You are a savvy shopper looking to save a few dollars on your K-Cup® coffee. You love the convenience but just want to see if you can pinch a few pennies. We get it.
You can make coffee in a Keurig® without K-Cup® pods to reduce your coffee budget. But, you will have to make some sacrifices.
Before you purchase a reusable filter for your coffee maker read this article. We will weigh the pros and cons to help you decide if it is a good choice for you and your family.
Can I Make My Own Coffee in a Keurig® Brewer?
Google can I make my own coffee in a Keurig® brewer and you will find a variety of gadgets. Most are mesh types that sit in the brew basket of your unit. I have also seen plastic lids that will allow you to reuse your K-Cup® capsules, tiny paper filters, and a myriad of other inventive units.
Be warned. Keurig® is strict about what you put in your unit. They want your experience to be as pleasant as possible. If the reusable filter does not have a Keurig® seal – it is not sanctioned and will void the warranty on your K-Cup® coffee maker.
There is really only one choice – the My K-Cup®. This is an approved product that will not compromise the warranty on your machine. The My K-Cup® is economical (about $15) and made from high-quality plastic. It fulfills the purpose of using your own coffee but, there are some inconveniences.
- It is difficult to get the measurement of coffee right. Every cup tastes different.
- It is awkward and messy to fill.
- There is a much higher occurrence of grounds in your coffee.
- The person before you NEVER cleans it.
- You can not make hot cocoa or enjoy any of the Cafe Escapes.
- The loose coffee clogs the needles occasionally.
If you are spoiled by the convenience of K-Cup® pods like we are, this will be quite an adjustment.
How to Make Coffee in a Keurig® Brewer Without K-Cup® Pods
Aside from the inconveniences listed above, it is easy to make coffee with the My K-Cup®. Just follow these simple directions.
- Remove the K-Cup® pod holder from the brewer.
- Remove the Plus Series adapter if applicable.
- Remove the My K-Cup® lid.
- Fill the filter basket with ground coffee.
- Replace the lid.
- Insert the My K-Cup® reusable filter.
- Lower the handle and choose your brew size.
How Much Coffee do You Put in a Reusable K-Cup® Pod?
You can choose to add much grounds as you desire. More grounds will give a stronger brew and less will give you a weaker brew. However, you should not exceed the max fill line noted on the unit to avoid grinds in your cup and clogging the brew needles.
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