It is very important to clean and maintain your Keurig brewer on a regular basis. This will prolong the life of your unit and supply you with the best tasting Kcup coffee day after day (or hour after hour if you are anything like me!). How do you choose the right Kcup and brew it properly? Are Kcups Kosher? Are Organic Kcups available? Each week we will be educating you on best practices for Keurig brewer care and Kcup brewing.
This weeks installment of Keurig 101 is…How do I store my Keurig Kcups?
You have received your treasured Kcups (ordered from crosscountrycafe.com of course!), now what? How do you keep them as fresh as possible, for as long as possible? As always Keurig has made this easy for us…you really dont need to worry.
Each Kcup is flushed with nitrogen, then vacuum sealed blocking out all light and moisture. I have visited Green Mountain Coffee in Vermont and have seen first hand that this process takes place as soon as the coffee is in the Kcup. The foil lid is immediately adhered to the plastic cup and viola… we have a package with perfectly fresh coffee sealed inside.
There is a fresh by date printed on the side of every Kcup. This is not an expiration date it is simply a best if used by guideline. The contents will never be exposed to moisture or air leaving it virtually impossible for the coffee to spoil. However, being the perfectionists that they are, Keurig and Green Mountain want their coffee to be enjoyed only at the peak of freshness. If you store the Kcup for a very, very long time, it will lose its wonderful coffee taste. It will be flat and bland but, by no means spoiled.
Keurig has solved all storage issues for us except temperature. We recommend Kcups to be stored at or slightly below room temperature. There are some who choose to refrigerate their coffee. We have found so many mixed opinions on that subject that we cant possibly endorse it. I think that everyone would agree however, that storing coffee in a warm environment is a bad idea and may affect the taste.
Keurig is all about convenience. Having you Kcups tucked away in a cupboard doesn’t lend itself to accessibility. There are so many clever counter carousels, storage drawers and racks that put just the right amount go Kcups at your fingertips. We thought we would share a few of our favorites.
First, the Lazy Susan Kcup Carousel is probably the most popular. It is simple and looks sharp. This system holds 27 Kcups and features a chrome finish.
Our second Kcup storage option is the Lazy Susan Tower. This unit efficiently stores 30 Kcups utilizing vertical space and taking up very little of your counter.
The third option is my favorite. The K Cupboard. It is an original design by an artisan we meant in Michigan. It is functional and incredibly attractive. On top of that, the K Cupboard is versatile. You can set it against you backsplash horizontally, mount it on a wall or on a cabinet. This unit holds a whopping 48 Kcups!
There are also various storage drawers which are great because they sit under your Keurig, nicely tucked out of the way.
There is under the cabinet storage:
And last but not least spice racks converted to Kcup racks:
I suspect that there will be more and more original ideas for Kcup storage. Find us on Pinterest for some other artistic storage ideas we have come across or share your ideas here!