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So, you have just bought your favorite whole bean or ground bag of Grim Bean Coffee, and now you are all set to run those delectable grinds through your Keurig. Here are a few tips on how to make your Grim Bean Coffee the best cup of coffee your Keurig has ever made.

1. GET A REUSABLE POD

There are plenty of options on the market today but make certain that the reusable pod you purchase is compatible with the model Keurig you own.

2. HOW TO JUDGE THE STRENGTH OF YOUR COFFEE

This all relies upon the number of grounds you put into your pod. If this is your first time using Grim Bean Coffee take note. Due to our roasting process and the freshness of our coffee product, you will need to use about 3/4 of the grounds you are used to using. Yes, our coffees are that bold and flavorful that you will get more cups to the bag than what you are used to.

3. THE WATER LAYS THE FOUNDATION

Second only to the coffee grounds you use, water is perhaps the most essential ingredient when brewing a good cup of coffee. We recommend refilling your water tank each morning. We are not suggesting wasting water, however; especially if you are purchasing bottled water. Take note of how many cups you are brewing each day and only put that much water in your reservoir. Your Keurig water reservoir is not a bottle and keeping water in it overnight is not the best storage method.

It is highly recommended that you use bottled or filtered water in Keurig machines or using a water filter. If your Keurig comes equipped with a water filter, you should replace it every two months or 60 tank refills. Also, note that softened water in your Keurig machine is a big no-no.

4. KEEP THE PARTS CLEAN

An often-overlooked fact is that coffee beans, once ground and processed, leave behind residue in your Keurig. Left unchecked, the result over time is bitter or burnt tasting coffee with an unpleasant aftertaste. The simply solution is cleaning. Make it a habit to clean coffee grounds and dirt from all parts that come in contact with coffee on a regular basis.

Create a cleaning schedule. Monthly, take out and wash the k-cup holder, clean both exit needles, clean coffee grounds around the k-cup holder, the funnel where the holder goes and the bottom side of the handle as well as around the top exit needle. A soft brush or paper towel will help in cleaning the area around the filter holder. A detergent like Cleancaf is very helpful in this process. Rinse parts with Cleancaf or use it to rub the area around the k-cup holder.

5. DESCALE YOUR MACHINE EVERY 3 MONTHS 

Descaling is a highly recommended process to ensure your Keurig coffee maker is functioning the same as it did when you removed it from the box. Depending on your usage and mineral content of water in your area, it is recommended to descale every three months. Descaling helps clean mineral build-up inside your machine and can help with poor performance.

Visit Keurig’s site for complete instructions on the process that applies to your machine. 

6. THINKING OUTSIDE THE K-CUP

It’s pretty simple to walk into your local grocery store or bulk retail outlet and pick up a box of multi-pack pre-filled K-cups. We get that, but here are the drawbacks. First, you don’t know how long that pre-filled K-cup has been on the shelf. Grim Bean Coffee is freshly roasted and either available in our retail outlet or delivered to your door within days of roasting and grinding to ensure the freshest coffee possible.

Second, where are all of those plastic K-cups going when you toss them in the trash? K-cups are made of supposedly recyclable polypropylene, however; they are not compostable or reusable, AND you are still looking at an additional nine million of these little white pods floating around every year.

Using a reusable pod is a responsible thing to do for the environment, AND it opens the possibility to enjoy some of the boldest, freshest coffee you have ever tasted. Remember, once you go Grim Bean you won’t go back to bland off-the-shelf coffee!

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