Review: Is The Keurig K-Cafe SMART Worth It? - Tasting Table (2024)

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ByS.G. Howe/Sept. 10, 2022 10:37 am EST

Recently, Keurig announced its most intelligent brewer yet: the K-Cafe SMART Single Serve Coffee Maker, the second machine in Keurig's lineup of connected at-home brewers. It follows behind the Keurig Supreme Plus SMARTbrewer and adds several new functions, including the hot/cold milk frother and Keurig's Barista Mode.

The at-home brand has come a long way since its first model hit markets decades ago, but we want to know if these emerging smart models do anything to help fix the fundamental issue with the pod approach to preparing the beverage — the issue that a predetermined amount of coffee grounds shouldn't be used for varying amounts of water. Let's explain: Six ounces of coffee requires a different weight of grounds than 8 ounces and 10 ounces. When passing 10 ounces of water through the number of grounds meant for a 6-ounce cup, your coffee runs the chance of being over-extracted — and under-extraction with the vice versa. Some coffee lovers may feel that pod-style coffee is never strong enough; coffee pods contain around 12 grams of coffee at most (viaCoffee Affection), while Custom Cup Coffee recommends around 18 grams for a single 8-ounce pour-over.

Is technology enough to counteract this foundational issue? Are we doomed to always make flavor sacrifices for convenient coffee, whether it be for pods or instant coffee? Do you need a bigger, better, "smarter" Keurig? We explored one to find out.

Cost, availability, and what's in the package

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The K-Cafe SMART Single Serve Coffee Maker is currently only available through Keurig's website, with plans for expansion into stores sometime this fall, according to Keurig. The machine's MSRP is $249.99, but a 50% discount may be available by purchasing a Keurig Starter Kit. The kit, and thus the K-Cafe SMART discount, requires the purchase of four boxes of pod products and a commitment to purchasing 16 boxes of pods over a calendar year via auto-shipments.

Upon opening your K-Cafe SMART brewer package, you'll find the machine's quick start and maintenance guides, a pamphlet for the Keurig app, and a couple of coupons — ours were for McCafe, Donut Shop, and Green Mountain coffee pods, and a container of Keurig descaling solution. There's a small item in the mix that you'll want to be sure to set aside — it's the water filter and instructions for installation of the filter. The box will also contain the brewer itself, its runoff/spillage tray, a water reservoir (which expands on the more convenient pitcher-like style of a reservoir that's emerged in newer models and makes it distinctly separate from the machine for easier access), and a milk frother.

How to use the Keurig: Setup and first use

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You'll first open up the quick start guide and locate the first step. There are only four steps in the guide, but it will take much more exploration than that to get fully familiar with the machine. The first thing Keurig prompts users to do is scan the QR code on the back of the machine to download the Keurig app, but we actually recommend reading the water filter instructions first. The filter must be rinsed and soaked for five minutes, which wasn't mentioned in the start-up guide and held us up later on.

If you don't already have one, the Keurig app will prompt you to make an email-based account. Once the app is downloaded, an account is made, and the brewer is plugged in, the app will lead the user through a series of simple steps to connect the brewer and app, then the brewer and Wi-Fi. We found this process incredibly user-friendly, as most of it takes place on your phone and not the small display screen on the Keurig. The back of the guide provides a few housekeeping things that need to be done before brewing can commence: The reservoir should be rinsed and filled, the frother should be cleaned and dried, and the machine should undergo a cleansing brew, which the user will be prompted to do once the machine is on and connected anyway. After the cleansing cycle is complete, you're ready to start brewing.

How to use the Keurig: brewing features

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There's a lot to explore on the K-Cafe SMART, but you must be fully set up (connected to Wi-Fi, app downloaded) to do it. A pod must also be loaded into the machine to toggle through the settings. There isn't any guidance in learning the display from the material in the machine's package, so users must rely on trial and error to get familiar with it — the product support videos in the app are currently limited to frothing and descaling.The icons on the brewer's display indicate three types of brews: signature brewed coffee, single or double shots meant for lattes and cappuccinos, and iced coffee.

The main feature of the display is the large Keurig logo; this button is to start brewing. The temperature can also be changed between six settings with the temp button: warm, warmer, hot, hotter, X-hot, and max hot. We tried a coffee on warm versus the signature brew default settings, and there was a discernible difference (signature brew is hot enough to need a few minutes of cooling). The strength of the brew has five settings and can be changed on the machine with the strength button: balance, rich, robust, strong, and intense. When selecting the signature brew button after strength and temperature are picked, the machine overrides the customization and brews on a predetermined setting meant for drink optimization, allowing the user to pick the size of the coffee between 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces.

How to use the Keurig: the frother

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The frother is the black pitcher that comes in its own smaller box within the Keurig packaging. Ithas two basic settings: hot and cold froth. Toggling between the two might be confusing at first because we think the two buttons on the frother could have been a bit more distinguished from each other, but the upper, smaller button with the horizontal line will switch the frother's function between cold (the leftmost indicator light with a snowflake design) and the three settings of hot. The one, two, and three numbers indicate levels of froth or the ratio of bubbly foam to milk. The No. 1 setting is the least amount of foam, equivalent to a latte. The middle No. 2 setting makes a moderate amount of foam that was close to a wet cappuccino. An indicator light will glow on whichever setting is selected — blue when on cold, red when on hot froth settings — and the lower button with the K logo will run the frothing cycle.

The machine cannot run its brew and frothing functions at the same time, so if you attempt to start a brew while frothing is occurring, the brewer will inform you that the coffee will be made when the frother is finished. The frother is easy to use and significantly elevates at-home craft coffees, although not to the degree that a steam wand would.

Coffee taste: black coffee

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So what difference does a machine like this make in the quality and taste of coffee it's producing compared to other Keurigs? We feel Keurig made an earnest attempt to address one of the most important foundational elements of its machines — how well it brews a classic cup of black coffee — with its Brew ID technology. With this feature, the brewer can detect the brand and roast of the pod that's being brewed and will update the temperature and water flow of the brew based on the coffee roaster's recommendations.

But water moves through pods in a hurry, so what about the weight-to-water ratio issue, and over- or under-saturation? Keurig states that the new brewer continues on the five-needle entry points into the pods — many older and/or smaller machines have just one, but the K-Supreme Plus SMART has five. The company calls it "multi-stream technology." Five entry points into the pod allow for more saturated coffee grounds, rather than the lone stream tunneling through the grounds. Keurig also installed pressure controls in the new model, so the water can pass through grounds in varying forces for lighter or stronger extractions.

We blind taste-tested a GreenMountain Dark Magic dark roast as a signature brew from the K-Smart and a freshly-brewed pour-over of the same brand and roast using bagged grounds, and we couldn't tell the difference. That's a win for Keurig after we've experienced our fair share of weak, sour, under-extracted pod-style coffees.

Coffee taste: lattes, cappuccinos, and more

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Here's the number-one reason to consider a K-Cafe SMART for your home: its cafe-style capabilities. The brewer is meant to make espresso-like shots out of regular coffee pods by forcing a smaller amount of water through the grounds at a higher pressure, which is something we feel the machine does well when making casual lattes at home, although those who enjoy espresso alone or even espresso con panna will long for the silky crema you only get with espresso-style roasts and dedicated espresso machines. These shots taste more like very strong brewed coffee (which is what it is).

It's key to understand the difference between steamed and frothed milk so you have realistic expectations when preparing your first drink with the machine. The former is made by heating milk with a wand that emits pressured steam; the milk is injected with tiny bubbles, called microfoam, giving lattes that velvety texture. Steamed milk is less voluminous but has a thicker mouthfeel. Frothing, on the other hand, creates a more cloud-like foam that, while light and airy, dissipates quicker.Frothing works for cappuccinos, but steaming is considered best for lattes. While we did get that pillowy layer of foam on the lattes we made, the milk incorporated into the drink was noticeably different texture-wise than a true barista-made latte.

The machine does well at wet cappuccinos and 50/50 cappuccinos but its three frother cycles don't make enough foam for a dry or bone dry cappuccino.

K-Cafe SMART and the Keurig app

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The Keurig app is critical to success with the K-Cafe SMART, and if you take any advice from us, let it be that you should explore everything the app has to offer before even making a basic coffee. There's no guide material for the app, so it's on you to get familiar with the resource. If you try to dive into the K-Cafe SMART without knowing the app, you may feel overwhelmed.

The brewer's remote settings — that is, its capability to turn the machine on and initiate brews — will prove to be utterly invaluable or entirely useless depending on your lifestyle and needs. Scheduling brews only seems convenient for plain coffees, since it's impractical and inadvisable to load milk into the frother and leave it at room temperature until you need it. Even if you never touch the scheduled brew, however, a trove of other tools waits, the most significant of which being Café Creations and Brew ID.

"After you brew a cup of coffee, [Brew ID] will give you recipe recommendations that are perfect for that pod," explains Keurig VP of Keurig Experiences Annie Oh. "So, let's say you brew Peet's Major Dickason's. When you go into your app, you'll see a series of recipes that pair very well with that pod."

Café Creations is a collection of over 70 recipes. The recipes are ridiculously accommodating, giving step-by-step instructions and product recommendations.

The app's greatest shortcoming is its support videos — there are two.

K-Cafe SMART vs other Keurigs

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The K-Cafe SMART has the most bells and whistles. However, it'll be up to you to decide if the features are worth the extra $100 investment from the K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte, and Cappuccino Maker.It doesn't have smart capabilities but holds the same amount of water, and can make the same specialty drinks.

We also have to give the Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker a shot at a comparison, since it has a large reservoir, has more than one strength setting, and employs Quiet Brew Technology, which the K-Cafe SMART's product information doesn't mention — all for less than $150. If you're a coffee drinker who likes what they like — regular coffee and no fancy milk — all you need is the K-Select. We also had one instance of the machine's pod-reading technology believing that the loaded pod was used, when it was brand new, but we're blaming that on the not-yet-up-to-date software.

Like other Keurigs, this one can use on- or off-brand coffee pods, doesn't require Wi-Fi to operate, and needs a consistent maintenance schedule. One thing you must know about Keurigs, especially this one, is proper maintenance is necessary if you want the machine to work without issue. The frother should be thoroughly rinsed immediately after each use — caked-on milk residue would be something you do not want to deal with, and since the frother can't be submerged due to its electrical contacts, soaking may be a hassle.

Is the K-Cafe SMART worth it?

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Does your grandma who's still rocking her single-serve Keurig from 2010 need the K-Cafe SMART for Christmas? We have to say, probably not. Keurig has a wide array of models that appeal to the coffee lovers that don't have many asks, and we think there are many demographics and lifestyles that the suite of "smart" features Keurig is slowly rolling out just won't hold any appeal for. We also think that there's an opportunity for more introductory guidance for the average consumer when the K-Cafe SMART is first being unboxed and brewing its first brews since there was a lot that we had to seek and understand on our own.

However, the perfect K-Cafe SMART owner certainly exists. Oven-baked French fries aren't the same as a hot order from a fast food joint. A canned root beer just isn't the same as one flowing from a tap. And, just the same, lattes and cappuccinos just seem to be a little sweeter when they're handed to you by a smiling barista.But with the user-friendly frother, artisanal drink recipes, and auto-ship coffee pod service, Keurig has come up with something special for java drinkers that are explorative with their coffees, particular about their morning routines, or just want to save a few minutes — and a few bucks — by skipping the coffee drive-through each day.

Review: Is The Keurig K-Cafe SMART Worth It? - Tasting Table (2024)

FAQs

How do you make the best tasting coffee in a Keurig? ›

6 Ways to Make K-Cup Coffee Taste Better
  1. Keep Your Keurig Clean. If the problem is flavor, it may just be because your machine is dirty. ...
  2. Warm it Up. In the wintertime, do you ever warm up the car before going on your merry way? ...
  3. Double Up Your Pods. ...
  4. Use a Bolder Roast. ...
  5. Add Some Salt. ...
  6. Use Your Own Ground Coffee.

What is the best K pod coffee maker? ›

Keurig K-Duo Plus Coffee Maker

This Keurig coffee maker was the best-performing model in our tests. The operating instructions are simple and easy to follow, and we had a fresh cup of coffee 15 minutes after taking it out of the box.

How long does a Keurig K-Cafe last? ›

When to Replace Your Keurig. Most Keurig customers say that their machines typically last for three to five years.

Can you use regular coffee in a Keurig K-Cafe? ›

You can use ground coffee with the reusable filter cup, which is not included with my machine and can be purchased separately. A: The K-Café™ coffee maker brews coffee and makes creamy lattes and frothy cappuccinos with the convenience and flexibility of using any K-Cup® pod.

Is strong or hot water better for Keurig? ›

Simply put, the strong button on your Keurig creates a bolder and more intense cup of coffee by brewing the coffee for longer and steeping the grounds in hot water for a longer period of time. Therefore, it's worth a try if you like your coffee strong! What is this?

What is the name of the newest Keurig? ›

The new Keurig K-Cafe Smart ($250) promises to help you create more than 70 coffeehouse drinks at home using coffee pods.

What is like the Keurig but cheaper? ›

Best Budget Pick- CHULUX Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer. If you're on a tight budget, then consider the CHULUX as a cheaper version of Keurig.

Why doesn't my coffee taste good with my Keurig? ›

When Keurig coffee suddenly starts tasting bad, that is an indicator that it is time for routine cleaning. Change the water filter, run a descaling solution, and then rinse thoroughly, and wash all removable parts with soap and water.

Why does my Keurig coffee not taste like coffee? ›

When Keurig coffee doesn't taste good anymore, thoroughly clean the k-cup holder, exit needles, and the area around the holder. If your Keurig coffee tastes burnt or bitter or has an unpleasant aftertaste, oil buildups might be the reason.

How do I make my Keurig coffee taste like Starbucks? ›

Clean Your Keurig
  1. Fill the Keurig's chamber with white vinegar.
  2. Run brew cycles until all the vinegar empties out.
  3. Next, fill the chamber with water. You can squeeze a lemon into the chamber to help remove the taste of vinegar.
  4. Run as many brew cycles as needed to empty out all the water.
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What is the number one single cup coffee maker? ›

Our top pick overall is the Cuisinart Single-Serve Reservoir Coffee Maker, a solid option that's compatible with all brands of coffee pods and comes with a reusable filter cup for loose ground coffee. The best single-serve coffee makers are a convenient and affordable brewing method if all you need ...

Which is better K cups or pods? ›

This will come down to your personal preferences, but most coffee lovers agree that coffee pods produce superior coffee. Because pods use a paper filter rather than a plastic cup, you'll get better extraction and a richer aroma during brewing.

Which coffee pods taste best? ›

  • Best Espresso Style Pod. Nespresso OriginalLine Capsules. ...
  • Best Overall K-Cup Pod. Bulletproof The Original Roast Coffee. ...
  • Best Bang for the Buck. Solimo Dark Roast. ...
  • Best Light Roast. Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama. ...
  • Best for Offices with Varying Tastes. The Original Donut Shop Regular K-Cup. ...
  • Best Medium Roast.

Should I leave my Keurig on all night? ›

Should I leave my Keurig® coffee machine on all the time? No. We recommend you power off your machine after each use.

How often to clean Keurig with vinegar? ›

For a more serious clean, use white vinegar or descaling solution to remove mineral deposits from the water reservoir. You only need to do this every three to six months. Now, start the brew cycle using fresh water only.

Do you need a filter for the Keurig K Cafe? ›

Yes, the Keurig K-Cafe and Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition coffee brewer has a spot for a charcoal water filter located on the inside-bottom of the machine's side water reservoir. The Keurig K Cafe uses charcoal water filter cartridges measuring approximately 2 inches long and 1.12 inches tall.

Do you have to use a water filter in the Keurig K Cafe? ›

If your Keurig brewer has a side water reservoir, like the K-Supreme, K-Supreme Plus, K-Duo Plus, K-Cafe, K-Elite, K-Select, K-Slim, K425 and K525, you will need the Tall Handle Water Filter.

Should I use bottled water in my Keurig? ›

Thanks for your question. We recommend using bottled or filtered spring water in your Keurig coffee maker. Coffee and tea are over 98% water so quality water is necessary for a good coffee, tea or iced beverage.

Why can't you use distilled water in a Keurig? ›

Distilled water can damage the Keurig brewer over time by leaching its minerals. Your coffee may taste flat since distilled water doesn't contain any minerals. Distilled water might cause the machine to work improperly. Distilled water may cause health problems due to the possible depletion of minerals from the body.

Do I need to descale my Keurig if I use bottled water? ›

The frequency of descaling depends on the level of mineral content of your water. This is why we recommend using filtered or bottled water. Calcium deposits or scale may build up in your brewer and hinder your brewer performance. Regularly descaling your brewer every 3 to 6 months helps prevent this from occurring.

Which Keurigs are discontinued? ›

Unfortunately, the Keurig 2.0 brewing system received a bit of backlash for removing the ability to use third-party pods, and this line of brewers has now been discontinued. While you can still buy a Keurig 2.0 coffee maker if you are considering investing in one we recommend opting for a current Keurig model instead.

How to get a new Keurig for free? ›

It is recommended that you register your brewer on Keurig.com/new so that your purchase information will be stored in our system. Keurig will, at its option, repair or replace a defective brewer without charge upon its receipt of proof of the date of purchase.

When did the Keurig K Cafe Smart come out? ›

Product information
Product Dimensions‎12.1 x 11 x 17.2 inches
Customer Reviews4.2 out of 5 stars 385Reviews
Best Sellers Rank#14,666 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen) #26 in Single-Serve Brewers
Date First AvailableSeptember 19, 2022
Filter Type‎Reusable
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Is there a brand better than Keurig? ›

The Nespresso machines simply brew much better coffee than most Keurigs.

What are the disadvantages of Keurig? ›

Here are a few Keurig cons to consider before committing to the products.
  • Keurigs wreak havoc on the environment. ...
  • Relying on K-Cups limits your options and quality. ...
  • K-Cups give you lower-quality, less fresh coffee. ...
  • Using a Keurig is more expensive. ...
  • Keurigs aren't great for hosting company. ...
  • Keurigs need tedious cleaning.
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Does Keurig cleaner work better than vinegar? ›

Descaling your Keurig machine is important to keep it in great condition. While you can get specially designed descaling solutions for your machine, white vinegar is a cheaper option that's just as effective.

Why do K cups taste weird? ›

Besides the quality and age of the coffee, another important taste-sucking aspect of Keurig machines is that they don't heat the water to a high enough temperature for optimal extraction and taste. According to their website, Keurig machines are pre-set to brew at 192 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is drip coffee better than Keurig? ›

Conclusion: Keurigs have their place, but a drip machine is better. In most cases, if you have to choose between the two, you're still better off with a drip coffee maker. It's cheaper per cup, produces a higher-quality end product, and gives you the ability to brew in bulk.

Does descaling Keurig make coffee taste better? ›

The heavier the water is, the more limescale builds up inside the machine. Usually, descaling a Keurig machine happens every 1-3 months, to ensure that soothing coffee taste, and an efficient coffee making machine.

Why does coffee not taste good anymore? ›

Under extracted coffee tends to taste sour. This is usually caused by water that isn't hot enough or having too coarse of a grind. Over extracted coffee will have a bitter taste. This can be caused by water that is too hot or using too fine of a grind.

Is A Nespresso better than a Keurig? ›

The main difference between Nespresso and Keurig pods comes down to cost and taste. Nespresso delivers a more flavorful cup of coffee or espresso but at a higher price point. Keurig pods are more budget-friendly, do not offer an espresso brew option, and can lack flavor.

Can I use Starbucks pods in my Keurig? ›

Then you're in good hands because we developed our multi-beverage machine in tandem with the pods, all Starbucks® Verismo®* pods can be used with K-fee® machines.

Can you put Starbucks pods in Keurig? ›

FAQ. Do Starbucks K-Cup pods work with the Keurig 2.0 machine? Yes, Starbucks K-Cup pods are specially crafted to brew a perfect cup of Starbucks coffee in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. Keurig, Keurig Hot, K-Cup and the K logo are trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., used with permission.

Why does my coffee taste sour from my Keurig? ›

Sour coffee is often the result of a short brew time, leaving the sweet flavors not fully extracted from the bean. Increasing the brew time will allow all of the tasty flavor compounds to be extracted into your drink.

What brand of K-cup is the best? ›

Best Overall

The Original Donut Shop brand is owned by Keurig and makes several other varieties worth checking out—including a dark roast, a decaf roast, and even a coconut mocha blend—but regular is our favorite. It's easy to find at a number of big-name retailers, both in-store and online.

Which Keurig has the best rating? ›

The highest-rated Keurig on Amazon, the Keurig K-Elite is also one of the most expensive. It includes five different brew sizes, comes with a button to adjust the brew strength of each cup, and has a 75 oz. removable water reservoir that fills eight coffee cups before it needs to be refilled.

What coffee pods is the most popular? ›

Out of all the coffee capsule brands available on the market, Nespresso still remains the most popular by far. It's estimated that a staggering 400 Nespresso capsules are consumed every second around the world.

Which coffee Flavour is best in taste? ›

11 Most Popular Coffee Flavors
  1. French Vanilla. French vanilla is a classic coffee flavor that offers a subtle and pleasing taste. ...
  2. Hazelnut. Considered a good choice almost anywhere, hazelnut flavoring provides a sweet and buttery taste. ...
  3. Caramel. ...
  4. Pumpkin Spice. ...
  5. Peppermint. ...
  6. Mocha. ...
  7. Butterscotch. ...
  8. Amaretto.

Is it cheaper to use coffee pods? ›

Sure, pod coffee machines are cheaper and are more convenient than the bean coffee machines, but the thing that most people do not like about this machine is its non-environmentally-friendly nature. In order for you to get the same coffee every time, the ground coffee is placed in a “pod”, a plastic casing.

What is the difference between K Cafe regular and special edition? ›

What is the difference between the K-Café and K-Café Special Edition? The difference between the K-Café and the K-Café Special Edition coffee maker is that the latter comes with a nickel colored finish, a metal handle, and a metal drip tray. As for features and settings, they are exactly the same.

Can the K Cafe Smart Brewer make iced coffee? ›

Over-ice brew mode: This feature allows the K-Café Smart to brew iced coffee. You simply fill a glass with ice, put it on the drip tray, and watch the brewing. This mode brews coffee at a lower temperature than normal so that the ice doesn't melt completely.

Can you use ground coffee in K Café? ›

While you can put coffee ground for a drip machine through a Keurig, just slightly coarser works a little bit better. Too fine a grind will lead to sediment in your coffee cup, but too coarse will lead to the water rushing through the coffee too quickly and not extracting as much flavor.

Can you use a reusable K-cup for K Café? ›

The Keurig My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter is compatible with all Keurig Home Coffee Makers, including the K-Cafe coffee maker. Please note, you will need to remove the 2.0 adapter on the bottom of the accessory and the K-Cup Holder in your brewer in order for it to fit properly.

Which Keurig is discontinued? ›

Unfortunately, the Keurig 2.0 brewing system received a bit of backlash for removing the ability to use third-party pods, and this line of brewers has now been discontinued. While you can still buy a Keurig 2.0 coffee maker if you are considering investing in one we recommend opting for a current Keurig model instead.

Why is Keurig shutting off? ›

Many times a Keurig will shut off while brewing because the K-Cup hasn't been punctured on the bottom by the needle in the K-Cup basket. It can also shut off as a result of a clogged brew needle, faulty outlet, or misaligned water reservoir magnet.

Why is my K Cafe not brewing a full cup? ›

Clean the Needles

If after descaling, your problem with the Keurig not brewing a full cup is still happening, it may be the needles that are the problem. Believe it or not, debris, like foil from the K-Cup, can get lodged in the needles that pierce the cup, disrupting flow.

What is the closest thing to espresso with a Keurig? ›

Start by placing the K-Cup of your choice into the K-Cup basket and closing the lid. What is this? Instead of choosing a brew option like you would when you brew a cup of regular coffee, press the “shot” button. This will brew a 2-ounce concentrated shot of strong coffee similar to an espresso shot.

What's the difference between a latte and a cappuccino? ›

A traditional cappuccino has an even distribution of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. A latte has more steamed milk and a light layer of foam. A cappuccino is distinctly layered, while in a latte the espresso and steamed milk are mixed together.

Is Keurig starter kit worth it? ›

Is The Keurig Starter Kit Worth it? Yes, as above, this is with the caveat that you are looking for a reasonably good but not excellent coffee, and you are likely to drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee daily. If you are looking to buy a new Keurig.

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