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Why is it spitting coffee/grounds from top?

Wet coffee grounds are spitting out the top instead of dispensing into cup making a huge mess. We have tried cleaning, wiping and probing, same result. Where/what is the problem?

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I have cleaned the needles both top and bottom and descaled machine.... What else parts are put back together. Reviews on this model are terrible!, say away from it

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I'm using Keurig K-cups (not reusable) in a Keurig 2.0.

I have completed this cleaning routine over and over.

The unit is only 6 months old and only used by me maybe 5 cups per week.

It isn't random coups, but tends to be cups from a given box....improperly ground coffee? It then tends to happen to numerous cups until I give the rest to someone else.

Seal is pliable and intact and point is sharp.

Several forums just keep talking about cleaning out the grounds; that doesn't resolve the issue.

(and iFixit...I need more reputation points to indicate an answer wasn't helpful? I'm not "voting someone down" as your pop-up indicates, I'm simply indicating that didn't resolve the issue)

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The issue will be with the black rubber grommet that should be in place around the base of the top spike. You have to look / feel upwards with fingers. A light will help. It provides the seal on top of the K-cups. If it is missing, it will leak. If it is dirty/ damaged/ covered with dry grounds, it will leak. Another post has a link to where to get replacements for just a couple of dollars if it is missing / needs replacement. Don't be told you are using the wrong brand coffee. Walmart brand works equally well.

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Seal isn't missing!!! Still pumps out grounds from top! Most likely culprit is the seal is not thick enough to stop grounds from pumping out of the top when the last pressure is used to force water out of kcup! personaly I think this whole design is flawed! Where else are the grounds going to go when pressurized water then air push them through the bottom hole sometimes blocking it pushing the upper hole and other times it goes through the bottom hole!! Absolutely no filtering system or the grounds are too small!! Keurig really needs a real engineer to fix this problem instead of guessers sitting in a board room!!!!

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Karri Glass, take a look at the puncture needle areas and make sure that bottom one is not clogged. That would cause all the pressure from the K-cup to go to the top. Step 2 on this guide should help you with that.

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Tried this to no avail!!

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HEY EVERYBODY!!!! This is not a hard fix.... K-cups spit coffee and the grounds overflow into your coffee mug because the seal isn't tight enough on top of the k-cup to stop the leaking. That's the problem most of the time (or you are packing too much coffee into your plastic k-cup and there is no place for the water to go) This fix on Ebay is a couple bucks and stops the leaking by adding pressure to the seal and installs in 2 minutes.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/271239290594

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My seal looks fine and I guess I do not understand why two different keurigs would have the same issue and one has hardly been used! It is not just leaking as grounds explode and go everywhere.

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Dennis, I have two keurigs, one hardly used and they are both doing the same thing--pods explode and grounds go everywhere. I gave up and bought a Cuisinart. I have hade it a year and a half with no problems!

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Dennis, I use only Keurig approved pods. I have never used the refill cup. The needle does not appear bent. I never replaced the seal as I was not convinced that was the culprit. Thanks for the suggestions.

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If you look up at the top needle you should see a black rubber grommit around the base (top) of the needle. This presses down on the top of the coffee pod to seal it.

I found ours had come off/fallen out and was laying on the counter top. It looked like a rubber foot for the coffee machine but there were none missing and I nearly threw it away.

Refitting it to the needle cured the leaking problem.

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I had the exact same thing happen!!! Couldn't figure out where it went. No mention of it in the parts section of the manual. Glad I saved it!! Thanks!

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Used ma green tea cup and it worked fine.

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There is an easy fix on ebay that can fix this. IT'S A NEW PART FOR KEURIG BREWERS THAT FITS INTO THE BREWER'S LID WHICH TIGHTENS THE SEAL ON THE K-CUP lid to stop water and coffee and grounds from escaping when the brewer pumps water into the K-cup. It's about $3 and is money back guaranteed. Check the list provided for machine model this fits into.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/271239290594

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I had this same problem...did all trouble shooting points several times (even with a keurig costumer support gal ) theysent me a brand new K2.0 and very first cup/pod exploded grounds like a volcano - brand new machine. I’ve wasted 20 pods of various kind that I only order from keurig! I’ve purchased at least 5 machines in my life and never had this until the last two. One less than 6 months and one 2 days old. It seems like the pods aren’t compatible. I found a reusable keurig cup from a former machine and it’s the only thing that works - not the purpose of having a keurig. About to call keurig again to ask for a refund ...have always loved them, but I’m done. Brand new machine, first pod out- so it’s not bent needles or missing seals!

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I had the same problem, grounds shooting out in coffee. The problem was not the machine, it was the pods. The pods were puffy on the top and had too much pressure. Now when I put the pod in to brew, I push down the top of the pod to release pressure. Haven’t had any trouble since doing this. Machine works great.

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Okay so there's a tiny little gasket around the top needle. This had come off for some reason causing my problem, thus the grounds spewing because there was nothing to hold things secure around the needle !$$&*. Solution: Called Keurig (they are wonderful) and they offered to send out a new gasket (free of charge and this was an older machine) along with a special tool it takes to get the gasket installed securely.

I recommend using a flashlight and looking at the base of the needle on top to see if the necessary little rubber grommet looking gasket somehow has dislodged and gotten discarded on the top of a K-cup most likely! Then call Keurig and see if they will help remedy your problem?

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So I called the company and talked to a tech and he had me use a paper clip to clean the needle in the top and that seemed to solve the spewing grounds issue

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Your reusable k-cups need to be changed. I just had that problem and getting new k-cups worked

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This problem is common to most brands of reusable - refillable k-cups. If you have one that does not leak after several weeks please tell us the brand.

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I have no issues with folgers. However Dunkin Donuts and McCafe I have issues.

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This is caused by the reusable k cups. Change those and the problem is solved .

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This problem is common to most brands of reusable - refillable k-cups. If you have one that does not leak after several weeks please tell us the brand..

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My brand new machine puts grounfds in McCafe but not Victor Allen why?

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I've used several cofree maker brands. They all suffer from the same flaw. It's the pods. The pod manufacturers are not using sufficient adhesive to attach the top cover. The cover pulls free from the pod when the coffee maker lid is closed. I've had this occur more often with the Gloria Jean brand than any other but all brands have this flaw.

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This is what is happening in my case too. The top cover is coming unsealed around one edge. My problem has been with Peet's coffee Big Bang coffee. I think it also has to do with the pod being too pressurized. I think I have noticed that it only happens when the top of the pod is puffed up a bit before putting in machine.

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Yes! I think the pressure in a K-cup before it's installed is a key to understanding a lot of the problems with the Keurig. When the cups bulge at the top there is pressure in there. I ALWAYS press the K-cup down to let the bottom needle pierce the cup first relieving the pressure. Only then do I lower the lid which pierces the top of the cup. If this is not done the top can get pierced first... the pressure pushes coffee grounds UP INTO the upper needle causing clogs. This is the only way I can figure how coffee could possibly get into the upper needle. I always press the cup down first to relieve any pressure and I've not had a problem in years. Hope this helps!

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I have the problem with Dunkin’ have 4 boxes I tried a new machine same thing I went to donut house no problem all boxes have the same product code

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Too finely ground and the water can't push through

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I have the Keurig 2.0 Machine.

I've tried some of the solutions mentioned above. From cleaning to rubber gaskets/ring replacements and the unit continues to randomly put grounds where they ought not be. I am using Peets (French Roast) Coffee Keurig Pods. The upper lid is slightly domed.

I insert the pod into it's chamber. Then gently press the upper lid to flatten it out. Having punctured the lower portion of the pod, this releases the internal pressure.

See if your unit behaves as I describe here:

At point of brew, I press the flashing start button. Normally I walk away to do other things while the coffee brews. Somewhere in this process, I get grounds in the coffee cup and randomly grounds spewing out the sides of the machine's head. I have noticed a slight movement in the "head" when the brewing process is active. Just a gentle up and down movement. It took a while for me to actually notice it.

Now, I press the flashing start button, and gently apply pressure to the silver rim, to restrict the "heads" up and down motion. From that discovery forward, I've had no coffee grounds in the coffee cup or spewing outside the machine.

It is a temporary work-a-round, to say the least, but better than having coffee grounds where they ought not be. Please try this and let us know if this works for you.

- Gary

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Thanks Gary, I agree with your input. My problem has also been with Peet's coffee and same scenario as yours.

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I've had this issue with other "Keurig Coffee Pods" as well, not just the ones from Peet's.

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It is a bad batch of cups but not due to extra air. It has happened to me three times always starts with a new box. I’ll clean the needle but doesn’t fix it then I put in a cup from a different box and works fine multiple times. the last bad batch was donut house brand with a “W” molded into the bottom.

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I agree. My batch was Community coffee . When contacted community sent me another batch but they had the same lot number and wouldn't work either. I have been tearing the top off and pouring the coffee into the reusable cup. The filter inside the pod seems to be set too low and the bottom needle tears it.

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Kari, It sounds like you are trying to brew with a Keurig My-K reusable cup. Am I right? Check to be sure you removed the cup holder that came with the machine and replaced it with the My-K reusable filter. Here is a link to a video that explains how that is done. But you may still have some spitting coffee because Keurig My-K cups don't really work too well unless you modify the machine with the easy fix kit discussed elsewhere in this topic. Good luck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh7EC_cO...

Update (02/27/2017)

There is an easy fix on ebay that may fix this. It's a new part that fits into the Keurig lid that tightens the seal on the K-cup lid to stop water and coffee and grounds from escaping when the brewer pumps water into the K-cup. It's about $3 and is money back guaranteed. Check the list provided for machine model this fits into.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PLASTIC-REFILLAB...

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It might be the use of K-cups that do not comply with Keurig design. These can cause too large of a hole to form at the top causing a leaky seal. Try using K-cups with the Keurig name, logo or both. The hole that gets made in the top should be more of a small circular nature rather than a larger triangular opening.

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All K cups have been Keurig brand - mostly Green Mountain. Very frustrating when I just paid $149.00 for a pot and wasted about $25 worth of K cups trying to get a cup of coffee that isn't just a cup of water full of grounds.

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My machine appears to be missing the frequently-mentioned grommet on the top needle. However, I was noticing that the issue with grounds in my coffee cup only occurred when I used recyclable pods. The lack of a grommet did not seem to be an issue when I used the non-recyclable pods.

With that in mind, I reviewed several of the solutions that focused on the pods themselves. As mentioned in many of those responses, there does appear to be a visible “puffiness” in the foil lid of the recyclable pods when I compare them to the non-recyclable pods. I’ve been using the suggestion to push the pod (gently) onto the lower needle to puncture the pod/release the pressure. I’ve been using that practice for two weeks now and have not experienced any further occurrences of grounds in my coffee cup.

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I just inherited a single serving Keurig and after cleaning it, I made my first cup of coffee with it only to discover grounds were all in it…yuck! I searched on the internet for answers and read this thread. I did as advised and made sure the needles were clear and the black upper gasket was in place and all was well. I then tried another cup of coffee and it came out perfectly. Puzzled, I then dissected the two spent K-cups (Green Mountain brand) to see if the first cup had a problem and yes, it did. After carefully pulling off just the foils, I emptied the grounds and discovered that the defective one had a built-in filter that was not completely attached around the entire top area; a 1” section of the circumference was unsealed to the plastic cup. I repeated the process with the “good” K-cup and found that the interior filter was completely intact and fully sealed all around the top. Long story short, the poor sealing job at the factory had caused the grounds to come out into the coffee. Compare my photo showing good cup on left and bad one on the right. You can see no filter material on the back side of the bad cup where it wasn’t sealed, and the rest of it has the remaining shreds of material where I tried removing it for recycling the cup. A good seal is supposed to be melted into the plastic cup so that it can’t leak out the contents, like the good cup on the left.

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I just removed the top needle gasket, inserted a metal washer, and the problem is solved!!!

Hope this helps.

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So I was having the same problem, i even switched from a Keurig to a Faberware. Turns out the Kcups themselves are to blame. Look at the cop closely, is there top domed?? There is to much air! Place the cop in the machine and push it down on the bottom needle to release some air pressure before closing the lid causing the top needle to puncture and seal around it. Hope this

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