Have I destroyed my Keurig?

drummerboy

I think that I accidentally poured about 10 oz of simple syrup into my Keurig. Will it just burn itself clean, or have I screwed it up?  Maybe I should just run a gallon of water through it? It was due for a descaling anyway.


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Tom

If you're lucky, you destroyed it, and you can start enjoying good coffee made in a different kind of machine. cheese


drummerboy

Screw that. Then you gotta get coffee beans and grinders and french presses and boiling water and then you gotta clean them and store them. All for a cuppa joe?

Gimme a k-cup any day.


FilmCarp

Those things are environmental catastrophes. Plus, the coffee works out to about $40 per pound.


mrincredible

One less adversary when the machines rise up. 


drummerboy

I'm not feeling the love here.


conandrob240

how does one accidentally pour simple syrup into a Keurig machine? That story might be more fun than debating a Keurig. 


Steven

Have you ever seen the inside of a Keurig that has been in use for a while?  Disgusting!  Those things are petri dishes.  I wouldn't use one even if they made coffee.


Jonathan

You can not be responding to Nan while trying to make yourself a cup of coffee. She is capable of giving a woodpecker a headache. 

I would pour hot water into the reservoir and run several cycles. Might dissolve the syrup.


Nancy
GoSlugs said:
Have you ever seen the inside of a Keurig that has been in use for a while?  Disgusting!  Those things are petri dishes.  I wouldn't use one even if they made coffee.

 This is why I gave mine away, and I'm not even close to a germ freak.  Plus, they basically make instant coffee, so you can just buy a jar of Taster's Choice for about the same quality.  But, I did love mine when it was new and it was one of the first things I bought when I was employed again after a long stretch of deprivation, so I have good memories.  


drummerboy
conandrob240 said:
how does one accidentally pour simple syrup into a Keurig machine? That story might be more fun than debating a Keurig. 

I was waiting for that one.

In our two-male household, (me and son), we have a system where we keep bottles of water in the fridge. We re-use  these bottles (Kirkland brand) over and over in an attempt to be environmentally sensitive.  So, we keep several of these bottles on top of the fridge, filled up with water, so that when we take one out of the fridge to drink, we can easily replace it, so that we always have a supply of cold water. These water bottles are also a convenient way of adding water to the Keurig. I just grab one and dump it in, so I don't have to remove the reservoir from the machine.

The other day I made some simple syrup, and I decided to store it in the fridge in a Kirkland water bottle. I labeled it as such, and placed it far away from the other water bottles so that they wouldn't get confused. What happened after that is a blur, but I found the simple syrup bottle on the kitchen counter, and it was empty.  I know my son didn't use it, so I can only assume that somehow I dumped it into the Keurig.

I think.


spontaneous

We use the reusable cups with regular grounds.  I'd rather brew one single cup than a pot.


drummerboy
spontaneous said:
We use the reusable cups with regular grounds.  I'd rather brew one single cup than a pot.

So you're satisfied with the reusables? I've thought about using them. I too only need a cup at a time. I only drink about a cup a day. I don't need a pot full of coffee.


mrincredible
Jaytee said:
You can not be responding to Nan while trying to make yourself a cup of coffee. She is capable of giving a woodpecker a headache.

 This was uncalled for.


Nancy
Jaytee said:
You can not be responding to Nan while trying to make yourself a cup of coffee. She is capable of giving a woodpecker a headache. 
I would pour hot water into the reservoir and run several cycles. Might dissolve the syrup.

 What is this mean spirited comment about?   I said nothing negative and, unless you post under multiple screen names, I don't remember ever even having a conversation with you.  


drummerboy
GoSlugs said:
Have you ever seen the inside of a Keurig that has been in use for a while?  Disgusting!  Those things are petri dishes.  I wouldn't use one even if they made coffee.

 How does one go about seeing the inside of a Keurig?


Nancy

From what I understand, you have to take it apart to see the inside.  People got upset with Keurig after this article went viral:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-i-kicked-my-keurig-curb

Snopes gave the article a mixed review:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/keurig-coffee-maker-warning/

According to Snopes, you can clean the water reserve by doing the following:

To access the Cold Water Reservoir, lift the lid. Remove the Water Level Guide and then clean inside the reservoir with a damp, non-abrasive lint-free cloth as necessary.
Replace the Water Level Guide and lower the lid when finished.

Since I don't have a Keurig anymore I can't check.



drummerboy

Oy, that article is nonsense. If someone wants to see if there are harmful levels of bacteria, you make a cup of coffee (or just a cup of hot water) and measure the bacteria that was expelled from the machine. Period. Anything else is navel gazing.


Steven
drummerboy said:


GoSlugs said:
Have you ever seen the inside of a Keurig that has been in use for a while?  Disgusting!  Those things are petri dishes.  I wouldn't use one even if they made coffee.
 How does one go about seeing the inside of a Keurig?

 With a hammer.  Seriously, life is too short to drink bad coffee.  Get a ceramic filter cone, some Melita filters, some Peets French Roast beans and experience what caffeine is supposed to taste like.


drummerboy

Oh please. K coffee is perfectly fine, especially for those of us who deign to drink from such low-life places as Dunkin Donuts and 7/11. I choose to have my palate orgasms with other food.

I would go so far as to say that given, from my experience, how inept most people are with making coffee themselves, that the advent of the Keurig has caused the collective coffee consciousness of America to rise by 100%.


FilmCarp

and the plastic cups in the trash level to rise by a zillion percent.  


Eliz
FilmCarp said:
Those things are environmental catastrophes. Plus, the coffee works out to about $40 per pound.

FilmCarp makes a good argument. At what price point is it reasonable to use a Keurig over a more conventional coffee maker? Why not spend the extra on better coffee, and save the environment, a cup a day? 


krnl

I definitely am not a coffee connoisseur.

I require a cup of caffeine each morning.  I heat a cup of water in the microwave, take it out, put a Folgers coffee single (tea bag) in the cup of hot water, make my breakfast, and then remove the caffeine bag from the cup.  Easier than making a pot of coffee with about the same number of steps as using a Keurig but no collection of gunk in a machine, no plastic k-cup to dispose of, no additional countertop space taken up by expensive hot water heater (Keurig).



Nancy
krnl said:
I definitely am not a coffee connoisseur.
I require a cup of caffeine each morning.  I heat a cup of water in the microwave, take it out, put a Folgers coffee single (tea bag) in the cup of hot water, make my breakfast, and then remove the caffeine bag from the cup.  Easier than making a pot of coffee with about the same number of steps as using a Keurig but no collection of gunk in a machine, no plastic k-cup to dispose of, no additional countertop space taken up by expensive hot water heater (Keurig).



 According to this, you should not heat your hot water in a microwave.  I use an electric kettle and it works great, although it is another appliance.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-microwaving-water-for-tea-is-a-bad-idea-97452679/



Steven

It really is true.  These things are ecological disasters.


drummerboy

And another thing - what part of the average American suburban lifestyle is NOT an ecological disaster? We focus on crap like K-Cups and plastic straws as we merrily consume our way into oblivion.

grrrr




Kim
nan said:


krnl said:
I definitely am not a coffee connoisseur.
I require a cup of caffeine each morning.  I heat a cup of water in the microwave, take it out, put a Folgers coffee single (tea bag) in the cup of hot water, make my breakfast, and then remove the caffeine bag from the cup.  Easier than making a pot of coffee with about the same number of steps as using a Keurig but no collection of gunk in a machine, no plastic k-cup to dispose of, no additional countertop space taken up by expensive hot water heater (Keurig).

 According to this, you should not heat your hot water in a microwave.  I use an electric kettle and it works great, although it is another appliance.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-microwaving-water-for-tea-is-a-bad-idea-97452679/


That article is correct, up to a point.  

I know about the different temp levels for different teas, which I learned from a provider of loose leaf teas.

Green tea:   165 deg F

Oolongs:     185 deg F

Black tea:    205 deg F

Since I drink all 3 types, I purchased a digital kitchen thermometer, and checked the temperature in the pot I used to heat the water.  Easy.

Next, I took my very large tea cup, and filled it with water.  Poured it into a 2 cup glass measuring cup.  Put it into the micro wave for 2 minutes on high, and checked the temperature.

Repeated the process a few times at progressively longer time settings, and then I had it, 3 minutes on high, and it is perfect for brewing green tea.  Note:  other microwaves will vary, but once you have the timing right, it is perfectly OK to use the micro wave to heat the water.


Jonathan

So any update on the Keurig? Still making coffee?


drummerboy


Jaytee said:
So any update on the Keurig? Still making coffee?

 so far, the caffeine is flowing fine....


I guess with all of the toxic gunk that's clogging up the machine already, a little sugar water is nothing. cheese 



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