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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.

 
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rscheffrin4 years ago
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)  rscheffrin4 years ago
Great Tip! There are a few different brands and flavors that are like that without even a filter I believe.
bzcityboy made it!4 months ago

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!

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@bzcityboy:

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?

Thanks

renee.robyn4 months ago

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!

sbudesheim5 months ago

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!

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.

elliotr7 months ago

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.. elliotmrose18@gmail.com Thanks

elliot

davidofcalif9 months ago
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

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 StanK27 months ago

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.. elliotmrose18@gmail.com 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.

notsodopey4 years ago
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!!
I had the same thought @notsodopey... Excellent instructables @gojimi
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 jpines7 months ago

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 notsodopey2 years ago
@ 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.
Yup. Exactly what I was thinking!!!
pnowell17 months ago

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. http://www.blackriverroasters.com/k-cups-are-they-really-safe/

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

amy.roper.1278 months ago
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.
StanK28 months ago

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.

Stan

jmcfar8 months ago

I experimented! I took a Kcup and sliced around the inside lip of the foil top and removed. I microwave a tiny bit of water then added it to the Kcup and steeped for 2+ minutes (don't overfill.) I put the lid only of a reusable Kcup on top. Inserted into my Keurig and brew! I use a wide mouthed cup as it is not a single stream of water. It was stronger. If the experts made this product better, we wouldn't have to do this. We should send a message and take them back to the store!

Thanks for the easy tip. Worked like a charm. I did find that non-Keurig brand K cups were too shallow for the filter. The keurig brand works perfect. And for the reuse of plastics paranoia, we breath and ingest more harmful pollutants driving down the highway or jogging in the park. Worry less and love more for a long happy life.

Thanks for the thorough instructions! I tried this method and it worked a little bit, however my coffee is still a little weak. Maybe I'll just stick to the regular k cups...I'm wasting this regular coffee.

Another non-messy way is to put the kcup in the machine to make the hole and don't make a cup of coffee. Then take it apart and just dump the dry coffee grounds out.

itsmedanita10 months ago

I tried this and it didn't work so well because my all in one k-cup
filter is a one piece number. (I already clean out used k-cups after I
buy them for recycling.) The reusable filter was too simply too large to fit inside. I did find that pre-ground coffee works better than grinding my own, even though the coffee looks the same. I think I'll stop being so lazy and go
back to the used k-cup and muslin filter and see if that works better. I hate that I have wasted so much very good coffee.

Great directions, but seems like a lot of extra work. An alternative way Instead would be to just peel off the top of the used K-Cup, and carefully rinse out the K-Cup leaving filter in, and taking care not to damage the filter. Then put in your favorite coffee, and cover the top with a doubled piece of tin foil (smooth it so it lays flat on the sides.) Plop is back in the regular K-Cup dispenser and enjoy a stronger cup of coffee. I tried it, and it works great. Question I have not answered yet is how many holes in the bottom of the plastic K-Cup will be too many before it stops working sufficiently . I'll keep doing it and let you all know.

ht2ma21 year ago

Great instructable! I am intrigued by this approach, however, we have found the reusable filter to be a pain to clean. We purchased some of the paper filters but discovered the paper "lid" that is attached to them did not seem to work with the alternate cup holder due to the lack of a hole in the middle. I tried them again after making my own hole and that worked OK but was also a pain. I am thinking of trying this system but substituting the paper filter without the lid for the reusable filter to see what happens. Thanks for the info!

gymdandee1 year ago
This was great! Thanks!!
SharryG4 years ago
i am just stupid i guess.... but do you still use the filter??
Yeah, I too missed adding the "basket" in step 7. The coffee splattered and I ended up with coffee grounds in my coffee. Although, the coffee did taste better! Nonetheless, you are genius gojimi! I was seriously considering selling or writing Keurig due to MUCH disappointment with the coffee . . . and I've tried so many of the Kcups. Not impressed with any of them really. Question for you - what is your favorite kind of coffee?
gojimi (author)  SharryG4 years ago
Yes you still use the black plastic and metal mesh filter. Your coffee grounds go in there. You then place it inside the my kcup body with modified used kcup already inserted as shown in step 6 and 7. Enjoy!
Yes =)
Thanks!
MaXoR SharryG4 years ago
Stupidity is doing something and knowing better, your simply ignorant, please don't feel that is an insult from me, I'm being literal. You literally don't know... so don't feel stupid!

Have a great day to!
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