Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How to re-use your K-cups!

For those of you who know me, there is nothing I love more than the perfect cup of coffee! I used to love my French Press until my husband gave me a Keurig for Mother's Day last year. The only drawback was the amount of garbage we were producing by throwing away the K-cups after one use. I think we have solved this problem. You can see our solution as you read on.  This is the model we have for at home:

It is a B130 in room brewing system.
 You add water for each use.

At school we have the Keurig elite.
I love this one because you can keep the reservoir filled with water for multiple uses.

We try to be kind to our environment in our household so we purchased the Keurig K-cup re-usable coffee filter and filter basket. I really love this thing!

I recently found this little gem on the Internet but have not tried it yet. Some of the reviews say it has sharp edges and is difficult to snap on. It retails for 19.99 but might be worth trying.

This is how we re-use our K-cups at home!
Here's what you will need:
 A pair of sharp scissors
Your favorite coffee, ground on the espresso setting
Rinsed and dried K-cups
Press'n Seal
After the initial brew with our K-cups we rinse them out and let them dry. If the inside of the cup is  perforated you must throw the K-cup away(very important).
Fill the K-cup to just below the rim about 1mm. Enough so that the Press' n Seal will not touch the coffee when you are covering it.
 
Each K-cup requires 2 cut pieces of Press' n Seal cut into squares.
After about 4 cuts with the Press'n Seal we wipe the scissors down because they can become sticky.
Pull tight the Press-n-Seal one layer at a time(very important)!
If it is not tight it will not brew properly.
Press edges onto K-cup.
We use the assembly line method with these and do them in a mass quantity to make it time efficient for us. We usually get 3-4 more brews from our K-cups when we re-use them.
Do you see the hole the Keurig punches in the cup when you use it?
On the second brew just line up the cup so it punches a new hole. I have never lined it up exactly so that you use the same hole. It might work I just have not tried it. Before closing the Keurig make sure to run your finger along the rim of the K-cup to ensure it is sealed (important if the one you are using has been sitting around) otherwise you will end up with coffee grounds in your coffee.

I would love to hear how this works for you!

Jen

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