Keurig Taste?

Keurig Taste?




OK all you Keurig machine experts out there. We just got one.. and the first cups out taste distinctly bitter using the same coffee that I brew in the old Mr Coffee percolator; I have the 'fill your own' adapter cup so I can use standard coffee at this point for the sake of comparison. I recall using a commericial version 15 years ago and did not like the bitterness of the coffee then either.

Is this normal? Maybe due to the heat of the water? Or does this get better as the machine gets used more? And is the coffee in the cups for this type of mixed or ground differently than for a percolator?


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I've had a Keurig for a long time but only used the self fill cup a few times when I ran out of the regular K Cups. I don't remember it being bitter. I do use the largest cup setting on the machine and a very large mug which makes for a less strong brew. I especially like the San Francisco Breakfast Blend brand cups and alternate purchasing big quantities from Amazon or Ebay, whichever has the best deal


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I don’t know the answer to your question. I have a k-cup maker. However, I would think it would get more bitter, not less, as time goes by. I use fresh water everyday rather than allowing it to set in tank. Could your coffee beans be ground too fine, and produce a bitter taste?


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Tnx guys.... I have run 10 cups of just water through, and the water here is right out of a very pure mountain well. Each time with just water (no coffee), there is a slight but distinct metallic or plastic-like smell from the water in the cup immediately after it runs through. That is why I thought it might get less so after a while. Maybe it takes more cycles to 'cure' everything up....and when I pulled out the fill-your-own 'My K Cup" adapter while it was still hot after a brew cycle, the same smell seems to be coming from there; it smells like it came right out of an old Mattel Vac-u-form! LOL So that may be part of the issue. It's getting a vinegar-water and then a Dawn detergent treatment right now.

Report: That seems to have helped. The adapter still smells like hot plastic right after a brew cycle with water but there is much less smell from the water. An actual coffee brew is still a bit on the bitter side but the other smells seem to have gone away. So some of this is in the 'My K Cup' adapter; I guess the regular cups get less exposure of the hot water to the surrounding plastic due to the regular cup being there.

I have read that too hot of a brewing water will bring acids out of coffee. Kinda the same thing as not pouring boiling hot water over your tea bag(s). So I was wondering about that also. I was reading an Australian site called coffeesnobs.com.au and they discussed that aspect. I see a suggestion to not grind the coffee to finely when using the adpater; maybe that helps the coffee brew up acidic?

And I really don't 'get into coffee brewing... I just like it strong without any bitterness.


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Is the adapter a necessary part? Is there a part that should be removed when brewing own grounds?


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It is needed. It has a little stainless basket for the grounds and that goes into an enclosure that replaces the k-cup and its regular holder. This for a K-Select brewer.


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We have a kcup machine and a Cuisinart drip maker. I much prefer the drip, I think the kcup runs the water through too hot (blows out steam) and draws out the bitterness. Plus all of the plastic that the hot water comes into to contact with in the kcup probably doesn't help either.


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Are you filtering your water before using it (Brita, etc.) and do you have the Keurig water filter in the water tank? If you use well water especially, you'll get a metallic taste when the water heats and condenses a bit, concentrating metals in the water. If you remove the metals the coffee will not taste metallic, and your machine will last longer.


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We have a kcup machine and a Cuisinart drip maker. I much prefer the drip ...


I'm with you. In-laws have a Keurig. Don't like the coffee from it. Greatly prefer drip.


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Are you filtering your water before using it (Brita, etc.) and do you have the Keurig water filter in the water tank? If you use well water especially, you'll get a metallic taste when the water heats and condenses a bit, concentrating metals in the water. If you remove the metals the coffee will not taste metallic, and your machine will last longer.

KDHBreeze


We have well water at home but just sediment filtered and naturally soft, no treatment is necessary other than calcite. I don't use filters in either coffee maker so they both get the same water. The kcup at work is the same way and I don't use it there either for the same reason. Maybe the kcup doesn't keep the water in contact with the coffee long enough? I don't know what the cause is, but I don't drink it.


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Are you filtering your water before using it (Brita, etc.) and do you have the Keurig water filter in the water tank? If you use well water especially, you'll get a metallic taste when the water heats and condenses a bit, concentrating metals in the water. If you remove the metals the coffee will not taste metallic, and your machine will last longer.

KDHBreeze
Yes, the Keurig filter is in place. Our well has been tested, and the Culligan salesman said: "I run into this about once a month.... I can't sell you a thing." The water showed just the tiniest traces of anything. And makes crystal clear tea and is soft out of the well. So I am confident that it is not the water.

I am now suspecting the heat of the water; it has to be pretty ot to brew so fast. Sounds like others have the same comment.

Thanks all !


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Try a different brand of adapter cup. Maybe the plastic is inferior in some way.


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Who wants to have to think so much, using a coffeemaker, any coffeemaker, to get a decent cuppa’ joe?
My only suggestion at this point is that perhaps your well water is too soft. And you might consider trying with a bottled water. I don’t know if that will fix the metallic taste or not, but it’s all I got.


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I don't like Keurig at all, primarily because one K-Cup makes such a small amount in the strength that I like; otherwise, it's too weak. My wife likes the Keurig because of the convenience. But the problem is that we've never had a Keurig that lasted more than a year. They generally start leaking all over the counter at some point.

I have a Mellita cone and I do my own pour-over, which I much prefer. I can use just the right amount of Peet's or Seattle's Best and have a nice, strong mug of coffee.


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I don't like Keurig at all, primarily because one K-Cup makes such a small amount in the strength that I like; otherwise, it's too weak. My wife likes the Keurig because of the convenience. But the problem is that we've never had a Keurig that lasted more than a year. They generally start leaking all over the counter at some point.

I have a Mellita cone and I do my own pour-over, which I much prefer. I can use just the right amount of Peet's or Seattle's Best and have a nice, strong mug of coffee.

Neil
I'm with you. I have a Keurig at home and can't get it to brew 'strong' enough to my liking. I use the 'heavier' k cups and the smallest pour. I just switched from a Saeco Automatic Espresso maker to Hario pour-over. Loved the Saeco since I could crank up the 'flavor' on that, but I gave it to my son cause I'm a nice guy. I can make some nice, strong coffee with the pour-over and freshly ground bean (I have my own grinder). Quality bean is crucial. Yeah sorry, we take coffee serious here where we work.


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Sent daughter to college with a kuereg. It worked for her.
Now that she has a job and a home, her and son-in-law used it and some kind of french press thingy. Worst coffee ever. Gritty and bitter.
Gifted them cuisinart dual drip and hot tea maker, and they discarded the K and press. It is a much nicer morning visit now. Sometimes what is older is better. Like the Bunn brewers we used on boats.


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Who wants to have to think so much, using a coffeemaker, any coffeemaker, to get a decent cuppa’ joe?
My only suggestion at this point is that perhaps your well water is too soft. And you might consider trying with a bottled water. I don’t know if that will fix the metallic taste or not, but it’s all I got.

judyk


Absolutely Judy. I'm not in a 'thinking' mood when I start the coffee maker.


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I don't like Keurig at all, primarily because one K-Cup makes such a small amount in the strength that I like; otherwise, it's too weak. My wife likes the Keurig because of the convenience. But the problem is that we've never had a Keurig that lasted more than a year. They generally start leaking all over the counter at some point.

I have a Mellita cone and I do my own pour-over, which I much prefer. I can use just the right amount of Peet's or Seattle's Best and have a nice, strong mug of coffee.

Neil
I'm with you. I have a Keurig at home and can't get it to brew 'strong' enough to my liking. I use the 'heavier' k cups and the smallest pour. I just switched from a Saeco Automatic Espresso maker to Hario pour-over. Loved the Saeco since I could crank up the 'flavor' on that, but I gave it to my son cause I'm a nice guy. I can make some nice, strong coffee with the pour-over and freshly ground bean (I have my own grinder). Quality bean is crucial. Yeah sorry, we take coffee serious here where we work.

obiex


I abandoned my Keurig machine too and switched to a French press. So much better brew and cheaper to buy whole beans than K cups.


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Are you filtering your water before using it (Brita, etc.) and do you have the Keurig water filter in the water tank? If you use well water especially, you'll get a metallic taste when the water heats and condenses a bit, concentrating metals in the water. If you remove the metals the coffee will not taste metallic, and your machine will last longer.

KDHBreeze


We have well water at home but just sediment filtered and naturally soft, no treatment is necessary other than calcite. I don't use filters in either coffee maker so they both get the same water. The kcup at work is the same way and I don't use it there either for the same reason. Maybe the kcup doesn't keep the water in contact with the coffee long enough? I don't know what the cause is, but I don't drink it.

Greg MD


Keurig actually is a drip coffee maker, and takes roughly the same time per cut that a drip brewer takes.

If you use a reusable kcup, it's sometimes the particular cup model that causes issues, both with the metal screening and the plastic. Having tested maybe a dozen different kinds, price is not a good indicator of quality.

Fine for drinking is not the same as fine for coffee brewing though. Filtered and distilled waters are the only types where all your brew methods will differ in taste only with factors associated with the coffee and the brewer's skill. Every other sort of water will taste very different with different brews. My in-laws' tap water tastes fine unfiltered for drip brew but for French press it's very odd.


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Lots of good comments; tnx to all. This machine is for the beach house anyway, for the guests. So much for all the Keurig hoopla IMHO; nothing new under the sun as they say. I can see the convenience I'll stick with the old way at home.


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I got our Keurig for the convenience. I don't notice a big difference in taste between our old drip brewer, but I'm far from a coffee connoisseur. If anything it's a little weaker than the drip (I have to use the strong option on the Keurig). I have a fill your own adapter as well, but stopped using it because it greatly reduced the convenience. Now I just watch for sales on K cups and stock up when I can.

I'm not sure many people will claim that Keurig taste better, but it gets me out the door quickly with a decent cup of joe.

John


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I drink too much coffee to make a keurig a deal for me. I typically drink a large cup and thermos the rest for the day. I can see the appeal if you like trying different flavors since you don't have much at stake other than the k-cup you used.
I never noticed any difference in the flavor of coffee from the k-cup vs a coffee from a drip filter but then again I drink my coffee black and if it can double as tire blackener that is even better for me.


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I can see the appeal if you like trying different flavors since you don't have much at stake other than the k-cup you used.

Alexy


This. I think the real appeal of the Keurig is everyone gets the kind of coffee they want. All the Kcups seem to focus on flavored coffees. I don't think the Keurig is for getting the best natural flavor out of coffee beans.


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Don't mean to offend anyone, but Keurig and taste in the same sentence.