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How to Make a Red Eye Coffee

Losing focus? There are times when we all need a major boost. Sometimes just plain ol’ coffee won’t do. We need something stronger. That is where the red-eye comes in. Red-eye is a combination of regular brewed coffee and espresso. This coffee drink provides an absolute ton of caffeine (maybe too much for some so please be careful!) and it is a perfect choice for those who love a robust tasting cup of coffee. You will only need two ingredients and it can be made in just a few minutes.

making starbucks french roast kcup with keurig

Red Eye Coffee Made With a Keurig® Brewer




  • Brew your standard K-Cup® coffee pod on the lowest water setting of your Keurig® coffee maker into the large mug.  
  • Next, brew your espresso roast pod on the smallest water setting of your brewer directly into the same mug.
  • Add cream and/ or sugar if you would like.
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This creation goes by several names: witches brew, devils brew, and a myriad of others. You can call it whatever you like, I call it strong, quick, cheap, and delicious! Here is the fine print – this recipe contains a large amount of caffeine. Consume large amounts of caffeine at your own risk and do not do so if you have any health issues.

How much coffee is in a K-Cup® pod?

The amount of ground coffee in a K-Cup® pod greatly influences the taste and caffeine content. Most pods contain about 10.5 grams. That amount varies by brand and roast. Extra bold coffees for Keurig® brewers have up to 20 percent more coffee per capsule. 

How much caffeine is in one K-Cup® pod?

There is an average of about 113 mg of caffeine in each K-Cup® pod. This ranges between 75 and 150 mg depending on the roast. You may be surprised to learn that light roast coffees actually contain more caffeine than dark roast coffees.

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Are there espresso K-Cup® pods?

Contrary to popular belief, espresso is a brewing method, not a type of coffee. Espresso can only be made with certain high-pressure coffee makers. Thus, you can not make true espresso with a Keurig® machine. Yet, there are espresso-tasting K-Cup® pods. They will not produce the same oily, thick body as the genuine thing. But, they come darn close, and they make a suitable substitution for the home barista.

How much water should I use per K-Cup® pod? 

Water is another factor that determines the strength of a cup of coffee. In this instance, use common sense. Use less water or choose the smaller cup size if you want a stronger, more robust cup of coffee. But, if you prefer a weaker, thinner tasting cup of coffee, use more water or choose the largest cup size. Read this article to learn more about Keurig® brewer cup sizes.

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