Keurig cup sizes

Initially, there was no option of size available. There was only one size available, 8 ounces. It was a medium-size cup which was satisfying for all seasons. But the market moved to the next stage and demanded even bigger sizes and shorter sizes which may cater to the demand of people at different times and in different moods. 

Currently, there are 5 Keurig cup sizes available; sipping for a few moments with a 04 oz cup and quenching the thirst for coffee with a 12 oz cup is available in the market. Cup size matters as the larger surface of the cup provide more area to ground the coffee, which ultimately provides more taste in your coffee. But large surface area leads to faster extraction. 

Size also matters, especially if you like Espresso. In Espresso, the type of coffee flavor and type of milk also determine the size you may choose. 8 oz and 10 oz sizes are the most common cup sizes that are popular and used in large quantities.

What are the available Keurig cup sizes?

  • 4 ounces
  • 6 ounces
  • 8 ounces
  • 10 ounces
  • 12 ounces

Keurig cup sizes for different Keurig makers chart

ModelWater Reservoir Capacity4 oz6 oz8 oz10 oz12 oz
Keurig Classic48 ozYesYesYes
Keurig K-Slim46 ozYesYesYes
Keurig Supreme66 ozYesYesYesYes
Keurig K-Supreme Plus70 ozYesYesYesYesYes
Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart78 ozYesYesYesYes
Keurig Elite75 ozYesYesYesYesYes
Keurig Mini6-12 ozYesYesYesYesYes
Keurig K-Mini Plus6-12 ozYesYesYesYesYes
Keurig K-Express42 ozYesYesYes
Keurig K-Express Essentials36 ozYesYesYes
Keurig K-Select75 ozYesYesYesYes
Keurig Duo60 ozYesYesYesYes
Keurig Duo Plus60 ozYesYesYesYes
Keurig K-Duo Essentials60 ozYesYesYesYes
Keurig Cafe60 ozYesYesYesYes

Keurig cup size buttons on machine

Originally, there was only a button on the Keurig machine to program the cup size. In up-to-date Keurig machines, there are up to five buttons to choose the cup size. There are manual buttons or digital buttons that depend upon the machine’s model. The latest model of Keurig machine K-Supreme Plus has five buttons on its top indicating the number of ounces, and in the Keurig Elite there are icons of cups to indicate the size of the cups. Those machines with no water reservoir capacity bring exceptions to the button’s settings. For example, K-Mini selects the size of the cup upon the pouring of water.

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How does Keurig cup size affect coffee strength?

Cup sizes do not affect coffee strength. There is a common perception that if you use less water than the capacity of a cup, that cup will have more robust coffee for you. That is right. 

But the coffee strength in Keurig machines is not affected by the cup size. The process of brewing coffee in Keurig machines is to equally run water through the grounded coffee. The initial flow from the k-cups provides the same higher concentration regardless of selection or size of brew. The smallest of the coffee selection is the strongest and vice versa.

The strength of a coffee depends upon the following things:

  • pressure of the machine
  • brewing speed of the machine
  • hotness of water
  • quantity of the coffee in the pod
  • extraction method of coffee 

But there are ways to make your desired cup sizes stronger. If you like 12 oz cups, you can choose 6 oz cup settings twice consecutively by manual fill. That technique would provide you with more strength in 6 oz settings. You can also increase the strength of the coffee by applying more extraction time.

There are a variety of cups that provide strengths in the same cup sizes. Most Keurig lovers like Dark magic K-cups, which provide the strongest cup of coffee in any size of brew.

Also read: The Best Keurig Coffee Makers of 2023 – Reviewed

How much coffee is in k-cup pods?

K-cups generally have 9-11 grams of coffee which differ from brand to brand. The strength actually depends upon the quantity of coffee available in the cup. But it is not the only factor that makes your coffee strong.

You can use pods from other companies if you are not satisfied with the quantity of coffee in your K-cups. Keurig machines provide you the option to use pods of any company that may suit your taste. For the taste, there is no compromise. There are companies that provide pods that fit the Keurig machines and provide larger amounts of coffee than K-cups provide. But keep in mind that their size must be fitted inside the top part of your machine.

Final Thoughts

Coffee is the essential ingredient of our daily routine. With changing times during the day, our demand for coffee changes, whether for the urge to get up from the bed or to listen to long calls from clients or having a break before the breakdown of your stamina to work or just after calling day off.

Suppose you are in the Keurig family and want to upgrade to the newest model or want to be part of the Keurig family. In that case, you may have found this article insightful about how Keurig cups are essential and bring wonder to your coffee experience. Now it is time to experiment with your Keurig to try different techniques with cups.

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