How to Remove a Keurig Pod Holder – With Pictures

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Are you attempting to remove the pod holder from your Keurig to clean it, fix it, or insert a reusable K-cup and having trouble? This guide is for you!

We'll walk through step by step with pictures of how to remove a K-cup from Keurig 1.0 Models and Keurig 2.0 Models. Let's get started.

If you're a fan of Keurig tips, I recommend taking a look at my article How to Set Your Keurig to Auto Brew Your Morning Coffee.

And if you are interested in buying a new Keurig coffee maker anytime soon, check out my article All 18 Current Keurig Models Old to New to learn which machine is best for you.

How to Remove a Keurig Pod Holder

How to Remove the Pod Holder on Keurig 1.0 Models

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Below are the 6 steps to removing the pod holder from your Keurig 1.0 machine. Unless you bought your Keurig years ago, it's probably a 1.0. All the 2.0 models have been discontinued and are no longer available for sale.

To remove a Keurig 1.0 pod holder:

  1. Lift the handle of your Keurig coffee maker to open the brewer. 
  2. Locate the pod holder inside the brewer. 
  3. Most pod holders will slide out easily if you pull straight up on the top and push from the bottom. 
  4. If you're having trouble removing the pod holder or it feels stuck, grab at the arrow and rock the holder back and forth to loosen it. Then pull from the top and push up from the to slide it out. 
  5. Separate the pod holder into its two pieces by pulling the funnel portion away from the holder.

How to Remove Pod Holder on Keurig 2.0 Models

If you purchased your Keurig a few years ago, it may be a now discontinued 2.0 model. Keurig 2.0 models include the K200, K250, K300, K350, K450, and K575. The 2.0 models were discontinued due to consumer backlash over the pod scanning technology which locked out third-party K-cups from being used. Some of these 2.0 models also included K-carafe pods that could brew up to 30-ounce pots of coffee.

The only difference between removing the pod holder on 2.0 Keurigs vs 1.0 Keurigs is pressing a few extra release buttons.

All images below are credited to Daniel Wong Youtube Channel

To Remove the pod holder. on Keurig 2.0 models:

1. Lift the handle of the coffee maker to expose the pod holder.

2. Disengage the circle release button on the bottom of the K cup Holder


3. Pull the K cup holder straight up and out of the machine.


4. Remove the loose tray that was lying under the pod holder.


5. To separate the now removed K cup holder into two pieces push the square release button on both sides at the same time and slide the inner part up and out.


Why Remove a Keurig Pod Holder?

There are several reasons why you might need to remove the pod holder from a Keurig coffee maker:

1. Cleaning: Over time, coffee residue can build up in the pod holder or brewing needle and affect the taste of your coffee.

Removing the pod holder and cleaning it as well as the brewing needle is an important part of regular maintenance to keep your coffee maker working properly and ensure that your coffee tastes as good as possible.

2. Repair or Replacement: If your Keurig coffee maker is not working properly, the pod holder could be the broken component. If you remove your coffee maker's pod holder and find a broken piece, you can order a replacement by searching for a replacement pod holder on google using your machine's serial number.

You can find your Keurig's serial number using the guide I wrote here.

3. To Use Refillable K-Cups: Some coffee lovers prefer to use their own coffee grounds instead of pre-packaged K-Cups for taste or environmental reasons. Removing the pod holder allows you to use a reusable coffee pod in its place.

How to Clean a Keurig Pod Holder

1. Rinse the pod holder: Once you have removed the pod holder, rinse it thoroughly under running water.

2. Soak the pod holder: Fill a bowl or sink with warm water and add a small amount of dish soap. Place the pod holder in the hot water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. This will help to loosen any remaining coffee residue or stains.

3. After soaking, push into the brewing needle with a paperclip to remove any clogged coffee grounds or mineral deposits

4. Scrub the pod holder: After soaking, use a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush to scrub the pod holder, paying extra attention to any areas with stubborn stains or buildup. Rinse the pod holder thoroughly under running water to remove any soap residue.

5. Dry the pod holder: Once you have finished cleaning the pod holder, use a clean towel or paper towel to dry it thoroughly. Make sure that all parts of the pod holder are completely dry before you reassemble it and use it again.

As far as how often to clean your pod holder, I would recommend that every time you descale your Keurig, which should happen once every few months, you also remove and clean the pod holder.

Final Thoughts

I hope this guide could be helpful to you and get you back to brewing fresh cups of hot coffee without any issues. If you're still having trouble with your coffee maker feel free to message us below. We also have other articles on our website to help you troubleshoot problems with your Keurig so be sure to check those out as well.

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