The Keurig is easily one of the most convenient ways to get a fresh, hot cup of coffee in seconds, from the comfort of your own home. However, researchers are warning Keurig users to beware of the growing bacteria inside these machines.
Healthy Holistic Living looked into these concerns. During their research, the most obvious and alarming problem with the Keurig can be found on the company’s website: “Once your Keurig home brewer has been primed, you cannot empty the water from the inside. The internal tank of the brewer cannot be drained.”
Why is not draining this water such a concern? Well, according to Donna Duberg, Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science at St. Louis University, “Bacteria forms a slick biofilm when grown in moist, dark places, and so do molds,” places such as inside of a wet Keurig.
Duberg added that the coffee beans in the coffee are not enough to kill bacteria inside the machine. “There is research which shows that it is only about 50 percent effective in killing bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus mutans, and molds,” she said before adding that the water inside the Keurig does not get hot enough to kill the bacteria either.
This is not the first-time Keurig has put its profits above the safety of its consumers. Back in 2009 Keurig Green Mountain released defective brewers, although they did not report them as defective until November of 2014. The defect “caused hot water and coffee grounds to spray out and burn unsuspecting consumers,” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Keurig Green Mountain was forced to pay $5.8 million for the delayed reporting. Because of that delay, over 100 people suffered “burn-related injuries to their faces, hands and bodies.” Although the $5.8 million is the second-highest amount to be paid to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the commission admits “we have serious reservations about whether the amount will have any meaningful deterrent effect on Keurig or other multibillion-dollar companies who are well‐positioned to dismiss this size penalty as a small cost of doing business.”
Obviously, the commission’s “reservations” were well justified. Once again, the safety and health of Keurig’s customers has been put on the back-burner to make room for more profits.