Get a STRONGER Brew From Your My Kcup




Introduction: Get a STRONGER Brew From Your My Kcup

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

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

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

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!

Discard the foil top, coffee grounds and the paper filter. Saving the white plastic shell.

Step 5: Trim-it!

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!

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!

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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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.

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Great Tip! There are a few different brands and flavors that are like that without even a filter I believe.

Do you get notified in email when someone responds to your post? Or is there an easy way to find yourself back to your post?

I am hesitant to re-use old k-cups over and over again. Furthermore, how often do I have to replace the k cup white plastic shell?

I was thinking a better solution would be to plug the gray my k cup sleeve with some sort of insert or glue. I know hot glue was mentioned further down in the comments, but I it was stated that wouldn't be ideal because of the heat. Thoughts on using some form of RTV silicone (heat-resistant) to fill the holes? That way to correct back-pressure is created. It's end result would be the exact same as the proposed method, right?

ok this is cool it worked, coffee came out at least twice as dark and twice as rich as the first day I used my kcup reusable filter. now if only we can have a hack for the ekobrew filter.

I just tried this. I *thought* it was going to make a big mes...,but much to my surprise, It works well. My guess is that I'll probably just have to replace the plastic used K-cup once in a while. Thanks for the tip!

I use the metal Ekobrew insert with a fine grind. I also fill the ekobrew as full as I can with grounds and tamp it a bit.. This results in a pretty good cup of coffee.

The K-Cup engineers didn't want to make a similar design because they want you to keep $upporting their company by buying the ones that cost 60 cents to a dollar a pop. I've been aware of this since they came out.. I asked the same questions and tried several different designs for the refillable k-cups... the water would flow through too quickly or have too many exists and the coffee was weak. Think of the MILLIONS of dollars being spent buying k-cups... With millions of units sold and millions of people using them daily... $ CHA-CHING $ afterall, they taste good and it's so convenient to pop in and go. But personally, I prefer not to spend $1.00 on a cup of coffee that I make at home. I'll stick with

62cups per bag of good coffee of my choosing at $6.00-7.00 per 12oz bag = uh... I don't know, less than 10 cents per cup of coffee.. hmm

Do you keep or throw away the plastic filter on the bottom of the used k-cup?

For those of us who want a seriously manly cup of coffee, I suggest
getting some brass mesh from eBay and cutting out an inch and a half
round(or a bit larger) piece and use it as a filter at the bottom of the
My K Cup. Actually, I am presently waiting to do this; my first attempt
involved using the My K Cup without the filter-cup and covering the
hole a the bottom of the large enclosure with a piece of filter paper.
This worked OK once, but when I tried it again, I had drainage problems
and generally made a mess. I think the brass mesh filter should do the
trick, then you can put a serious amount of coffee in it. Keeping the
coffee exposed to the water longer isn't a bad idea either, but the one
time using a LOT of coffee actually worked, the result was awesome!

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PS Tried the method presented in this article. It helped a bit, but not enough for my tastes. It's only a marginal improvement over using a standard coffee pod. Also be advised that there are different varieties of My K-cup. Both in this article and my method uses the variety that takes an insert. The overall enclosure is much larger, and lends itself nicely to being filled with coffee. But don't try it without a filter as all the grounds will flow through - I tried it!

I'm not sure I understand the last step of brewing. Do I put the coffee grind into the silver basket that comes with my k cup and then into the used k cup and then into the body of the my k cup? Thanks!

Wouldn't it be easier, if possible, to just make the hole in the My K-cup sleeve a little smaller, thus creating the correct 'back pressure' thus obviating the need for an empty used K-cup? Perhaps plug with hot glue and open a smaller hole? ???

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I wouldn't use hot glue because of heat concerns

Thanks so much for this information. Just scored a Keurig at a garage sale today. Tried it and liked it okay, but the coffee was a little bit weak for my taste (using the K-cup) Looking forward to trying it with my own coffee tomorrow using your tip for a stronger brew.


That worked really well.

Thanks for the suggestion! Works great for me, and much cheaper!!

Just tire the authors instructions, right after a cup of coffee using just the screen filter. I'll be darn it works. Stronger coffee. Did have to work the plastic cup with the scissors until I was able to fit filter into plastic cup and still close the cap. Just a little enginering .

I have the new k cup thing that you make your own brew in and it does not have that gold filter it has no filter. will this still work? It snaps into the holder.

Having recently decided to rethink my spending habits, I decided one item to cut out or cut back on was my K-Cup purchases. I am a big coffee drinker and was spending way to much money on the cups. Like others, I started using the My K-Cup, and I was unimpressed with the weak brew. I promised myself I was going to take a K-Cup apart to see how it was constructed, but just as I started, I decided someone had probably already figured out and solved the problem so I Googled it. Yippee!!!!!

This is the best instructable in the world! I inserted a new K-Cup to poke the hole and followed the directions from there (I made almond mocha ice cream with the coffee). It was a Starbucks cup, and I had to cut it a little more to get it to fit as shown in the picture. I knew it worked the second I saw the rich colored coffee coming out.

Thank you!