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Can You Use Regular Coffee in a Keurig?

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Everyone wants to know: How do you use real coffee in a Keurig? By real coffee, we of course mean coffee grounds! The good news is that you can absolutely use ground coffee with any Keurig system – and it’s pretty easy!

There are two main ways that you can use regular coffee in your Keurig machine. You can use old K-Cups by recycling them and brewing your favorite coffee. The other way is that you can use a special My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter.

No matter what coffee you want to brew, it can be done in your Keurig.

How Can I Use Ground Coffee in a Keurig?

Even though using K-Cups is extremely convenient, it can actually get quite expensive. If you drink an average of two cups of coffee a day, you’re going to be spending up to $800 a year on K-Cups. That’s a lot of money that can be better used elsewhere. It’s also a lot more money than you would normally spend on ground coffee.

Reusing K-Cup filters to facilitate your own coffee means is a great way down the environment gone to save you money, and to give you the freedom every coffee drinker deserves.

To brew your own coffee using a My K-Cup reusable filter, simply take the reusable filter and add your own coffee grounds to the fill line. There should be two fill lines, one for a regular cup and one for a travel mug. Keep in mind that the finer your coffee grinds are, the more flavorful your coffee will be.

Next, put the cap on the reusable K-Cup, place it into the machine just like you would normally, close the lid and hit the button! That’s all there is to it.

Also see: Can I use Tap Water in my Keurig?

How to Reuse a K-Cup

The second method for brewing your own coffee in your Keurig machine is to recycle a K-Cup. Take an ordinary K-Cup, rip the cover off, dump the used coffee grounds into the garbage, then clean out any leftover grounds. Spray out the K-Cup with tap water and allow it to dry.

The next thing you need to do is create an aluminum foil cover. Cut a square of aluminum foil so it will fit snugly over the K-Cup. Then fill the empty K-Cup with your own coffee grounds. It might take a bit of experimenting to figure out how much of your own coffee needs to be inside the K-Cup, and just exactly how compact you should make the grounds.

In general, you want the coffee grounds to be about a sliver away from the top of the K-Cup.

With your K-Cup filled with coffee, take your aluminum cover and fit it nicely over the top just like you would with a leftover plate of food. You want the K-Cup to be sealed and the aluminum to be crimped over the edges.

Next, simply put the K-Cup into your coffee maker like you would normally and hit the button. Your coffee will brew just like it would with a fresh K-Cup.

What Kind of Coffee Do You Use in a Reusable K-Cup?

When using a recyclable and reusable K-Cup, you’re free to use any kind of coffee you want. If it can be brewed in a normal coffee maker, it can also be brewed inside of a Keurig machine. You literally have no limitations when it comes to using your own coffee grounds in a reusable K-Cup.

Can You Use a Keurig without a K-Cup?

Unfortunately, there isn’t really a way to use a Keurig without having a K-Cup handy. You can reuse an empty K-Cup with your own coffee grounds. But you can’t really just pour loose coffee into the machine and hope it will brew properly. You at least need to have an empty K-Cup to put the coffee grounds into. Wrapping coffee grounds in a coffee filter ball and shoving it into the machine will not work!

Can You Put Instant Coffee in a Keurig?

Technically, you can use any kind of coffee you want in a Keurig. You can use instant coffee with a reusable K-Cup. However, it’s not really recommended. It won’t even taste the same as it would if you just poured hot water on the instant coffee.

This is because instant coffee is not ground coffee. It’s not coffee grounds. The instant coffee is designed to be soluble in hot water, meaning it dissolves into something that tastes like coffee. If you put it into a pod, it will dissolve before it ever gets into your coffee mug.

A better way is to fill the Keurig with water, put the instant coffee into your mug, then run the Keurig machine so that hot water comes out through the spout and fills your mug. This is the best way to make instant coffee with a Keurig.

  • Evelyn J Stafford
  • Evelyn J Stafford

    Evelyn is a Coffee enthusiast and writer for Wins Coffee Bar. Her work has appeared in Bean Scene, The Home Kitchen and other publications.

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