Last year I finally joined on the Keurig bandwagon, and was thrilled to pick up their latest model, the Keurig 2.0. Not having much experience before that, I loved the ease of brewing just a cup of coffee, yet there were some things that I found to be quite annoying. The new 2.0 version only took 2.0 specific k-cups, while prior models had taken all k-cups. The price of k-cups were so much more expensive than buying a bag of coffee for a regular brewer. Also, being a daily coffee drinker, I was accumulating at least 7 k-cups a week. I’m sure there are plenty of clever ways to make use of the k-cups, but I knew there had to be a better way. I knew there had to be ways around the waste, expense, and lack of variety in 2.0 flavors. Below are the exact ways I have dealt with all these issues, and love my Keurig much more for it.
Easy Ways to Save Money & Be Eco-Friendly with a Keurig
The Freedom to use all k-cups with my Keurig 2.0
If you loathe that you can only use specific k-cups with the 2.0, you can check out this easy hack, which uses the top of a suitable 2.0 k-cup paired up with any k-cup you want to enjoy. If you would like to take it an easy step further, you can grab yourself the Freedom Clip. The Freedom Clip is a little plastic piece that you clip into place on your Keurig 2.0, that covers the sensor, allowing you to use any k-cup you choose. It is totally free, and for me, it was so worth getting. It just snaps on, and you are ready to brew. This allows me to try any variety of k-cup, from any brand, and also saves me money, by being able to buy when certain brands go on sale.
Being more Eco-friendly saves me money
If it is the actual k-cup waste that you can’t stand, I recommend getting reusable k-cups. I use the Fill and Brew Universal Reusable Coffee Filters, and they have worked perfectly for me. I just fill the coffee filter with whatever ground coffee I have on hand, close the lid, and pop it into the brewer like any other k-cup. Once you’re done brewing, you throw out the grinds, and you are ready to brew your next cup. No leftover k-cups to throw away, and you have yourself a happier environment. I find that using these reusable cups save me a bunch more money as well. Bags of coffee end up being much cheaper as a whole when compared to buying k-cups. In addition to buying bagged coffee, I have found that buying whole beans can be cheaper. For this reason, I have bought the Brilliante Manual Coffee Grinder. It is this lightweight, easy to use, coffee grinder, that grinds to a variety of coffee grind sizes. It is so fast to use, as you only need a small amount of ground coffee to fill the reusable k-cup, and since you are grinding it yourself, the coffee tastes even more fresh. Saving money, and being eco-conscious, never tasted so good!
If you’re in a hurry, but still want to care for the earth
If you don’t have time to fill up k-cups, throw out coffee grinds, and just want to use your Keurig to quickly throw a pod into the machine like it was intended, yet don’t want to contribute to your local landfills, I suggest you check out biodegradable k-cups. I love the San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee Biodegradable k-cups (they are actually the same people that made the freedom clip), because they are 97% biodegradable, and they come in a variety of flavors that are really quite delicious. You can get a good deal on them through Amazon (80 ct.), and I believe now they even throw in the freedom clip.
There you go! You can love your Keurig, spend just as much as you would with a regular brewer, and remain kind to the earth. Have a great day!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally, and believe will be good for my readers.