccino?

The answer to this question is similar to the previous one. Since Keurig can’t make an authentic espresso, which is the base of a Cappuccino, then it can’t make an authentic Cappuccino. You will find many Cappuccino K-Cup pods, but these pods are similar to an Instant Cappuccino sachet, in the sense that the pod contains the coffee, powdered milk, sugar or any artificial flavorings all inside it. So if you want a Cappuccino-like drink, your Keurig can make it. But if you want the real deal, you might want to get an espresso/cappuccino maker instead.

UPDATE: Keurig has released K-Cafe coffee maker which is now able to make cappuccino and latte. Check it out here.

Are Keurig K-Cup Pods Recyclable?

Not all K-Cup pods are recyclable. Keurig has released some recyclable K-Cup pods, but unfortunately, these are very limited in selection. So the majority of K-Cups remain not recyclable. If you’re worried about the environmental impact of plastic K-Cup use, we recommend that you use a stainless steel refillable filter pod, which are reusable and can be filled with any type of coffee ground you like. There’s also a brand called OneCup, which produced recyclable non-plastic pods that you can check out here.

Can I Use My Own Coffee in a Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker?

when Keurig 2.0 first came out, one of the major downsides to it was that it only accepted special K-Cups and no reusable pods. But not anymore! Now, Keurig has officially released a reusable K-Cup filter that allows you to use your own coffee ground for use with Keurig 2.0 brewers. Some filters are available from other brands, too. Check out our recommendations here.

Can You Make Tea in a Keurig?

Yes, sure thing! There are a wide variety of Tea K-Cup pods available from major brands like Lipton, Twinings, Tazo, Celestial Seasonings and more. Check out this variety pack here.

Are Verismo Coffee Pods Compatible with Keurig?

Verismo is a single-serve coffee maker by Starbucks. Verismo uses its own exclusive coffee pods, and so does Keurig. So, no, you can’t use a Verismo coffee pod in a Keurig and vice versa.

Keurig 2.0 vs. Nespresso VertuoLine/Evoluo, What’s The Difference?

In a previous post, we talked in great details how Keurig and Nespresso are different and which should you choose. And as you already know, Nespresso is available in two models; OriginalLine, which brews espresso only, and VertuoLine, which brews espresso and coffee and is more comparable to Keurig than the OriginalLine.

In this post, we will dig into more details of how Keurig 2.0 compares to Nespresso VertuoLine or Evoluo.

What Is Keurig 2.0 Brewer

Keurig 2.0 is a single serve brewer that brews a variety of coffee and other hot drinks in sizes that can vary up to 18 oz for a mug or 30 oz for a carafe. Yes…. Keurig’s brewer now brews a full carafe! And that’s a feature available only on Keurig 2.0 machines.

Keurig 2.0 uses a laser technology that can read the label on the K-Cup pod you’re brewing and adjusts the settings for you to match the pod’s optimal settings. That doesn’t mean the machine will force you into drinking something they’ve already programmed, all pre-sets can be overridden to your taste, so no worries there.

In order to brew a perfect cup each time, no matter what size you brew, Keurig 2.0 has different pods available for each size: K-Cup makes a great cup for sizes up to 10 oz or 12 oz, for larger mugs or travel mugs up to 18 oz, you can use K-Mug pods. And for carafes, there’s the K-Carafe pods. Each of these pods have the right amount of coffee ground to produce a rich and flavorful cup of coffee for each size.

When it comes to controls and programability, Keurig 2.0 machines have a touchscreen LCD display, and depending on the model you choose, they vary is size and whether its colored or black/white. But either way, they are easy to use and allow you to program timer/clock, cup size, strength and on some models, you can even program the temperature.

Most Popular Keurig 2.0 Models:

What Is Nespresso VertuoLine / Evoluo:

Nespresso has always been known for being a single-serve espresso maker, perfect for making espresso and espresso based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. But later on, Nespresso introduced VertuoLine, their first line of machines that brews both espresso and coffee.

But even though Nespresso VertuoLine can brew a cup of coffee, it isn’t exactly the same as the traditional cup we all know from other machines as Nespresso uses an entirely new technology to brew beverages on the VertuoLine machines.

Centrifusion technology is what Vertuoline machines use to brew espresso and coffee. This technology works by rapidly spinning the Nespresso capsules, up to 7000 spins per minute, to thoroughly mix the coffee with water and produce a well balanced flavor of coffee.

Like Keurig, VertuoLine machines are equipped with laser technology to automatically adjust the machine with the right parameters for each capsules. There are no buttons to program on VertuoLine machines, only one button to push.

Nespresso Capsules are available in two sizes, small for espresso and larger ones for coffee. These capsules are produced by Nespresso and can work ONLY on Nespresso Vertuoline machines.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso VertuoLine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K-Cups vs. Nespresso Capsules

Keurig’s K-Pods are widely available online or in local stores and supermarkets. The best part about K-Cups is that they’re available from many different coffee brands like Starbucks, Tully’s, Folgers, Dunkin’s… and many more. You can also enjoy drinks other than coffee like tea, hot chocolate or hot ciders. So, by using a K-Cup brewer, you’re not limiting yourself to one brand of coffee. And thanks to their reusable coffee pods, you can actually even enjoy any ground coffee even if its not available in K-Cups.

On the other hand, and in comparison to K-Cups, Nespresso has limited number of capsules. As of now, there is no refillable pods for VertuoLine brewers, so you’re limited to what Nespresso makes.

Which Do You Choose?

If you want a single-serve coffee maker mainly for coffee, then the obvious choice here is Keurig. You get a great variety of coffee brands, the ability to use ground coffee with a reusable filter and you have the choice of other drinks as well, like tea and hot chocolate.

The downside of a Keurig 2.0 coffee maker is that it only accepts K-Cups that are labeled for it (so the machine can read it). So if you’re upgrading from an older Keurig and have a lot of leftover K-Cups, you won’t be able to use it. But if this is your first time buying a Keurig, you’ll be okay with the new K-Cups.

Video Reviews

Keurig 2.0 Review:

Nespresso VertuoLine Review:


Keurig vs.Traditional Drip Coffee, Which Is Best?

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Many say that brewing a traditional cup of coffee, as in using a drip coffee machine, instead of a single-serve brewing like a Keurig makes a better and less expensive choice. Is that so? And it is a better choice for you or not?

Looking at the infographic above, you can quickly see that yes, it is true that the cost per cup using a drip machine is less than a Keurig single-serve brewer. But what about the other factors?

  • Using a Keurig brewer brews your favorite cup of coffee in about a minute. Significantly less time than a drip machine.
  • No mess, no fuss. Brewing using a K-Cup requires no clean up other than discarding the used pod. There is no filter or basket to clean.
  • Brewing a single cup at a time allows each user of the machine to get their favorite blend or brew. That could be their favorite coffee brand, tea, hot chocolate or many other drinks that a Keurig can brew.
  • No coffee goes wasted. Select the size you want, when you want it. You have the choice of brewing the exact amount you want to drink. Instead of brewing a full pot that could potentially go to waste later.

So, what does Keurig give you in return of those extra cents for cost per cup? Convenience, freedom to enjoy the coffee you like, no mess to clean and no coffee waste. And if you ever want to cut your costs and buy less K-Cups, you always have the choice of buying refillable K-Cup pods that allow you to fill with your own coffee ground, bringing  your cost per cup way down and giving you the best of both worlds!