One of the biggest complaints about the Keurig single-serve coffee machine is that the plastic K-cups generate a lot of unnecessary waste since they’re immediately thrown into the trash after brewing one cup of coffee. If you brew a cup of coffee each morning using a K-cup, you’ll throw away 2,555 K-cups. The plastic waste generated by K-cups bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for your wallet if you’re spending money on plastic that will be thrown out anyway. For Keurig users who are concerned about their spending and the environment, there are many different brands of reusable K-cups.
Common Reusable K-Cup Brands
One of the easiest reusable K-cups to find is the My K-cup, which is made by Keurig. Instead of hoping that Keurig makes K-cups for your preferred coffee, you can just place your favorite coffee into the reusable K-cup. This is convenient for those who have a favorite coffee that isn’t made by a well-known brand. It also helps save on clutter because now there aren’t a bunch of different K-cups to organize.
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The Ekobrew Cup
The Ekobrew Cup is an American-made refillable K-cup. One model of this reusable K-cup is made out of stainless steel. Spoon your favorite coffee into this reusable K-cup, close the lid, and place the K-cup into the coffee maker. Heat resistant grips allow for easy removal of the K-cup once the coffee is brewed so you can brew multiple cups without scalding your fingers.
Solofill Reusable K-cup
The Solofill reusable K-cup is made from a stainless steel micromesh filter that can easily be cleaned under a running faucet. These bright red and lime green reusable K-cups have a “Decaflo-Plus” spray head that allows the hot water to immerse all of the coffee grounds evenly. If you don’t like bright colors, this K-cup is available in black.
The EZ-Cup by PerfectPod also lets Keurig users save money by filling their reusable K-cup with their favorite coffee grounds. Unfortunately, the EZ-Cups have to be used with paper coffee filters. First place the paper filter inside the reusable K-cup, and then fill with coffee grounds. Close the paper lid of the EZ-filter and then close the lid on the EZ-cup. Although it costs money to keep buying filters that get thrown out, this type of reusable K-cup may be appealing to people who don’t like cleaning mesh filters.
Price of Filters: $7.65
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