January 5, 2006
Review: My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter
Want to use your own coffee in your Keurig home brewer? Look no further than the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter filter. The reusable K-Cup® filter assembly allows you to use your own gourmet ground coffee in your Keurig® brewer. The My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer.
The reusable K-Cup filter is also now available to the general public via Green Mountain Coffee's web site. You can purchase both the reusable K-Cup assembly and extra filters. We received just an assembly and one filter for testing but can tell if you really wanted to enjoy this for a couple of cups of coffee in the morning having an extra filters will make repeat cups of coffee much easier.
We embarked on our first round of testing using Pete's House Blend coffee. We frequent Pete's Coffee Shop in Harvard Square here in Cambridge, MA all the time and know that special flavor you get from any Pete's Coffee. How would the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter do when brewing up a cup of coffee? How hard would it be to fill? What would the mess be like? How hard would the clean up be?
Update: You can now purchase the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter at Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's web site.
Getting Familiar with the Reusable K-Cup Filter
There are really just three main parts to the filter: the cap, the stem, and the filter. To use the filter you'll need to remove the K-Cup holder in your Keurig home brewer (remember only B40, B50, and B60 brewers) and place the reusable filter into the empty hole. You can think of the reusable filter as a big K-Cup that fits the entire hole.
Grinding Up Some Reusable K-Cup Coffee
As we stated above, we decided on Pete's House blend coffee. We really wanted to see if we could get a similiar bite with the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter. We opened a few K-Cups of French Roast and others to match the grind and then fired up our trusty Starbucks blade grinder to match the standard K-Cup grind.
After grinding a good amount of ground Pete's coffee, we then got out the Single Serve Coffee.com scale and made sure to tare the filter. My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter weighs in at 5.1 grams. We were able to then put in 12.1 grams of coffee for the filter. If you're trying to compare how much coffee that is - a typical coffee pod is in the 10-12 gram range so we're dealing with a similar amount of coffee here and we think 12 grams is pretty impressive.
We then decided on the middle 7.25 oz cup size for our brew. Brewing time for the reusable K-Cup filter is the same as a regular K-Cup but the sound is much quieter. We noticed right away we were getting a very rich extraction. Yes!
Sampling the Reusable K-Cup Coffee
Wow. This is s good cup of coffee. Right away we had a cup of coffee with Pete's bite and a very non-bitter brew. We decided to add a little cream and sugar and sit back with our cup of freshly brewed - freshly ground - single serve coffee. Excellent.
We then finished up a cup and decided to go about making another cup and see how clean up would be. Removing the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter from the machine was trivial. The filter will drip out the bottom a bit more than you would get with a K-Cup and it's good to hold your hand while you take it to your sink or waste basket to empty out.
After removing the cap, the filter slipped out easily and then running it under the faucet cleaned out the filter quite nicely. We were impressed there wasn't more mess here. We reviewed the Cafe Filter for the Senseo last year and let me tell you - the mess was much higher and the filter is much harder to fill. If you're used to washing out a gold filter on a drip machine then the process of cleaning the reusable K-Cup filter is about the same.
For current or new Keurig owners - if you want to brew you own coffee using a Keurig home brewer - then the reusable My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter is for you. We recommend getting a couple of extra filter baskets to allow brewing multiple cups of coffee with less fuss over washing out the filter right away for reuse, but for an investment of $14.95 for the filter assembly that includes one filter and two additional filters at $9.95 totaling just under $25 bucks this is a great thing to have around.
The My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 5, 2006 8:52 AM
We have a B-70. Love it, but realize the disposable K-cups are just too expensive. I bought a My K-cup and it works fine for me. My wife drinks DeCaf and when she loads the filter basket (not even full like I do) the machine slows to a trickle. She wants to blame the machine, but it works fine for me and it works fine for just water, so I assume it's the grind of her coffee. When we compare the grinds they look the same. Does DeCaf coffee expand at a different rate? An suggestions?
bought the platinum plus (B 79) through qvc
the "my k-kup" works perfectly
in fact, since i like a stronger and bigger cup-o-joe, we fill the basket with starbucks pikes roast (cheaper by the pound) ground for a paper cup filter and fill my big travel cup (16 oz i think) w/tallest brew size then top it off w/smallest brew size...i just flip it open then close again and it's ready to brew.
tastes better and stronger
I have just purchased a Keurig B-40 and can't wait to use it. Now I have friends who have the same machine and the only complaint they have is when they use Dunkin' Donuts coffee, which is a very fine blend, they end up with grinds in the're coffee. Seems the coffee is so fine that the filter doesn't keep some of the grinds out. Now another friend said they got a special filter somewhere online, but I haven't been able to find one specifically for a fine [Dunkin' Donuts] blend of coffee. Can anyone help me? Thanks, Tommy
I don't about anyone else, but I can't afford $38.00 a month for coffee. My husaband and I only afford one cup a day with the keurig, we use to drink at least two cups, thinking about going back to my Mr. Coffee, much too expensive these days. I did buy the filter and found that it to spilled over the top, am going to take it back tomorrow, brush off Mr. Coffee and hope he takes us back.
I had the same problem with water and grinds coming out the top of My K-cup filter but thanks to reading posts below I solved the problem easily and permanently. Specifically, I went to Home Depot and bought a mixed bag of grommets that included a 1/2" one ($3.49). I used scissors and cut the 1/2" grommet in half. I took one of the halves and squished it into the indentation on the K-cup filter cap. It works perfectly and stays in place. Thanks to the posts below for helping me out! Kuerig should include this with the My K-cup filter.
My re-usable filter hasn't worked from the very first use. Or, rather, it works but water sprays out all over my counter from the top of the machine. I get about 2/3rds of a cup and then have to sponge up the mess. I've heard that I'm not the only one experiencing this, but have yet to find a fix. Has anyone else found a solution?
I saw one YouTube "fix" that involved putting a rubber washer in the indentation in the top of the filter enclosure, but I'm concerned about damaging the machine.
I emailed my complaint to Keurig, and was told that I had to phone in. After two attempts and being put on hold for 20-30 minutes with no pick-up, I gave up.
Thanks so much for suggesting to slide the rubber ring down! It worked perfectly! I was getting so frustrated with overflowing water when using my k cup, close to returning it for this reason. Thanks again!
I have the Keurig B60 and just bought the reusable basket. It drips out the top and isn't very strong. Tastes like hot flavored water. No coffee taste at all. No mater how little or how much coffee I use it tastes the same. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?
I have a Keurig B145 OfficePro, and the My K-Cup just plain won't fit after removing the seat assembly. If I force the handle down, eventually the blue light will start flashing and I can get it to brew, but this can't possibly be good for the machine. Has anyone had any success using the My K-Cup with the B145?
Thanks for the tips on moving the rubber washer! It solved all of my frustration!!! And I can enjoy my coffee without breaking the bank!!!
I have the Breville Stainless Keurig machine ( upgraded about a year ago). Never had any problems with it. To make expresso, I use the my k cup, put in one scoop of Pilon expresso coffee and use the smallest cup setting. I DO NOT pack or tamp the coffee in to the filter. I think that would cause the water to overflow. Just loosely fill the filter and only one scoop ( my machine came with a scoop).
Thanks Robb for the tip on reversing the rubber washer. It worked like a charm! Good, strong cup of coffee with no grounds anymore.
Good info on moving the rubber washer. That fixed my water leak with the reusable filter. Thanks for the great posts here.
We like eight o'clock coffee. Their website recommends a 'fine' grind to use in the My K-Cup.
I just brewed some and it was fantastic!
I also have the problem of, when using the personal My K-cup filter with my Keurig machine, water spilling out everywhere over the counter. My husband called Keurig Customer Service and they said that the rubber washer in the top needle portion needs to be moved down slightly when using the filter and back up when using the K-cups. This is ridiculous! It is an obvious design flaw. Users should not have to stick their hand up the area with the needle and move the small washer every time they want to make a cup of coffee! Terrible design for a $160 machine!
I am returning this thing TODAY and got it yesterday... it is horrible. the my k cup is worthless and does not work without pouring out the sides and giving me a watery weak cup of coffee with grounds floating everywhere in it. the k cup's are overpriced and weak! I'm just going to get myself a normal coffee pot and make a 1/2 a pot at a time! waste of time and money for the "robot coffee pot" as my husband calls it.
To all who have leaks with "my k-cup". i checked the little rubber seal on the top needle, it was upside down. I turned it the correct side down, and BAM, no leaking. I will also say i poked a push pin in the bottom of the filter, that too may have helped a little bit. So, look at the little rubber seal on the lid and flip it, see if it helps. Again, mind was on upside down.
Has anyone else had trouble with the My K-cup leaking and spewing water all over the counter?
I purchase my K-60 with a My K-cup included and was looking forward to using it. I followed the instructions exactly, 2 Tbs of coarse ground coffee, etc. Not only was the brew unacceptably weak, but water spewed out from everywhere and onto the counter. I wrote Keurig about this and all they could do was send me instructions on how to use the item, the same as in the pamphlet that came with it. (worthless)
I think the cap may not be designed properly but if no one but me has this problem, then my unit is simply defective and I should as for a replacement.
TO ALL WHO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE "MY K CUP"
I have had 2 of them, when brewing starts, water will seep around the rim & go into your cup...
weakening the cup of coffee. I have found that there is a rubber grommet (washer) up in the head that go over the needle that pierces the foil on the regular coffee pods. This grommet comes down and seals against the "MY K CUP" You have to make sure that you reach up in the head and pull very slightly down on the grommet and stopping just before it come off. I have talked to Keurig about the problem...............they tell me it's the first complaint taht they have had.............LIAR'S & CHEATS.
They know the problem.u can bet! I just hate to be lied to.But any way .thats the fix each time u want to brew your own!
Solution to the factory filter ... save the old pods - cut the foil top off, carefully rinse the grounds out - fill it with your favorite coffee - take a piece of tin foil and fold it in half to make a double sheet, cut it to fit over the refilled pod. Fold the foil over the pod and pinch it around the cup rim. Place the pod in the unit lining up the punctured hole in the bottom with the pin. Carefully close the lid and start the machine. I have reused the the pods 10/15 times before tossing them out. The coffee is much better than using the reusable factory filter - and much cheaper when time to replace.
Can you buy the coffee pre-ground to the right size for use in the reusable my k-cup? I am so tired of trying to grind the right size. No matter what I do water spills out the sides instead of just in the 4 holes at the bottom of the reusable filter. Making the coffee watery. Obviously the grind is not right. I know I'm not over packing. This happens with very little coffee in the filter to almost full. Thanks for any input!
B145 - We recently received this as a gift, we love it. A couple of questions ... I thought it would be a good idea to get a filter for it, so we did. Our model seems to be a bit different, once we modify the machine to accommodate the new filter in there no going back? What if I want to use the K-Cups again? I thought the filter would come in handy when I am home alone or run out of cups ... I live in the country - refills require being organized.
We recently purchased a Keurig coffee maker and the re-usable My K-Cup. As others have reported it leaked water down the side of the cup. The cap did not appear to fit tightly against the rubber gasket that surrounds the water inlet. I made a gasket from a bicycle inner tube and glued it to the top of the My K-Cup lid. This tightens the seal to the water inlet. It is now perfect; NO LEAKS!
so what # grind is used in a K cup #4, #5? cone or metal?
We just got the 'My K cup' insert and tried it in the B-140 model. It just doesn't seem to 'fit' as the handle will not depress completely. We figured using it without the cover would end up a mess (and comments here have validated that!) so we're wondering if anyone else has problems with the My K cup insert not fitting in the machine and how you resolved that?
I hate to drive 30 miles to return it, but it's useless to us.
The answer is YES, you can use Folgers in your Keurig. Just scoot that little rubber ring down so that when you close the contraption it will fit tightly against the incert. I just tested it out and it worked!
Thank you Jake! Your suggestion of scooting the little rubber ring down (it surrounds the needle) 100% fixed the problem with hot water and coffee grounds going everywhere. We were seriously regretting our purchase until we found your suggestion. Keurig owes you and we do too!
I have an entire can of Folgers left from my old coffee machine and would like to use it with my Keurig. Can I use the Folgers' coffee in the K-Cup Filter Basket? I was told that you have to use special ground coffee. Is this true?
Once upon a time, there was this dude Bob. He forgot that there's many ways to use a k-cup. Even though he had never actually tried cleaning one out, he still dissed it and said it couldn't be done. Unfortunately, he was imagining everyone using a machete to clean them out. What he also didn't remember is that some people don't use their keurig machines for making just coffee. You can also do Hot chocolate, tea, and any other dissolving powder drinks. Making a tea k-cup is as simple is opening an old tea k-cup and dropping in a tea bag. Then using this reusable lid. Also, you can reuse the hot chocolate k-cups and throw in some hot apple cider, or any other powder and reuse the k-cup a million times, since there is no filter.
Unfortunately, some people are very closed minded. Moral of the story? Don't be a Bob.
We were not impressed with the My K-cup, but after reading the review and follow-up posts, I think the problem is we use the small cup setting because we like a strong cup of coffee, the water just drills through the middle and never realy wets all of the grounds. I may need to try is on a larger cup setting. I did try making my own tea last evening and that was lovely. I opened 2 decaf green tea bags into the filter and ran it x2 for good extraction, it made a very nice cup of tea.
Go to Home Depot, in the hardware isle, in the drawers, buy a 1/2 inch rubber grommet. Place it in the depression in the lid of the reusable filter. It stays in there like it was made to be there. It works! Plain and simple. Try different grinds, they all will work now.
Its a 24 cent investment, and you will think of me often as you enjoy your perfect cup of coffee.
Watery coffee with the reusable filter!! I just bought the reiusable filter for my Keurig and was excited to brew some special Christmas coffee I had, but the coffee came out really watery!! I even filled the filter to the top with grounds. Can anyone help?
I am on my second Keurig machine - love the concept and the flexibility, but I sure wish Keurig would LISTEN TO CUSTOMER SUGGESTIONS more than they do. The refillanle My K-Cup housing and filter are a great idea -- but I (like other reviewers I have read) have had the housing break (drop it once or twice, or simply use it). The wear and tear makes the lid stop attaching tightly, and there you are: buying ANOTHER My K-Cup for $15! Why doesn't Keurig simply make this out of stainless (the housing AND the lid)? You'd have to buy it once -- maybe charge $25...and then you would only need to replace the gold filter baskets when they wear out. C'mon Keurig! You have quality machine -- why an inferior, breakable plastic K-Cup holder?
I am only getting WEAK coffee when I use the my K cup. What to do? I am fillin the coffee up to the second line. We love the k cups, but want a solution to use the my k cup with the same great tasting result.
This thing does not work with B40. Bad design.
Just purchased this filter and "brewed" the first time by just running water through it (no coffee or tea.) Out of curiosity, I stuck an instant-read thermometer in the cup, and it read only 160 degrees. Shouldn't it read "192 degrees" which is what I have the machine's water temp. set for? If the Keurig is not getting the coffee hot enough to brew good coffee, we have not noticed that so far. (We've had it for only 3 weeks and have gone through about 100+ cups so far.) But I would like to return it NOW if the heater is showing signs of going out. Any ideas? JJ
I had problems with overflowing too. Keurig should really mention this in their product insert. Moving the rubber ring down worked great for me. If the problem occurs again, I am going to get a few o-rings to slide in above it to maintain the offset.
Yes, the store bought K-Cups are expensive. I don't care! I love great coffee and this machine does it. Got the B60 model and the reuseable filter. I'm never gonna use the reuseable filter, I just ordered 4 boxes of K-Cups and that's all I need - more coffee. I'm used to getting Starbucks coffee down the street and this is less expensive, fast and just great. Sorry about my 'carbon footprint' but if you bought one of these coffee makers, it was meant to use the K-Cups for perfect coffee. I'm extremely happy and it seems that if you add another 'O' ring or move yours down on the injector, you'll solve your problems of grounds escaping the K-filter.
Like I tried to say before, the problem has been solved. I have a fix for the keurig "k-filter". I can brew any strength of coffee I want by changing the grind. I have used all grinds of coffee and many different brands. It is a simple external fix that makes a perfect cup using the reusable filter. It is easy to do and will last longer than your machine. My email was removed from a post i will try again. jefnmichele"at"verizondotnet for 3 dollars US I can make you fall in love with your machine all over again. works with all the residential machines that can use the reusable filter
I have the fix for the reusable fiter not brewing coffee correctly. I can use esspresso grind and make my coffee as strong or weak as i like. It works very well, and is easy to do.
If interested, email me
WOW! You guys got some time on your hands. The one guy above typed 680 words. Slowing down the extraction process is the whole key. I need some inventor out there to create disposable paper filters that go inside the my-cup basket. It will not only slow down the extraction, but make the cleaning of the my-cup basket a whole hell of a lot easier. Let me know when you do.
I just got an Elite as a gift and had the same water coming out the top of the My K-cup basket. I read the top part of the page a bit, but hadn't scrolled to the bottom here where everyone was having the same problem. But I figured it must not be sealing because the only place the water could leak out up there seeing how the purchased k-cups work fine.
I just put a 1mm washer up above the rubber sealing washer and that did the Trick!
What is needed is a combination of the reusable system and paper filters: a rubber gasket in the lid of the My-K-cup to take the place of the sealing flange on the screen filter, and then paper filters kust like the ones in the throwaway cups, with a lip that will get pinched down by the rubber gasket and keep the filter from shooting down into the bottom of the cartridge. This would allow for very fine-ground cofee (which improves strength) and still solve the problem of the mud in the cup that is inherent in the metal screen that just is not fine enough.
Has anyone tried using Teavana teas with the my k cups? Since their "teas" are largely fruit and flower bits with tea added in, I wonder if the additional presoak or a run through the spice/coffee grinder is adequate. Would love any feedback!
FYI - It's not Pete's Coffee....It is Peet's Coffee - Named after Alfred Peet....you should correct this.
I was having the same issues with the reuseable filter. With some investigation i determined that the seal at the top was not forming properly when closed. I moved the o-ring seal down the stem about 1/8 - 1/4 inch and NO MORE LEAKS. I am a happy coffee camper again.
I just tried sliding down the rubber seal down the stem and it works fine. NO MORE LEAKS. I just bought the unit two days ago and i love the coffee that it makes but i wasn't too impressed with the cost associated with a cup of coffee using their k-cups. I had nothing but problems with my k-cup filter. It leaked and splashed hot water all over the place. I called the manufacture today and the lady suggested to clean the jets out - i mentioned to her that i had no problems using their k cups but only when i use the my k-cup filter. Great customer service but lack of common sense. I tried her idea anyway with no luck. Moving the seal down is very easy and it only takes a second to do it without any tools. I am not sure if the seal needs to moved down every time from now on but if so, it is not that big of a deal to get a great cup of coffee in a record time (especially at 4 am). Having said all that, I am not sure if the problem is with the filter design or the machine. Maybe adding a small 'O' ring in addition to the seal will fix the problem once for all. Some of the other suggestions listed above might be good but not safe for all. Drilling additional holes in the filter makes me believe that the brew will not be as strong and you might get some unwanted prizes in your coffee. Overall, i still think that it was worth the money. Good luck and thank you for all of the great suggestions everyone made so far. I hope that my input might be useful to some. DRINK UP.
If your having problems with the water over flowing, its because the seal around the the piercing stem needs to slid down the shaft towards the point. Once I did this there were no more problems with overflowing. The seal will seat itself once you close the unit.
I read about a solution to a stronger cup of coffee using the my k cup online somewhere today, but now I can't find where I saw it. Anyway, I came home today and tried it right away and it worked great for me. The general idea is this: take a k-cup that has been used and scoop everything out of it and peel off all foil on top. Put coffee in the my k cup filter basket and then put the basked into the emptied-out k-cup. The top of the my k-cup might not be able to be locked on, but it didn't matter in my test -- stayed on just fine. I used pretty fine ground coffee, but not quite espresso, and filled it to the top but did not pack it. Then I put the whole assembly into the keurig and brewed normally. If I want a really strong cup, I lift the handle, as well, just as the coffee starts dripping and then put the handle back down after 30-60 seconds to resume.
Doing all of this bothered me at first, but it addresses what I find is a big weakness in the keurig and other single serve brewers: there is no "built-in" way to adjust the coffee brewing to suit your taste. But all that's needed is to slow down the water going through the coffee, and the two above steps I've outlined do this.
I'm a tea drinker and bought the Keurig B70 and My K Cup 1-2 years ago to make making tea faster and easier and have been using them since. I noticed other tea drinkers said it makes weak tea and to either pre soak the tea leaves or run 2 brew cycles. I've found a much easier solution, I simply run my loose leaf teas through a coffee grinder to grind them fairly fine and store them back in their containers. With the ground tea it comes out strong each time with no pre soaking or double brewing. I also very rarely use coffee in it and it comes out great, the trick is to grind it very fine, almost as fine as espresso grind. Regular grind coffee will indeed come out very weak.
I just bought the My K-Cup reusable filter and the coffee comes out very watery. When I open the top of the filter the grinds are at the top and sides and it seems the water did not properly saturate the grinds. I see many other people are having the same problem but no solution. I have read the instructions that came with it and I know I am not doing anything wrong. I keep seeing posts of how wonderful it is which leads me to beleive these posts are made by people that are selling the K-Cup. Someone please post a solution of how to make a normal cup of coffee, if there is one.
Anyone tried the My-Kap to reuse their k-cups?
Drill a hole dead center using a 1/16 bit it's so tiny! use medium blend fill to second line in basket, not only will ya coffee now extract properly you won't have any grinds leaking and taste great like it was supposed to shame on you keurig!fix the filter it should extract like a purchased k cup!
What am I doing wrong? When I used this product the water overflowed the filter! I've tried other grinds including tearing appart a pod an using that grind. I keep looking at the filter basket and expect to see a plastic wrapper over the filter screen. The only time it does not overflow is when I run water through with no coffee in it.
My wife wanted a Keurig, but I kept saying no as it is a very expensive method of brewing coffee. But once I saw the My K Cup I agreed to the purchase. I too had the problem with water overflowing, no matter what I did. But I did find a simple solution - Keurig take note. I discovered the rubber ring around the piercing blade did not make a seal over the hole in My K Cup. So I went to Home Depot (or any plumbing supply store) and purchased a rubber ring similar to the ring that was around the sharp piercing blade. I slipped the rubber ring off the blade, and slipped another rubber ring on, then replaced the original ring, voila - no more leaks. The blade is sharp so be careful.
But, even with no leaks, I find the coffee to be much too weak for my tastes.
For grounds spilling out ... your K-cup might be a little too full or the grind might be too fine. Also, try wipping out stray coffee grounds from inside the machine. I've experienced all three. I have had my machine for 3 yrs. and the K-cup for 1 yr. I LOVE IT. What I love even more ... THE CUSTOMER SERVICE. When I have had a problem, they are right on it with immediate answers. They are fantastic!
I also hate using the K-cups and throw away all that garbage...but I have tried all kinds of things with the M-Kcup, paper filters, plastic wrap, etc, and I still get water spewing out the sides of the unit...Cant they make a proper reusable filter? I would have to say they are not trying...!!!
.. Same problem as Al (above).... HELP US PLEASE ! !
I have a probelm with the reusable cups. No matter how much or little coffee I put in the reusable basket, water seeps out of the area around the dispenser. If you look at the unit that you have to take out of the Keurig to use the reusable unit.. there are slits along the side at the bottom. The reusable one does not have the slits so I think that the water pressure makes it come back out the top. I have not seen this addressed anywhere.. I have used less then 1/2 of basket full to a full basket (which was a disaster !) Thoughts???/ Thanks... other then that I love my Keurig !!!
I got a keurig over Christmas. I like the k-cups, but I like having the option to brew my own fresh grounds. I bought the reusable Green Mountain k-cup filter. My wife has gotten into teas and she has no problem using the reusable filter. She brews tea (w/o the bag) in the filter with no problem. But, when I try to brew coffee, I ALWAYS get grounds in my cup. I've tried a fine grind and a really coarse grind as well as different fill levels with the same results. It seems that I am not getting enough flow through the filter and grounds/hot water spill out of the top. As an engineer, I am tempted to make some mods to my filter. Does anyone have any advice/fixes? It's driving me nuts!! I get a mouth full of grounds everyday!!!
I am a coffee addict! There, I've said it. Now to move on. I HAVE to have the latest coffee maker technology. Anyone who knows me has heard me endlessly going on and on about my Keurig coffee system. I have actually talked a couple of co-workers into buying the mini, hotel brand Keurig system and they love it. I have a full sized system for home and I have a mini system for when I go on vacation or spend a weekend at the ocean. The Keurig k-cup system is a work of genius. No mess, no fuss, no making endless pots of coffee at work, no breaking cafes, no spilling anything, etc., etc. I received two of the filters also for gifts. I use them both on a daily basis. When I received my Keurig systems I had just purchased quite a bit of coffee on sale, so I am so glad I am able to use it too. Including a large package of Dunkin Donuts coffee. Yummmmm. Anyway, I am here for anyone who has questions about this wonderful coffee system. It is neat and clean and brews a helluva cup of Joe!
I've only had my Keurig 60 one week and am trying different coffees, so far I am very pleased, but looking at some of the reviews it looks like I will be disappointed in my K cup. I'm being very, very careful and hope it will last longer than one month or six weeks. I have noticed people have used tea and are satisfied. I would like to know if anyone has used hot chocolate and if so what kind and what did they do. Was it any good. Thanks for any help I can get.
I just bought the Breville BKC600XL. I bought it only because I would be able to use my own coffee with the "My k-cup." I like flavored coffees that I get in bulk at my local store. The result is really disappointing. It's a hot, watery, tea like concoction. It doesn't taste or smell like coffee. I really don't know what you'd call it. I like strong coffee and I've had really good coffee from one cup brewers in the past. Yes, I have a good grinder and I've gone from a medium grind to a powder with very little difference in results. I also changed cup sizes from largest to smallest. At the very finest grind and making the smallest cup - it still isn't what I would call coffee. And it takes 3 of those to fill one of my mugs. A ridiculous amount of work for a cup of coffee that isn't very good. The worst drip maker is better than this $300 monster.
I'm open to suggestions. Using the pre-made k-cups is too expensive, not enviro-friendly, and not much variety. Being able to use my own coffee was the deal breaker here and it isn't working. Please help if anyone has any suggestions on how to make a stronger cup. I'm about to take the coffee maker back.
Very Nice review. I have had my Keurig Special Edition B60 for almost 1 year now and love it almost as much as my Bialetti Mukka Express which makes latte's and Cappuccino's, I recieved it as a gift on Christmas 2007 and I also own the my "K-Cup". I almost exclusively use the my "K-cup" and still have some of the K-cups that came as a sample variety with my machine. I have not noticed any cracks or wearing of the My K-Cup whatsoever. I do use common sense when filling the filter basket with my own grounded coffee over the sink to minimize the mess if any I make while filling it, I also run my finger around the edge of the filter basket to remove any coffee grounds on the lip and inspect the 3 tabbed lid for any coffee grounds every time and wipe clean if any. One thing that I have never done since I have owned it is throw it into the dishwasher. I figure I am brewing coffee over 190 degrees and no bacteria can survive at that temp, so When I am done brewing, even before I take my first sip I take "My K-Cup" out of the B60 and rinse it clean under Hot water immediately afterwards. Bleach in soaps or dish washing soaps can break down plastics and make them brittle so this is why I do a hot rinse right after the brew and if there is any coffee oily residue in the filter or housing I use a clean paper towel to wipe it out while drying it. As for answering some of the postings as to which grind settings to use and my preference of coffee: I have found that grinding the coffee on the espresso setting to be hit and miss, the granules are too powdery and almost always stops the hot pressurized water from flowing. I too like a strong full bodied coffee so my grinder has several settings not just "Course,Medium and Espresso" but it also has an in-between setting. So I grind 2 clicks up from Espresso and have not had any problems since then. I have also found that if you fill your grinder all the way up to grind your coffee you get a mixture of granules from course to powdery so I only fill the grinder about 1/3 full and pulse grind it so the large particles have time to settle and touch the blades. Since grinding is a chore and time is precious in the mornings when I have to grind coffee I use Saturday as the grinding day and only grind enough coffee for the next weeks use for freshness and then store the coffee in a ziploc in the freezer whole and ground coffee. Now as for the coffee I use: I use pure 100% Kona not a blend, ever! I am a purest, from "sacred grounds coffee farm" in Kona Hawaii. My wife and I own a condo there and we visit Hawaii every year and always go back to "sacred grounds coffee farm" to refill my needs for the next several months, they even mail order for you when you run out (5 lbs for $120.00 + $10.00 Shipping and $5.00 tax). They have a unique blend and only pick their coffee beans (not peaberry) when they are bright cherry red and not before, this makes them less acidic and a very nice bold flavor (some of their coffee plants are over 100 years old and still producing). Their 1 lb bags comes mixed with Half and Half, A very dark bold roast and a very light Mildly roasted beans, this makes for a uniquely smooth but very bold flavorful coffee. This will be my favorite coffee until the day I die, it is that GREAT! I hope this was informative and my apologies for being long winded, I cannot say enough good things about the Keurig company or Sacred Grounds in Kona, Awesome coffee from lovely people, other than Keurig keep up the good work!
TEA WITH MY K-CUP: I'm actually a tea drinker, so I was looking for something that would let me brew a cup at a time. (I also wanted to have something around for coffee drinking friends who dropped by.) The selection of packaged black teas (Keurig, Flavia, etc.) is actually pretty poor, so a way to brew a wide variety of teas was my challenge. The Keurig machines with the My K-Cup seemed to offer the only solution, so I made the plunge.
The biggest problem is steeping time. Black tea normally steeps for around 2:30 to 4:00. That's much longer than the brew time for a Keurig. Loading up the My K-Cup filter with premium loose tea produced a cup that was almost (but not quite) strong enough. That also meant using at least twice the tea per cup. (I did notice that you could brew a second cup from the same leaves with little or no increase in bitterness.)
The solution -- which may seem tedious -- is pretty easy. I put an ounce or two of tea into a Cuisinart spice grinder and give it a few hits. The result is tea about the same "grind" as in a packaged K-Cup or in a commercial tea bag. You can store this fine-ground tea in small airtight containers...A few minutes with the grinder can give you a whole selection of loose tea for the Keurig.
I now have two My K-Cup cones, and two extra filters, so I'm good to go. I also trimmed the lock tabs off the stock K-Cup holder, so that comes out of the machine with less struggle (not really needed anyway).
I love my coffee maker, drinking several cups a day. Unless I order the pods on the internet I don't have a convenient store to buy them at. I can't seem to get the grind and/or the quanity of my own ground coffee to come out right. It turns out very weak. Can someone please give me the info on this? Thanks so much.
I have had the Breville BKC600XL for 5 months now, it came with its own branded my k cup holder, i make on average about 8-12+ cups per day with it, i have noticed no problems with it what so ever, none, 0. clean up is a snap. have tried a sampling of k-cups and can never seem to get a strong enough coffee from them, even extra bold ones, but using beans that i grind to a fine grind i can get a nice strong cup of coffee. the reason i am posting this, take the people posting bad reviews about this product with a grain of salt.
just take the .0001 sec it takes to wipe your finger across the top to remove any coffee grinds that might be there and that's it.
when i read about others problems here i bought a spare one when i bought the machine, wasted money, never needed to use it. just practice some common sense and all will be good:)
i've been using this filter for two months and it's been fine. no apparent wear or damage. i compost my coffee grounds, and the rare moments i use a disposable k-cup, i pull the foil off the used cup and also empty the grounds into my compost heap, and i rip the filter out and stick that in the composter, too.
the worms don't seem to mind!
Only buy this machine if you are willing to pay the price of the K-Cup every time. Don't even think you can use your own coffee. You are better off buying another one. In order to use your own coffe, you need to use the reusable coffee housing and it is so very bad built that you might end up like me, I have only owned the machine for 6 months and I've had to purchase 3 housings at $19.99 each.... That is $60 in 6 months...
The other option is to use only K-Cups at about $.60 per cup and make your carbon footprint even bigger: those cups are use-and-toss... not so good for my conscience..
If you like your coffee, do yourself a favor and buy something else
Any one try the My K-cup accessory on a B100? I tested it twice so far and it seem to work ok but I think my downfall was the coffee beans were ground to fine. If I tamped down the grounds (directions tell you not to) or half filled the filter I ended up with a huge mess on my counter. It seems the force of the hot water in both of those cases pushed the grinds out of the way. But
if I filled the filter up to the top like the directions said, the coffee came out ok sorta (had coffee grounds in it). I going to try again with coarse grounds. I really don't see why this shouldn't work with a B100.
It is surprising that more than two years later, no one has mentioned the issue of dumping the spent coffee down the drain. Cleaning the filter is much more difficult if you want to avoid it. Any suggestions?
POOR BUILD QUALITY. The plastic becomes brittle due to the heat of the coffee maker and IT BREAKS! I've been able to extend its use by treating it very gingerly but the tabs under the cap break, the cap itself will crack along the side...eventually the seal will be so compromised that hot water spews from the side during brewing. Shame on Keurig for releasing such a poor quality product and not correcting it. Since the My K-Cup was released, I've used four of them. I'm down to one now. At 14.95 each, we would expect them to last longer than a few months each with regular use.
I'm going to agree completely with "josh" just above this comment... This thing breaks no matter what technique you use (wiping, being sure to not overfill, emptying and washing right away... etc) Which leads me to thing it is made of shoddy material which WILL break down after a certain amount of exposures to the heat and pressure... usually after a month to a few months of use (depending upon how much coffee you drink a day!) coincidence? I think not... for the price it would be nice to get something that will last a reasonable length of time... I don't like the huge amount of waste generated by the disposable kcups...not to mention the large expense compared to buying coffee by the pound... Until keurig makes a better reusable filter system I will NEVER recommend this coffee maker to others...
I have been using the My K-cups for about 2 years now. Yes, the lips that hold the cap down chip away rather quickly. Especially if one leaves any bits of coffee grounds on the mating surface of the filter gasket. The tolerances are tight as is, and having coffee in there is just to much for the hold down tabs to take. So, make certain to wipe down the gasket of the filter before snapping into place.
Even though the tabs are nearly gone they do still hold the cap in place and the My K-cup still works though it does occasionally leak down into the filter housing of the Keurig brewing unit.
Despite my patience with sticking with these defunct filters I give this product a thumbs down. If Keurig wants to stick with 3 tabs to hold down the cap then they need to go to metal construction. If they want to stick with plastic materials then they should replace the slot/tab design with a threaded screw on cap design.
The fact that Keurig chose the hold down tab design makes me think that Keurig purposely engineered obsolescence into this product. Buying the expensive K-cups represents a continual profit beyond the initial brewer purchase. The price of a My K-cup equals about what one would spend on 1 month supply of disposable K-cups. I've bought 2 My K-cups and they both showed signs of fatigue failure after about a month and a half. That is just too much of a coincidence in my opinion.
Is there a way to make your own k-cups out of Starbuck's coffees. I've been using their Caffe Verona in the My K-Cup, but you have to clean it out after every cup. It would be real nice to be able to use the disposable cups, that make my Keurig such a pleasure to own, with my favorite coffee. Does anyone make empty k-cups with a stick-on foil top, so that you could make your own ahead of time?
I used the k-cup units to allow me to use my own coffee as well as to be a bit environmentally friendly and they work very well with fine and medium ground coffee. It works well with local coffee shop grinds and the national brands. I have use anything from gevalia, starbucks, green mountain, dunkin donuts to name a few... I've used it with loose ground green tea, although proper rinsing/cleaning is needed before switching back to coffee. I find I can get 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of coffee without any issues... over filling can cause the machine to stop midway through the drip process. I purchased mine through Green Mountain and at Target.
One last note, I have to agree with Rhonda+Bob, both the lids and the top of the container start to chip after a month or two. I use ours primarily at work so it's about a cup or two a day, alternating k-cups... and the chipping occurs at the lid, with the plastic lips chipping off or there's cracking at the top rim of the main container. It's either through repeated use, over-tightening of the k-cup, heat or pressure from the keurig coffee maker... possibly a combination of all of the above; however, it is a bit annoying.
Seems like the product designers need to search for a better plastic... hopefully one that is safe for food preparation and that will not leach plastics/resin into the coffee at these high temperatures. At $15+ a pop, these filters should last as long as if not better then the "24k Gold" filters for traditional coffee pots. Overall it is a pretty good system, I wasn't aware of the 500 brew cycles for the filters but that's good to keep in mind.
I have been using the "My K-cup" for a couple of weeks and the edges are starting to break away. You have to be careful how you tighten it. If it isn't tight enough you will get grounds comming out the top and into your cup. To tight and the lips start to chip away. I wonder if Keurig is doing any thing about this?
I use the K-cup reusable filter and while I like it, I find that it doesn't last very long. At best, in a 2 person hh, both drinking 1 to 3 cups per day, that the reusable filter housing lasts about maybe a month and then the 3 plastic lips that hold the top on begin to break off, causing the lid to not hold down tight. This means grounds get into the cup. The concept is great, but the workmanship needs ... well ... work. Sad considering how much the coffee & the replacement filter housings cost.
We just tried Japanese loose leaf green tea in our My K-Cup and it was delicious! One teaspoon on the 7.25 setting + re-running it on the 5.25 setting = 12 oz of lovely, addictive stuff!
I also got a Keurig for Christmas this year and just got the My K-Cup to try to use my own coffee and tea blends. If you are a tea drinker, yes this can work for you. There are a couple of options. If you are used to teabags, I have found the simplest thing to do is rip off the top of the teabag and dump the contents directly into the filter for the My K-Cup. It works great and you don't have to wait for the bag to brew. If you are used to loose-leaf tea, then the leaves need to be wet first or else you'll get weak tea (as Walter pointed out in the previous review). You can follow his suggestion or... another option, if you want to make a large cup of tea, is to use a little more loose tea and run the machine twice with the same leaves. The first run will produce a somewhat weak tea, but when combined with the second run (after the leaves are wet), the flavor will even out and be about right. I tend to like making myself large cups of freshly brewed iced tea, so I fill a large cup with ice, then use the machine twice with the same leaves, and I have a cup of fully flavored iced tea in a fraction of the time it usually takes me to heat the water, pour into a teapot, brew, and then pour over ice. It's now only one step for me. One last thing -- if you're into gourmet, high-quality full-leaf teas, this isn't going to work (just as the Keurig isn't suited for those used to brewing dark roasts in a French press for full flavor). For that you need appropriate temperature control and full control over infusion time. I enjoy the convenience of the Keurig for a quick cup of hot or iced tea, but if I want to brew up my best Silver Needle White Tea, I'm still going to stick to a traditional pot.
I was given a B60 for XMAS and purchased the My K-Cup to use with tea. I am not a coffee drinker but have a wide selection of loose teas that I wanted to try. The first time I tried it the tea was very watered down. After a while, I finally worked it out. I fill the filter 1/2-2/3 full with the loose dry tea. I then place the filter into the cup and run hot water through it to hydrate the tea. This can be done quickly by covering the bottom hole so that the water just sits in the filter. Once the tea is all wet, I put the top on and place the My K-Cup in the unit. I press the "cup" bottom rather than mug and run it twice on this setting to fill the mug (the second pass is a bit stronger). This all sounds time consuming but it only takes a minute or two and that is much quicker than making loose tea the old fashioned way. I leave the tea in the My K-Cup and can get many cups out of one fill.
We just bought a Keurig B60 and I have noticed that the K-cups work fine, but the My K-Cup does not work fine at all. The coffee comes out like water almost. I was told that the grind may not be fine enough, but after seeing these reviews I am not sure if that is the case. I use the Folgers brand ground coffee. Any help would be appreciated thanks. If people are ginding there onwn coffee what is the grind setting you use?
I've never tried it with tea. I will try this weekend.
Can you use the My K-Cup with tea? I am getting the Keurig B60 and My K-Cup for Christmas and I was thinking about using my favorite Tea (Republic of Tea Green Pomogranate)by just dropping the tea bag in the K-Cup? Any thoughts, suggestions?
keurig- anything related to that name is simply amazing! i have used many different coffees and teas - all excellant! i love, yes LOVE, this filter! i use it all the time and grind my coffee fairly fine to get a really flavorful non-acid cup of coffee. i am buying another one, or two maybe, so i can make a large mug without having to clean out the filter to reload. a good idea for those of us who don't function well in the morning: just load up your filters at night and in the morning you have the convenience of k-cups! the filter can be put in the top wrack of the dishwasher, just make sure the won't fly around.
I love my Keurig B50 but use it mainly for tea rather than coffee. The brew is so much better than you get from a tea bag. Has anyone tried the reusable filter with tea? Any idea if it's even possible? There seems to be a lot more tea in a kcup than in a tea bag and the grind seems finer.
thanks in advance for any input.
I got this directly from Keurig Dear Reginald, Thank you for your inquiry. Keurig’s new “My K-Cup”, a reusable K-Cup that can be filled with the coffee grounds of your choice, is compatible with the Elite B40, Ultra B50, and Special Edition. You can find this new product at www.keurig.com under the “accessories” section. The entire assembly will cost $14.95, and a set of 2 filters costs $9.95. Each filter is good for over 500 brew cycles. We are temporarily out of stock on the My K-Cup, but will receive more in the beginning of next week. Currently, the only brewer that comes with a My K-Cup included is the Special Edition B60 purchased from Williams-Sonoma. Brewers purchased through www.Keurig.com or other retail outlets do not include this accessory. The My K-Cup will not be available in retail stores until February 2006. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Jennifer Zimmerman Keurig Customer Service At Home Division (866) 901-BREW (2739)
I am a newcomer to the Keurig B50 and am also interested in the grind type for the reuseable filter. I read the review and did not see anywhere where it said the grind type. I am not experienced with coffee beans, grinding ,etc. so would it be possible to tell me if I need to get coffee beans and grind them to ...(i.e. fine grind, medium grind, etc.) Or are there other grind types as well? Or does it even matter what type of grind?
I received my re-usable filter today -- very nice indeed. I was somewhat apprehensive about removing the k-cup seat to replace it with the filter "seat", but it all went very well.
Ran a cup with a drip-french press size grind of some beans I had, and it was great. Particularly with how easy it is to switch between the re-usable cup "seat" and the k-cup piercing "seat", I'll probably use this more than I had originally thought even.
It does in fact have holes in the top and bottom. Works like a charm. But the coffee seems to go out the filter sides inside the reusable k-cup.
I read your review: It was very informative. (Now if they'll just come back in stock at Keurig...)
A question came to my mind while I was looking at the photos.
How does reusable K-cup filter handle the "pins" which normally pierce the top and bottom of the K-cup? The photos don't show any holes in the filter that would match up with the holes in the K-cup.
The grind is mentioned. I ground the coffee to match a standard K-Cup's grind type - I'm sorry if it wasn't clearer. You'll need to match this grind type and 12.1 grams of coffee per the article.
We also played around and got differing extractions but always a pretty good cup of coffee.
I am interested in this Keurig machine with the reusable filter. In the above description where they used Peet's coffee, the grind wasn't mentioned. Now I have been a Peet's coffee drinker for 20yrs. When I lived in MA. I frequently went to the Cambridge location. I always get it shipped to my home. I love it. When I contacted Peet's about single serve and asked if they would be selling pods, they told me they have tried. But the fresher the coffee the harder it was. The pods kept exploding! So, since I normally grind my coffee to espresso grind, what grind would be best for this machine and appox. how much coffee in normal measurements would one put it?
I don't really know a lot about single serve coffee makers. Are they different from one cup coffee makers?
I'd like to buy a machine that allows me to make just one cup of coffee in the morning, but that doesn't require pods. I'm also looking for a machine that won't require me to grind my own coffee. Do such machines exist? Thank you.
One thing I've done since I had the resuable filter, is to open up some leftover pods I had and put the ground coffee into the K-cup filter. I don't think that it was the ideal grind to use, but I wasn't letting the Kona pods go to waste!!!
Great review! Glad you found this to be such a nice product. This feature was the reason I bought my B60 from Williams Sonoma, and though I don't use it often (too many K-Cups to try still), it is nice to have it. Funny how you went to a high-end coffee, while my first thought was to see how drinkable my budget-conscious wife's Folgers was. I found it to be better than the stuff she brewed in our auto-drip (probably because she has no sense of how large a tablespoon is and refuses to use one :-)). I then tried Starbucks Cafe Verona Decaf and found it to be very similar to the auto-drip brewed equivalent. Keurig is a great company and it shows in everything that they do.
I purchased the Keurig at Williams Sonoma and got the filter. I enjoy medium grind Illy for a rich cup of coffee. The Illy decaf comes out great!
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