Keurig brewers are perhaps one of the most ingenious creations in the last few years. These coffee machines can quickly brew a single cup of coffee or tea in about a minute with very little mess or fuss. As such, they have become quite popular in both households and offices.
So how do these tiny miracle-makers work?
Even though the Keurig brewer produces a hot cup of coffee in a matter of seconds, it’s not instant coffee. Each K-cup contains ground coffee with a paper filter in an air-sealed cup. It’s very similar to brewing a whole pot of coffee with ground coffee and a filter, just on a tenth (or twelfth) of the scale.
When the K-cup is inserted into the brewer, the machine punches holes in the top and bottom of the sealed K-cup. The machine then runs hot, pressurized water through the hole in the top of the K-cup, and the brewed coffee dispenses through the filter in the cup, out the hole in the bottom of the K-cup, and into your coffee mug that eagerly awaits the beverage below.
Once your drink is complete, all that is left to do is remove the used K-cup and throw it away. That’s it; that’s all the mess you have to worry about when brewing with a K-cup (aside from washing your coffee mug, of course).
Keurig brewers and K-cups have become so popular due to their ease of use and the fact that each user can brew what they specifically want to drink. There’s no arguing in the office over coffee being too weak or too strong, because everyone can brew their coffee how they prefer. As a bonus, the Keurig machines can also brew hot tea just as easily.