Keurig My K-cup Reusable Filter
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My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter For The Keurig Coffee Maker Is A Money Saver
Dec 14, 2011
Review by John Smith
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy to use, saves money, allows you to select whatever blend of beans you want.
Cons:Plastic construction, not as clean as K-Cups.
The Bottom Line: My K-Cup Reusable Filters save money and allow you to brew your favorite bean blend. The cheap plastic housing is easy to use but does require more clean-up than K-Cups.
The My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter for the Keurig Coffee provides owners of the Keurig Brewing System the opportunity to brew their own beans. This allows consumers greater flexibility in their selection of coffee as well as providing a less expensive alternative to K-Cups, which tend to run between fifty cents and one dollar per unit. Because of the pressure required to brew the K-Cups, the entire housing must be replaced each time you switch between My K-Cups and pre-packaged K-Cups.
Recommend this product?
As an example of what it actually costs to brew your own Starbuck’s coffee, I did a little bit of research. When I buy Starbucks, I generally purchase the Venti, which runs about two dollars. I end up with about eighteen ounces of coffee, two ounces of cream and a couple of sweeteners. To fix a Venti, you would need two Starbuck’s K-Cups, unless you don’t mind a weak cup of coffee. That brings you close to two dollars before you even get to the cream and sugar. If you fix a smaller size and can get away with one K-Cup, you are still looking at a medium-sized cup of coffee for around one dollar, which is not much less than the $1.50 or $1.75 you would pay at Starbucks. Of course, the fifty cents you save certainly adds up over time. However, you could buy a pound of Starbuck’s coffee, make your own K-Cups and enjoy the same brew for an even greater savings.
The My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter is a plastic housing that has the same configuration as the K-Cup housing on the exterior. The interior of the K-Cup housing has a needle and a molded interior. The inside of the My K-Cup has a wire-mesh brewing basket in a plastic frame. The basket allows you to measure out whatever bean you want to brew and create individual serving sizes the same way you would make a K-Cup. The device is almost entirely plastic that appears to be injection-molded. The Chinese part probably costs one dollar to make, but sells for $17.95 unless you get it free with a premium brewing system. If you like brewing your own beans or want to save money, then this cheap, $17.95 filter adapter is a good investment.
Changing your brewing system from the K-Cup configuration to the My K-Cup option is not difficult. There are three plastic clips on the side of each filter that snaps into place inside the housing unit of the brewer. The guts of this brewer are almost entirely plastic. Care should be taken if you are using the reusable filter. The small plastic lips that bite into the grooves of the brewer seem like they would be prone to wear over time. While it would not be entirely expensive to replace the filter housing, it defeats the purpose if you are trying to save money. Because the unit opens like an alligator mouth, the top clip can be a bit more difficult to free from the housing. You also have an exposed needle to contend with.
The My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter comes with some good recommendations. If you grind your own beans, they recommend using a coarse grind to prevent the fine mesh of the screen from getting clogged. This will also allow the water to extract more easily to your cup. The mesh screen holds 2.7 tablespoons when filled to the top. This is adequate for a ten-ounce cup of coffee in my experience. If you go to the larger cup settings, you will begin to notice the difference in the strength of your coffee. The coffee filter fits into the molded interior of the filter housing and is held into place by a screw on lid. The filter should be filled and the lid screwed on before it is placed inside the filter housing. From this point, you brew your coffee the same way you would a K-Cup.
The My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter does save money and allows you to brew your own beans. However, there is a down side. I do not have running water in my kitchenette. This makes clean up less efficient when I am fumbling with a filter of used beans. I can tap the filter out in the trash can with no problem. However, with any of my coffee filters, I like to wash them from time to time to keep my coffee from tasting stale. This is especially true with a mesh filter that some of the grounds will cling to. That means a trip to the men’s room down the hall to rinse my filter. Or, I can use some bottled water to clean it over the trash can. Either option is less efficient and has a higher potential to create a mess than simply discarding the used K-Cups. There is an upside and a downside to both brewing methods.
For $17.95, the My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter has the potential to pay for itself in short order. Depending on how frequently you make coffee and how much you pay for the beans you use in the filter, you can start saving money right away. You will likely recover the expense of this filter in the first couple of weeks. When I use my reusable filter, I prefer Seattle’s Best coffee, which runs six dollars for twelve ounces. It works out much cheaper than the K-Cups. However, I am more inclined to continue using the K-Cups for ease and convenience. Because of the set up in my office, it is just easier for me to use the K-Cups. For home use, I would probably only use the reusable filter. Or, if I had running water in my kitchenette, I would use this filter more frequently. It is nice to have on hand, along with a bag of already ground beans. Four stars.
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