Keurig Cup Sizes [A Noob Friendly Guide]

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This article is about the different cup sizes of the Keurig coffee machine. It will give you an idea of what all these different cup sizes mean and how you can choose the right one for you.

Are you new in the Keurig world and want to know about the Keurig cup sizes? Then you are at the right place. 

The Keurig coffee machine is easy to use and learn. However,  the only complex part is the different cup sizes. Keurig coffee makers typically come with at least three cup sizes, usually 6, 8, and 10 ounces. If this is your first Keurig coffee machine, you might be wondering what all these different cup sizes represent.

For individuals who want to drink varying amounts of coffee from time to time, the various cup sizes are a perfect alternative.

Available Sizes of the Keurig Cup

Keurig brewers are coffee machines that brew only one cup of coffee. Consequently, Keurig cup sizes are measured in ounces. The more water in the cup, the fuller the cup becomes and the weaker the coffee becomes. You’ll get a shorter cup and a stronger coffee if you use less water. You can either have an option of three or five different sizes. This depends on the model of your machine. 

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

There are 5 Keurig cup sizes for you to choose from. 

As you can see, the Keurig cup sizes start at 4 ounces and go up in two-ounce levels to the maximum size of 12 ounces. Only a few models come in the 4oz and 12oz sizes. The 12 is the largest Keurig cup size. Every Keurig machine, however, includes 8oz and 10oz cup sizes. 

Having all these options for coffee cup sizes is fascinating and you can use one according to your need. Keurig coffee makers are all the same. They start by pumping water from the reservoir and then heating it to the proper brewing temperature. 

Finally, the K-Cup cover is punctured with a needle, enabling water to permeate the grounds and brew the coffee. Multistream technology is used in newer Keurig models. This means they contain five needles instead of one, resulting in a more consistent extraction and a tastier cup of coffee. 

Whether you pick a 10 oz, 8 oz, or 10 oz K-Cup, the beverage strength remains the same. Because the water swiftly flows through the grounds rather than sitting and steeping, this is the case.

A small cup will have a higher caffeine and taste content than a big cup. When you choose a big cup, the overall amount of flavor extracted from the pod will be higher,  the concentration will be lower, and the taste will vary substantially. 

To compare a few coffee makers with the available Keurig cup sizes, here is a graph presentation.

Keurig Cup Sizes Chart

Model4 oz6 oz8 oz10 oz12 oz
Keurig Classicyesyesyes
Keurig Duoyesyesyesyes
Keurig Supremeyesyesyesyesyes
Keurig Eliteyesyesyesyesyes
Keurig Miniyesyesyesyesyes
Keurig Duo Plusyesyesyesyes
Keurig Cafeyesyesyesyes

According to the above table, it is evident that 6, 8 and 10 are the original Keurig cup sizes for every machine. However, only a few contain the 4 oz cup size.

Keurig Cup Size Buttons

Most brewers have a button that you press to select a certain cup size. It might be a physical button on the brewer top or a digital button on the display screen. We tested the original model many years ago, and it just had one button. There are now up to five, depending on the model, ranging in size from 4 to 12 ounces for the biggest cup size.

A “Strong” button on some Keurig devices extracts the coffee for longer to give a more strong flavor. However, with a Keurig machine, this is the only option to change the coffee strength, so if it doesn’t have that capability, we’ll have to consider the alternative which is balancing the quantity of water you are using.

Final Thoughts

Keurig brewers are well-known for their ease of use and a large selection of K-Cups for creating great coffee. However, the range of cup sizes is a key factor to consider when selecting a Keurig maker. This is because the cup size you pick can have a big influence on the intensity and flavor of your coffee, depending on what you like.

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