December 10, 2010

Review: Solofill Cup Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter for Keurig Brewers

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The Solofill Cup Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter for Keurig Brewers is like the My K-Cup reusable filter or EZ Cup that allows you to use your own coffee instead of using just K-Cups. Using the Solofill is really easy, because unlike the My K-Cup reusable coffee filter, you do not have to take out the brew sleeve in your Keurig brewer. Like a K-Cup the Solofill Cup Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter for Keurig Brewers fits in the brew slot where you'd normally put a K-Cup.

Key Features of the Solofill Cup:

  • No need to remove or swap out the filter holder.
  • No filter to replace!
  • Reusable - Environmentally friendly.
  • Save money while reducing our environmental impact!
  • Use your own favorite gourmet coffee.
  • Easy to use - Simple 2 steps process.
  • Innovative Octaflo-Plus hot water distribution system for a superior tasting cup of gourmet coffee.
  • Easy clean up - Unique one piece design with integrated hinged lid and stainless steel micro mesh filter for easy clean-up.
Brewing a Cup of Coffee with the Solofill Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter

We've been using the Solofill over the past 3 weeks, and right away we found the Solofill Cup Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter for Keurig Brewers is easy to use and makes a great cup of coffee. We also really liked hot easy the flip top-lid was to open and close, along with it being attached. No more lost lids, and the color being red is also excellent as we didn't throw it away because we were used to throwing away K-cups.

Brewing a cup of coffee using your Keurig brewer was very easy. You simply open the flip top of the Solofill, fill with your favorite coffee, close the lid, and put it in the Keurig brewer K-Cup slot. The lid is self tamping, so all you need to do is close it and you're good to go. Next you'll have a pretty amazing cup of coffee using your own coffee.

Before filling you have an empty brew sleeve.
Fill with your favorite coffee. We'd use our own shot but taking
a picture with two hands filled is challenging. :-)

Insert into the Keurig brewer K-Cup slot.

Brew and enjoy your cup of Solofill filtered coffee.

We found different grinds to produce better results - the finer grinds tended to work the best with the darker roasts. We settled in a on a French Roast from our local Whole Foods and found the coffee tasted amazing. We did a side by side comparison using our Aeropress, and found the coffee to be on par with the Aeropress coming out ahead.

The Solofill Cup Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter for Keurig Brewers has an "octoflow" path that the water flows over the beans. The extraction is produces is excellent, even resulting in a little coffee froth at the end (not froth or crema but good stuff). We also found after brewing clean up was a breeze. Simply pop open the top, and wash out the grinds.

Trying Coffee Pods in the Solofill Refillable Single Serve Coffee Filter

We did try puncturing a coffee pod and using it in the Solofill. Results were mixed but dumping out the contents of a coffee pod did produce good results, however this defeats the purpose. If you're going to attempt to use a coffee pod stick in the 7-9gram range and puncture it at the top so the water can brew through. As with everything you try - try again and you'll get better results as you figure out what works with the pods you have. The Solofill however is made to work with ground coffee, not punctured coffee pods but it was worth a try.


We really love this little gadget for our Keurig brewer. Like the My K-Cup Reusable Filter, and the EZ Cup it allows you to use either ground coffee or coffee pods in your Keurig brewer. We think if you like having a little experimentation in your single serve coffee life, then you'll enjoy the Solofill Refillable Single Serve Coffee filter.

Thanks again to Robert from Solofill for sending us the Solofill to review.

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Recent Comments

is this compatible for the Keurig® B140 Commercial Coffee Brewing System, Single-Cup

Posted by: f broussard at March 6, 2014 1:10 PM

I have several concerns about the solo cup. I have a Keurig Vue coffee maker.

1. How much caffeine is included in a solo cup for the vue, if I use the 8 or 16 ounce serving?

2. When I mentioned to Keurig that I was using the solo cup, they advised me to immediately discontinue using the solo cup because Keurig advised that they MAY NOT honor the warranty for the machine if the need should arise.

I have written solo cup with these concerns. Despite their stated 24 hour turn a round on e mail requests, It has been over a month since I have heard anything from solo cup.

Also, found nothing on internet that addresses how much caffeine is in an 8 or 16 ounce serving of a solo cup for the Keurig vue coffee maker.

Posted by: Tom at April 3, 2013 10:56 AM

I grind my own beans and not ye been able to eliminate the oily residue in the cup what is the ideal grind to minimize the problem.

Posted by: michael at July 17, 2012 7:32 PM

I have a My KCup, an EZ cup (which requires filters) and the Solofill. The Solofill is by far my favorite!!! It makes a much better cup of coffee than the other 2. The My KCup is my least favorite. I do use the EZ cup to make hot tea, I just roll up a tagless tea bag and put it in the ezcup.

But I always use my solofill for my coffee!

Posted by: Becky at November 10, 2011 11:10 PM

Excellent item. Yes it works with the Cuisinart brewer as that is what I have. It doesn't connect with the spike as the shape of the solofill is different. It has a central protrusion at the bottom which means the bottom of the solofill avoids the spike.
Works perfectly - don't overfill it - especially important if you are using freshly ground coffee. Saves a lot of money and more importantly - less landfill! A little pricey maybe, but definitely good value in the long run.

Posted by: Graeme at June 22, 2011 9:10 AM

Ordered my Solofill cups from the manufacturer. Ordered two in order to get the free shipping. They arrived in about three days. I've had a chance to use them, and there is no doubt they work better then the My-K-Kups. That being said the My-K-Kups are engineering disasters so it doesn't take much to be better then the My-K-Kup. The first thing I noticed when I used the Solofill cup was that the gurgling sound disappeared. Backpressure that makes the water squirt out of the top of a My-K-Kup is almost eliminated. Things I don't like about the Solofill is nub at the bottom which prevents it from sitting flat on a counter top. That nub also makes it difficult to clean out after using it. I think the fit of the cap could be a little more snug as well. After you've made your cup of coffee you'll also probably find more then a bit of sludge in the bottom of your cup. I have yet to resolve this through grind size. My biggest complaint though is why does it cost so damn much? If it were a third of it's price it would be a great value. At anywhere from 15.00 to 17.00 it's not such a great buy.

Posted by: Chuck Tenn at April 26, 2011 11:57 PM

I want to make a 12 ounce, or even 16 ounce cup at one time, maybe pressing 8 oz twice, with same coffee, and am looking for a brand of coffee, and reusable filter system which allows enough coffee to get this quantity without being watery.

what is the recommended amount of coffee used, and what is the maximum amount of ground coffee i can use in your product? Thank you. All suggestions are welcome

Posted by: johnmchugh at March 3, 2011 1:33 PM

Received mine the other day, ordered directly from the manufacturers site. Decent little utility that will save me money in the long run.

Posted by: Michael at January 14, 2011 6:10 AM

Tried to order one direct from their webpage and it was out of stock until 1/3. Ordered from Amazon and it won't arrive until 1/31-2/6. Whoever is producing these needs a larger operation. High demand and no supply. I can go buy a "my k-cup" at any BB and B or Best Buy today.
All that said, there must be a reason why they're selling out and this is the only product of it's type I've seen with all positive reviews and no catastrophic defects.

Posted by: Ed at December 30, 2010 8:04 AM

Looking forward to receiving one of these, as Keurig's own MyKCup was a complete disaster and I have returned mine. I should not have to jerryrig the KCup as your other readers have suggested elsewhere.

Posted by: LAprGuy at December 28, 2010 12:51 PM

I received both a Cuisinart SS770 Brewing System and a SoloFill Cup for Christmas and I love them both! I was experimenting and used the SoloFill to brew iced tea using Lipton tea bags. I cut open and emptied out the contents of the bags into the SoloFill cup. It worked perfectly! The only issue I have (and this is probably why SoloFill does not specifically list the cups as compatible with Cuisinart SS770s) is that the head of the machine does not close/lower fully. The machine thinks that the head is closed though, as the screen reads "Ready". I checked the fit to make sure that it is not putting any stress on the top or bottom needles, as I was afraid of damaging them, but I really don't think the SoloFill is coming into contact with either of them. I think what is preventing the head from closing all the way is that diameter of the hole in the top of the SoloFill cup is not large enough to accommodate the diameter of the rubbery gasket around the upper needle of the machine.

Posted by: Laura at December 26, 2010 5:16 PM

K-cups are punctured on their bottom by the coffee machine. How does this not damage the coffee maker. What happens to the bottom spike when this is put in the machine.

Posted by: Donna at December 18, 2010 12:39 AM

I am using the solofill without any problems in my cuisinart brewer. Not sure which model my brewer is, but it looks just like the one in the photograph and was purchased from costco last month.

Posted by: Jon Clayton at December 16, 2010 8:45 AM

Your picture shows the Cuisinart Brewer using this SoloFill, but both Amazon's page and the SoloFill site say that this is not compatible w/ the Cuisinart. I had this ordered from Amazon but cancelled the order because I was afraid it wasn't going to work in our machine? Can you confirm it does work with the Cuisinart?

Posted by: Rebecca at December 12, 2010 1:53 PM

Will this also work in the Cusinart SS770?

Posted by: Geoffrey Chambers at December 12, 2010 11:15 AM

I've found the Solofill to be far superior to the MyKCup - less hassle since you don't have to remove the insert and screw around with a separate filter basket. It's superior to the E-Z cup too - with the cost of the E-Z Cup filters, you might as well buy the regular K-Cups. Solofill is nice if the flavour doesn't exist in a K-cup or you have extra time. From a time standpoint, or if you're pumping out multiple cups for a crowd, processed K-Cups are still the most convenient. Then again, if the price keeps creeping up, you've got an awesome second option with the Solofill.

Posted by: Purcell at December 10, 2010 1:11 PM
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