Anatomy of a K-Cup
A K-Cup® is a pre-packaged plastic container of coffee, tea or hot chocolate that is designed for use with a Keurig single cup brewing system that brews the beverage in less than one minute without any preparation or clean up needed.
How Coffee K-Cups Work
The K-Cup is placed into the Keurig brewer which then brews the coffee by puncturing the foil lid as well as the bottom of the K-Cup and forcing hot water through the cup, and then the beverage flows into a mug.
K-Cups are often referred to as K Coffee Cups, Coffee K Cups, and KCups.
K-Cup Coffee Choices
Hundreds of options are offered in Keurig K-Cups including numerous flavors and blends of coffee as well as Fair Trade coffee, organic coffee, flavored coffee, and coffees from Ethiopia, Sumatra, Kenya, Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala.
Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. You can also read detailed coffee flavor profiles of Gourmet Coffees and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.