The convenience of Keurig’s single cups comes at a premium in cost, compared to making your own ground coffee in a French press or drip coffee maker. One workaround that blends the best of both worlds is to fill Keurig’s reusable coffee filter with Chicago French Press’ Keurig grind coffee.
The reusable K-Cup filter works with the Keurig K-Cup models, such as the K10 Mini Plus and the K45 Elite. It doesn’t work with the K 2.0 “Carafe” models, such as the K250, K350, K450 and K550. It also works with other brands of single-serve coffee makers that accept K-Cups, such as Cuisinart, Bunn MyCafe, Hamilton Beach, Breville and Mr. Coffee.
What You Need:
- Keurig Machine
- Reusable K-Cup or “My K-Cup”
- Freshly Grounded Chicago French Press Coffee (Keurig grind)
- Cup or Mug
- Verify that the machine is plugged in and that the power is on. You'll find the power button on the top right side of most units. When the power is turned on, the unit will begin gurgling and heating the water.
- Fill the reservoir. Keurig machines store enough water for several cups of coffee.
- The My K-Cup holds 10 grams of coffee, the equivalent of the standard 2 tablespoons needed for an 8-ounce cup. Disassemble the lid of the reusable cup, turning it counter-clockwise against the grey holder, and remove its silvery metal filter basket.
- Add one tablespoon of CFP’s pre-ground “Keurig grind” coffee to the K-Cup. Alternatively, you may grind CFP whole beans in a coarse grind.
- Raise the handle of the Keurig or compatible K-cup machine to reveal the brewing chamber.
- Pull out the everyday holder used for disposable K-Cups. Its dark brown hard plastic blends in with the rest of the chamber. But if you pull on its raised edge, which has a white arrow at the top, it snaps out.
- Snap in the My K-Cup filter basket; it doesn’t need to be specially aligned.
- Once the Keurig reads, “Ready to Brew,” center a mug under the brewing chamber. Tap the round silver “Brew” button. Your modified My K-Cup will create coffee for you, filtering much more slowly and creating a more densely flavored cup than an unmodified K-Cup.
- Let the filter basket cool; clean out the wet, now fluffy grounds in the plastic repurposed K-cup, and reuse. Enjoy!
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