Coffee pods are the greatest invention since sliced bread. It’s so easy to brew a single cup when you’re on the go. The problem is that the pods that go in the Keurig coffee makers, K-cups, are wildly expensive to keep on hand. But that problem has been solved with the reusable k-cups for Keurig that let you brew your favorite flavor of coffee without spending money on pods.
What is it about coffee that makes it so good? A popular story is that coffee was first invented by a man who kept goats in Ethiopia. He roasted and stewed the beans in water making a hot drink. He was astounded when one of his goats drank some of the leftover liquid and had an endless supply of energy. I guess he figured if it energized the goat it should have the same effect on him. It makes sense because people wake up to coffee every morning to get them up and going for the day.
“Great Mornings Start With Coffee”
America has a long-standing love affair with coffee. It’s the first thing we want in the morning when we wake up. A hot steaming mug of aromatic coffee has the ability to wake you up and put a smile on your face. In the words of a famous historian and the 3rd President of the United States:
“Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson
The technology behind coffee makers has gotten better over the years with the Keurig coffee machine noted as the single-serve coffee maker. This machine uses pre-filled pods that go into the coffee machine and then the settings determine the size of the coffee produced. The pods are very popular with coffee drinkers but also very costly at $15 for a box of 24 pods.
The pods are placed inside the coffee machine, as the lid closes, a hole is punched in the top of the pod to allow the heated water to flow over the coffee grounds during the brew cycle. When the cycle completes, you simply remove the pod and discard it in the trash.
Although this provides great convenience for people on the go, it presents the question, “What happens to the empty pods?” Well, they are discarded and will end up in the landfill waiting to break down. We love the pods but they present a problem financially and ecologically.
What are Reusable K-Cups?
These marvelous eco-friendly K-cups are plastic filters that are washable and refillable which saves money on coffee because you can use any brand in these reusable k-cups for Keurig. They are easy to use and clean for the best flavor and quickest brew time. When placed inside the Keurig they function exactly like the pre-filled coffee pods you buy in the stores.
Benefits of Using Refillable K- cups
- Saves time and money
- Creates less waste
- Washable and reusable
- Can be used for loose-leaf tea
- Durable and long-lasting
- Can save used coffee for compost
- Keep plastic pods out of the landfill
How do they help you save money?
The biggest savings comes from not having to buy the k-cup pods anymore. You can use any brand of coffee in the reusable k-cups for Keurig by PureHQ and the snap-on top lets the water flow through to the grounds but keep everything neatly contained inside. These filters work with the K-Duo, K-Classic, K-Elite, and K-Select coffee machines. A larger open mesh filter is available for the K-Duo Brewers, and K-Brewers Essentials machine. The K-cup filters come in a pack of 3 and include a coffee scoop.
Directions for Using the Refillable K-cups
Water: Fill the Keurig coffee machine with the appropriate amount of water. The K-cup filters have markings inside for the desired amount of coffee.
Measure coffee: The recommended method for measuring coffee is 10gr or 2 Tbs of coffee for every 6 oz cup of water.
Add to filter: Place one scoop of your favorite coffee inside the filter up to the first line for an 8 oz, cup, and to the top line for a 12 oz cup with the maximum of 3/4 of the coffee k-cup pod. Close the lid down tightly. Open the top of the coffee machine and place the filter in the same slot where the pods go and close the top. Set the machine to your preferences for size and select “brew.” The coffee machine will begin brewing a cup of coffee within minutes.
Tea lovers – if you occasionally like a cup of afternoon tea but hate trying to open the round metal “tea ball,” this makes a perfect substitution. They come in packs of 3 so you can have one for coffee and one for tea and a spare if you lose one.
What Type of Coffee is Best to Use With K-Cups?
These filters work well with all brands of coffee, This is part of what makes them so economical, is that you can use any brand, not just the ones in the pods. That means you could alternate between different types of coffee, different brands, or create your own unique blend of coffees by mixing two different coffees in the filter cup.
A good suggestion is to grind your own beans prior to making a cup of coffee so they are fresh and flavorful. Any good variety of medium to dark roast coffee will work well with the short brew cycle. After brewing your coffee you can discard the used ground in the trash or save them for your compost pile if you have a garden. An eco-friendly solution to prevent coffee waste. Here are a few suggestions for a good medium to dark roast coffee:
- Real Good Coffee Co French Whole Bean Coffee
- Fresh Roasted Coffee, Costa Rica Tarrazu
- Volcanica Coffee Ethiopian Coffee Yirgacheffe Region
- Lavazza Gran Filtro Whole Bean Coffee Blend, Medium Roast
Tips to get a great cup of coffee with refillable K cups
- Begin with a fresh, clean coffee machine
- Add cold water to the machine
- Grind your beans fresh
- Use the smallest setting for grinding your beans (think medium espresso)
- Measure 10 gr or 2 tbsp of coffee into the k-cup, don’t pack it though
- Close lid tightly and start the cycle
You can use any type of coffee you like (plain old Folgers, if that is what you have) in the K-cups which is why you save so much money over buying the disposable pods. The reusable k-cups for Keurig solve the problem with waste while helping you to save money and do your part for the environment.