Why is my Keurig still producing weak coffee?

Background: I was gifted a brand new Keurig 475 Series Plus 6 months ago. In the past month, it went from brewing good coffee to brewing what you can basically call weak coffee water. (Note: I use a refillable Keurig pod that I wash after every use so as not to produce too much waste with the K-cups.)

Steps to Remedy the Problem:
  • Descaled the machine with cleaning solution - as outlined in the manual and on their website.
  • Clean the entrance needle once a week as directed.
  • Removed the area where the pod sits, cleaned it as well as the exit needle.

Results:
Still getting weak coffee water - barely even tastes like coffee.

Looking for further tips or insight on what might be wrong with my machine.
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Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAsked:
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Justin EvansCommented:
Drink tea,its better for you,  no sugar mind!
Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
When I set up the machine, it said if you use filtered water (which I do) you didn't need a filter.

Did that make it better?
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Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
Wish I could, Justin, but I love coffee too much to give it up entirely. :)
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
When I set up the machine, it said if you use filtered water (which I do) you didn't need a filter.
If the filter is nasty looking or smells gross, I'd be inclined to replace it, which is what I did with mine.  But if you don't even have one then disregard.  I read on my manual that it needs to be replaced every so often like a Brita water filter.
Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
Ah, that's good to know. I will check it when I get home this evening. Thank you!
Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
I use a refillable Keurig pod

If the coffee ends up being watered down with your current pod, it sounds like the water is filtering through the medium too fast. To get a strong brew, the water needs to slowly make it through the medium.

Any chance the bottom of the pod or the screen is worn out? Any chance there is a hole punched in the bottom of the pod?

Have you tried a different pod, or one of the standard non-reusable pods to see if it occurs with all of them? Have you tried packing the coffee down tighter in the pod?

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Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
This doesn't help answer the question, but in case you don't find a solution for this, cold brew is almost as easy as a Keurig. Scoop some coffee grounds into a pitcher, add water, and you're done. I love cold brew. As a bonus the coffee loses some acidity and bitterness.
Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
Thanks Lucas, the refillable pod is intact as far as I can tell. We pack it pretty tightly when we use it.

I do not have any standard, non-reusable pods on hand but will get some at the store this week to try it out and see if that's the problem.

Thanks for the suggestion, Brandon! I know, I'm contemplating getting a regular coffee pot. Shouldn't be this tough to maintain a coffee maker.
Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
And Kyle, I do not have a water filter. Checked last night. Since I use filtered water in the reservoir, I never installed one.
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Do you grind your coffee right when you make it or does it come from a pre-grinded bag of coffee?  
Do other coffee grinds produce this same watered down coffee?
Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
^ That's a good point Kyle. A grind size that's too small might be slipping through the mesh and changing the coffee strength.
Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
I use pre-ground coffee. I've tried Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, World Market, and a Target store brand and it's all the same. (Note: They all tasted fine until about a month ago. Since this issue, they all taste poorly.) Thanks for the suggestion!
Picking up a k-cup pod on my way home to see if it brews differently with that versus the reusable pod. I'll let you know what I find out!
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Picking up a k-cup pod on my way home to see if it brews differently with that versus the reusable pod. I'll let you know what I find out!
Process of elimination is just about all you have left to do! =)
Erin WestContent Marketer & CopywriterAuthor Commented:
OK, update:

Tried a k-cup pod - same issue. Tried a different reusable pod - same issue. So I'm guessing it must be the machine. I'll get in touch with the manufacturer. Thank you, everyone, for your tips!
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