Introduction: Keurig K Cups and the Everlasting KCup

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Got a Keurig Coffee Maker ? Tired of running out of K Cups ? Even more tired of having to buy box after box of hardly what you'd call "cheap" K Cup coffee pods? Ever wondered how to get your bag of standard roast espresso to work with a Keurig machine?

In case you have no idea what I'm referring to - Keurig home brew coffee making systems only take k-cups, which you have to buy separately so you're somewhat tied in to buying their cups forever.This is all well and good but you've gone through a few cartons of k-cups in a matter of weeks, you'll realize just how expensive it can be to keep it running!

What's This Istructable Going to Show Me?

This Instructable will cover a few tips on how to reduce the overall number of brand new k-cups you need to buy for your Keurig and instead either use the same kcups more than once or get your hands on a My K Cups reusable coffee filter that works with any K Cups Keurig machine.

In the past making a good shot of espresso coffee was rather time consuming requiring a lot of effort and indeed patience. Nowadays it's a bit easier. In fact all you need to do is press that button on your keurig one cup coffee machine and you're done!

Before We Go into the Recycling Method, Allow Me To Show You a Smarter Solution

It's called the My K-Cup and it's designed specifically to allow you to brew your own favorite espresso brand or tea, effectively giving you the freedom to choose what goes into your keurig.
Keurig produced this little gadget, probably because they knew that if they didn't make it, someone would eventually.Fantastic I hear you gasp. I don't need to physically refill my pre used already used Keurig Cups anymore? Well.... Yes.

This recognized Keurig reusable coffee filter is quite a useful ite to have. Unlike normal k-cups, it's not disposable, and it's an definite must for devoted Keurig k-cups followers that wish they could using their own pack of pre-ground from time to time. The My K-Cup basically allows you to produce any brand of coffee drinks you like - and you'll certainly never ever need to purchase another box of k-cups again if that's what you want. 

The following Movie explains why disposable K Cups for the Keurig aren't your only option. 

The good thing is that this incredibly versatile, cost-saving k-cup Reusable Coffee Filter is only around $12 brand-new. 

How Do I Go About Recycling My Old K Cups?

This is definately not the most graceful of procedures and will probably leave you covered in coffee grounds but nevertheless you can actually re-load your old kcups and I will show you how with these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1:

The first thing that you should do is set aside all your used k cups.

Step 2:

Next, begin pulling off the covers completely and discard these, just leaving the plastic cup with it's previously used contents. Use a knife to do this or even your fingers if you like.

Step 3:

Remove the waste coffee ground inside with the use of a butter knife or other utensil in your kitchen that would not damage the filter paper that is inside the cup. Remove the remaining coffee grounds by rinsing the kcups in the sink. Dry them off with a tea towel.

Step 4:

Pack the empty cups with your favourite flavored or gourmet coffee and lightly pack down with your thumb or better still something round and flat that fits the kcup cavity. Cut out a section of kitchen foil and place over the opening of your kcup. Wrap the excess tin foil over the edge of the k-cup to secure it tightly.

You can't repeatedly reuse k cups indefinately. You will need to buy fresh pods at some point.
Lastly, remember that you won't be able to use k-cups reused or not in any non keurig coffee makers.