Single-serve beverages are not all made the same. K Cups have become quite popular and are something of a cultural phenomenon.
And, K Cup pods have only become more of a staple in recent times. This is no surprise. Staying at home has kept many away from their daily (or hourly) fix of coffee
And yet, there are times your Keurig K Cup coffee isn’t up to scratch.
Say you’ve gotten yourself a box of your Starbucks K Cup favorites. You pop a cup into your Keurig and let it work its magic. You can’t wait to take a sip of the good stuff.
But when you eventually do, it doesn’t match up to your expectations. You check the date and find your coffee is fresh as can be.
So, what could be the issue? Try the five hacks covered below. They’ll help you get the most out of your Starbucks K Cups, ensuring your coffee tastes as good as it should.
Why Keurig K Cups Are Such a Hit
When Green Mountain Inc started out, no one could have foreseen the K Cup phenomenon. Green mountain started off as a coffee store and specialty roaster in Vermont. In 1981, Robert Stiller purchased the store but it took four years to become profitable.
The company found success as the years went by, leading to an IPO in 1993. That same year, the founders of Keurig, then a startup, approached Green Mountain. They sought to develop a single-cup coffee brewing system.
The company invested in Keurig and by 1997, it had become the first to offer K Cup coffee pods. Investment in Keurig continued, leading to an acquisition in 2006.
The success of K Cups brought high-margin revenue growth for Keurig Green Mountain. The company generated revenue exceeding $4 billion in 2014, 95% of which came from K Cup sales.
K Cups are a hit as they offer two key benefits to coffee lovers:
- Variety. With K Cups, you’re truly spoilt for choice. From Starbucks K Cups to Green Mountain cup pods, these single-serve coffees come in a range of flavors from leading brands.
This wide variety caters to just about any taste and preference. And, they come in three roast variants – however, you like your coffee – blonde roast, medium roast, or dark roast.
- Convenience. K Cups allow you to brew your Green Mountain or Starbucks favorites from the comfort of your home. You can buy them in packs of 10, 16, or 24 to keep your supply steady.
So how can you get the best out of your morning brew?
Clean Your Keurig
The more you use your Keurig, the dirtier it gets. There may be buildup in the water reservoir or brewer pipes. As such, this can give your flavored coffee an unpleasant taste.
Thankfully, Keurigs are built to withstand frequent use. Using the machine’s inbuilt “Descale” feature, you can clean your Keurig easily.
Simply take the following steps:
- Fill the Keurig’s chamber with white vinegar.
- Run brew cycles until all the vinegar empties out.
- Next, fill the chamber with water. You can squeeze a lemon into the chamber to help remove the taste of vinegar.
- Run as many brew cycles as needed to empty out all the water.
Your Keurig should be good as new, and your Keurig K Cup coffee should taste just right.
Add-In Your Own Ground Coffee
Starbucks K Cup flavored coffee tastes really good, that much is certain. But, if you would like to give your coffee a more intense taste, you can add in your own ground coffee.
You can find several reusable coffee filters online for your Keurig. Simply empty the contents of your favorite K Cup into the filter. Add in your own ground coffee and enjoy a richer brew.
Use More K Cups
When it comes to K Cups, the principle that more is better holds true. Simply double up your K Cup pods per cup for flavored coffee that’s twice as good.
Ditch Light Roasts
If you’re on a quest for coffee that tastes better, you may want to reconsider buying the light roast K cup Starbucks offers. While Starbucks light roasts are great, you just might enjoy something more intense.
This comes down to the way your Keurig works. Hot water in the coffee maker saturates the Starbucks coffee grounds. Pressure then extracts coffee with as much flavor as is possible.
This means the cup you end up with a cup of coffee as tasty as it gets. Going for medium roast or dark roast Starbucks Coffee varieties can help deliver coffee with a stronger taste.
Try the following medium roast regular and flavored coffee K Cups from Starbucks:
Try the following dark roast regular and flavored coffee K Cups from Starbucks:
Take Your Starbucks Coffee With A Pinch Of Salt, Literally
You’re probably wondering if you read the point above right. You did. And, the word literally is in italics for emphasis. So, what business does salt have with your cuppa?
Salt is alkaline. When it mixes with coffee which is acidic, it lowers the acidity. This neutralization effect will, therefore, make your coffee less bitter. In addition, salt gives the coffee a smoother taste. It achieves this by reducing the tank-like taste of stored water.
So, the next time you brew Starbucks coffee from a K Cup Pod, add a bit of salt and let it work its magic.
K Cups and Sustainability
You may not be enjoying your Starbucks coffee owing to guilt. It’s likely that you’re considering the impact of all the K Cup pods ever used and discarded on the environment. Don’t worry, even the maker of K Cups feels this way.
In a 2015 interview, John Sylvan expressed regrets that he had ever invented K Cup pods. Sylvan came up with the mechanism of packing coffee in pods in the ‘90s.
The good news is, some K Cups come ready for recycling in three easy steps as shown below.
Moreover, Keurig is working to make all K Cups 100% recyclable by the end of 2020.
In the meantime, confirm whether it’s possible to recycle the plastics in K Cups within your area. If so, collect your used pods and drop them off at the nearest recycling facility.
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