How to Take Apart a Keurig: Disassembly Instructions

Sometimes you have a problem with a Keurig that can only be fixed with a Keurig disassembly. It’s a pin for sure but it’s better than trashing the unit and sometimes this can resolve problems a lot faster tha going through the warranty process.

If you want to learn how to disassemble a Keurig then read on. I’ll be giving you all the tips you need to get yours taken apart correctly and put back together as quick as possible.

How to Take Apart Keurig Coffee Makers

Before we dive deep lets first watch a quick video on how to disassemble Keurig machines.


Thanks to http://www.keurigtroubleshooting.com/ for putting together this awesome tutorial.

First things first you have to take off the water reservoir and drip tray. These are made to come off easily as you no doubt know quite well already. You can also pull the k-cup holder out by hand without the use of any tools.

With those easy parts out of the way the first hard thing to do is to remove the casing from your Keurig. We do that by first flipping the machine upside down and using a screwdriver to take the screws out of the base plate.

Take The Bottom Off A KeurigWith the screws off the bottom can be removed except it’s got some wires holding on to the inside of the machine. To do any serious repairs inside the housing you will have to cut these wires leaving enough room to repair your cuts when it it comes time to put your Keurig machine back together.

Once the bottom is fully removed then you have access to the water pump and tubing that immediately connects to the water reservoir at the bottom. You’ll also note that even if the water pump is working properly there is a pretty LED light in this section of tubing that illuminates the water reservoir. If this light goes (or more likely the wiring that operates this light shorts) then this is the section of tubing that would need to be replaced or the wiring should be repaired.

Keurig Water Reservoir Light

Continue Removing the Keurig Base

The next part involves removing another group of screws. There are four screws surrounding the main water pump holding the rest of the bottom of the machine together. Remove these screws and the two holding the end of the water pump tubing.

With these screws removed the bottom of the Keurig can be slowly lifted off. Just be careful to not pull the water pump tubing too hard as it is still connected to the body. You will also have to carefully deal with the power cord which is still connected to the base. Just pop the power cord out of where it clips to the base and slide the base off.

Remove the Keurig Base

Take Apart the Top of a Keurig

Once the bottom of the Keurig is fully removed the next step to disassembly is to take apart the top where the K Cups are inserted.

If you open the top up as if you were going to insert a kcup you will find some more screws that need to be removed. There are two on either side of the needle and one on each side of the handle. Be removing these screws you will be able to take the handle off your Keurig relatively easily.

Disassemble the Top of a Keurig

Once you get the proper screws removed you can then gently lift the handle and lid directly off the top of the unit. You may need to slightly close the lid to lift of off both pieces at the same time. Once removed the lid and the handle can be separated easily.

This is what to top of your Keurig should now look like once you remove the handle.

Remove Handle From Keurig

When you get the handle removed from the top of your Keurig you will next need to grab a hex screw driver to remove two more screws inside the top assembly.

Take Hex Screws Out Of Keurig Top

Open up the Body of Your Keurig Machine

With the base removed and the top of your Keurig pulled apart next we move on to the disassembly of the body casing. For this job you must be prepared to slightly damage some of the interior plastic. It’s almost inevitable.

To remove the silver top plate of your Keurig from the black plastic body you’ll need to flip your machine upside down and use a long shafted tool like a flat-head screwdriver to pop three plastic clip hinges apart. These clips hold the top plate to the body and can’t be reached effectively without going in from the bottom. They will likely be damaged when you separate them but this will not be evident from the outside when you put the unit back together.

The first clip you will work on will be the inside clip located under the LCD screen where the silver top casing meets the black body casing. You’ll need to insert your long handled flat-head on the clip and use a hammer to pop the clip apart.

Separate the Clips Holding the Keurig Body Together

The second and third clips are located roughly on the back “corners” of the body. Understand that the back is curved but if it was squares they are located roughly where the corners would be.

Use your long handled tool and a hammer to pop these two clips off and the grey or silver top plate should be able to separate from the black body with as little internal damage as possible. In most cases you can do this carefully enough to keep the internal damage low enough to get these clips to go back together just fine when you put everything back together.

As an example of what you are looking for here is what the clips look like in the body once you get it off.

Clip Inside Keurig

That’s it! At least, that’s how to open up a Keurig machine and get to the guts inside. Of course there are lots of additional disassembly procedures beyond this to get to various parts that may be malfunctioning but that should get you started.

As I add posts to this site on fixing other components inside a Keurig I’ll link to them from this page.

Good luck with your repair!

Related Reading – See the Strongest Keurig K Cups Here!

Here is the disassembly of a Keurig 2.0 Machine

The tutorial above should help with the disassembly of most Keurig machines but in case you want to see an extra example check out this extra video on taking apart a Keurig 2.0.

How to Repair the Wires Inside a Keurig Coffee Maker

Here are a couple pictures of what you need to do to fix wiring problems inside your Keurig. You will basically need to cut damaged wire sections and solder then back together again.

If you fully remove the bottom from your keurig machine then you will have to cut these wires. Using a soldering gun and a heat shrink will let you safely put them back together again when it comes time to reassemble your Keurig machine.

Use Soldering Iron to Join Wires Together

Repair the Wires In Your Keurig Machine

The Strongest K Cup Coffees & How to Brew Even Stronger Coffee With Your Keurig

Are you looking to buy the strongest k cup coffee you can find? I’m right there with you. I love the ease and convenience of the Keurig system but I am not a big fan of some of the weak coffee many of the kcups produce.

Below I’ve listed some of the strongest Keurig coffee pods you can buy. As is always the case, brew these with the smaller cup option on your machine and you’ll be getting the strongest coffee possible from your Keurig.

Super Strong K Cup Coffee Pods to Buy & Try For Yourself

Here are some of the strongest k cups for sale today. Click through each link for pricing and product details. I’ve provided my own notes for each option below for your convenience.

Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers - 20 CountDeath Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers – 20 Count

Keurig, Coffee People, Jet Fuel, K-Cup Counts, 50 CountKeurig, Coffee People, Jet Fuel, K-Cup Counts, 50 Count

Keurig, Green Mountain Coffee, Dark Magic (Extra Bold), K-Cup Counts, 50 CountKeurig, Green Mountain Coffee, Dark Magic (Extra Bold), K-Cup Counts, 50 Count

WILD JO: 12 Cup Organic Dark French Roast Single Serve Coffee for Kuerig K-Cup Brewers, Bold Strong Wicked Good! Keurig 1.0 & 2.0 Eco-Friendly CupWILD JO: 12 Cup Organic Dark French Roast Single Serve Coffee for Kuerig K-Cup Brewers, Bold Strong Wicked Good! Keurig 1.0 & 2.0 Eco-Friendly Cup

Revv K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast (Pack of 30), Ships in Brown BoxRevv K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Dark Roast (Pack of 30), Ships in Brown Box

How to Make Stronger Coffee With Your Keurig

The coffee pods listed above will get you started in the right place. They are all really strong coffee k cup options that are hard to beat.

If you use them however you should know there are still more ways to ensure you get the strongest coffee possible.

In normal coffee brewing environments you get strong coffee by slowing down the brew time, using the hottest water possible off a brew, and by decreasing the grind size, a common way of getting more surface area for better brew extraction.

With a Keurig coffee machine however you are limited by the temperature of the water the machine uses to brew and are largely limited by the speed at which the machine brews water. You can’t increase the amount of grind in a pod due to them all being uniform in size, and you can’t tamp the grind down to get more grind in the pod either.

There really are few easy ways to increase the strength of your coffee comparable to the ways you would do so in more traditional coffee makers.

The easiest way you can actually make better and stronger Keurig coffee is to pre-heat the water used for your brew. By this I don’t mean put hot water in the water reservoir, I’m talking about running a large cup of coffee cycle through the Keurig that is really just water. Don’t insert a k cup into the machine. Run it as just water and this will get the heating element hot and the water for the next cup will be a few degrees hotter which will help with extraction.

In other forms of coffee brewing getting the temperature closer to boiling helps and this is the most you can do to get every degree of heat into your Keurig brew. The ultimate affect this has on your coffee will be small but it will help maximize the strength of the coffee you make out of it.

Another way to get the most strength out of every cup you brew is to literally only use the first part of the brew and throw the rest away!

Sounds wasteful I know but the amount of coffee grind that can fit in a k cup is not great enough to brew a full bodied 6-ounce cup of coffee. You really need a bigger k-cup for a 6 ounce cup of coffee than the pod size allowed.

Because of this the first 4-5 ounces of coffee brewed from each k cup will be stronger than the last 1-2 ounces of coffee brewed. The water (assuming it’s hot enough) will extract the most flavor in the beginning and the least at the end.

Use that drip tray to collect the last, watery bit of coffee and just throw it away. You wouldn’t brew coffee twice using the same grounds so don’t try to get more coffee from a pod that is just too small.

Now there are even more crafty ways to increase the strength of your Keurig coffee pods. If you are brewing with a Keurig 1.0 machine it’s a little easier to hack your own pods but even with a Keurig 2.0 machine you can still “trick” the machine into using your own pods.

Instructables has a good tutorial on hacking your own pods. For me, this is overkill and defeats the purpose and convenience of the Keurig system.

When I think about brewing string Keurig coffee I always find the ease of pulling your cup out before the brew cycle ends to be the simplest and most effective method. Pair this with using a pre-heated Keurig, and an extra bold pod in the brew chamber and this is about as good as you can get. If you want any more strength then just do what everyone else does… start brewing with a french press!

Creative Uses For Coffee Grounds

Creative Uses For Coffee Grounds

coffee scrubMost people simply throw away old coffee grind after brewing a pot in the morning. There are however lots of different things you can do with those used grounds if you care to go through the effort. The grind itself is usually very rich in nutrients and if you buy better coffee it’s usually organic and fresh too.

The most common uses include composting and soil amendments. Some people even drop it on their lawn just to keep cats away.

For the adventerous type in the bathroom many people use coffee grounds as an exfoliant and scrub. The gritty nature of grounds help to clean while also imparting all the good oils into one’s skin. This certainly isn’t for everyone but some people really think it helps with skin health.

In the following video a number of good uses for old used coffee grind are detailed. If you prefer to watch and listen rather than read go ahead and give the vid a gander. There are some interesting ideas presented.

I for one love the idea of using coffee grounds on the lawn to keep cats away. I’m always having trouble with keeping cats away from bare patches in my grass. I like to strip poor patches up and amend the soil before placing new seed on the spot. Unfortunately many cats see this as a perfect litter box. The grind sprinkled on top acts as a deterrent and as a result my bare patches are repaired a lot faster and more completely as they aren’t bothered as frequently by meandering felines from the neighborhood.

This is also particularly interesting for people who get coffee but never drink it. After a while the coffee beans start tasting pretty old so you could easily crush your beans and use them for other purposes. This post covers grinding coffee beans without a coffee grinder if you find yourself in this circumstance.

Can You Put Coffee Grind Down The Garbage Disposal?

Can You Put Coffee Grind Down The Garbage Disposal?

coffee in drainWe all know that grinding your own coffee beans usually results in better tasting coffee but what do you do with the used grind when you’re done with it? Do you throw it directly into the trash like most people? Do you save it for the garden like some avid composters and gardeners? Do you rinse it down the sink?

When I use my drip coffee maker it’s super easy to pull the filter out of the machine and toss it all in the trash (or the compost if I’m feeling ambitious) but most of the time I make coffee from a french press or a moka pot. These are far more difficult to clean than just pulling out a filter and tossing it.

The first couple times I cleaned my french press I just rinsed it out in the sink and let all the grounds go down but after doing some research on whether this was good for the disposal or not I found that it really can be a problem for your pipes. Not so much for the disposal but the pipes further down the system.

Coffee grind is basically a gritty mud that can slowly start or exacerbate clogs. If you don’t rinse it away very slowly or run the water for a long period of time during the cleaning the grind can slowly build up in the pipes.

I’ve started rinsing the grind out into a paper towel in the sink and then throwing that away. It makes things easier and is safer for the pipes. For my french press I basically lay the paper towel over the drain and then put a bit of water in the pot and swish it around. I then slowly pour the water with all the spent grounds in it into the paper towel. The towel holds the grind while the water passes through into the pipes. This keeps the vast majority of my mess away from my plumping and should prolong the healthy life of my pipes.

Here is a video that shows other things that you can’t or shouldn’t run through the disposal.

OK, so you may not want to put your grind down the sink but how do you get your grind in the first place?

I’d also like to invite you to take a look at this sweet page I put together on grinding coffee beans without a grinder. Keep it in mind the next time you go camping.

Grinding Coffee Beans Without A Grinder

Grinding Coffee Beans Without A Grinder

Can you grind coffee beans without a coffee grinder? Yeah, it’s not optimal but it can be done.

There are actually a few popular methods to grinding beans when you are lacking a grinder – or power to operate your grinder. I’ve outlined some of the best ways possible below with a quick summary and tutorial for each technique.

Of all of these the most popular method is probably to grind coffee in a food processor.

Grind Coffee Beans With A Mortar & Pestle

grind beans no grinderThe slowest but probably the best way to grind coffee beans without the aid of a grinder tool is to use a mortar and pestle. For generations, hundreds and thousands of years actually the mortar/pestle combo has been used to mash things together, break up small things, and generally pulverize stuff.

You usually think of old timers grinding wheat into flour on one of these but you could just as easily grind beans into a fine powder that would rival any blade grinder run on electricity today. By crushing you get bits and pieces that aren’t jagged meaning your extraction will be a bit nicer and even bodied.

This is pretty manual though and takes a good deal of time. If you haven’t lost power and want a faster solution then turn to your food processor.

Grind Coffee Beans With A Food Processor

grind coffee in food processorA very common question on this topic I get is, “can you grind coffee in a food processor?”

Well, assuming you have plenty of working electricity and have a good food processor you can easily shred you coffee beans into coffee worth particles in a food processor. If you try this it’s likely that your particles will only get so small because the food processor is pretty large bodied compared to a real electric blade grinder.

Like using a blade coffee grinder the shredded and splintered beans will not give the best tasting coffee but it will be passable for most people.

If you do try this out then it’s probably best to only use the “grind” for coffee made in a french press and many of the larger particles will simply not extract much desirable flavors without a good steeping.

The large sizes basically require the steeping of a french press pot, just be ready for a bit of bitterness caused by the random small particles and coffee dust the food processor creates.

If you are thinking about using a food processor to grind coffee you can always improve the results by using a fine mesh sieve to filter out the dust. Then use the larger particles to make french press coffee.

Grind Coffee Beans With A Bag And A Hammer

Like the mortar and pestle method the beat the crap out of your beans method will crush beans into smaller coffee sized particles but won’t likely be precise enough to get a good small and even grind size. In some cases beating the beans will leave some quite large pieces that are even a bit big for french press but may well work for cowboy coffee.

The hammer and beans in a bag trick is a frequent way to get coffee while camping or spending time on the open trail. Many people don’t travel with equipment and find that whole beans stay fresher longer. By hammering the beans to a smaller particle size you can then steep them in a pot of near boiling water to make coffee and then when you are ready to indulge just pour the coffee and grounds through a paper or cloth filter.

Sock anyone?

A Video Demonstration

This video also demonstrates a great way to prepare roasted beans for brewing without a grinder.

This page is still a work in progress as I want to list off a few more common methods for making coffee grind but in the mean time we do recommend checking out the manual grinders listed over on Grider Expo. We know that electric grinders are way easier to use but in the event of a power outage or a camping trip it pays to have a good manual grinder. Their coffee grinder reviews will help you find one that’s going to work for you.

Are Espresso Beans Different From Coffee Beans

Are Espresso Beans Different From Coffee Beans

espresso beansOne extremely common question people have when buying coffee beans is if they can use espresso beans for their drip coffee machine in the home. They also wonder what beans are appropriate for making espresso.

The short answer to any version of these questions is that the beans are exactly the same in every way. Espresso roasts are no different than other roasts either – it’s just a really dark roast which is fine to use for any other coffee brewing method.

The long answer is that espresso is frequently brewed with a bean that is dark roasted and drip coffee is usually quite balanced. It’s frequently a blend meaning some beans in the roast are better light while others may be better darker roasted. To balance it all out a medium roast is quite common.

Many espresso blends are simple blends or even single origin coffees. Because brewing espresso is such an art form a lot of precision goes into selecting the right beans for the job at hand. Beans destined for the espresso can be used for any particular brewing technique but the roaster, channeling all his experience, has found these particular beans to be particularly good for espresso machines.

This is not to say this is what they are only good for but it is what they were selected for.

If you are in a store and looking at the selection of whole bean coffee on the shelf and see an espresso blend know that it may be a great option for espresso machines but that it will work just fine for other brewing techniques such as drip or french press methods. You can usually assume the espresso beans will be a bit darker than other coffees and if the beans are preground they the grind itself may be a little finer than you are used to.

For espresso machines you need a fine grind to make a good shot of espresso and most pre-ground coffee is set to medium before packaging. Medium is best for drip coffee makers and since they are the most commonly used coffee makers in America this grind size is the most common options on store shelves.

Good coffee bean suppliers or roasters will grind beans to whatever size you need them at but in a store setting you should assume coffee beans will be roasted medium (unless otherwise stated) and espresso beans only may be ground to a finer particle size. Your mileage may vary of course.

The following video covers all you need to know about coffee versus espresso. The best quote from the video is when he says the word espresso is not a type of coffee but a brewing method. Any kind of coffee used in an espresso machine will make espresso and vice-versa.

So if espresso beans are really the same thing as coffee beans just ground into a smaller particle size you will want to learn about grinding them. I’d encourage you to see this article on grinding coffee beans without a grinder as many people simply don’t own a nice burr coffee grinder.

The Differences Between Stovetop Espresso And French Press Coffee

The Differences Between Stovetop Espresso And French Press Coffee

stovetop espressoBoth French press coffee and stove top espresso coffee are usually brewed wonderfully so that the resultant coffee will possess full extraction of oils and flavor from the beans. Both these methods offer excellent quality coffee with which you will be able to rise and shine in each new dawn. These two types of coffee are considered better than drip coffee because the drip coffee makers engage paper filters which separate coffee oils from the coffee and limit the flavor profile of your drink significantly.

A French Press coffee maker brews coffee as you do for your tea whereas a Stovetop espresso coffee maker brews coffee just as the reverse process of drip coffee making under high pressure. The process will earn you coffee which potent and much closer to espresso

The stovetop espresso coffee can be consumed as it is or it can be mixed with water to create an americano sort of drink. Like other espresso types it can also be mixed to make variety drinks like cappuccinos, lattes etc.

For those who prefer to have straight coffee, French press coffee is the ideal one. Coffee experts in general consider French press coffee as the best brewing process but people who look for versatility the stovetop espresso can provide the best option.

Here are some of the best rated french press coffee makers sold today.

Stovetop espresso Coffee makers are also called machinetta or moka pot, and French press are known as coffee press or cafetiere.

Methods of Preparation

There is huge difference in the method of preparation of these two types of coffee.

A French press requires coarsely ground coffee because finer grounds will escape through the filter and final product will contain the traces of it. Go for coffee ground uniformly because very coarse grounds may clog the filter.

Ground coffee is placed in an empty beaker and adding hot water having a temperature between 93-96 degree Celsius in a proportion of 28 grams coffee to 450 ml water. Add about 1/3 of the water in the beginning and give a light stirring. After 30 seconds, add the remaining water by pouring gradually over this. Cover it and brew so that the total time for brewing should be four minutes. By pressing the plunger the grounds can be separated and holding them at the bottom of the beaker the coffee can be poured into the serving vessel. Decanting the coffee into a serving vessel is not a good option, and if you let the brewed coffee to remain in the beaker along with the used coffee grounds, the taste of your drink may change and it may become bitter. The optimum time accepted by experts for brewing is about 4 minutes. It is believed that the coffee will be spoiled after brewing about 20 minutes.

Espresso coffee pots use pressurized vapor to force water up into a reservoir through finely ground coffee. This method will give you an extremely flavored espresso which can be consumed by adding milk or hot water. For brewing stovetop espresso coffee, water is filled in the boiler nearly up to the safety valve and a funnel shaped metallic filter is placed. After adding finely ground coffee to the filter, the upper part of the pot having the second metallic filter is tightly screwed to the base. The water is then heated to reach the boiling point, and steam is created inside the boiler.

The tightly closed unit with a gasket lets pressure build up in the lower part, and the safety valve ensures pressure release in case the pressure gets too high.

When the steam attains a high pressure, it will force the boiling water up the funnel through the ground coffee and to the pot’s upper section, where the coffee will be collected. When the lower part of the pot becomes almost empty, steam bubbles will mix with the boiling water creating a distinguishing gurgling sound.

Stovetop Espresso and French Press Coffee

French press coffee is thick and strong compared to the espresso. Properly prepared French Press coffee is quite pure though it may sometimes get criticized as chalky. One thing to careful about is that French press is highly susceptible to over-extraction. Because of this problem, the entire contents of the preparation pot are to be transferred to a cup or serving vessel immediately after brewing.

If you compare the moka pot with a French press you can see that a French press is a simple coffeepot with an attached plunger. You can add a measured amount of ground coffee into the press, simply add hot water and you can steep the coffee. Then push the coffee grounds to the bottom of the container and serve.

Espresso coffee pots require a heat source to heat the pot. Extreme care is needed to prepare the espresso coffee because otherwise the pot may get burned. But in the case of French press only ground coffee and hot water is required for brewing coffee within a few minutes. Espresso coffee brewed in an espresso pot is really strong but it cannot be treated as ready to drink. On the other hand, the French press will fetch you a drinkable beverage which is milder and acidic than the espresso.

The coffee prepared in a French press will be similar to traditional American coffee, definitely not strong like European coffee. The stovetop espresso will give you traditional Italian type coffee which is quite rich and dark. So if you want to have a longer shot coffee with more water and less espresso, go for the French press. Or if you to prefer to have a shorter, more stronger shot, just best option is the stovetop espresso.

Cafestol, a potent stimulator of LDL cholesterol levels found is high in French press coffee. So for people with high cholesterol levels it is better to avoid this boiled coffee. Stovetop espresso is found to have lesser content of cafestol than French press coffee and more advisable than French press coffee.
Conclusion

Reference links

http://www.stovpreso.com/p/best-stovetop-espresso-makers.html
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5803996_espresso-pots-vs_-french-press.html
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/coffee/
http://www.bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/french-press

What Makes Our Coffee Better Than Our Competitors

What Makes Our Coffee Better Than Our Competitors

What-Makes-Our-Coffee-BetterEver notice the difference between the taste of coffee from a gas station and from a cafe? The cafe is almost always better. That’s because they use better grind and usually a better coffee maker.

In much the same way our coffee is better than our competitors because we take the time to not only use better coffee but we buy the best coffee possible from award winning coffee roasters to ensure our customers get the best beans possible.

We also make our coffee with water that has gone through a reverse osmosis filtration system so that the purity and flavor is unmatched.

Our coffee bean grinders are the best in the business too. This is an area that many cafes don’t go the extra mile because grinders can get very expensive very fast, especially in commercial settings. When making good coffee you need a very consistent grind to get the best flavor and that consistent grind only comes from the best equipment possible.

Lastly, we make better coffee because we care – a lot. Our baristas care too and they really know their stuff. Instead of just hiring random people looking to work a register we hire only people who have a passion for coffee and for improving their barista skills. Our employees all know how to operate a machine and they all have the skill to produce good espresso on a fully manual machine.

It is our opinion that fully automatic espresso machines are fine for the average shop but for us we want to show off our skills as artisans. Making good coffee is an art form after all and it is a skill that only experienced and passionate people can do well.