Introduction: 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).

- 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.

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.


RobH114 (author)2017-09-26

Totally worked with green tea too!

ptabakaru (author)2010-10-28

Kind of defeats the purpose, Why not just use instant?

Luciluch (author)ptabakaru2017-07-27

Well, of course. But when all you have is a KCup and want coffee...

klimb (author)ptabakaru2011-10-18

It's a way to make do with whats on hand, its not for everyone in any situation.

Luciluch (author)2017-07-27

My Keurig broke, and my son was sleeping so I couldn't head out to the coffee shop this morning. I desperately wanted to enjoy my early morning quiet time with a book and a cup of coffee, thanks to you I did! It was easy and it kinda made me feel like MacGyver ?

KyndraS1 made it! (author)2017-05-23

This came out great! Thanks for sharing!

EmilyR108 (author)2017-04-29

this works so well, my coffee machine stopped working and I don't have enough money to get another one so this really helps

HridayM (author)2017-03-04

How much water do you add?

cesperon (author)2016-12-14

Saved my butt this morning. No power = no keurig! Thank goodness for cellular data plans & life hacks

ChaiLuver (author)2016-07-28

I did it woth chai tea, but didnt add coffee thanks you helped so much!!!

Marc-AndréB2 (author)2016-06-01

Fantastic. I was out of instant coffee at work so I found this and gosh my coffee feels great this morning! Thank you

ReneeW20 (author)2016-03-05

I just use a regular coffee filter , pour the ground in the middle of it , then take a twisty tie make a like tea bag , boil the water and then steep like a tea bag

Htt200472ab (author)2015-10-11

Try the presto myjo

steffey1991 made it! (author)2015-05-17

I used a viva paper towel cut in half for the filter. It worked perfect !!!

Julie-MarieB (author)2015-03-26

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! (author)2015-03-03

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!

vicdog (author)2014-11-17

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

AdamW3 (author)2014-09-24

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.

AfshinN (author)2014-09-11

It is a work of Transmutation...

lulugrl1991 (author)2014-03-06

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

avaughan1 (author)2013-07-03

Thanks...I just got a 24 pack of k-cups that I won in a contest...without the machine they were pretty I can use them...drinking a cup now using your 2 cup I am used to instant....this should wake me up

UnknownAmy (author)2013-04-09

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

dolphinluvr31 (author)2012-12-28

Thank you for this instructable. My mom wants to use K-cups but cant afford a Keurig at the moment

WillyTheKid (author)2012-11-28

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.

TheCritic (author)2012-02-21

Some people just have way to much time on there hands...

lstoner (author)TheCritic2012-07-20

And some people don't know how to spell.

ravenwing999 (author)2011-11-24

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!

korgoth25 (author)2010-04-12

THANK YOU!!!!!!! iv always wondered what to do with the K-cups (i got some and now i can use em)

maruawe (author)2009-09-24

Sorry but I'll keep my percolator

Mr.Danger (author)maruawe2009-09-24

Yeah, that would be a lot easier. This is more if you only have these things on hand and no other choices.

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