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Here’s How to Fix Your Keurig Making Watery, Weak Coffee with no Taste!

We’re all aware that one of the major problems with K-Cup coffee is the taste that it comes with – sometimes the coffee from a Keurig is too weak…

and sometimes it is just fine and then all of a sudden it starts brewing highly diluted coffee for seemingly no reason at all!

While k-cup machines do allow you to freely make full cups of coffee (unlike the Nespresso Original line machines) it just so happens that the taste is often not up to the mark.

Related Reading – The Differences Between Nespresso and Keurig Coffee

Funnily, when I recently offered my help to a friend who was facing this problem, their first thought was that I was going to take their machine apart to do modifications- so, if you’re thinking that, relax!

I’m aware of the basic structure of the machines, but I really wouldn’t ever recommend taking it apart until there’s something really critical. This is one of those problems that can easily be fixed in several easier methods.

The most obvious method for fixing weak tasting Keurig coffee is to use less water per cup and use a stronger k-cup.

This is one of the strongest I’ve ever tried but there are a bunch of other strong varieties out there as well.

Here is a list of some of the of strongest k-cup coffee pods in production today.

Not sure your favorite K-cup brand or preferred water volume is the problem?

Let us look at some some other reasons why you might not be getting the bold taste you want out of your Keurig coffee maker.

The Most Common Reason Why Keurig’s Abruptly Make Watery Coffee

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Keurig coffee makers make coffee by puncturing both the top and bottom of a k-cup with two separate needles. Then hot water runs through through the upper needle into the cup. If this needle get’s a blockage then the water can sometimes leak out of the needle without ever going into the k-cup. The water then flows around the outside of the coffee pod rather than through the grounds on the inside and eventually makes it to your cup resulting in a highly watered down cup of coffee.

To fix this common problem you have to remove the upper needle and clear the blockage.

How to Clean Out Keurig Needles

Every Keurig or third party k-cup coffee maker will have a slightly different method of removing that upper needle for cleaning and some may be cleaned with the needle in place.

For model specific instructions please consult your manual but before you do that lets cover the tried and true “unofficial” method for cleaning your needles so that water can flow through the coffee unobstructed.

Grab a toothpick and press it up into the opening in the upper needle. This will dislodge any coffee particulate that happens to be stuck up in there.

It really is that easy in most circumstances!

To continue getting great coffee from your Keurig for a long time to come you will have to follow a few tested methods. Let’s look at them one-by-one.

Related Reading – Keurig Coffee is Kind of Like Pour Over: Here’s Why

Method 1: Keeping your Machine Clean

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Next in line is the fact that you must always keep your machine clean. If you don’t do it often enough, there might be noticeable differences in taste as time passes, and this might give you pretty much the same feeling as the one this article is about.

So, if you’re having this problem, one of the first things that you should do if you haven’t done it already is cleaning your machine and checking if that makes any difference in the taste.

Keep in mind: Don’t use the other methods until trying this one first, because if it actually has an effect and you decide to, say, use two cups instead one, the coffee might becoming too bitter to drink.

See the following post for complete cleaning instructions: How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker

Method 2: Using Darker Roasts

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While several people love lighter roasts, they generally pave way for a more watery coffee- so if that’s the problem you’re facing and if you aren’t a die-hard lover of lighter roasts, you might want to try going for the darker ones available out there and see how it is. Honestly, this has been a coffee-saver for many people till date!

Method 3: Using Double Cups

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Yes, if you aren’t too short on cups at any given time, that might be a reason why you’re not getting the coffee you’re looking for. Your tastes might be a little stronger than average and in a case like that this might be a good idea for you! Next time you decide to get yourself some much needed coffee, try to use two cups instead of one and see if that helps you get the right taste that you’ve been looking for all this time, alright?

Method 4: Try to heat it up by test-running it once

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Yes, Keurig doesn’t really use the exact amount of hot water needed to prepare the best Coffee, and this is a major problem. So, something that you can try is that you can run the machine without a K-Cup first in order to heat up the machine.

Once you do this and the machine is heated up, you can discard that water, insert and K-Cup and run it again. This would heat up the machine a little more than usual and might actually let it extract more coffee, giving you the taste that you’re looking for. This is one of the methods that are worth trying because it actually helps overcome a limitation that comes with the machine for everyone from the very moment you get it.

Method 5: Remove the cup before the final drops get into it

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The last few drops are usually almost just water because almost all the processing is done. Most of the time, it only waters down your coffee further, making your coffee watery even if it wasn’t so until a while ago. So, it seems like a good option to try removing your cup before they get into it, because that might just save your coffee.

However, should you decide to try out this method, it is really essential to be careful. So, we really hope that you think it out and take adequate caution before you try out this method.

If you Need to Take the Machine Apart:

Remove the Keurig Base

As I remarked earlier, this should always be the last thing on the list for troubleshooting or maintaining a Keurig machine. And you should try out every other option before you even think of doing it because this is a really extreme step- because you’re actually going to take apart your machine!

So, assuming no other ideas work for you, and given you have an idea as to what exactly might be causing the problem and also given that you’re fairly aware about the way in with the machine works (to put it in other words, do not even think of doing this if you’re not actually about the working of the machine), in a case like that and only in a case like that, you might want to take your machine apart.

Should you decide to do that, here’s our article on how you can properly disassemble it: Keurig Disassembly Instructions.

Does Your Keurig Have a Strong Button?

Ever wonder what the “strong” button on a Keurig coffee maker does? Most people do when they see the button for the first time. In fact it’s not uncommon to wonder why the machines don’t always brew strong instead of giving you the option.

In actuality when you push it the coffee maker takes more time to brew your coffee because it adds an extra boiler cycle to the process.

This of course results in a higher temperature (bolder tasting) brew at the sacrifice for speed.

If pure speed is what you are looking for then just skip this button but if you have an extra minute and you want your coffee to taste stronger then make sure to hit this option every time.

How Many Times Can You Use One K Cup?

I hope you are not getting weak coffee because you are reusing the same k-cup one extra time!

Each k-cup really only has enough grounds inside it for one 6-8 ounce cup. The 10-12 ounce options result in coffee that is a lot more weak than most people care for.

Of course if you use the k-cup to brew two 6-oz cups you would think that that is the same as getting one 12-ounce cup but you would be wrong.

The first 6-ounce cup will come out very strong and then the second 6oz cup you make will come out extremely weak, the two cups will be so different that no one would think they came from the same grind.

No matter how big a cup you make I can’t ever recommend you use any k-cup more than one time.


At the end of the day, it does well to remember that even if you’re having this problem, there are a lot of simpler things that you can try out first before you decide to take the ultimate step. In fact, the other steps are so useful that most of the people never have to take their machine apart.

So, be sure to try the other steps out and do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Gamble Bay Coffee because we are here for you and we always try to help you out with the right information to make the best drink for yourself! We are here for you all the time, and we always look forward to hearing from you, alright?

We hope that you liked today’s article and learned at least something new that would help you make the perfect coffee that your heart and soul craves. Trust me, as coffee lovers, we really understand how it is when the coffee isn’t right- it honestly feels like your life is falling apart, and we know it, and that’s exactly why we’re here for you!

So, once again, we hope you liked this article and we hope to see you on our next ones as well- until then, have a great time!

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