I received a Keurig Coffee Maker for Christmas and really like it. When you want a quick cup of coffee you just pop in a K-Cup and presto, it’s done. But there is one huge thing not to like. My Keurig will no longer allow use of the reusable cups that you filled with your own coffee. You can only use their K-Cups and they are horribly overpriced. That is wrong. It’s like buying a car and being told you can only buy gas at the most expensive service station in town.
So what can be done? That turns out to be not as difficult as you would think. The Keurig reads the outside edge of the K-Cup label on top of the cup. If it meets with approval, you’re fine, if not, it says “Oops, not a Keurig Product”. Therefore what is needed is a reusable cup with a K-Cup label. Easily done as you’ll see in a minute. But first, be prepared to be impressed with the savings by making your own K-Cups. Prices, of course, are based on products offered in our local area in Ontario. Actually, everything was purchased at our local WalMart.
A pack of 18 K-Cups cost 12.57 or about $0.70 each. I took one of those cups apart and measured the coffee grounds which equaled two tablespoons or 1/8 cup. Watch the price when you roughly convert this to a pound of coffee.
- One pound of coffee = about 5 cups.
- 5 cups times 8 = 40 K-Cup equivalents
- 40 times $0.70 = $28.00 a pound
Rather pricey coffee, wouldn’t you say?
Now to compare to using reusable cups. A Pack of Melitta JavaJig, containing two reusable cups, cost $7.47, but since they are made to last, we really shouldn’t include them in the costing, at least not for our purposes.
Cost of using the reusable cups:
- Melitta filters made for the JavaJigs – pack of 60 for $3.47 = about 6 cents each (I tried to find a cheaper alternative but haven’t been successful yet.)
- 2 pounds (925g) of Maxwell House coffee cost $6.00 or $3.00 for one pound.
- One pound = 5 cups = 40 K-Cups = 7 1/2 cent per K-Cup
- Total Cost: Filter 6 cents, coffee 7 1/2 cents, total 13 1/2 cent
- Savings: 70 cents minus 13 1/2 cents = 56 1/2 cents saved on each cup. That’s a LOT.
How to make your reusable K-cups work:
- Top Row: VERY carefully cut the top of a used K-Cup. Take your time and be careful not to cut yourself or damage the edge of the label since that is the part the Keurig reads. The plastic you need to cut through is fairly heavy so use a sharp knife and please be careful with that first cut – that’s the tricky one.
- Middle Row: The first picture shows the contents of the JavaJig pack: the lid, green holder, Melitta filter and filter insert. At this point you’re only interested in the lid. Use only an excellent quality plastic glue – the one shown in the picture is Lepage’s Plastic Glue. Place your JavaJig lid right side up and your K-Cup label wrong side up.
- Bottom Row: You can see where the glue is placed – the little white dots (they appear smaller than they actually are) at the top and bottom of the lid -make sure you have the right side up. The next picture shows the K-Cup label glued to the lid. Finally, the last picture has four K-Cups filled and ready to go.
The one with the white lid is the second one made around Christmas time, after it was discovered the machine would no longer accept reusable cups. The first one had a cut in the edge and it wasn’t long before the Keurig rejected it. To fix it the bad label was carefully pried off and any dried glue lightly sanded to smooth things out and a new label applied.
The Melitta JavaJig package has great instructions for assembling the unit so no need to go there. But here are some other helpful tips:
- After filling the reusable cup, and before putting the lid on, wipe the top edge clean to remove any loose grounds – this ensures a good seal
- Put the lid on – press down on it to make sure it’s snapped in place
- Wipe the outside of the reusable K-Cup before putting it in the Keurig. You don’t want any loose grounds floating around
- The filter insert has a couple of tabs on it. So does the lid. It makes it a lot easier to take the lid off afterwards if you place the lid tabs away from the filter insert tabs and not on top of them.
And that’s it. See how simple that was?
I do keep a supply of the K-Cups on hand for when we have company – quickly pop one of those in the machine and the coffee is ready. But for everyday use the refillable K-Cups do fine. Since I drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day and my husband drinks tea, having the four JavaJig K-Cups means they only need to be filled once a day to always be prepared.
Making the K-Cups gives me what I want – convenience at a reasonable price.
Talk to you again next week,