July 20, 2014

Keurig Vue Leaking SOLUTION!

Hey everyone, quite a while ago we got a Keurig coffee machine, and its really cool.  Although picking the cups apart to recycle them is relatively annoying (especially when you have a whole stack of them to peel apart.....) It is nice to be able to just make one cup of tea or one cup of coffee instead of a whole pot.  Now I can make recipes with, say, one cup of coffee in them and not have to waste a whole pot!  Yay! Not that I make a lot of things with coffee in them, BUT NOW I CAN!

Anyway, we decided to get the Keurig Vue, a newer model of Keurig coffee makers.  Its got some nice features including a touch screen and multiple settings, but after we started using ours, the machine would start peeing water all over the counter top.  My dad, being the engineer he is, decided it was because of me making hot chocolate and clogging the head up.  But even when I wouldn't make hot chocolate, it would leak everywhere.  We searched and searched, and we couldn't find a reason why it was leaking.  We even sent Keurig the head (which we thought was the problem) and they sent us a new machine.  The new machine did the same thing.  So finally my dad figured out the problem because of one very hard to find post on the internet.  Apparently it has a lot to do with the shape of the coffee you're putting in the machine.

Because we live at a high altitude and the coffee pack things are made a different altitude, the pressure in the lids causes a change in the shape of the lid.  The water pouring into the coffee pack things would run off the rounded foil lids and down the back of the head, resulting in a huge mess on the counter, and very little coffee in the cup.  As it turns out, if you take a paper clip and poke through the foil lid to depressurize it before putting it in the coffee maker, it changes the shape of the lid so that the water doesn't run out!  It works the right way now!  Hooray!

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