The 'trick' to use your Keurig k-cups in the new Keurig 2.0 brewer - (And: what's the 'new' 2.0 Keurig?)

This is a portion of my post on the Keurig 2.0 previously posted in September, 2014.  More people seem to be hearing about the larger 2.0 version now - (due to the upcoming holidays?) so I thought I would feature part of this post again.  The original 'question and answer facts can be found on the first post; here)

What's a new Keurig 2.0 and how is it different from my Keurig? Can I use my regular K-cups with the new Keurig 2.0 brewer?

The 2.0 is the most current generation of coffee brewer/makers from Keurig.  It features a carafe that can brew up to 4 cups on one side as well as the single serve we are used to on the other side.

I think for this post I'm going to keep to the facts.  Here is the product description they have for their new Keurig 2.0 K560 system for example;
Product Description

Say Hello to the Keurig® 2.0 K560 Brewing System - the first Keurig system that features revolutionary Keurig 2.0 Brewing TechnologyTM which is designed to read the lid of each K-CupTM or K-CarafeTM pack to brew the perfect beverage every time.

The K560 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup - all at the touch of a button. It's so smart, and so simple! The brewer has other great features including an extra large 80 ounce water reservoir, 2.8 inch color touch display, programmable clock, an auto brew option and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee. There's even a separate setting for hot cocoa and other specialty beverages like lattes and mochas. The K560 model also has a customizable night light in the water reservoir and offers hot water on demand.

They offer a 350, 40 and 550.  If you want to compare a couple of the versions (plus the K560 + pack) you can do so below - these are Amazon inks with information and real people reviews.

A HUGE complaint in the reviews is the fact that many people have bought large boxes of 80 or 100 count k-cups... that are not compatible with the newer Keurig.

Nor will your eco-friendly, reuseable cups work.  Not even the Keurig My K-cup brand.

The Keurig® 2.0 brewer will only function with Keurig® brand packs. That means the Keurig® 2.0 brewer will brew both K-Cup® and Vue® packs and the new K-Carafe™ packs only.

"The My K-Cup® accessory, due to the nature of its design, cannot be made with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™ and will therefore not operate with the new Keurig® 2.0 system."

YES THERE IS A WAY TO GET AROUND THIS:   Cut the top off the official 'new' K-Cups (that have the lid with the white ring on the top) and lay it on top of the older style K-cup you want to use. Some people tape it on the cup, but others have reported you can just lay it on top (like a poker chip).  This will 'trick' the new Keurig 2.0 into thinking it's a newer style cup and you can use up your older style K-cups.

Also, you will no longer be able to adjust the single cup size or temperature.

The Keurig® 2.0 brewing system adjusts the temperature for you based on whether you have inserted a K-Cup® pack or a K-Carafe™ pack.

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The new Keurig might be the perfect brewer for you!
And it may not.
Only you can decide what your needs are.

The important things to remember are that if you have 2 or 3 boxes of k-cups in your pantry, it will not use any of the older keurig k-cups. You can't use any adapter in order to use bagged coffee. This 2.0 version will NOT work with non Keurig K cups nor will it work with Ekobrew (or similar) reusable cups at this time.

Various coffee available in the special 2.0 Keurig sized k-cups:
Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack, 18 Count
The Entertainer Variety Pack Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack, 48 Count
Green Mountain Naturals Caramel Apple Cider Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack, 16 Count

Various 2.0 Keurigs to view on Amazon;