How To Clean Your Keurig In 5 Steps

If you own a Keurig, cleaning it on a regular basis is an important thing to do because it prevents bacteria and coffee residue from building up. Here is an easy way to clean your Keurig thoroughly and effectively. Before you begin to clean your Keurig you will need to have a ceramic cup or mug, dish soap, a damp cloth, and at least 48 ounces of white vinegar at your disposal. 

Step 1: Cleaning The Water Reservoir And Its Lid

Once you gather your materials, the first thing you want to do is to take off  the lid to the water reservoir and clean them both separately. To clean the lid and water reservoir make sure to do it by hand and use a damp cloth and dish soap. It is important to clean the water reservoir before proceeding with the process to ensure that you are starting of with the cleanest base possible.

Step 2: De-Scaling The Water Reservoir

Once the water reservoir has been cleaned you will proceed to de-scale the reservoir using the white vinegar. To do this place your ceramic cup or mug on the drip plate located on the bottom of the Keurig then simply pour the vinegar into the reservoir. Next and run a brew cycle until the “add water” symbol is indicated. When doing this step it is important to remember not to have a K-Cup in the holder, otherwise the de-scaling process can not be completed properly. The next part to this step is to let the vinegar sit in the reservoir for 4-6 hours to thoroughly remove any remaining bacteria and contaminants, and removing the vinegar from the reservoir.

Step 3: Removing The Vinegar From The Water Resovoir 

The next step is to rinse the water reservoir with water to remove any traces of the vinegar. In order to do this, first fill up the water reservoir with fresh water and  place your ceramic cup or mug on the drip plate of your Keurig. Next you have to run a brew cycle until the “add water” symbol is indicated. It is important to note that the longer you allow the vinegar to sit in the reservoir the longer it will take to get rid of the taste– you may need to complete more than one brew cycle in order to fully remove the vinegars taste. 

Step 4: Cleaning The K-cup Holder Thoroughly 

Cleaning the holder where the K-Cup goes is also an important step that many people forget to do. This can be separated into two parts; cleaning the funnel and cleaning the needle. Cleaning the K-Cup holder’s funnel is easier than cleaning the needle; to do so simply separate the holder from the funnel by twisting the funnel off of the holder. After doing this, place the funnel in the dishwasher or thoroughly wash it by hand. Cleaning the K-Cup’s needle can be a tricky process. To begin note that the needle is on the bottom of the K-Cup holder. To clear any clogs formed in the needle, use a paper clip to release any compacted coffee grounds.

Step 5: Cleaning The Drip Plate

The final step to clean your Keurig is cleaning the drip plate. In order to properly clean the drip plate you must separate the metal tray from the plastic container and clean each piece separately by using a damp cloth and dish soap.

Once you complete all five of these steps you can return to using your Keurig as you regularly would. These steps should be completed frequently to ensure that your Keurig is free of bacteria and coffee residue.

Two Recipes For Coffee at Home

Hi everyone and welcome back to Spill The Beans… The Coffee Beans, today I am going to talk about ways to make your coffee at home.

For those of you who would rather stay at home and enjoy a cup of coffee. Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare coffee at home.  

To make a cold brew coffee at home all you have to do is follow a few simple steps. First make sure your coffee is grounded coarsely, then steep the grounds in water for 10-12 hours (I like to do it overnight). After steeping the beans you have to strain it, then you can add creamer or the milk  of your choice.  If you want to save time in the morning you can also make a batch to last you a week on the weekend. Though the process to prepare the coffee is long the wait is worth it as steeping the coffee grounds allows for a smooth finish.

If you are in a  mood for a Frappuccino but do not want to spend the money on it here is the perfect recipe to make one at home. To start you are going to need the following ingredients: 2 shots of chilled strongly brewed coffee, half a cup of milk, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and ice. After you get all the ingredients you are going to start off by putting the ice and your chilled coffee  in the blender and blend it for 10-15 seconds. Once you blend that add in the half a cup of your milk of choice and blend for another 10-15 seconds. Make sure it is smooth and pour it into your cup. Finally to finish it off add your whipped cream and chocolate drizzle on top. This is one of my favorite coffees to make in the summertime.

I hope you enjoyed this article and try out one of these recipes for yourself.

Healthy Options at Starbucks

Hi everyone and welcome back to Spill The Beans… The Coffee Beans, today I am going to talk about some of the healthier options you can get at Starbucks.

Starbucks has a wide variety of options when it comes to what to order and how to order it, especially when it comes to healthier options. Here are some of those options for you. First things first, if you are looking to include any additional flavors to your drink you can add the sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup or the sugar free vanilla syrup.

Something many people do not know is that Starbucks offers keto friendly drink options. Here are some of those coffee options, and how to order them. To start, order your choice of an Americano, Black Coffee, Iced Coffee, or a Cold Brew, then pick your choice of sugar free syrup ( cinnamon dolce syrup, or vanilla), finally add your dairy or non-dairy options of heavy cream, almond milk , or coconut milk. These drinks are a great way to get a drink at Starbucks but still stay on your diet.

Keto friendly options are not the only healthy items on Starbucks’ menu. There are many low calorie drinks on the menu such as a basic iced coffee which is 80 calories and an iced coffee with milk being 110 calories. A sweeter low calorie option would be a caramel iced coffee (a regular iced coffee with added caramel syrup) which is 80 calories without milk and 110 calories with milk. One of my favorite low calorie drinks is an almond macchiato; to order this first ask for an almond macchiato ( it is made with almond milk instead of regular milk), then substitute the cinnamon dolce syrup with the sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup, and finally ask for caramel drizzle on top. Even though these drinks are low in calories they still have a lot of flavor.

I hope that you found this article useful and give one of these drinks a try.

A Cup For Everyone At Starbucks

Hi everyone and welcome back to Spill The Beans… The Coffee Beans, today I am going to discuss my top recommendations to order at Starbucks.

For those of you like your coffee on the sweeter side, but still enjoy a strong coffee taste, these next recommendations are for you. The Iced White Mocha is a fusion of an espresso and a white chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream to create the perfect white chocolate beverage.  Although I enjoy this drink the way it comes, I like to customize it by adding  caramel drizzle, 2 shots of vanilla, and having it made with almond milk.  The Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew is a traditional cold brew coffee that is sweetened with honey and is topped off with almond milk creating the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness in a cup.  The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is one of my favorites,  it is a traditional cold brew coffee accented with a sweet cream that together makes the perfect choice for someone who enjoys something on the sweeter side.

For those of you that enjoy a stronger and more bitter coffee here are some drinks that suit your tastes. The Nitro Cold Brew is one of my favorites to get my morning started; it is a mixture of a classic cold brew that is infused with nitrogen which together create the perfect cup to start your day. The Cold Brew is another classic drink at Starbucks that is a great way to kick off your day. It is one of my favorites because it is extremely customizable , you can add in your favorite flavor sweetener. If your looking for something just as strong as the original cold brew but want something a little bit sweeter, the Cold Brew with Cinnamon Oatmilk Foam is the way to go; the cold brew itself is just as strong as the original cold brew, but the underlying sweetness of the oat milk and cinnamon make it less bitter.

I hope that at least one of the drinks I listed above will suit your tastes and that you will give them a try.

Welcome to the blog

Hello, Everybody, my name is Valerie and I want to welcome you to “Spill The Beans… The Coffee Beans”. In this blog I will talk about my favorite ways to make coffee, my favorite go to coffee orders, the newest coffee trends, ways to get the most out of your dollar when buying coffee, and my favorite items to order from the secret menus of some of the most popular coffee spots. In all honesty I probably drink more coffee than I should,but by no means am I an expert on coffee. I love to explore the world of coffee by trying new blends and switching up my order often.

I grew up in a Guatemalan household, so I was introduced to coffee at a young age and it has been a staple in my life since. I would say that my taste in coffee has strongly been influenced by my Guatemalan roots. While some may think it is to bitter, straight black coffee with no sweetener or creamer is what I was raised drinking and is my favorite. I am however happy to say that I have broadened my horizons in the coffee world and ventured into new ways to drink my coffee. Don’t get me wrong I still love black coffee, but now I usually customize my drink to match my mood— A stronger brew that is almost always a straight black cup to get me ready for the day, a sweeter usually iced coffee of some sort around lunch, and a mildly sweet coffee to end my day.

I want to use this blog to explore the world of coffee with you. I hope to introduce you to new ways to drink your coffee,and if you don’t drink coffee I hope I can convince you to give it a try as I’m sure there’s something out there for everyone’s taste.