Keurig K Cups and the Everlasting KCup

About: I run a small coffee shop in Buffalo. Nothing much but at least it's mine and the bank don't own it. I have a beautiful wife Cherie and two sons, Brad and Charles both of which have just now started school. ...
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.

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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.

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    2 years ago

    Sample any of the 575+ k-cup® pods and single cups we have without buying a big box and not liking them.,


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for this tip. I've been re-using my k-cups for a little over 2 months. A couple of things I've noticed:
    The grounds dump out easier if they are still wet. I usually dump them out right away. Careful! They can be hot!
    You can rotate the cup so the metal tip goes through the same hole in the bottom each time.
    I close the machine carefully. Sometimes the foil will tear a little and some grounds will leak out. I'm thinking about using a heavier duty foil.
    My coffee doesn't seem quite as "strong" as the pre-made cups so I usually use a smaller setting on the machine. (10 oz)
    I have a small plastic food container that holds 2 k-cups perfectly.
    I rotate through 6 cups that I have.
    So far, I haven't torn any of the filters. They seem pretty durable.

    One of my colleagues laughed at me when she saw my foil-covered k-cups. She said, "They're only 50 cents apiece." Well, each cup uses two and a half scoops of coffee and a piece of foil. I haven't figured my costs yet but I think they will compare very favorably against 2-50 cent cups per day.

    6 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, 50 cents a cup at two a day ends up being over $700. Tell her that, and ask if she feels better about that number. :D

    I'm not sure how much you spend, but I bet it's less than that!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not sure where the $700 you estimate came from. At two K-Cups per day, $0.50 per cup, that's only $365 for the year per person. Not insignificant, but still cheaper than going to Starbucks or Dunkins everyday!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    *headdesk* Umm... I guess it shows math wasn't my best subject in school.

    Wish I had a clever excuse for that one, but... yea. I don't. This is why I try to avoid doing math in my head.

    Color me embarrassed.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    $365.00 x .50 = 365 / 2 = 132.50 per year at 1 cup per day.

    Much cheaper than a coffee shop. Only if you go to a coffee shop it's tough to spend below $1 per cup. We have a few Starbucks around here and some Peets' shops, as well as a couple of locally-owned places. I can't find coffee under $1 per cup there. Heck, even the truckstop wants $1.29 (but I usually fudge and get the 99-cent fountain drink cup. Ice in the bottom to keep it from melting ... plus about 24-26 oz coffee drink = 32oz of latte-style goodness for around $1.05).

    If you drink 2 cups a day with the 50-cent cups you're at $365 annually.
    Still cheaper than a daily trip to the 4-buck-a-pop shop. But there's the waste of the cups to think about too.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    And I'm sure the $365 is still much more expensive than what he's spending by refilling his K cups. Which, again, is MUCH better than going to Starbucks every day!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    "They're only 50 cents apiece." -Not that I'm a tree hugger, I'm not, but why waste the plastic on just a single use, right?

    I'd suggest not packing the coffee down if you use finer grinds. The pump in the Keurig doesn't put out the same pressure as an espresso machine. Also, the thicker foils work better for lids. For the best possible seal though, try the lids that seal along the inner ridge of the k cup. e-Bay has a lot of different varieties (many are reusable) so read the description carefully. The author is right in that the k cup won't last forever. My most common issue is the filter paper peeling away from the cup.