I haven’t been a K-Cup Barista very long, and I’m still earning my title. I just got a new Keurig (the Platinum) and I’m figuring out whether the 10oz or 8oz setting is best for most drinks. I like how the 10oz fills my mugs better, but I can definitely tell a difference in kinds like Tully’s Kona and Caribou Blend. I suspect that a lot of K-Cups are made for the 8oz size. I read a description today for Timothy’s Private Blend that said to brew at 8oz setting for optimal results. I also heard back from Keurig on Twitter that most people choose the 8oz size because it’s “not too strong, not too weak.”
This week I tried Tully’s Italian Blend and used the 10oz setting. That was probably for the best given my delicate constitution, though I couldn’t help but wonder what the flavor would have been like at 8oz. I have one left–we’ll see if I am braver next time.
Here’s a tip for Southern Sweet Iced Tea K-Cups: your tea will be sweeter with the 8oz setting, but you won’t sacrifice the strength of your tea by choosing the 10oz or even 12oz. My husband was curious and adjusted the K-Cup a quarter turn and ran another 6oz through. It was strong enough for sure, but all the sweetness was gone…I had to add my own sugar–gasp!