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Date: 06 Jan 2007 15:12:11
From: tschaub2@gmail.com
Subject: Bootleg Keurig K-Cups
So here is my deal.

I got the Keurig B-50 at Costco in a bundle with 90 extra K-cups and
the "My K-Cup" ($139.00).

The reason I picked the Keurig was because of the "My K-Cup" thing
because I knew I wasn't going to want to spend 50 cents a cup at my own
house for very long. The problem with the "My K-Cup" was the same that
I got with a french press - small grounds going through the nylon
filter and giving the coffee a bitter taste.

I then decided that I should take apart a K-Cup and see how they work
because the coffee from them tastes fine. I peeled the top off and
rinsed out the coffee and found that there was a paper filter in there
that adhered to the sides of the cup and was suspended about 1/8 inch
from the bottom of the K-cup. That's so when the bottom of the K-cup
is pierced in the machine it won't also poke a hole in the filter.

So the top was off, the coffee rinsed out and the filter was still
intact. I decided to put my own favorite coffee in there. The problem
was how to seal the top again. I tried a few things until I came up
with Glad Press-N-Seal wrap. I stretched it over the top and then
pasted it down on the sides (It sticks) and it worked great.

I rotate the cup in the machine until the bottom poker lined up with
the hole that had been there previously, shut the machine and it works
great. No leakage and a great cup of coffee.

I've reused a few of the cups four or more times with not negative
effects and even with a fine grind (for stronger coffee) there are no
grounds. Plus I save a ton of money on Coffee in thouse commercially
produced K-cups.





 
Date: 11 Jan 2007 04:23:31
From: tschaub2@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Bootleg Keurig K-Cups
Omni,

I know I should take that and it's advice that I might give myself on
other issues. However, if I take ten minutes and set up a bunch of
them - then I'm good for a week. I like coffee and found myself going
through a box of k-cups every couple of days. And this coffee is
better, so far, than any prepackaged K-cups that I've found.

Tom


Omniryx@gmail.com wrote:
> tschaub2@gmail.com wrote at length about reusing K-cups:
>
> But, as shall (I think it was shall) pointed out on another
> thread, the purpose of the Keurig system is speed, no mess, no bother.
> What will you gain if you tediously fill K-cups and reuse them that you
> would not get with a good cone dripper or a press?
>
> "Son, you waste more time gettin outta work than it would take you to
> do the work."
>
>
>
> > So here is my deal.
> >
> > I got the Keurig B-50 at Costco in a bundle with 90 extra K-cups and
> > the "My K-Cup" ($139.00).
> >
> > The reason I picked the Keurig was because of the "My K-Cup" thing
> > because I knew I wasn't going to want to spend 50 cents a cup at my own
> > house for very long. The problem with the "My K-Cup" was the same that
> > I got with a french press - small grounds going through the nylon
> > filter and giving the coffee a bitter taste.
> >
> > I then decided that I should take apart a K-Cup and see how they work
> > because the coffee from them tastes fine. I peeled the top off and
> > rinsed out the coffee and found that there was a paper filter in there
> > that adhered to the sides of the cup and was suspended about 1/8 inch
> > from the bottom of the K-cup. That's so when the bottom of the K-cup
> > is pierced in the machine it won't also poke a hole in the filter.
> >
> > So the top was off, the coffee rinsed out and the filter was still
> > intact. I decided to put my own favorite coffee in there. The problem
> > was how to seal the top again. I tried a few things until I came up
> > with Glad Press-N-Seal wrap. I stretched it over the top and then
> > pasted it down on the sides (It sticks) and it worked great.
> >
> > I rotate the cup in the machine until the bottom poker lined up with
> > the hole that had been there previously, shut the machine and it works
> > great. No leakage and a great cup of coffee.
> >
> > I've reused a few of the cups four or more times with not negative
> > effects and even with a fine grind (for stronger coffee) there are no
> > grounds. Plus I save a ton of money on Coffee in thouse commercially
> > produced K-cups.



 
Date: 11 Jan 2007 04:17:20
From: tschaub2@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Bootleg Keurig K-Cups
Yeah, I was pretty sure that I'd get the "get a life" response.
Believe me I've experimented with various grinds and find that fine
grinds yield extra sediment in the coffee and coarser grinds make weak
coffee.

I do have an old cheap blade grinder and have heard from the woman at
Williams Sonoma that I need to buy a burr grinder with a hopper. I've
been lookin for a burr grinder that operates more like a cheap blade
grinder but haven't found one yet.

So, seriously, why a burr grinder?


Randy G. wrote:
> "tschaub2@gmail.com" <tschaub2@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >So here is my deal.
> >
> >I got the Keurig B-50 at Costco in a bundle with 90 extra K-cups and
> >the "My K-Cup" ($139.00).
> >
> >The reason I picked the Keurig was because of the "My K-Cup" thing
> >because I knew I wasn't going to want to spend 50 cents a cup at my own
> >house for very long. The problem with the "My K-Cup" was the same that
> >I got with a french press - small grounds going through the nylon
> >filter and giving the coffee a bitter taste.
> >
> If you are getting fines in the cup using the My-Kup I would suspect
> some combination of the following factors:
>
> - You are grinding too fine
> - You are using an 'economy' grinder
> - Your grinder's burrs are worn out
> - Your grinder does not HAVE burrs
> - Your coffee is very dark roasted
>
>
> Randy "reinventing the square wheel" G.
> http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com



  
Date: 11 Jan 2007 21:55:08
From: Steve Wall
Subject: Re: Bootleg Keurig K-Cups
The thing is, you can't get "various grinds" with a cheap blade
grinder. Blade grinder turn beans into a mixture of coffeee dust and
coffee chunks. The longer you grind it, the higher the dust to chunks
ratio but you'll always have some dust in there. A good burr grinder
produces consistently sized coffee granules. Buy a can of pre-ground
Illy espresso blend and compare the kind of grind they give theirs to
what you're getting.



In article <1168517840.825872.6060@i56g2000hsf.googlegroups.com >,
<"tschaub2@gmail.com" > wrote:

> Yeah, I was pretty sure that I'd get the "get a life" response.
> Believe me I've experimented with various grinds and find that fine
> grinds yield extra sediment in the coffee and coarser grinds make weak
> coffee.
>
> I do have an old cheap blade grinder and have heard from the woman at
> Williams Sonoma that I need to buy a burr grinder with a hopper. I've
> been lookin for a burr grinder that operates more like a cheap blade
> grinder but haven't found one yet.
>
> So, seriously, why a burr grinder?
>
>
> Randy G. wrote:
> > "tschaub2@gmail.com" <tschaub2@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > >So here is my deal.
> > >
> > >I got the Keurig B-50 at Costco in a bundle with 90 extra K-cups and
> > >the "My K-Cup" ($139.00).
> > >
> > >The reason I picked the Keurig was because of the "My K-Cup" thing
> > >because I knew I wasn't going to want to spend 50 cents a cup at my own
> > >house for very long. The problem with the "My K-Cup" was the same that
> > >I got with a french press - small grounds going through the nylon
> > >filter and giving the coffee a bitter taste.
> > >
> > If you are getting fines in the cup using the My-Kup I would suspect
> > some combination of the following factors:
> >
> > - You are grinding too fine
> > - You are using an 'economy' grinder
> > - Your grinder's burrs are worn out
> > - Your grinder does not HAVE burrs
> > - Your coffee is very dark roasted
> >
> >
> > Randy "reinventing the square wheel" G.
> > http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com
>


 
Date: 07 Jan 2007 09:36:17
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: Bootleg Keurig K-Cups
"tschaub2@gmail.com" <tschaub2@gmail.com > wrote:

>So here is my deal.
>
>I got the Keurig B-50 at Costco in a bundle with 90 extra K-cups and
>the "My K-Cup" ($139.00).
>
>The reason I picked the Keurig was because of the "My K-Cup" thing
>because I knew I wasn't going to want to spend 50 cents a cup at my own
>house for very long. The problem with the "My K-Cup" was the same that
>I got with a french press - small grounds going through the nylon
>filter and giving the coffee a bitter taste.
>
If you are getting fines in the cup using the My-Kup I would suspect
some combination of the following factors:

- You are grinding too fine
- You are using an 'economy' grinder
- Your grinder's burrs are worn out
- Your grinder does not HAVE burrs
- Your coffee is very dark roasted


Randy "reinventing the square wheel" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




 
Date: 07 Jan 2007 07:50:08
From: Omniryx@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Bootleg Keurig K-Cups

tschaub2@gmail.com wrote at length about reusing K-cups:

But, as shall (I think it was shall) pointed out on another
thread, the purpose of the Keurig system is speed, no mess, no bother.
What will you gain if you tediously fill K-cups and reuse them that you
would not get with a good cone dripper or a press?

"Son, you waste more time gettin outta work than it would take you to
do the work."



> So here is my deal.
>
> I got the Keurig B-50 at Costco in a bundle with 90 extra K-cups and
> the "My K-Cup" ($139.00).
>
> The reason I picked the Keurig was because of the "My K-Cup" thing
> because I knew I wasn't going to want to spend 50 cents a cup at my own
> house for very long. The problem with the "My K-Cup" was the same that
> I got with a french press - small grounds going through the nylon
> filter and giving the coffee a bitter taste.
>
> I then decided that I should take apart a K-Cup and see how they work
> because the coffee from them tastes fine. I peeled the top off and
> rinsed out the coffee and found that there was a paper filter in there
> that adhered to the sides of the cup and was suspended about 1/8 inch
> from the bottom of the K-cup. That's so when the bottom of the K-cup
> is pierced in the machine it won't also poke a hole in the filter.
>
> So the top was off, the coffee rinsed out and the filter was still
> intact. I decided to put my own favorite coffee in there. The problem
> was how to seal the top again. I tried a few things until I came up
> with Glad Press-N-Seal wrap. I stretched it over the top and then
> pasted it down on the sides (It sticks) and it worked great.
>
> I rotate the cup in the machine until the bottom poker lined up with
> the hole that had been there previously, shut the machine and it works
> great. No leakage and a great cup of coffee.
>
> I've reused a few of the cups four or more times with not negative
> effects and even with a fine grind (for stronger coffee) there are no
> grounds. Plus I save a ton of money on Coffee in thouse commercially
> produced K-cups.