Can I use K-cup to brew green tea?

Can I use K-cup to brew green tea?

It seems as if everyone has a Keurig on the kitchen countertop for brewing coffee in an instant.  At home and in the office, Keurigs are everywhere.

The world of Japanese green tea lovers shouldn’t feel left out of the Keurig hysteria.  This is because the Keurig is perfectly crafted to also make a quick steeping cup of Japanese green tea.  When you don’t have the time or desire to prepare your green tea using traditional Japanese green tea sencha preparations, you can reach for your Keurig.

I was happy to learn that Keurig considered its tea lovers by enlisting a team of tea authorities to provide steps and good tips to get a good cup of tea.  So here I am going to give you a convenient way to brew a cup of tasty Japanese green tea to achieve the best flavor in a pinch.

Please note: This works well with sencha loose leaf green tea, but does not work well with matcha or powdered green tea.  For Powdered tea, the tea absorbs water and gets stuck.  The best was when I mixed 95% of sencha and just 5% sparkle matcha on top, with which I get a nice green tea with aroma from sencha.

brewing green tea   


Step 1. Turn on machine to pre-heat water.
Step 2. Lift and close lid to trigger the “brew hot water” option.
Step 3. Select “yes” to confirm hot water brewing only.
Step 4. Place a mug or dispensing cup under the dispenser.
Step 5. Choose water level option.
Step 6. Press start to begin dispensing water.  Discard water, as this is your purge step for any coffee or cocoa residue.
Step 6. Repeat Step 2 through 5.
Step 7. Press start. (The water temperature will be approximately 190 degrees F.)
Step 8. Allow water to cool to about 175 degrees F / 85 degrees C.
Step 9. Place Japanese green tea sachet or tea bag into cup.
Step 10. Steep approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Remove tea sachet or tea bag.
Step 11. Enjoy a delicious and quick steeping of Japanese green tea.

using the Keurig can make a tasty cup of green tea


  1. Be sure to run a clean cycle of water through the Keurig first to clear out any residue of previous coffee and hot cocoa brews.
  2. Don’t attempt to brew matcha with the Keurig because matcha is a powder and requires traditional preparation for whisking and foaming.
  3. Don’t put your Japanese green tea sachet or tea bag inside of the brew basket.  Instead, place it in your mug. If using loose Sencha, place the loose green tea into your tea diffuser.
  4. I use the following reusable K-cup which I can wash and use again.  
Click here to get reusable K-Cup


While we’re talking about Keurig brewing, I thought I would give a quick review on one of the most popular Keurig small pod products you can find on Amazon.  The Keurig product is the “Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod”.

The Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod has been crafted to exhibit some very good features that are relevant to green tea lovers.  Although there are many small pod brewers on the market, the one I am featuring happens to have been given the BestReviews (found on Amazon site) editorial recommendation as “Best of the Best” in the category of best pod coffee maker overall.  

A helpful review on this product reveals the following highlights.

  • It has 3 brew cycle sizes:  6-ounce, 8-ounce, and 10-ounce.
  • It has a 48-ounce water reservoir.
  • It has a removable water reservoir for ease of replenishing.
  • It has easy button controls.
  • It has a quick brew cycle of less than one minute.
  • It has a descaling option to keep calcium deposits from building up with video how-to’s.
  • It has an optional programmable safety shut-off after 2 hours.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker K55 K-Classic Brewer K-Classic K55 K-Classic Keurig K55 K55 Coffee Keurig

Here is some relevant information on the Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod for brewing each tasty cup of Japanese green tea:

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod Specifications:
Product Manufacturer: Keurig.
Product Size: 48 ounce water reservoir
Product Color: Black
Product Dimensions: 13.3” H x 10.1” W x 13.2” D
Product Weight: 12.0 pounds
Product Model Number: K-Classic
ASIN Number: B018UQ5AMS
Amazon Price: $88.83


Keurig K55 Coffee Maker K55 K-Classic Brewer K-Classic K55 K-Classic Keurig K55 K55 Coffee Keurig

I reviewed many of the product reviews found on Amazon (over 9200, so I didn’t get through all of them).  Ultimately, it has been Amazon’s #1 Best Seller with overall favorability of 77%. Many of you like to see the ratings, so I’m listing them below:

5 star – 62%
4 star – 10%
3 star – 5%
2 star – 5%
1 star – 18%

you can use the Keurig to brew tasty green tea

Product Pros

Most consumers were pleased with the Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod were pleasing.  Here are some of the positive comments on the product I uncovered:

  • Customers liked that it is very easy to use with simple button controls.
  • Customers liked the taste of the brewing.
  • Customers liked that the water temperature is 190°F, so it is very close to the correct temperature for perfect steeping of Japanese green tea brewing of 175°F (80°C).
  • Customers liked the water reservoir being large at 48 ounces.
  • Customers liked that the water reservoir can be filled at the refrigerator filter.
  • Customers liked the easily removed water reservoir and drip tray for cleaning.
  • Customers liked the automatic shut off option.
  • Customers liked the ability to use the product for tea or coffee or hot cocoa.

Product Cons

There were some negative comments about the Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod that are relevant.  Here are some of the negative comments on the product I uncovered:

  • Customers complained that the piercing needle can become plugged, so requires monthly cleaning to keep the machine functioning well.
  • Customers disliked the noise when heating water in the reservoir.
  • Customers disliked mineral build-up requiring frequent descaling.
  • Customers disliked the large size of the product.
  • Customers disliked the price of the product.


So, thanks to Keurig, Japanese green tea lovers now have another wonderful option to brew their favorite healthy beverage anytime.   Try it and tweak it to your personal taste. Those that have used the Keurig to brew their green tea sencha have been delightfully surprised at the quality of the taste.

Click here to get Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod
Click here to get Reusable K-Cup


This article was originally published on T-ching, where my work is featured

T-Ching was the 2016 winner of the World Tea Awards for Best Tea Blog

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