My Keurig Brewed a Half Cup- Now What?!


It’s 6am, you have had a solid 5 hours of sleep, you NEED coffee now.  You think to yourself, everything is going to be ok, my Keurig will have a steaming hot cup of joe in my mug in a mere 60 seconds.  You choose your favorite roast, pop ‘er in and…you hear sputtering, a little bit of coffee comes out then, nothing.

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This is probably the number one complaint I have heard when it comes to  Keurig performance and believe me, I get it.  But, with a little bit of know how, in most situations you can fix this issue.

If your Keurig brews a short cup it may be caused by one of the following:

  • The exit needle is clogged by coffee grounds, tea or cocoa mix. Click here to view instructions on how to clean the needle and brew basket.
  • It may be time to perform a descaling. Click here for instructions on how to descale your unit.
  • The water reservoir was removed during the brew process. Place the water reservoir back onto the brewer and perform a cleansing water only brew without a Kcup.
  • You may have a faulty brew basket (this actually happened to me). If your brewer is less than a year old, call Keurig and they will send you a brand spanking new one for free. If your unit is out if warranty, call us of course!

Those are the “on the record” instructions.

Off the record, hit the brewer.  Yep, pretend you are the Fonz and give it a little tap on the side. Air can get trapped in the tubing and prevent the coffee from exiting.  A little jiggle will move the air along and back to a brewin’ you will go!

I hope this helps! If I can help prevent one person from having to face a dreaded coffee less morning then my job here is done.

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4 thoughts on “My Keurig Brewed a Half Cup- Now What?!

  1. We have been researching keurig coffee makers for some time & decided to get the K65. They were excited to get this & when it arrived my spouse was the first to open & set it up. It came with a sample pack of coffees & tea. Wish the sample pack included over one kcup tea but that is a minor gripe. The filter was a pleasant bonus but in case you use filtered water already it is useless. They brewed a cup of tea & it was nice. They love the fact that every brew is consistent. They have used it every morning since they got it & everything has gone well. They bought the coffee filter set so they can use your own coffee grinds. Everything works flawlessly. It is a bit noisy in the coursework of the warm up but other than that it is a great coffee maker.

    • Welcome to the world of Keurig! I am glad your family is enjoying the new brewer. I would recommend using the filter regardless of the fact that you are using filtered water already. The number one thing you can do to keep these machines happy is to reduce the amount of minerals in the water. Besides that they are pretty easy!

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  3. We have been researching keurig coffee makers for some time and decided to get the K65. They were excited to get this and when it arrived my spouse was the first to open and set it up. It came with a sample pack of coffees and tea. Wish the sample pack included over one kcup tea but that is a minor gripe. The filter was a pleasant bonus but in the event you use filtered water already it is useless. They brewed a cup of tea and it was lovely. They love the fact that every brew is consistent. They have used it every morning since they got it and everything has gone well. They bought the coffee filter set so they can use your own coffee grinds. Everything works flawlessly. It is a bit noisy in the coursework of the warm up but other than that it is a great coffee maker.

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