Keurig's "K cups too bold/strong for my taste"

by Amy
(Berea, KY)

I asked for a Keurig mini brewer for Christmas and the machine works well. However I'm really disappointed with it because of how strong all of the coffee tastes, regardless of the brand or blend/flavor.

The problem is that I do not lIke strong coffee. For example, I think Starbucks coffee is too bold regardless of the type. I guess I'm not a purist, but even the K-cups that are flavored taste so strong I can barely drink them.

Perhaps it is because the largest cup size you can use with the mini is a 10-oz cup. Because some Keurig owners must be like me, I wonder if anything can be done to make the brew milder short of diluting the brewed cup.

My sister-in-law told me she had one at work and they used to brew two separate cups using the same k cup so that the second cup would be milder. I made her some coffe with my new Keurig and she didn't finish it (and she said she liked bold coffee).

For those of you who like a robust blend, please understand that I admit I'm a whimp when it comes to coffee, but I just want to know if there are those out there like me who have found K cups to be too bold, and if so, how did you deal with it? I'm a bit surprised that I haven't seen a similar comment out there in cyberspace, so I'm wondering if perhaps I'm doing something wrong. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Jan 16, 2016
Keurig too strong NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem! I used the maximum amount of water and still too strong/bold for me. I went to the A to Z online jungle and bought some plastic keurig k- cup pods which are reusable. I use my own Folgers coffee in them and can adjust it to taste.

Jan 13, 2016
Too strong NEW
by: Anonymous

I place the cup in machine to allow it to puncture. I then pull it back out and pour some of coffee through the hole and then brew it. That's only way I can handle it.

Jan 07, 2016
richmond, ky NEW
by: Anonymous

Too strong for me also.

Jan 02, 2016
I agree NEW
by: Anonymous

Same here. I have to brew 6 oz. Pour in sink, brew 8 oz more from the same pod. Perfect

Dec 29, 2015
K cups too strong for our taste NEW
by: Anonymous

Received Keurig K40Elite Single Cup Coffee Maker for Christmas. Love the machine, but the coffee pods are entirely too strong for us. Would like some suggestions for milder coffee pods.

Dec 29, 2015
K cups too strong for our taste NEW
by: Anonymous

Received Keurig K40Elite Single Cup Coffee Maker for Christmas. Love the machine, but the coffee pods are entirely too strong for us. Would like some suggestions for milder coffee pods.

Dec 27, 2015
Coffee toooooo strong NEW
by: Anonymous

Couldn't wait to buy a Keurig. Can't drink a cup without diluting it. I am so disappointed. Most likely will return it soon.

Dec 20, 2015
Keurig too strong NEW
by: Anonymous

I agree. Way to strong for me. I usually add an excessive abt of creamer and it's still too strong. We use bunn coffee maker at work. Of course it's commercial but it's perfect to me.

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Oct 03, 2015
Strong Coffee NEW
by: Ken Grakauskas

I just bought a Keurig and had the same strong issues. Until I figure something out, my workaround is to brew (3) 10 oz cups from the same pod and mix them together.

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Jun 05, 2015
too strong NEW
by: tera

yes i was so excited to get my keurig for mothers day i waited so long for it and love coffee BUT i find it too strong too all of it and i like coffee strong so this must be way too strong!!! i put an ice cube in and that helps a little . i was thinking like you that no one else felt like me.

Jan 14, 2015
Unhappy. NEW
by: Anonymous

Sorry just way to strong for us. I guess we will return to Bunn it is also fast. But did like it that you only had to make one cup at a time. So disappointed.

Jan 08, 2015
solo 3 NEW
by: Anonymous

Walmart and Target sell the Solo 3 cups. They are Red plastic with a silver (thimble looking)filter.
This works better than the my k-cups that let you use your own coffee. You don't have to remove the k-cup holder to use it. Read the instructions and follow them. Buy a light or mild blend, fill it to the full line or just below to the top of the silver filter, and experiment with the water. Start out with 10 ounces and if it is still too strong, brew 6 and than 6 more over same pod again. The solo got great reviews that's why I spent the 12 dollars it costs over the cheaper 5 dollar kind. You can use it to brew loose leaf tea too.

Jan 01, 2015
sort of a solution NEW
by: Anonymous

I have figured out a sort of a solution to the strong coffee. I make a cup with the next to last cup size setting, pour that cup out, then make it on the largest setting using the same k cup. It isn't very convenient but it works for me. I'm not wasting anything but a little water. I thought I would post so maybe someone would want to try this too...

Dec 30, 2014
Solution NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem. I drink a lot of coffee, so my solution is just running a cycle without a K-cup at all to get 10 oz of hot water, and then running a cycle with my K-cup to get 10 oz of coffee. I then mix them together, effectively weakening the coffee by half. I just purchased a refillable mesh K-cup for it, so I'll experiment with amounts in that to see if that helps too.

Oct 22, 2014
Strong coffee NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry but I bought the keurig 560 so excited to have one but geeezee the coffee is to strong and I love coffee but I can't drink it.

Feb 25, 2014
Not happy with my keurig NEW
by: Teresa

I'm returning my coffee machine back I order the mini keurig also but I'm not happy with the coffee taste too strong,,, I'm just ordering the Hamilton beach is only 22.00 and the coffee is way cheaper..

Dec 04, 2013
I agree it's very strong.I can't drink it. NEW
by: Anonymous

Buy your own K cup and use whatever amount you want.I use one half table spoon for one med. size cup.

Oct 20, 2013
makes coffee too strong NEW
by: Anonymous

This coffee is much too strong. The K cups should be filled as to the strength of coffee you like, such as strong,medium, light. Every one I have tried has been extremely strong.

Apr 08, 2013
Too Strong..... NEW
by: Connie

I just spent a lot of money on a Keurig. I wish I would have researched it first. The coffee is completely to strong for me.....very disappointed.......

Apr 08, 2013
Too Strong..... NEW
by: Connie

I just spent a lot of money on a Keurig. I wish I would have researched it first. The coffee is completely to strong for me.....very disappointed.......

Jan 17, 2013
Wayyyyy Toooo Stronggg NEW
by: Jennifer

I too was disappointed after drinking my first cup of coffee from my keurig. I have tried several types and still nothing has worked. Finally I bought a washable filter and I am now putting my own amount of coffee in and it's working much better.

Jan 12, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have the regular size Keurig and I have not found a coffee that is not too strong. Even the breakfast blend or the vanilla biscotti are still too strong. Please help me!

Jan 11, 2013
Way too strong! NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a college student, and I saved up money over the summer to purchase a keurig for my roommates and myself. But I just cannot bring myself to drink it. We have tried adding hot water, using the k-cups twice and nothing works..

Jan 07, 2013
coffee way to strong NEW
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I'm not the only one that thinks the coffee is to strong. I just can't drink it at all. I paid 180.00 for a machine that makes crap coffee. I love the machine, but not the coffee. I sure hope they take notice at how many people are complaining about it. Its not convenient to keep trying to get it "come out right". They just need to make some with half the coffee in it. :(

Jan 01, 2013
Way too strong! NEW
by: Anonymous

For Christmas (2012) we bought our parents and ourselves a Keurig and couldn't wait to try it out! My husband and I and our parents just cannot handle to super strong coffee that it produces. Other people agree and have gone to long lengths to weaken the coffee to thier taste preference...but this defeats the purpose of the one-cup Keurig convenience. Does this company not have a Research and Development department? Do they have one or two people assigned to tasting these coffee's? While everyone has different taste pallets, likewise, so should the company provide coffee's accordingly to accommodate both strong, medium and weak taste preferences. Such a shame....both Keurig's will definitely be returned.

Dec 09, 2012
Disappointed NEW
by: Anonymous

I agree with all of the above, i was so excited when i got my keurig but the coffee cups are to strong for me to drink. I cannot enjoy my new keurig machine.

Jun 21, 2012
Strong, tastes bitter but worked it out NEW
by: WeakCoffee

I agree with all. It's not strong its bitter. I grind my own beans and make it in the metal brewer. I fill mine full of coffee and still it is not bitter made that way. It's sad that you cannot use a K cup when you have guests over without it tasting to strong.

Jun 09, 2012
by: V-dear

I just got a keurig mini B31 maker..I too was so excited about getting it only to find that all the k cups were way too strong..I am experimenting with mine-I dont give up until I get something right!-I saved a used K cup from the day before-make sure it is washed out and dried..then I opened a new k cup and scooped out half of the coffee from it and put it in the k cup from the day before- then I covered the top of the k cup with glad press and seal wrap(it sticks itself to things when you press on it)you can get it at walmart or any grocery store in the saran wrap/foil aisle..I put TWO layers of press and seal on the top of the k cup..I pressed brew and was crossing my fingers i wouldnt have a huge mess- and it worked!..the coffee was half as strong (the way i like it) and i now will get 2 cups of coffee out of the coffee in 1 k cup. Here is something to consider..if you drink 2 cups of coffee per day then just run your k cup the way it is out of the box through the brewer once..then run it again with just water and mix the coffee with the water and you will have enough for 2 cups of lighter coffee for that day..but if you want just 1 cup of coffee per day then do my suggestion above and get twice the amount of cups from your k cups and it wont be too strong! hope this helps SOMEONE!

Mar 31, 2012
totally agree
by: r3drobin

i just got my mini keurig the other day and have brewed in it twice...ive also had to dump half of it out and dilute it with water becuz its so strong! what a pain and what a waste. im thinking about returning it...very disappointing :(
i dont see the point in keeping a $100 coffee maker if i have to buy a special filter and figure out my own coffee serving. wasnt that the point in buying this thing...ease and convenience?

Mar 27, 2012
Strong or weaker coffee
by: Anonymous

You can buy a keurig filter, remove the original and replace it, and use any type or amount of coffee you want. I just bought mine at Walmart last week and love it. cattle

Feb 19, 2012
I thought it was just me
by: Anonymous

I got the mini for Christmas and even the blond brew tastes like cigarette tobacco

Feb 07, 2012
me too
by: Anonymous

so far i run two cups and put them together its a little bit better.

Jan 30, 2012
Too Much Coffee in K-cup
by: boggle

I tried a couple of the blends that I thought would be the least strong...was I wrong...way too strong. I opened a K-cup and measured the amount. It was roughly equivalent to the amount of coffee I would use for a 1/2 pot in my 12 cup Krups Drip Coffee Maker! There is at least twice as much coffee in the K-cup than is necessary.

Jan 01, 2012
reusable filter?
by: nikkilynee

I found a brand of reusable filter called Solo Cups that is suppose to fit in my brand of keurig I had to do some research and found that Keurig only makes one size of reusable filter(which does not fit in my model or course!) I don't like my coffee that strong either (its really nasty and makes my insides shake) so I am thinking about buying this filter and using my plain old folders cut in half of the recommended amount I am hoping it will be the way I like it.

Dec 28, 2011
by: Anonymous

I also feel this coffee is way to strong for my taste and am glad I now know I'm not the only one.

Dec 26, 2011
Yes, I agree...the coffee's way too strong
by: Christina

My husband received the mini-brewer for Christmas yesterday because he wanted the option of brewing fresh, flavored coffee whenever he wants. We are very disappointed and unable to drink the coffee....way too strong for us.

We'll be returning it. Too bad. :(

Dec 26, 2011
Crap... way too strong!
by: New KEURIG owner

I just got the KEURIG special addition. Man, I have dumped every cup down the drain so far. WAY too strong. What could they be thinking?

Dec 20, 2011
by: Anonymous

You're not alone! I just got the Mini too and was feeling very spoiled but the coffee is so strong I'm not enjoying it at all. Maybe I'll start liking strong coffee but I really don't like it to taste like coffee grounds. ugh!

Aug 31, 2011
Coffee is way to strong
by: Tammy

I just bought a 80 count box of Folgers K Cups and they are so strong I can't drink them. I have tried making a second cup, but still...... dear God in heaven, is there anyway to dilute these so I can drink my coffee and not throw the 45.00 I just spend out the window?????

Mar 30, 2011
absolutely right
by: Anonymous

I have the special edition and the large size cup is wayyyyy too strong and I like medium coffee. I finally got the right amount figured out with the attachment for my own coffee...what a shame though...not very convienent.

Also..I've had the coffee maker for 3 months and now it won't brew a full cup all the time...just never sure when it will or wont.

Feb 07, 2011
Coffee too strong
by: Anonymous

I am the same way - I like "weak" coffee. I use the "My K-Cup" and fill about 2/4 full of the regular coffee I use and set it for the largest cup. Comes out just like I prefer it and saves $$ too. I also have the mini which I fill about half full and use the 10 Oz.

Jan 31, 2011
by: Anonymous

I agree, much too strong!!!

Jan 11, 2011
K-Cups too strong
by: Jenn

I agree completely! What I've been doing is using my 20oz travel mug to brew into, and brew 2 cycles into the same cup. A bit of a pain in the but. I'm hoping they come out with a less robust blend of coffee for 'wimps' like us!

Jan 09, 2011
want coffee thats not strong
by: Anonymous

If you want weak coffee get Dunkin Donuts Coffee and use your own cup in the Keurig.

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