I went to go make coffee the other morning, and instead of shooting out 8 ounces of freshly brewed coffee, my Keurig made a few odd groaning and hissing sounds, and then gave me 2 ounces of tepid brown water. After a bit of peering and prodding into the mouth of my Keurig coffee maker, I discovered that the top needle was broken. This is the piece that punctures the foil top of the K-Cup and shoots hot water through the beans. Is my Keurig broken? Can it be fixed or do I need to replace my Keurig?
How a Keurig works
If you have ever wondered how a Keurig works, it all comes down to two needles. There’s a needle to puncture the top, and a needle to puncture the bottom. The top needle also serves as the tube to force hot water through the grounds in the K-Cup, and through the bottom hole into your cup. Without this top needle (or a broken needle), my machine is tearing a large hole in the foil, but not directly the water through the K-Cup. It’s leaky, and doesn’t give me a full, hot cup of coffee.
My first stop after figuring out the cause of my disappointing cup of coffee was to Google, “How to fix a broken Keurig needle.” There are a lot of results on single-serving coffee maker message boards and the Keurig support page.
Replacement Keurig parts hard to come by
Unfortunately my search left me disappointed. I have the Keurig Mini Plus Single-Cup Brewing System B31. (Rated a high 89/100 on Viewpoints.) It’s served me well over two years. I usually only use it to make a cup of coffee on weekends or when I have guests. I save my daily coffee habit for work. Since I only used it occasionally, I didn’t mind the lack of reservoir. This machine requires a fresh pour of water for each cup of coffee.
The Keurig Mini, while perfectly acceptable for my habits, doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some other Keurigs. Keurig just doesn’t offer replacement parts for this coffee maker, like it does for more expensive models.
I was ready to order a replacement part and do some fiddling to replace the broken needle on my Keurig, but it looks like I’ll be shopping for a new coffee maker instead. Friends rave about their French presses, and some of the newest drip coffee makers look pretty interesting, but I’ll probably end up with another Keurig. I have quite a stockpile of K-Cups I don’t want to go to waste, and I love the ease and simplicity of the single-serving coffee maker.
The next time around I might splurge a little bit more on a more expensive model that has replacement parts, rather than trying to save money up front for a coffee maker that will break.
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