Are you a coffee connoisseur? If you are anything like the people in my house, you are serious about your morning Java! This brings us to the crème de la crème of coffee brewers today, the Keurig. For the most part, it was always my opinion that the unit and the K-cups were overpriced so I didn’t buy one even though my office friends raved about the thing. When I was at a friend’s house I had my first cup of Timothy’s Original Donut Blend and I was hooked. I bought a Keurig but was still not thrilled with cost of the K-cups.
K-cups are disposable pre-filled units that you pop in your Keurig machine for an almost instant cup of coffee. Prices will vary but you can expect to see prices up to 80 cents per cup, which is cheaper than Starbucks, of course, but still higher than your traditional make it at home coffee blends.
All of these revelations led to my eventual purchase of the refillable K-cup from Keurig. Fantastic idea, less than fabulous results! Why do you purchase expensive coffee makers and coffee blends? Taste is the number one answer to that question and the refillable K-cup leaves much to be desired on this front. Thanks to a poorly considered design, water can flow around the coffee instead of through it properly resulting in a weak cup. I quit using this device and tried My-Kap.
My-Kap let you reuse the original k-cups with their filter or with a new filter. The filter material inside a commercial cup will last for about eight brewing’s and all you need to reuse these little cups is a cap and a bit of patience. Now you are able to brew coffee of your choice without the extra expense.
To reuse a K-cup with the My-Kap you simple pull off the foil top, rinse out the used coffee grounds, add your own coffee and put on the cap. It really is that simple and I did mine the first time in just a few minutes. I learned over a couple of days that it made sense to make about four at one time because that is two days of coffee for me. Anything beyond two days and the coffee might not retain that fresh ground coffee flavor.
My-Kaps are not perfect. Some people claim it takes a little practice to learn how to get the lids off without destroying the K-cup; it wasn’t an issue for me. You should also know there is some prep work and perhaps clean up involved, a few grounds are going to make their way out of the cup. One other downside is the availability of your favorite blend, for example, my Timothy’s Donut Blend is not available as whole bean or ground coffee. I suppose Dunkin Donuts Blend will have to suffice.
If you are looking for a great cup of coffee without the hassles of a traditional brewer or you simply want to kick your morning Starbucks habit, Keurig is a natural choice. If you want to save some money, reduce that amount of plastic thrown in a landfill, or drink coffee that isn’t available in K-cups, My-Kap is the ticket.
Written by Phil Busk
I was financially compensated for this post.