The Keurig K-Cup is the most convenient way to make the perfect single cup of coffee at home. The problem is that it’s not very eco-friendly if you use them over and over again. Luckily there are reusable K-cups that can both save you money and the environment. Here is how to use a reusable K-cup and some tips for getting the most out of your reusable k-cup holder an even more environmentally friendly brew!
How to Use a Reusable K-Cup Step By Step Instructions
What you will need:
- One of the best Keurig machines with a removable pod holder
- Freshly grounded coffee
- Reusable K-cup holder
Now let’s get started with the step by step guide to using a reusable k-cup.
Remove the current adapter from the inside of your Keurig
Unlike our steps in how to use a Keurig, these steps are different. First, you need to remove the current pod holder. To do this lift the lid of your Keurig coffee maker and grab the holder with your index finger and thumb, give it a slight pull, and the holder that the Keurig came with should pop right out. Set it aside for when you need it again.
Remove the lid of your reusable k-cup
Turn the lid counterclockwise and remove the lid from the universal reusable coffee cup and remove the reusable filter from the inside of the filter holder.
Fill up your k cup universal reusable holder with fresh ground coffee beans
Get your best burr grinder and grind up your favorite coffee beans.
Make sure that you have removed all of the coffee from the previous use, then use a tablespoon and gently fill the reusable k-cup holder with your freshly ground coffee until it is about 3/4 full. Place the mesh filter basket back in the filter holder.
Do not pack down the grounds. If you do the water will have a hard time getting through and the grounds could come back up into the needle and you will have to clean your Keurig needle to remove the blockage.
Here’s how much coffee to put in a reusable k cup.
Put the lid back on and place the reusable k-cup into the Keurig
Place the lid back on until the reusable Keurig k cup and turn it clockwise until it locks.
Once it’s locked, place your reusable k cup holder in its proper place on your brewer and turn it back clockwise to lock it in if necessary. If you own one of the classic Keurig brewers, ensure the arrow on the K cup lid matches with the arrow on the machine.
Start a brewing cycle
Now it’s time to fill up your cup with freshly brewed coffee!
Put whatever cup size you want in under the spout on top of the drip tray and lower the brewer handle of the Keurig classic. Select your size of coffee and press brew.
Wait a minute for the brew cycle to finish.
You now have the formula for brewing coffee to your specific taste. Enjoy!
Before you make your next cup
Once the reusable coffee pod has cooled off, you will need to clean it. Remove the reusable K cup and dispose of the used coffee grounds in your compost and remove it for cleaning.
The Keurig K-cups are the most convenient way to make a single cup of coffee at home. The problem is that it’s not very eco-friendly if you use them over and over again. This article will show you how
How much coffee do you put in a reusable K cup?
Reusable K cups use roughly 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. The trick is to find the right amount for your desired strength of coffee. This means you may want to alter the grind size to a fine grind for stronger coffee or a coarser grind for a more watered down cup of coffee.
Benefits of using a Reusable K-cup
Perfect tasting coffee
Keurig home coffee makers have many options but sometimes you can get stale coffee k-cups. Using a reusable k-cup and your own coffee grounds you can ensure you get the perfect cup of coffee every time. It may take a few uses to get the blend right (we opted for a slightly finer ground than they recommend) but once you do you may never go back to using store-bought pods.
While Keurig coffee cups have gone a long way in making their k-cups more environmentally friendly. Switching to reusable filters is a much more environmentally friendly way to go plus you can use loose leaf tea too if you are looking to mix up your morning routine. Plus the holder is BPA free so it’s safe to use.
Reusable K Cups FAQ
What type of coffee grounds size should I use in a universal reusable coffee filter?
They recommended a coarser medium grind but that can leave your coffee more watery. We have found that the best coffee. The best type of coffee grind to use in a K-cup is a finer grind if you want a stronger coffee.
How to clean a reusable k-cup holder?
Cleaning the reusable cup is easy. The cup is top rack dishwasher safe you can clean it that way. We empty out the coffee grinds and wash the holder under warm soapy water and brush the filter mesh holder. Once it’s done we rinse under cold fresh water then leave it out to dry for next time.
How do I dispose of the coffee grounds?
Once you have brewed your coffee and the Keurig my k cup has cooled off you can empty the grounds into your compost bin or garbage if you don’t compost. We will add the ground to our garden in the summer months as it helps the soil. Never put coffee grounds down the drain as they can plug up your plumbing over time.
Which Reusable K-cups are best?
There are several options you can choose from when it comes to a reusable K-cup. Here are our top picks:
Reusable K CUP Coffee Filter Refillable Single K CUP for Keurig 2.0 1.0 BPA Free-6 Packs
Universal stainless steel Refillable k Cups Filter Use for Keurig 2.0 and 1.0 Coffee Makers
Keurig My K-Cup Reusable K-Cup Pod Coffee Filter
How to Use a Reusable K Cup
Now you know how to use a Keurig k cup reusable filter to make a good coffee cup you can do it over and over again. This will save you money from buying commercial k cups and also give you a decent cup of coffee every time.
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