Here’s how to get the most out of your reusable K-Cup

By Death Wish Coffee — / Coffee Talk

How do I use a reusable K-Cup filter?

We’re all good citizens that want to create less waste, so we purchase reusable K-Cups, right? Wrong. Most of us don't purchase them for one of two reasons: They're either too expensive for an amount that doesn’t last us long enough or they just aren’t hitting us with a strong enough punch. Either way, if you don’t have reusable K-Cups, you should, and if you do have one, here’s how to get the best use out of it.

What coffee-grind should I be using in a reusable K-Cup? 

  • The number one secret to getting the best cup of joe from your Keurig is to grind your own beans. You’ll want to use a grind similar to what you'd use for an auto-drip coffee filter, but maybe just a little finer. The best part is you can test different grinds to see what results in the best tasting coffee. Don't go too fine, though — you don't want to clog the filter. 

What kind of beans should I use in a reusable K-Cup?


How many ounces should I brew using a reusable K-Cup? 

  • Steer clear of anything above 6 to 8 ounces. Ultimately, you’re using the same amount of grounds for more water. This will result in a weaker cup. You may have a larger cup of coffee, but it won’t be doing you any favors.

When it comes down to it, I cannot recommend a reusable K-Cup enough. They’re eco-friendly, you can brew any coffee your heart desires, and you have control over the end result entirely. Be sure to use fresh, high-quality beans, or you’ll just end up with the same dull cup as always.

My recommendation: Pick up a bag of whole bean Death Wish Coffee, and on the fresh, flavorful end of the spectrum, you’ll be all set. If you're not into grinding your own, try our Death Cups instead. They pack a real swift kick in the pants, too — and they're completely recyclable. 

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