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When we had this coffee maker at my office, it would make really weak coffee, so I came up with this modification so I could make a stronger/free cup of coffee.
(depending on your time, space, and skills).

Requires:
- K-Cup flavor of choice (You can modify this with most single-serving coffee makers with built-in filters)
- 2 cups (alternate method available if you only want to use one cup)
- Scissors
- Hot water tap

Step 1:

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Remove the foil from the top of the k-cup and dump the coffee into one of the coffee cups. You can also substitute or add any coffee grounds at this point.
 
steffey1991 made it!3 months ago
I used a viva paper towel cut in half for the filter. It worked perfect !!!
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Julie-MarieB5 months ago

Thank you! Our teacher's room has a Keurig machine that our principal got us as a surprise :-) With so much constant use and not enough maintenance, it is now lending a funky flavor to the coffee You have now helped us to bypass the machine and still stay happily caffeinated. Appreciative.

dreadxpirate made it!6 months ago
Thanks, worked great, especially considering I have a Cameron's coffee "cup" that is essentially just the foil, ring, and filter, without the added plastic bottom.

I've otherwise had the same problem with weaker coffee brewed through the machine. But this simple solution does the trick!
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vicdog9 months ago

Worked very well! Thanks for the tip. I may just have to bring k cups camping! Peets major dickasons ftw!

AdamW311 months ago

I just found out by trying to use this instructable that the k-cup knockoffs that have been sitting on my company kitchen counter for months are nothing more than just packets of instant coffee masquerading as high-end product, lol.

AfshinN11 months ago

It is a work of Transmutation...

I won a mocha latte kit and had nothing to do with it thanks so much!

avaughan12 years ago
Thanks...I just got a 24 pack of k-cups that I won in a contest...without the machine they were pretty useless...now I can use them...drinking a cup now using your 2 cup method....strong...lol I am used to instant....this should wake me up
UnknownAmy2 years ago
Thanks! I have a bunch of random K-cups sitting around (gifts...) that I had no idea what to do with! I was just about to throw them out, but this looks quite easy :-D
Thank you for this instructable. My mom wants to use K-cups but cant afford a Keurig at the moment
WillyTheKid2 years ago
I like your idea. I needed a way to brew K-Cups without the brewer as well, but for different reasons. I like the Apple Cider K-Cups, and we have a Keurig brewer at work, but I don't have one at home. I tried this out and had a hard time pouring everything back through the filter without it overflowing. I'm not sure, but I suspect the Apple Cider variety have more mix in there. So anyway, I thought, what if I just cut the bottom off as you describe but leave the lid on, and just drop it in a cup of hot water and let it act like a tea ball? I tried it and it seems to work well. Nice 'ible though, I wouldn't have thought of that without it.
TheCritic3 years ago
Some people just have way to much time on there hands...
And some people don't know how to spell.
thank you for this! Kerig is the only coffeemaker we have at work and the boss only buys french vanilla [gag]. I like strong coffee. this is perfect!
ptabakaru4 years ago
Kind of defeats the purpose, Why not just use instant?
klimb ptabakaru3 years ago
It's a way to make do with whats on hand, its not for everyone in any situation.
korgoth255 years ago
THANK YOU!!!!!!! iv always wondered what to do with the K-cups (i got some and now i can use em)
maruawe5 years ago
Sorry but I'll keep my percolator
Mr.Danger (author)  maruawe5 years ago
Yeah, that would be a lot easier. This is more if you only have these things on hand and no other choices.