Several years ago we received a Keurig mini-plus coffee maker. It has been used several times a day ever since, and we have had no trouble. That is until this summer. Out of apparently nowhere the maker started to leak coffee. Every cup that was brewed would result in a third to a half dribbling out of the maker onto the kitchen counter. Very frustrating.
I went online and found that many folks have the same problem. There was no end of suggestions to fix the annoyance: from descaling with vinegar to removing and cleaning the rubber ring through which the water flows. All of this we did but with no luck. The pristine coffee maker still oozed coffee. My reaction was less than dignified.
I can’t claim to be very handy around the house, the sight of me with a hammer usually sends people running in all directions. But this had me flummoxed. Then, it hit me. One day while washing the Keurig reusable K-Cups (that always makes me think of a bra size – good God imagine enormity) that we use instead of the prepackaged coffee cups from various makers, I noticed that the three little things on the inside of the lid had, over the years, broken off. These things look like small dorsal fins.
I wondered if this could be the culprit, so off I went to buy some pre-filled cups of coffee. Back home I made a cup using the prepared pods and voila! no leakage. All that time looking for a solution to the coffee maker when the problem was the reusable cup.
How is it that no one else had posted about this online? I felt a true sensation of discovery.
So remember if your Keurig coffee maker leaks, check your reusable K-Cups!