Before you start off with your everyday brewing, you might want to check out the basic functioning of your Keurig and how to master the skill. Well, yeah! Brewing does count as a skill and you can’t just go ahead without knowing how to use your machine. So, if you really want to impress your friends from work or just brew that refreshing hot cup of coffee for yourself, then let’s get started. P.S. There’s also a review I did on the Best Keurig Coffee Maker recently while choosing one.
I’d like to start with the features of a Classic Keurig Coffee Maker. These are quite important if you are looking for a thorough understanding but don’t worry, I’ve kept them brief.
Features of a Classic Keurig Coffee Maker
- Water Reservoir: The water reservoir is something very common in coffee makers. You don’t always need to keep in filling in the reservoir every time you brew a mug. In Keurig, the reservoir has a MAX Fill indication which gives you a hint as to how much wate the reservoir can take.
- K-Cup Pod Holder: This is the pod holder which is pretty much responsible for the concentration of your coffee. You can easily use k-pods with it and get a delicious cup in no time. I’ve had quite some experience with k-pods and to be honest, they are so convenient that I had almost forgotten to use ground coffee for a while.
- Drip Tray: It is about time you stopped worrying about the annoying stains on your machine. Drip tray has always helped and it’s no wonder that Keurig features one. There’s a drip tray, drip tray plate and a drip tray base. You can spot these quite easily.
- Display: A digital display is also one of the best features of the Keurig Classic series. All the controls and buttons that you need to operate your machine with are here. It takes seconds to grasp them. There are indicators that let you know a few things while you brew.
- Blue: The topmost indicator which lets you know when you need to add more water to the reservoir.
- Red: The red light turns on when your brewer needs descaling. Okay guys, don’t ever forget to descale your keurig coffee maker. It’s imperative because there might come times when it malfunctions in some ways and one of the reasons could be this. Another red light just below the descaling one is the heating light.
- Green Light: This is an indicator of auto off. When you probably forget to turn the brewer off or set it to shut automatically, then this light indicates it.
How to Use a Keurig Coffee Maker
You can understand the step by step instructions below which will help you brew with your Keurig like a pro:
- So, I know you’re quite excited and if you haven’t already installed it, then now is the time. I’ll explain the brew cycle further and before making coffee, you need to run a cycle or two with water. You’ll be just fine and your coffee finer. If you would like to know more about Keurig and its Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, then here is a research report that might help you.
- Firstly, when you plug in your brewer, a green Power light will turn on which means you’re good to go. Also make sure you have the drip tray placed right.
- Your mug should be on the drip tray and there will a handle on the top of the machine which you need to pull up so that the K-Cup Pod Holder opens toward you.
- I’ve already briefed about the holder feature, so you know where to place the K-Cup. I’m always puzzled about the K-Cups but in the end you need to choose one. Also, there has been some reforms made by Keurig because of the k-cup controversy. You can get more information about the eco-friendly k-cup management here.
- Once you’ve put in the K-Cup (thankfully), you need to carefully push the handle all the way down until the lid closes completely.
- You’ve done pretty much everything; the fun part begins now when you choose the brew size and other desired options.
- There are roughly three sizes you can choose from: The Small Cup, the Small Mug and the Large Mug.
- As soon as you’re done choosing the size, press the brew button. The blue light indicator will remain illuminated throughout the brewing, so you need not wonder if it’s a glitch, it’s very normal for it to occur.
- An important heads up for you guys is that it’s compulsory that you press the brew button within 60 seconds not following which might disable the button to prevent any accidental activities. So, remember 60 SECONDS, else you’ll end up repeating a few steps.
- The brewing process takes up to 1 minute which is quick and impressive. When the brew cycle is over, you will hear a burst of air which will be your cue to open the holder and take out the k-cup. Don’t be too impatient and make sure you use gloves while doing it.
- Remember the indicator lights from before? You will see the red heating light indicating that the water in the reservoir is still hot and is ready for the next cycle. You can prepare more coffee later or just switch off the brewer by pressing the power button.
Well, I hope your coffee tasted great and I’ll be more than happy if you guys share how my post helped you or did you guys have fun brewing in your new Keurig? Stay tuned for upcoming posts and have a great day!