January 15, 2010
Review: EZ-Cup for Keurig Single-Cup Machines - Make Your Own K-Cups and Use Your Own Coffee
The EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup Filters allow you to make refillable K-Cups with a filter sleeve that fits inside the EZ-Cup, and then fits into the brewing slot in your Keurig Brewer. Unlike the Perfect Pod Holster which allows you to use coffee pods in your Keurig brewer, the EZ-Cup allows you to use any ground coffee in your Keurig Brewer.
The EZ-Cup filter paper.
Update: Many readers have written in asking if you could use your Perfect Pod Holster with the filters. We have tried this and the spring inside the two different products is well - different. The Perfect Pod Holster has a very strong longer spring and the EZ-Cups is shorter to make room for the filter sleeve. We recommend buying the EZ-Cup and not trying to make the Perfect Pod Holster work. We did not get good results if we used the Perfect Pod Holster - it's for coffee pods not for use with the new EZ-Cup filter sleeve.
It's different from the My K-Cup reuseable K-Cup because you don't have to wash out a filter basket, after you're done filling the EZ-Cup and brewing, you simple open the top and pop out the spent filter basket made of paper. This makes disposing of the coffee grounds really easy, and the entire popped out coffee filter and coffee are able to be composted.
We've had the EZ-Cup now for a few weeks thanks to the folks at As Seen on TV Products sending us one to review, and we have tried a variety of coffee grounds with various success - all of the coffee produced being really quite good. We find the darker finer ground roasts to be our favorites.
How Does the EZ-Cup for Keurig Work?
In a nutshell - you're making a coffee pod in the EZ-Cup but it's a perfect match for the Keurig brewer instead of a real coffee pod pitched up inside the Perfect Pod holster. Pricing is $12.95 for the EZ-Cup and $4.95 50 EZ-Cup filters. You'll need to order both of these to start using the EZ-Cup System.
A filled EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup filter paper.
To make a cup of EZ-Cup coffee using your Keurig brewer you'll do the following:
- Get the EZ-Cup and open it up. You'll notice the spring inside sits lower then it does in the Perfect Pod Holster because you're going to be putting the filter inside the cup.
- Put a filter inside the EZ-Cup
- Put your favorite coffee inside the filter inside the EZ-Cup
- Close the filter top by putting the flap over the coffee
- Replace the EZ-Cup lid and thus sealing the coffee inside the filter
- Put the entire EZ-Cup into the brew slot and brew
- After brewing open up the EZ-Cup and pop out the used coffee filter and coffee - no mess.
One thing of note if you have multiple Keurig users in your household - make sure they don't throw out your EZ-Cup by mistake. We've had to fish it out of the countertop trash can a few times because we're used to throwing away K-Cups.
A filled complete EZ-Cup ready to brew.
The EZ-Cup fits in the Keurig brewing slot just like a regular K-Cup.
Brewing is the same when using the EZ-Cup.
The used EZ-Cup filter can be thrown away easily or
used in your compost too.
The EZ-Cup is clean after use and is ready to go.
The EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup Filters are a perfect addition to your single serve coffee brewing setup allowing you to use your own coffee, and to have no mess doing it. The time to make a cup of single serve coffee using your Keurig brewer is slightly increased, but if you're set on making your own K-Cups, then this is easily the best method available. We like the eco-friendly nature of the EZ-Cup, as the spent coffee filter and coffee just pops out right into our countertop compost bin, and then is easily transferred to our larger compost.
The EZ-Cup will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and other Keurig K Cup brewers.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 15, 2010 8:01 AM
Does anyone know if EZ Cup and their filters will work with Keurig OfficePro Brewing System B145?
I saw one website that said it would but I would love to get some feedback from someone that owns the B145.
What is this gizmo made of? Bought a Keurig spur of the moment, got home and started brewing and then I'm thinking...I'm brewing at 192 degrees coffee in a little plastic filter cup after I changed all my water bottles from plastic to Stainless steel for fear of plastic poisoning (BPA, etc.) Wish someone made one of these ez cup devices in stainless steel, with non-bleached filters too. Thinking of going back to traditional french press. When you think of it all conventional drip coffe makers have plastic water holding tank, plastic basket where you put filter, and likely all plastic parts which transport the heated water. The heating element is metal, gee wonder if it's aluminum....
We've been using the EZ-Cup for a while now, and just recently started having filters "blow out" leaving a cup full of coffee grounds. I'm not sure if it's this latest batch of filters or what, but it's getting pretty frustrating. Sure, we can double them up to avoid tearing, but that's just rewarding poor quality control.
I LOVE my EZ-cup. I've read several reviews about them tearing/leaving grounds, but I think they just had some bad ones and they must have the new ones out now (or I got good ones). It only takes a few extra seconds and is SO much cheaper than buying the K-cups. I've had no problems at all. It may take a couple of tries to get just the right amount of coffee for the strength you like, but once you've got it, no problem at all. SO easy and so much cheaper! If you had a Keurig and aren't made of money, you HAVE to get one of these!
I didn't read anything about the holes the Keurig punches into the EZ-cup. Do you just try to line it up the same way for each use or don't the extra holes matter? I would think that too many holes would allow the water to pass too quickly, making a weak cup of coffee.
On the problem of the filters tearing: The first 100 I used, I didn't have a single busted filter (except for the 2 I tried in the re-usable holder, which was my fault). Then I started on the 3rd pack and every one of them broke. Thought it might be the holder causing it, so tried in a neighbors' machine, same thing. Have been using 2 filters and it seems to work. Hopefully when the "fixed" filters come in they aren't too thick and liquid is sprayed out the top. lol.
After reading the reviews, I may need to try the Ez-Cup. It seems like the only way to get my Jamaican Blue Mountain and my Mocha Java coffees in my Keurig B60 THAT I JUST WON! Sorry, got excited about that! BTW, check out Aromacup.com and register and you could win too. Anyhoo, I'm searching around for the "best" idea for getting the coffee(s) I want in my brewer. Thanks to all of you for your comments, they've helped.
After reading the reviews, I may need to try the Ez-Cup. It seems like the only way to get my Jamaican Blue Mountain and my Mocha Java coffees in my Keurig B60 THAT I JUST WON! Sorry, got excited about that! BTW, check out Aromacup dot com and register and you could win too. Anyhoo, I'm searching around for the "best" idea for getting the coffee(s) I want in my brewer. Thanks to all of you for your comments, they've helped.
AMENDED REVIEW: as atog254 found (above), some people have been getting tears in the filters, so coffee grounds or tea leaves end up in the cup.
Temporary solution: use two filters for added strength. They're cheap. Permanent solution: in a few weeks, the manufacturer will have filters that are much stronger, so this shouldn't happen.
After my initial problems, I am now very satisfied with the EZ-Cup. This is a much less expensive and more environmentally friendly way to go than regular K-Cups, and a superior product to the My K-Cup.
@Pat S: sorry, but the answer is no. The My K-Cup filter baskets are too big for the EZ-Cup holder. Good idea, though.
I have to agree with atog254. The EZ-Cup looks like a good idea because it fits the standard holder on the Keurig, but I always get a cup full of coffee grinds or tea leaves. At least tea leaves sink to the bottom of the cup, but coffee grinds float at the top, making the thing undrinkable.
The contents must be leaking out the top, because the filters don't come out broken. I just ordered a package of Finium tea bags, which someone on Amazon.com said work well with the EZ-Cup.
Does the My K-Cup reusable filter basket fit in the EZ Cup? So you don't have to keep buying paper filters.
DO NOT waste your money on the EZ Cup! Unless you enjoy a cup full of grounds. After 6 attempts we have not gotten a good cup of coffee.
1st cup was weak at best and full of grounds, 2nd cup was only a little stronger but still full of grounds. After at least 6 attempts we have given up and gone back to the single serve cups with no problems!
If it sounds too good, it probably is!
It's great to see more products coming out that'll allow us to use different types of coffess with our machines! But if these things keep getting more and more popular, won't there be problems infringing on Keurig's patents or licenses or whatever? I thought no one could make anything to use in a kcup machine other than one of the few licensed kcup manufacturers (which sucks if you don't like any of their few brands/types of coffees). If they even went as far as to sue Kraft for the Tassimo, which looks nothing like the kcup, then these Perfect Pods would definitely be high on their "Most Wanted" list I'd assume. I love the product idea, but I'd be a little afraid of getting one now and then finding out I can't get refill filters in a few months because the company was sued to death. Thoughts?
One other comment; the reusable K-Cup filter has been around longer. There are no spring issue and of the three choices K-cup, reusable K-cup and EZ-Cup, the reusable is the most environmentally friendly. We recycle our grinds in the garden.
I am using the reusable K-Cup filter. The EZ-Cup looks like a next generation product. Regardless of which technique one uses if you do the math it costs ~$10/lb. of coffee (Fresh Market) to do your own vs. ~$17/lb using the K-cups. We find the fresh ground taste better. It is easy to choose coffees. Simply buy a small amount ~1/8lb. taste test it and if you like it buy a larger quantity. We only keep open a small amount and freeze unused coffee. Extra filters are advisable so one can brew more than one cup at a time.
For those of you with the Pod Holster, why don't you try shortening the spring by clipping off a length of it? That should allow you to use the EZ-Cup's filters.
on using the paper filter in the My K-cup holder: it makes a mess. In my case the first filter tore at the top because of the screw on lid, the next filter, about half way thru the brew, tore apart from beng wet (typical filter action) and grounds clogged the opening at the bottom. Definitely won't be doing that again. All in all, this is a good investment as it makes for cheaper cups of coffee and exactly how I like it.
If anyone else figures out how to make the My Kcup holder work, please let us all know. TIA.
So you can't use the filters with the original My Kcup?? That would be cheaper, since I already have that. And actually, it's not such a pain to clean it out.
It doesn't work - we've tried it a few times. The spring is too much and you can't also make it stay lower and be less springy.
It may be larger/longer and springy, but that would just press the filter harder against the top... Perhaps it would still work and save us all some money.
Seems like it would be worth 2 minutes to experiment with the Holster...
Would you do that for us?
You'll need to get the EZ-Cup - the spring in the Perfect Pod Holster is much larger/longer and springy.
The EZ Cup internally looks exactly like the Holster. Same spring device etc. The spring may sit lower than the Holster, but that would just mean the EzCup filter would be slightly more "tight" against the lid because the spring was tighter.
Do you think you could just buy the refill filter pack and use it with the Holster? Could you do a test for us all?
It makes a better cup in my opinion than the My K-Cup and is less mess. The spring is set down into the EZCup and used to seat it - so no popping out of the EZ-Cup filter.
Does this make a better cup of coffee than the My K-cup? Also, I'm wondering if the spring might accidentally shoot your coffee filter + grounds all over the place while you're loading up the EZ-Cup. Any chance of that happening?