are ridiculously convenient. Drop in a pod, press the button and seconds later you have a steaming cup of joe in your hands. Quality and flavor, on the other hand, are not Keurig’s strengths. Pods can spend months on store shelves or in your pantry, a far cry from what you’ll get with beans that are freshly roasted and ground. Worse, Keurig K-cups contain less grounds than needed for brewing ideal java.
That said, there are definitely things you can do to get the most out of your machine. From preheating it and reconsidering your water supply to choosing the right settings and accessories, this guide has tips you’ll certainly want to try.
Use water that’s pure
You can’t make a good cup of coffee without using clean, pure water. One way to confirm the quality of your water supply is to check with your local utility. That’s no problem here in Louisville, Kentucky, where the city water company takes its mission seriously. After all, superb bourbon requires water that’s top-notch.
Another way to check your tap water is to test it yourself. The easiest method is to use a. These handheld devices measure the total amount of dissolved solids, or TDS, in water by checking for electrical conductivity. The more impurities present, the more conductive a water sample will be.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the maximum TDS level for drinking water should not exceed 500 parts per million. Anything higher is associated with water hardness, staining and a salty taste.
A quick reading at my kitchen tap came in at a solid TDS of 185 ppm. While that number is slightly outside the Specialty Coffee Association’s brewing regulations, it’s well below EPA guidelines. To get that value down even further I could use bottled or .
Preheat the machine
Extracting flavor from coffee grounds is a tricky job, so before you brew your first cup of the day, it’s a good idea to give your Keurig machine some assistance by preheating it. The reason why is simple: Good coffee requires water that’s hot enough to extract…
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