Ekobrew Refillable K-Cup - My Keurig savior! (Updated)
Jan 30, 2012 (Updated Feb 3, 2012)
Review by Karen DeMasi
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Economical, Reusable, Easy to clean, Fits right where K-Cups go
Cons:A little pricey initially, Not compatible with 4 Keurig machines (B30, B130, B150, B155)
The Bottom Line: I recommend the ekobrew refillable filter for anyone who loves their Keurig machine but not the cost and waste of K-Cups!
ekobrew Reusable K-Cup for Keurig Coffee Brewers
Recommend this product?
A little backstory:
I’ve been using a Keurig Coffee machine for over a year now. The model I currently have is the Cuisinart SS700 model. It came with a My K-Cup insert for when you want to use your own ground coffee instead of K-Cups. However, I found it to be inconvenient to use because the insert in the machine that holds the K-Cups has to be removed in order to use the My K-Cup filter apparatus. It’s also not that convenient to fill because it cannot stand on its own. So, looking for a way to save money on costly K-Cups, I set out to find something similar. I even tried recycling used K-Cups, by making tops out of foil. Needless to say, that wasn’t such a success!
How I found the ekobrew filter:
I did a search online, and did come up with a few options, but none seemed as practical as I was hoping (one similar to the ekobrew had everything I wanted, but was not flat on the bottom). Then I saw the ekobrew (the manufacturer spells it with a lower case “e”) on Amazon.com and I was intrigued and was anxious to order it. It was only available for pre-order at the time, so I pre-ordered 2 of them, and in August of 2011, they were shipped to me. Single ones were only offered at the time, for $12.99 each, but now they can be purchased singly ($12), set of two ($22) or a set of 3 ($30). The price seems high, but when you think about how much K-Cups cost (anywhere from .45 cents a cup up to .75 cents or more), I find it's worth it. Buying your own ground coffee is cheaper than buying K-Cups.
What makes the ekobrew filter a good choice:
My husband and I like two different kinds of coffee. He likes really bold, strong coffee and I like a nice medium roast, so the Keurig is our most sensible option. But, even ordering from Amazon on a monthly subscription basis, we were spending over $70 a month in K-Cups!
With the ekobrew, I can buy a bag or can of any kind of coffee I like (my favorite is Starbucks House Blend, while hubby likes their French Roast). A bag of coffee runs around $7.99 and lasts a lot longer than the box of K-Cups. Or I can buy a big bag of beans and grind at my leisure, which lasts even longer.
What I like about the ekobrew filter:
-The ekobrew filter is economical, not only in that it saves money on K-Cups, but there is nothing to throw away (except for the bulky cardboard tube it comes in, but that went right in my recycle bin). As far as I know, the plastic K-Cup cups are not recyclable and if you use a lot of them every day, it can be very wasteful.
-It is not necessary to remove the insert where the K-Cups go in the machine, because the ekobrew fits right in.
-It is washable, made of plastic and screen mesh. But all that is usually required is a good rinsing. I wash it after every few uses with soap and water.
-It can be used for tea as well. Just pour your loose tea in the ekobrew (I empty 2 tea bags in there when I want to make a glass of iced tea).
How to use it:
Just flip open the hinged lid, scoop your coffee in and close the lid. It fits in the same place where you would put regular disposable K-Cups. It does have to sit a certain way, so the hole in the bottom lines up with the pin in the coffee maker, but there are 2 little “handles” on the sides and they fit into existing grooves on the Keurig. Once inserted, close the lid and brew just like you normally would.
I find there’s really no need to measure after you get used to how much coffee you need. I don’t use the markings on the inside of the ekobrew. There is a max fill line, which is not recommended to exceed, because the lid will not close properly and the water will not adequately drip through. It is also not recommended to pack the coffee down, nor is it necessary. And do not use a very fine grind of coffee. It will block the holes in the filter and not allow the coffee to drip out properly. Regular grind for other coffee makers is perfect.
When the coffee is brewed, just remove the ekobrew, open the lid, tap the used grinds into the trash (or compost bucket) and rinse. It may be a little hot, but I have never found it too hot to handle.
Extra things to note:
I have used the ekobrew filters for almost 6 months now, on a daily basis. I am really happy with the way they are holding up. I did notice this morning, however, that while wiping some grinds away from the lid, I almost threw away the hairline thin silicone ring which insures that the lid of the ekobrew has a snug fit and stays closed. I placed it back on and made sure it was still tight, which it was. It could have easily fallen into the garbage pail and I would never have noticed. It blends in with the color of the ekobrew lid, so I had to check my other one to make sure that was still there. It was.
http://www.ekobrew.com (www.ekobrew.com) states that the ekobrew filter is not compatible with 4 models of Keurig brewers. These models are B30, B130, B150 and B155. I cannot think of a reason it would not work with all Keurig brewers, but I emailed the company to find out. I will update this review when I hear back from them.
Update: I received an email back from ekobrew and this is what they said about the non-compatibility of the 4 models:
"The ekobrew does not work in the B30 and the B130 because the profile of the ekobrew at the top of the cup will not allow the chamber mechanism to click shut.For the B150 & B155 the chamber narrows and has ridges that facilitate the pliability of the k-cups but not the rigid construction of the ekobrew.Thank you for your good question; I hope this helps."
I am very happy with this product. I have considered buying more in the future, but it probably isn’t necessary because they are easy to clean and refill. Is it a little bit inconvenient after having the luxury of just popping a pre-filled K-Cup in the machine? Yes, but it’s also faster than setting up a regular coffee maker, so to me, it’s worth the savings. I still buy K-Cups once in a while to keep on hand for the occasion when I just feel too lazy, but for the most part, they are just for back-up these days!
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