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How to brew coffee with a K-Cup without the Keurig coffee maker

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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
 
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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.

Step 2:

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Using scissors, cut the bottom 1/4 of the cup off.

Step 3:

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Fill the cup that contains the grounds with hot water. Some automatic coffee makers have a hot water spigot on the side, others might have a hot water option. Needs to be hot enough to brew the coffee. Leave this to steep about 2-4min.

Step 4:

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Holding the top of the k-cup over the second coffee cup, slowly pour the cup with the brewed coffee through the filter. This will remove the grounds.

(Alternate method is to leave the grounds in the k-cup and slowly pour the hot water from the spigot through the k-cup. This takes longer and it is easier to spill over this way.)

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Add desired creme/milk/soy/etc and enjoy.
lulugrl19914 months ago

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

avaughan11 year 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
UnknownAmy1 year 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
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.
TheCritic2 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!
ptabakaru3 years ago
Kind of defeats the purpose, Why not just use instant?
klimb ptabakaru2 years ago
It's a way to make do with whats on hand, its not for everyone in any situation.
korgoth254 years ago
THANK YOU!!!!!!! iv always wondered what to do with the K-cups (i got some and now i can use em)
maruawe4 years ago
Sorry but I'll keep my percolator
Mr.Danger (author)  maruawe4 years ago
Yeah, that would be a lot easier. This is more if you only have these things on hand and no other choices.