November 16, 2007

Keurig Updates Brewing System - Puncture Needle Changes

Keurig has updated the brewing needle used to puncture and pass hot water into a K Cup. The older Keurig brewing needle looked more like a syringe - a very large scary syringe. The new Keurig brewing needle is more of a pointed hook with a hole on one side.

The older brewing needle seen in the Keurig B70 Brewer
and other Keurig systems. More like a giant syringe.
Shot of coffee anyone?

Updated puncture needle - more like a hook, with
space on the sides for water to pass through.

Is there any difference in taste of the coffee we brewed using K Cups? Not really. We think the coffee produced from both the older Keurig needle and the updated needle is about the same, with the updated machine doing a better job on the darker roasts (given our side by side tests today). We do know the needle change is for better extraction, and we're glad Keurig had updated the brewer with the change at no cost to the price in the system.

Perhaps the change is also for other types of hot beverages coming in the future? Perhaps to make sure it never clogs with said beverages? Only time will tell.

Update: We'd also like to add - this change has been in effect since the August/September time frame. Any B70 you purchase will have this new improved extraction needle.

This updated Keurig brewing system can be found in the Keurig B70 Brewer, and Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer. It's unclear whether the B40, B50, and B60 - along with the commercial Keurig brewers have this update.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 16, 2007 9:12 AM
Recent Comments

Would be nice if this was a user upgrade. ????

Posted by: georgemoe at November 17, 2007 7:47 PM

Bring on the breville review!

Posted by: Doug at November 17, 2007 7:13 AM

according to the new needle provides better extraction. surely they must have changed the needle for a reason, no? they even market it as new and improved on the box.

Posted by: lason at November 16, 2007 10:37 AM
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