Ah yes, the wonder of modern ingenuity that is the Single Serve Brewer! Arguably the most convenient method of brewing your morning fix; but with convenience can come problems. Just in case one day you wake up and your brewer has stopped working or tastes terrible, this troubleshooting page will be here just for you to get it back in action.
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#1:Make Sure You Pierced the Pod
We'll start with what seems obvious, but sometimes you just haven't pressed down hard enough to pierce through your pod to start brewing. Push down until you feel it's pierced through and seals. If this doesn't work...
#2:Change the Water
If you live in an area with particularly hard water (high mineral content in the water), sometimes mineral deposits can build up inside your brewer. Try using filtered water or a water softener to counter this issue.
#3:Let it Warm Up
If you're just turning your Single Serve Brewer on for the first time, it might need a few minutes to warm up before it will brew for you.
#4:Make Sure it's Plugged in
We get it... it's your first coffee of the day. Just double check that it's plugged in.
#5:Make Sure the Power is On
Again, you haven't had coffee. Make sure you pressed that power button.
#6:Brew Less Volume
If you feel like the coffee has a weak flavor, you might be brewing too much volume. If you're using the 12-20 oz settings, your coffee will probably be weaker than you want it to be. Try brewing 6-10 oz cups instead for a stronger brew!
#7:Clean Your Single Serve Brewer
If your coffee is tasting strange, ask yourself when the last time you cleaned your brewer was. If it's been awhile, run water through your brewer a few times without a pod loaded. This will get rid of any residue from hard water or old coffee grounds. If this problem persists, you might need to...
#8:Descale Your Single Serve Brewer
To do this you'll need a descaling solution.
- Add the solution to your water reservoir.
- Brew without a pod loaded into a mug.
- Remove contents from mug and repeat until the 'add water' light turns on.
- Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Wash and rinse thoroughly.
This will keep mineral deposits from forming within your brewer. This helps preserve the flavor and consistency of your morning cup!
#9:Brewing Over Ice
If you're brewing over ice, make sure your brewing on the 6oz setting. You want a more concentrated coffee since you're watering the coffee down with ice!
Now Get That Single Serve Brewer Working!
At least on of these should help you out with whatever issue you're having. If not... it might be time to pull out the drip brewer this morning.