We love our Keurig brewers because we can have hassle-free single-serve coffees in the morning without much effort. However, no matter how delicious and convenient Keurig-made coffee is, we can’t ignore the fact that the cost of K-Cups can really add up.
Even with a good deal, K-Cups can cost anywhere from two to four times more than a regular bag of ground coffee. If you drink one cup a day, you probably spend around $95-100 per year on homemade coffee. For the same amount and time period, K-Cups can cost a whopping $400.
Because of its relatively steep cost, many people look for ways to make the most out of their K-Cups, even going as far as reusing these supposedly single-serve pods. Is this a useful cost-effective solution, or is it more trouble than it’s worth?
Can You Reuse a K-Cup?
The inside of your K-Cup is filled with coffee grounds that the machine works to extract flavor from. Much like regular out-of-the-bag coffee grounds, you technically can use your K-Cup more than once – but should you?
There is a maximum amount of flavor that you can get from a batch of coffee grounds. K-Cups are specifically designed to be single-serving pods that give you full flavors at a specific size. Using it to make more coffee than what it was designed for will produce weak coffee at best and brown water at worst.
Reusing a K-Cup might work if you do so use a strong roast across two smaller sizes (versus its recommended serving size), but weaker coffees likely won’t produce a satisfactory taste.
If this isn’t too big of a concern for you and you still want to reuse your K-Cups, make sure you use machine-compatible and body-safe accessories to help you do so. If cost is your main issue, Keurig also sells a reusable K-Cup that you can fill with your own coffee grounds.
Other Ways To Reuse Your Disposable K-Cup
If you’re still wary about throwing out your K-Cups after use, there are many other ways you can make the most out of it, such as:
- Transform the cups into small seed starters with coffee ground fertilizer
- Store herbs or other small items in the leftover cups
- Make used coffee grounds into a homemade face and body scrub
- Use the cups and grounds for small craft projects
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Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.