Introduction: Get a STRONGER Brew From Your My Kcup

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I love my Keurig Coffee Maker and if you are like me you probably enjoy experimenting with other non prepackaged coffee blends that aren't available in KCup form. That is where the "My KCup" accessory comes into play. For those unfamiliar, it allows one to brew a cup of their favorite coffee blends without needing to buy them in KCup form (if they are even available). Unfortunately the My KCup in my opinion brews a rather weak cup of coffee compared to it's pre-manufactured counterpart. Rest easy! I have found a fix that doesn't cost a dime! All you need is a "USED" KCup. Follow along. I have photos attached in order to make it easier to follow.

Step 1: What You Need

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Here are the materials and tools you will need:

1. My KCup
2. Used KCup (any flavor)
3. Pair of Scissors

In the Photo I have labeled each item I will be referring to in the instructions so there is no confusion of the different parts.

Step 2: Start Destruction

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First we need to remove the foil lid of the used KCup using your scissors, knife or fingers. We don't need this to be perfect as we will be cutting the top off a bit when we are finished.

Step 3: Yuck

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Once the foil top is removed we now have access to the used coffee grounds and filter. We want to remove these with our fingers and or a pair of scissors. Again this doesn't have to be perfect yet.

Step 4: Clean Up That Mess!

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Discard the foil top, coffee grounds and the paper filter. Saving the white plastic shell.

Step 5: Trim-it!

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Using your scissors, cut the very top of the KCup Plastic shell about halfway down the little flat bump illustrated in the first picture all the way around removing the very top of the shell. you should be left with what is illustrated in 2nd and 3rd picture as shown next to the KCup we started with.  Also now is a good time to get that plastic shell good and clean.

Notice the hole in the bottom that was created by the Keurig machine when it was used. This whole is what is going to create more back pressure in the brewing process allowing the beans to seep more into the water causing a stronger brew.

Step 6: Mmm.... That Fits Nice!

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Next we need to insert the plastic shell we just cut into the My KCup Body.  Notice in the pictures how it sits just below the top edge of the My KCup Body.  If yours protrudes above the top a bit pull it out and trim a little more off the top of the white plastic shell.  Once our fitting is satisfactory it is time to brew!

Step 7: Brew Me a Cup of Joe!

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This is how to assemble our new little modification. 

Insert the white plastic shell into the My KCup Body as we did in the test fit of the previous step. 

Then Fill your Basket with coffee grounds (I have found two mostly level tablespoons to be the optimal amount of grounds).

Place the lid on top and lock it in place and brew as usual.  Then "Enjoy your Stronger Brew!"

You can also play around with making your own holes in the bottom of an UNused KCup using a needle or pin to find the right setup for you.  But I find the used KCup hole to be as close to simulating an actual KCup brew.  I am not sure why Keurig's engineers didn't come to this conclusion on their own.  It stands to reason that a self filled KCup should brew in a similar way to an actual KCup.


rscheffrin (author)2011-08-07

A good K-cup to use is a hot chocolate one, because there aren't any grounds in them after the brewing process. That way you shouldn't have much to clean out of the inside.

gojimi (author)rscheffrin2011-08-07

Great Tip! There are a few different brands and flavors that are like that without even a filter I believe.

LoisPalmer (author)2017-06-21

Do you get notified in email when someone responds to your post? Or is there an easy way to find yourself back to your post?

LoisPalmer made it! (author)2017-06-21

My Kuerig K475 does not recognize My KCup. Is there a hack for that?

By the way, I tried putting just the cut KCup in my brewer and then put another unused K-Pod down in it. It seemed to make it stronger. That was just one time so I am anxious to see if it will work again. I have a 16oz cup and I want a 16oz cup of strong coffee. I guess I am too old to let me wants hurt me.

vandykej17 (author)2017-06-08

I am hesitant to re-use old k-cups over and over again. Furthermore, how often do I have to replace the k cup white plastic shell?

I was thinking a better solution would be to plug the gray my k cup sleeve with some sort of insert or glue. I know hot glue was mentioned further down in the comments, but I it was stated that wouldn't be ideal because of the heat. Thoughts on using some form of RTV silicone (heat-resistant) to fill the holes? That way to correct back-pressure is created. It's end result would be the exact same as the proposed method, right?

Valnomien (author)2017-06-07

ok this is cool it worked, coffee came out at least twice as dark and twice as rich as the first day I used my kcup reusable filter. now if only we can have a hack for the ekobrew filter.

ChristopherV72 (author)2017-04-06

I just tried this. I *thought* it was going to make a big mes...,but much to my surprise, It works well. My guess is that I'll probably just have to replace the plastic used K-cup once in a while. Thanks for the tip!

wdnport (author)2017-01-25

I use the metal Ekobrew insert with a fine grind. I also fill the ekobrew as full as I can with grounds and tamp it a bit.. This results in a pretty good cup of coffee.

GrahamH38 (author)2017-01-09

The K-Cup engineers didn't want to make a similar design because they want you to keep $upporting their company by buying the ones that cost 60 cents to a dollar a pop. I've been aware of this since they came out.. I asked the same questions and tried several different designs for the refillable k-cups... the water would flow through too quickly or have too many exists and the coffee was weak. Think of the MILLIONS of dollars being spent buying k-cups... With millions of units sold and millions of people using them daily... $ CHA-CHING $ afterall, they taste good and it's so convenient to pop in and go. But personally, I prefer not to spend $1.00 on a cup of coffee that I make at home. I'll stick with

62cups per bag of good coffee of my choosing at $6.00-7.00 per 12oz bag = uh... I don't know, less than 10 cents per cup of coffee.. hmm

OliviaDavidF (author)2016-12-22

Do you keep or throw away the plastic filter on the bottom of the used k-cup?

FrankZ34 (author)2016-11-30

For those of us who want a seriously manly cup of coffee, I suggest
getting some brass mesh from eBay and cutting out an inch and a half
round(or a bit larger) piece and use it as a filter at the bottom of the
My K Cup. Actually, I am presently waiting to do this; my first attempt
involved using the My K Cup without the filter-cup and covering the
hole a the bottom of the large enclosure with a piece of filter paper.
This worked OK once, but when I tried it again, I had drainage problems
and generally made a mess. I think the brass mesh filter should do the
trick, then you can put a serious amount of coffee in it. Keeping the
coffee exposed to the water longer isn't a bad idea either, but the one
time using a LOT of coffee actually worked, the result was awesome!

FrankZ34 (author)FrankZ342016-12-01

PS Tried the method presented in this article. It helped a bit, but not enough for my tastes. It's only a marginal improvement over using a standard coffee pod. Also be advised that there are different varieties of My K-cup. Both in this article and my method uses the variety that takes an insert. The overall enclosure is much larger, and lends itself nicely to being filled with coffee. But don't try it without a filter as all the grounds will flow through - I tried it!

MariannR1 (author)2016-11-21

I'm not sure I understand the last step of brewing. Do I put the coffee grind into the silver basket that comes with my k cup and then into the used k cup and then into the body of the my k cup? Thanks!

StevenM130 (author)2016-04-24

Wouldn't it be easier, if possible, to just make the hole in the My K-cup sleeve a little smaller, thus creating the correct 'back pressure' thus obviating the need for an empty used K-cup? Perhaps plug with hot glue and open a smaller hole? ???

gmoyer-1 (author)StevenM1302016-07-09

I wouldn't use hot glue because of heat concerns

AmyC139 (author)2016-06-04

Thanks so much for this information. Just scored a Keurig at a garage sale today. Tried it and liked it okay, but the coffee was a little bit weak for my taste (using the K-cup) Looking forward to trying it with my own coffee tomorrow using your tip for a stronger brew.

CamilleM12 (author)2016-03-08


That worked really well.

RichardF84 (author)2016-02-18

Thanks for the suggestion! Works great for me, and much cheaper!!

rhaci (author)2016-02-13

Just tire the authors instructions, right after a cup of coffee using just the screen filter. I'll be darn it works. Stronger coffee. Did have to work the plastic cup with the scissors until I was able to fit filter into plastic cup and still close the cap. Just a little enginering .

AngelaL20 made it! (author)2016-02-11

Works great! Thanks for the idea, so simple and tastes so much better.

LEGACY1126 (author)2015-12-27

I have the new k cup thing that you make your own brew in and it does not have that gold filter it has no filter. will this still work? It snaps into the holder.

Spyce (author)2015-12-21

Having recently decided to rethink my spending habits, I decided one item to cut out or cut back on was my K-Cup purchases. I am a big coffee drinker and was spending way to much money on the cups. Like others, I started using the My K-Cup, and I was unimpressed with the weak brew. I promised myself I was going to take a K-Cup apart to see how it was constructed, but just as I started, I decided someone had probably already figured out and solved the problem so I Googled it. Yippee!!!!!

This is the best instructable in the world! I inserted a new K-Cup to poke the hole and followed the directions from there (I made almond mocha ice cream with the coffee). It was a Starbucks cup, and I had to cut it a little more to get it to fit as shown in the picture. I knew it worked the second I saw the rich colored coffee coming out.

Thank you!

bzcityboy made it! (author)2015-04-07

As a former Starbucks barista, I can tell everyone that there is a great importance to the grind texture of your coffee of choice. The grind is part of the Java Holy Trinity, which is grind, water, and roast. All three are required to get a proper extraction regardless to your brewing vessel. In my case, I still love Starbucks Cafe Verona. After many years, it's my go to coffee blend that I compare all others.

The gold filter provided by Keurig is not a flat-bottom filter (requiring a #7 grind) nor is it a cone-shape filter (requiring a #5 grind). It's somewhat in between, so this is why I asked my neighborhood Starbucks barista to grind my purchased coffee on a #6.

I now had my Java Holy Trinity in place (proper grind, purified water, and quality coffee); however, I was very disappointed with the coffee extraction that "My KCup" promised. The result was rather weak in flavor and color. Initially, I assumed that my barista didn't correctly grind my coffee or that they needed to recalibrate their instore coffee grinder.

[side note: a coffee grinder needs to be calibrated more often than one would think and is actually done. Keep this in mind when you use a courtesy coffee grinder supplied by a local grocery or warehouse-type store.]

Before I got into my car to have my coffee replaced and correctly ground; I thought I should check my Keurig instructions once more to see if they recommended a specific grind. To my (snarky) surprise, it didn't. So I googled it. This was the first site I visited for a solution to my coffee problem and it worked!!!

So, in short, I tip my coffee filter in the author's general direction; good job!!

I hope my comment helps others too. Ciao for now!


Soooooooo...I have the same problem and was thinking the answer has to be the grind. But, I think I missed your point, what was your 'cure' again to the problem of weak coffee in the Keurig?


Adding the used K-cup, as per the instructable. His point was he had the correct grind (#6), but it was too weak. Using the instructable mod fixed that.

"This was the first site I visited for a solution to my coffee problem and it worked!!!

So, in short, I tip my coffee filter in the author's general direction; good job!!"

ScottG46 (author)2015-10-15

Great idea , going to have to buy a box of kcups just to do it LOL

jadler-1 (author)2015-09-19

just tried works!

GeorgeM51 (author)2015-09-16

I think I found the solution to a stronger cup of java using MyCup. Use a finer grind of coffee and lightly pack it into the MyCup. It works perfectly.

renee.robyn (author)2015-04-07

Love this idea as I have been adding a paper towel to the bottom of the kcup and I didn't think it worked too well. So I'm giving this a try! Thanks!

sbudesheim (author)2015-04-01

I'm looking forward to trying this out. Just got a My K Cup and was a little worried that the coffee wouldn't be as good. I'm so glad that I'll be able to use different coffees again-- I didn't like the Gevalia K-cups, but Gevalia in this might work for me!

andre.leclair.712 (author)2015-03-17

I also wish to add my testimony of appreciation for the brilliant advice given and tip my hat to the genius of this guy. (I actually managed to get a hole even smaller at the bottom of the plastic k-cup for an even better taste.) Shows how social media have become a very powerful tool at improving our lives by sharing advice and helping each other. How many meetings and brainstorming sessions saved to companies like Keurig. Wish we heard from them on this forum on how they need to improve their system. Also would be good to hear from Keurig how they feel about so many thousands of customers being angered by their discontinuation of the reusable coffee filters on newer machines.

elliotr (author)2015-02-01

Eco-Fill® 4-Pack Single Serve Coffee Filter & trying figure
out which brand of ground coffe I tried dark a few brands but not strong
at all any recomendations.. Thanks


davidofcalif (author)2014-11-13

My guestion is whats the correct grind ? The keurig support was worthless when i asked ! Also ralphs and san francisco bay coffee have pods that work in keurig that arent plastic

StanK2 (author)davidofcalif2014-12-28

I tried this with Great Value Dark. It tastes great using the tip given here. Any drip or espresso should work very well. If you like your coffee strong make sure you buy whatever brand's "Dark". The other grinds are like passing the grinds over the water hoping to get coffee.

elliotr (author)StanK22015-02-01

I have the

Eco-Fill® 4-Pack Single Serve Coffee Filter & trying figure out which brand of ground coffe I tried dark a few brands but not strong at all any recomendations.. Thanks

From what I have read the best brew is slightly finer than a drip machine, but not as fine as an espresso grind. A french press uses a much more coarse grind than a drip machine. The finer grind allows for more flavor to be extracted during the faster brewing time. That's why the french press takes so long to properly extract the flavor and oils from the larger grind.

notsodopey (author)2011-08-11

I am probably being too cynical but I wonder if the engineers knew how to get a stronger brew but got trumped by the marketers or top management. After all, if we users can't get a good tasting brew from the provided KCup method what do we do; we go back to the (high profit) cartridges offered by Keurig. Hmmmm

Great solution - and it doesn't cost a cent!!

egosselin (author)notsodopey2011-08-11

I had the same thought @notsodopey... Excellent instructables @gojimi

jpines (author)egosselin2011-08-12

My wife and I love our Keurigs. Se has ordered the new and improved My K-Cup which is supposed to address the weaker brew issue but I'll be keeping this Instructable in my back pocket in case it's just hype.

lifesart (author)jpines2015-01-24

The new one does not work any better than the old. My husband keeps complaining! Right now I am happy with the k cups themselves because they are so much less expensive than star$s he used to pickup on the weekend (and he's not buying us the treats they sell!). But this fix, great as it is, does not seem to work with the new "My K-Cup" at all. Back to the drawing table. Maybe foil inside the thing with some holes.

sway (author)notsodopey2013-05-06

@ notsodopey I see your point but I disagree. I believe it is poor design on the part of Keurig R&D. I think most of us here would simply leave the keurig if we couldn't get a satisfying cup of joe at a fair price.
In fact, the tip about lowering the gasket is something that shouldn't and wouldn't be necessary if Keurig gave a crap about it's target market.

cslead (author)notsodopey2011-08-15

Yup. Exactly what I was thinking!!!

pnowell1 (author)2015-01-06

I tried this with tea since that the beverage I drink and it worked great. I hate weak tea and this works great. Thanks for posting this tip.

Uhh... once again, I'm finding a life hack where someone is using plastic and heat. Granted, K-Cups are SUPPOSED to be safe for use, but re-use? I don't know about that. If you compare this with milk or water jugs, they're indicated for a maximum of one reuse. After that they leech plastic into the liquid you put in them, and that is with cold liquids! I'm scared to think that K-Cups might leech plastic from the first use, but it might be that they leech after a second or third use. Who has info on the safety of reusing K-Cups? In the life hacker "culture" as it were, people seem to have a tendency to just grab stuff and off they go to do whatever, seemingly without any real knowledge of how safe or unsafe what they're doing is much of the time. Who has actually done homework on this? Take care and be safe!

If you are worried about plastic leaching, I would recommend the Ekobrew Elite stainless steel reusable Kcup. It is 100% stainless, with the exception of a small rubber o-ring at the top. It is designed so coffee doesn't pour thrugh it as fast as the MyKCup. I tried the hack recommended in this article, but it was too messy and cumbersome. After all, you buy a Kuerig in the first place for convenience and consistancy.

According to this, there is research which demonstrates that even though the K-Cups are BPA free, there are many other chemicals that are even more bilogically active than BPA and are found in most plastics. The risks increase greatly when you apply heat. I will NOT be doing this! It simply isn't safe. As a matter of fact, I'm going to stop using the Keurig altogether. No matter what you do, using hot liquids in plastic isn't a good idea.

Interesting post. Thanks for the warning. I will research this further.

amy.roper.127 (author)2014-12-30

I bought my husband the Mr. Coffee version of the Keurig, along with a MyKcup, for Christmas. All I've heard since then was how weak and awful the coffee was. He went back to his old coffee maker and I had to deal with both machines taking up what little counter space we have. I was ready to get rid of the Keurig, my husband or both! Then I decided to look online to see if there was a way to fix the problem and found this indestructible. We just tried it and he now says it's the best cup of coffee he's had. You've saved my sanity and maybe even my marriage. Lol

Instructable, not indestructible. Stupid autocorrect.

StanK2 (author)2014-12-28

Thanks for the great instructable. Finally, I can have coffee strong enough to call coffee. I can't believe Keurig didn't build the my k-cup using your technology. Does it fit all Keurig models. I am using it in cuisinart with Keurig technology and it works just fine.


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