I recently bought a Keurig B70 Single Cup Coffee Brewer and was a bit disappointed by the strange rubbery taste that it was producing. I paid $180 for it so I was expecting much more. Granted, any coffee maker will have a plastic taste to it for the first few cups, but just going by the instructions from Keurig, it should be gone after just a few cups.
Anyways, I started researching and looking for other’s that have had the same experience and sure enough, many others in an Amazon discussion are tasting the same thing.
The problem seems to be in the reservoir and the particular plastic that it’s made out of. Some aren’t able to taste it at all, so this might suggest that Keurig is going through different manufacturers who use different materials.
Keurig seems to be aware of the issue and they are reportedly helpful in fixing the problem. They will send you a new reservoir if you are still experiencing problems after cycling the water through multiple times.
Apparently the new reservoir they send out is made of more optimal material. This begs the question – why are they still selling brewers with faulty materials? The problem is ongoing for over a year now, so you’d think they’d fix the problem already. For a $180 coffee maker, funky tasting coffee is not cool…
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of calling up Keurig and waiting for a new reservoir, here’s a good way to get rid of the smell manually:
- Remove the reservoir from the Keurig, and fill it with hot water & dish soap.
- Let it soak for 30 minutes.
- Take a sponge to it and scrub it out thoroughly.
- Rinse the reservoir.
- Fill it up again with just water and add a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar.
- Hook it back up to the Keurig.
- Cycle through several cups of just water/vinegar until it’s empty (use the largest cup size to speed this up).
- Fill it up again with just water (no vinegar) and cycle through the reservoir again.
- Repeat step 8 again until the funky taste is gone. It should only take a couple cycles.