1.10.2013

Reusable K-Cups - It's Just the Coffee Talking

I've had a Keurig Coffee Brewer for years.  I think, almost 7 years now?  I bought my first brewer when the only Keurig machines you saw were typically in the waiting rooms at your dentist office or the car dealership, and the average homeowner had never heard of them. 

It was actually at the Land Rover car dealership that I had my first Keurig coffee; was so amazed by the taste and flavor that I went home and informed my husband I knew the next coffee machine were we getting. The only place to find them at the time was on their corporate website, focused towards businesses and offices, and the cost was prohibitive.  Within about a month however, (I believe it was the fall of 2006?) they released a version for the home.  I was happily thrilled when my husband came home one day and told me he saw a Keurig brewer for sale at Best Buy.  We bought our first machine and thankfully, bought the Black Tie protection plan, because as much as I'm in love with the Keurig brewed coffee, their machines and their customer service were awful.  It's only because we purchased the Black Tie Protection plan when we bought our machines that the returns were easy when the next 5 machines broke over the next few years.  I don't mean stopped working because they needed to be descaled or other user-based issues.  These were machine issues - (one of our machines only worked for 2 weeks!!!) but I'm happy to report they slowly worked out most of the issues on the early models and improved them.  The machines of 2006 - 2009 were laden with issues but we've had great luck with Keurig since then.

Ok!  So let's get on to the topic of my post.  The fact that you can go broke purchasing k-cups if you regularly drink 3 or 4 cups a day and your spouse or partner drinks a couple... and maybe you have kids that like to use the apple cider or hot chocolate or tea k-cups...  therein lies the problem.  The cost of the k-cups.  So, like most people, you look into the options for using your own coffee with a reusable filter.

When we bought our machine there was only one reusable k-cup on the market.  It was their their own.  It was the Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filterand was $14-$20 at the time.  From Amazon's product description;
  • Reusable K-Cup coffee filter exclusive to the Keurig Home Brewing System
  • Allows users to use their own gourmet ground coffee in a Keurig brewer
  • Works in Keurig home brewers B40 Elite, B50 Ultra, and B60 Special Edition
  • Does not fit B100, B100P, or B2000/3 Keurig brewers
  • Rinse clean under running water after each use
I bought ours for $14 and... yes I still have it.  Yes, I still use it.  Do I love it?  Do I recommend it? No, not really.  My biggest complaint is that I almost always get grounds in my coffee cup.  No one likes to chew on grounds when they are trying to enjoy a nice, smooth, sip of their hot beverage.   Only partially filling the cup and pressing it down a bit does not ensure you won't get grounds.  Over the past few years I've tried various ways of filing and using it but they almost all result in water and coffee pouring out of my machine at the same time and grounds falling in it.  Also, when you partially fill the cup to avoid the ground issue, you get a weak brew.  For people like me who like their coffee extremely hot (the 192 degree brewing temperature is a perk), bold, black and strong... a weak cup of coffee might as well be tea.

But I do use it.  I just brew it at the 8 oz. size to make it stronger and I fish out the grounds with my finger.  True story.

Now, let's get on to what I think is probably a better investment.  Since I bought my Keurig and reusable cup before all the competitors got on board, I haven't tried this one.  But Amazon shows almost 3,000 reviews and most all of them are favorable.   At an average cost of about $10 this is an affordable option I'll probably invest in, but so far, I've had a million other items on my 'need' list ahead of it.  It's the Ekobrew Refillable Cup and it looks like it's a winner by public opinion.

Ekobrew Refillable Cup

  • Now with a reinforced hinge, denser material for greater strength, a tighter seal.
  • Save money by using your favorite coffee and at the same time reduce the impact on the environment; 100% BPA free plastic
  • No need to remove the Keurig filter holster; Simply fill the Ekobrew, place it in your machine and brew normally
  • Ekobrew's unique design provides the very best coffee possible and our smooth interior makes clean up fast and easy
  • Ekobrew is not compatible with the B30, B130, B150, B155, Mr Coffee BVMC-KG5 or Vue
  • Ekobrew is not compatible with the B30, B130, B150, B155 or Vue.
If you only drink one cup of coffee in the morning you may choose a reusable cup as an environmental friendly option.  If you are like me and drink about 4, it's both the environment and a money saver.  I would absolutely say they are worth while and personally, if I had to choose which to buy today, I'd try the Ekobrew design but note that the original My K-cup brand also has almost 1500 reviews and most of them favorable as well. 


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