Sign up for the Single Serve Coffee mailing list and be eligible to win prizes given away to mailing list members.

Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

OPOD, Bunn My Cafe, Senseo, Home Cafe, Keurig, Melitta One:One

Moderators: jbviau, NDJollyMon

Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby jswilson64 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:46 pm

Forgive me if this has been beaten to death; thanks to forum search rules, I can't search for "my k cup" because the words are too short... And it's my first post

My wife and I have been through 3 Keurig machines in the last 7 years or so (we can't quite remember how long it's been). We started with the one-cup-size (B40?) that we ordered from Keurig. That one died after about 2-1/2 years and we got the 2-cup-size "Elite" at Target. That one died after about the same amount of time, and we replaced it with the Elite again. And it is now starting to die - inconsistent cup sizes, taking a LONG time to brew, etc.

We have been using the My K-Cup and coffee we buy and grind locally for almost the entire time we've owned Keurig brewers. We have the latest version of that, and we grind our coffee at the largest grind available where we shop, based on Keurig customer support's recommendation.

I really don't understand why they're failing - seems like a coffee maker should last longer than 2-3 years. I'm hesitant to buy another Keurig machine, and don't want to spend 200 bucks to get the Cuisinart Keurig with a 3 year warranty.

I don't think the problem is scale - we always, always, use distilled water that we buy at the grocery store. There has probably been less than 3 gallons of "regular" water through all of our machines put together since we bought Keurig #1. When the de-scale light comes on (why does it come on with distilled water, anyway?), I'll do the de-scale procedure, even though there shouldn't be any mineral deposits in the machine.

So, I have to wonder, if using the My K-Cup somehow shortens the life span of the machine. Maybe it causes too much back pressure and kills the pumps?

Anyway, I'm frustrated, and dread the morning that's coming soon, when there's no coffee. :-(
jswilson64
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:11 pm

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby jar » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:59 pm

Well, distilled water is generally not a good idea since it seems many of the coffee makers use some of the normal chemicals found in most water as part of the temperature control system.

I agree that it sounds like you have had a run of machines failing too quickly, but Keurig does seem to have pretty good customer service. I suggest that you contact them and explain your history and see if there is anything they can do to help.
Anyone so limited as to be able to spell a word only one way is severely handicapped.
User avatar
jar
 
Posts: 3260
Joined: Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:29 pm
Location: Texas!!!

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby jbviau » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:34 pm

jswilson64 wrote:So, I have to wonder, if using the My K-Cup somehow shortens the life span of the machine. Maybe it causes too much back pressure and kills the pumps?

Possible, especially considering that the pumps have been a weak spot even for non-My K-cup users for a while now. Sorry to hear it! And welcome, by the way. Since you keep coming back to the Keurig, what do you like about it? If the answer ends up being "not a whole lot," I'd definitely recommend trying another single-serve machine or even removing machines from the equation altogether, e.g. switching to a pour-over cone or Clever Coffee Dripper. Do you buy k-cups at all?
Josh - Forum Moderator
----------------------------
Bunn Trifecta MB, Nespresso D90, Baratza Preciso and OE LIDO(s), and that's just what's on the counter...
Josh's Pod Guide, K-cup Line-up, and Nespresso Encapsulation
User avatar
jbviau
 
Posts: 7839
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby VydorScope » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:34 pm

jar wrote:Well, distilled water is generally not a good idea since it seems many of the coffee makers use some of the normal chemicals found in most water as part of the temperature control system.



I have not heard this, where did you see that?
Vincent
http://losttalesofpower.com
My scifi/fantasy novels on can be found on Smashwords, Amazon and every where fine ebooks are sold!
----------------------------------
Active: Kuerig B60, Toddy, Bunn MCP, DeLonghi EC140B
User avatar
VydorScope
 
Posts: 2422
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:52 pm
Location: Virginia, USA

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby jbviau » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:40 pm

Most recently, in the Bunn MC Home thread. Amanda@BUNN said distilled water would throw off the new Bunn IIRC. Ah, here you go: new-bunn-my-cafe-home-single-cup-pod-brewer-t8110-137.html
Josh - Forum Moderator
----------------------------
Bunn Trifecta MB, Nespresso D90, Baratza Preciso and OE LIDO(s), and that's just what's on the counter...
Josh's Pod Guide, K-cup Line-up, and Nespresso Encapsulation
User avatar
jbviau
 
Posts: 7839
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby VydorScope » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:58 pm

jbviau wrote:Most recently, in the Bunn MC Home thread. Amanda@BUNN said distilled water would throw off the new Bunn IIRC. Ah, here you go: new-bunn-my-cafe-home-single-cup-pod-brewer-t8110-137.html


Interesting, I dont use distilled water since we have "spring" water delivered, but always assumed cleaner water = beter
Vincent
http://losttalesofpower.com
My scifi/fantasy novels on can be found on Smashwords, Amazon and every where fine ebooks are sold!
----------------------------------
Active: Kuerig B60, Toddy, Bunn MCP, DeLonghi EC140B
User avatar
VydorScope
 
Posts: 2422
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:52 pm
Location: Virginia, USA

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby sweaner » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:32 pm

Distilled water does not taste as good as water with some minerals. Some machines that have a boiler level sensor, like most espresso machines, need the minerals to function properly.
Scott

Bunn Trifecta MB
Bunn My Cafe
Clever Coffee Dripper
Keurig B60
Quickmill Vetrano- A Beast!
Invention: "The Podster"
User avatar
sweaner
 
Posts: 1488
Joined: Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:44 pm
Location: Pennsylvania

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby jswilson64 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:01 pm

Hmm, I didn't know that about distilled water. I, too, figured pure water=better coffee. And around here in the summer, when the water tastes like mud, I definitely don't want to use tap water.
jswilson64
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:11 pm

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby VydorScope » Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:42 pm

So then are we better buying "Spring Water" or using filtered tap water with a brita or something?
Vincent
http://losttalesofpower.com
My scifi/fantasy novels on can be found on Smashwords, Amazon and every where fine ebooks are sold!
----------------------------------
Active: Kuerig B60, Toddy, Bunn MCP, DeLonghi EC140B
User avatar
VydorScope
 
Posts: 2422
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:52 pm
Location: Virginia, USA

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby GmanJenks » Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:15 pm

VydorScope wrote:So then are we better buying "Spring Water" or using filtered tap water with a brita or something?


In my mind something that is filtered is better than spring. There is a severe lack of standards regarding the quality of spring water. Some of them are quite high in TDS (total dissolved solids) and that creates extra scale and could be cause additional issues with some of the more sensitive machines.
GmanJenks
 
Posts: 560
Joined: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:37 pm
Location: Winnipeg, Canada

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby Coffee Tiger » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:02 pm

Distilled water usually has no taste at all because it's been depleted of any minerals (I have used them and they leave a sand like substance behind as the liquid evaporates and gets collected in a seprate container) but they are great for soups and such supposedly because since it has no minerals or (toxins) food cooks better in it and extracts flavor producing a better result. (in theory)

RO water that has a dionizer may extract to much and is not good for drinking and contains alot less minerals.

Both distiller and RO filtered water are great for mixing water for saltwater aquariums.

These filter may work for coffee machines because all minerals are not taken out except the toxins or poisons that are in the liquid itself: bigberkeywaterfilters.com and aquarain.com
User avatar
Coffee Tiger
 
Posts: 42
Joined: Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:45 pm
Location: New England

Re: Does the My K-Cup kill Keurig brewers?

Postby VydorScope » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:18 pm

I wonder then, what if we bought "Spring Water" or "Drinking Water" and used the Keurig filter in the water tank? I ask case I use this at work and I will be moving to a new office with possibly no easy access to a tap or water....
Vincent
http://losttalesofpower.com
My scifi/fantasy novels on can be found on Smashwords, Amazon and every where fine ebooks are sold!
----------------------------------
Active: Kuerig B60, Toddy, Bunn MCP, DeLonghi EC140B
User avatar
VydorScope
 
Posts: 2422
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:52 pm
Location: Virginia, USA


Return to Single Serve Coffee Machines

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests