How To Make Keurig Coffee Taste Better (5 Tips)

Last Updated on May 13, 2022 by John Moretti

Keurig coffee machines are among the most widely used capsule coffee makers ever. These machines are easy to use incredibly convenient, and there is a wide range of coffee capsules, or K-Cups, available for use with Keurig machines. However, Keurig machines do not produce coffee that is as good as we may want it to be. How do you make Keurig coffee taste better?

To make Keurig coffee taste better, use high-quality K-Cups, use a reusable capsule with your own ground coffee beans, use less water to make the coffee stronger, and learn to create coffee drinks such as an Americano or Cappuccino with Keurig coffee, and clean the Keurig machine regularly.  

how to make keurig coffee taste better

We all know that Keurig machines do not produce the best coffee, but the convenience of these machines is enough for us to settle for inferior coffee. However, there are simple ways to improve the coffee that can be produced by these machines. Let’s explore the easiest ways to make Keurig coffee taste better. 

How To Make Keurig Coffee Taste Better

Keurig coffee machines are very convenient and very easy to use, but it is well known that capsule coffee makers will never produce coffee that is as good as traditional brewing methods such as espresso or pour-over methods

However, the coffee that your Keurig machine makes can be improved by making some minor adjustments to your Keurig habits. This means that the coffee from your Keurig can be improved, and you do not have to settle for what your coffee is right now. 

There are several ways to improve the coffee produced by Keurig machines without compromising any of the convenience or ease of use that is associated with these machines. 

Let’s learn how to make Keurig coffee taste as good as possible without losing any of the Keurig characteristics that we have come to know and love. 

Use High-Quality K-Cups

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One of the best ways to brew better-tasting coffee with a Keurig coffee machine is to use high-quality K-Cups. Many Keurig users tend to buy whatever coffee capsules they can find, but the reality is that the capsules that you use make a significant difference in the quality and taste of the coffee that these machines produce. 

Using off-brand K-Cups will never produce coffee of the same quality and flavor as using K-Cups that contain high-quality coffee. Switching to a better-quality brand will significantly improve the flavor of your coffee.

Some premium K-Cup capsules do not have the plastic casing that other K-Cups have, which also improves the flavor of the coffee. These capsules are paper-based filter capsules that do not force the coffee through plastic, which improves the flavor and quality of the coffee overall. 

The best option is to find a local coffee roastery that sells coffee in K-Cup capsules. This is the best way to ensure that you are using high-quality coffee capsules for brewing. 

Use A Reusable K-Cup

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A fantastic way to make better-tasting coffee in a Keurig machine is to use a reusable K-Cup capsule. These capsules are typically larger than standard K-Cups and can therefore make stronger coffee.

These reusable capsules can also be filled with any coffee that you choose; this means that you can grind your own whole bean coffee to place into the machine, ensuring that the coffee is as fresh and good-tasting as possible before brewing. 

Using this method ensures that your coffee will be delicious every time, so long as you grind your coffee beans appropriately and use the correct amount of coffee for your brew. 

Simply grind whole coffee beans and place them into a compatible reusable capsule, and your coffee will taste significantly better than it ever has before from any Keurig coffee machine. 

Use Less Water

The trouble with standard Keurig capsules is that they only contain a small amount of ground coffee. Most capsules contain around 11g of ground coffee, which is not enough to make a typical mug full of coffee. 

11g of ground coffee is only good for about 6oz or about 180ml of brewed coffee. This means that brewing the best tasting Keurig coffee requires using less water for the brew. If you use a large mug for coffee, anything more than 6 or 7 ounces, the coffee will taste will very weak from a Keurig machine. 

However, reducing the amount of water that you use to 5 or 6 ounces will produce a stronger, more well-balanced, more well-rounded tasting cup of coffee. 

Create Coffee Drinks

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One of the best ways to improve the coffee from a Keurig capsule machine is to learn how to make some basic coffee drinks

Use the Keurig to brew a small strong coffee by only brewing 2 – 4 ounces of liquid from the machine. This coffee will be similar in strength to espresso and can be used to create espresso-based drinks. 

Simple drinks such as the Americano or an iced coffee can be made with this strong coffee, as well as drinks such as the Cappuccino or the Latté provided you have a way to froth milk. 

Using flavored syrups can enable the creation of French Vanilla drinks, flavored Macchiatos, and a wide array of blended iced coffee beverages. Using a Keurig to make something similar to espresso as a base for creating other drinks is a great way to improve Keurig coffee. 

Clean Your Keurig

A simple way to ensure that your Keurig coffee always tastes as good as possible is to clean the machine properly. Be sure to rinse out the machine after every use and run a cleaning and descaling cycle in the machine every few weeks. 

This will ensure that there is no old, rancid coffee or coffee oils leftover in the machine to detract from the flavor of your freshly brewed coffee. This is a simple process, but one that is often neglected by many Keurig machine users. 


Keurig coffee makers are convenient to use, and using these simple methods will drastically improve the coffee that can be produced in one of these machines. Every Keurig machine can benefit from these improvements, and every Keurig user can experience much better coffee by making these simple changes. 

Use any or all of the above improvement suggestions are your Keurig coffee experience will improve drastically! Take the time to experiment and find the Keurig improvements that work best for you, and your daily coffee routine will be all the better for it.