Why Does My Keurig Barely Drip (and what to do about it!)

Last Updated on November 23, 2021

Keurig is a brand name for coffee makers that brews single servings of coffee from pods. It was invented by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm in 1977. In the early 1980s, he began selling his invention under the name K-Cup. He sold the company to R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1996. In 2004, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters bought the rights to the brand.

The first model I had was an old-school one with two buttons: on and off. The problem with this design is that you have no control over how much water goes into your cup. You can only choose between hot or cold. If you want more than just black coffee, then you need to buy another machine. This is why most people use their machines for making tea instead of coffee.

There are times when your Keurig stops functioning properly and it does not drip, you might have no idea what to do in such situations and today I am going to address this issue.

Why Does My Keurig Barely Drip?

If you find yourself wondering “why my Keurig barely drips”, there could be several reasons behind it. Some common ones include:

1) Your pod has been used too many times.

2) There is something wrong with your machine.

3) Your filter needs cleaning.

4) Your machine is out of warranty.

5) Your machine is broken.

6) Your machine is leaking.

7) Your machine is clogged up.

The excess scale has most likely grown up inside the water pipes of a Keurig that barely drips or doesn’t discharge the right amount of coffee. The exit needle, on the other hand, might be clogged. Cleaning the exit needle and doing a Keurig descale typically solve these problems.

I can’t think of anything more aggravating in the morning than having to wait an eternity for a single cup of coffee to brew. After all, the whole point of buying a Keurig is to have a cup of hot, excellent coffee quickly. So, if you’ve ever wondered why my Keurig just drips a little bit and how to fix it, keep reading!

How do you fix a slow dripping Keurig?

First things first, make sure that your machine isn’t defective. Check whether the power cord is plugged incorrectly. Also, check whether the outlet works fine.

Make sure that the unit’s temperature setting is set at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, try unplugging everything else connected to the same electrical socket as your Keurig. Then plug them back again. Finally, turn off the breaker switch located near the wall socket. Now, let’s get started fixing your Keurig.

Slow pouring coffee is used for two purposes.

  • A blocked water pipe is one instance.
  • A blocked puncture needle is the other.

In the first case, you will have to descale your Keurig, and let’s quickly have a look at how to do that.

Descaling your keurig

To keep a coffee maker working for a longer period of time, it must be carefully maintained, regardless of the brand. If you haven’t descaled your coffee maker in a while, this might be the source of your Keurig’s inability to function.

Descaling is a necessary and useful preventative maintenance operation that should be carried out on a regular basis. It assists in the elimination of any wastes and impurities that the water has left behind. Depending on how much coffee you prepare, Keurig recommends descaling your coffee maker every three to six months.

The following things are required.

  • This is not a plastic cup, but rather a huge ceramic container.
  • Contaminated-free drinking water
  • Descaling solution from Keurig
  • Being able to use the sink


To switch off your Keurig, press the power button. Fill the empty reservoir with the whole bottle of Keurig descaling solution. Fill the reservoir with the water from the empty bottle. Start the brewer, place your cup on the drip tray, and wait for it to brew for a few minutes. Choose the brew pot with the greatest capacity as well as hot water.


Continue to brew until the add water indicator lights up. There are no more pods to be used! If your Keurig has it, turn off the "Auto Off" feature. Allow at least 30 minutes after turning on your Keurig. Then drain and rinse whatever’s left in the reservoir thoroughly.


Fill the reservoir with clean water until the MAX fill line is reached. Place your cup on the drip tray and brew with the biggest brew size (no pods!) available. Remove all of the contents of the container and rinse it at least twelve times with the biggest brew size. You’ll need to refill the reservoir while you’re doing this.

How to clean Keurig needles

These are the steps you will have to carefully follow:

  1. Make sure the machine doesn’t have any K-cups in it.
  2. Turn the machine off and disconnect it.
  3. Remove the reservoir of water.
  4. Pull the pack holder away from the brewer with a gentle tug.
  5. To detach the pack holder from the housing, push the buttons on both sides once the pack holder is removed.
  6. To uncover the bottom exit needle, pull the lever on the pack holder.
  7. Turn the pack holder over while holding the lever down.
  8. To clear any blockages, insert a straightened paperclip through the exit needle.
  9. Reassemble the pack holder and housing by thoroughly rinsing it with water.
  10. After that, clean the needles at the top of the entry and exit.
  11. Look below the top by opening the handle. Two needles will be seen.
  12. Clean both holes with the paperclip.
  13. It’s fine to slightly tilt the brewer to get a better perspective. Just be careful not to over-tilt the machine because there is still water inside.
  14. Insert a straightened paperclip into the exit needle to remove any obstructions.
  15. After carefully washing the pack holder and housing, reassemble it.
  16. Clean the needles at the top and bottom of the entry and exit.
  17. By opening the handle, you can see underneath the top. There will be two needles visible.
  18. With the paperclip, clean both holes.
  19. It’s acceptable to tilt the brewer slightly to obtain a better view. Just keep in mind that there is still water within the machine, so don’t over-tilt it.

Why does Keurig coffee taste bad?

Because Keurig coffee makers utilize pre-ground coffee rather than freshly roasted beans, they are more expensive. This implies that every time you buy a fresh pack of K-Cups, you’re buying a product that’s previously expired. Because most of us don’t grind our own coffee at home, this might result in a significant amount of money being squandered over time.

Try grinding your own beans with a manual grinder if you want coffee that tastes fresh. You’ll receive better outcomes since you have complete control over the ingredients used to make your coffee. Plus, you won’t waste any coffee because you didn’t measure out enough grounds.

If you still want to buy pre-ground coffee, whole bean coffees rather than espresso mixes are a good option. Whole bean coffees have less caffeine than their blended counterparts, but they have a more complex flavor profile.


Keurigs aren’t as easy to use as other brewers like Nespresso or even traditional coffee machines.

However, they offer an excellent alternative for those who prefer convenience over quality. If you find yourself struggling to enjoy your morning cup of joe, consider switching to one of these devices instead. They may just help you start your day right! I hope this article helped you with whatever you were looking for.

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