Using K-cups is one of those things that sounds enticing—a cup of fresh coffee on demand, anytime you want it. No fuss, no grinding, no measuring, no extraneous settings to mess with, no muss. But there’s plenty of other good things you’re also not getting: quality, a daily habit that’s environmentally responsible, and the amount of coffee grind you should be getting compared to what you’re paying.
Yes, you’re getting super ripped off if you’re buying pre-packed k-cups, paying up to 5x more for coffee grounds. Let’s do a moment of simple math — and you know it must be important because there’s nothing I dislike in this world more than math.
On average, each k-cup contains between 9-12 grams of coffee. If we take somewhere in the middle, say 10.5, in a pack of 12, you’re getting about 126 grams of coffee grounds. It sounds like a lot until you realize that it’s only 4.4 ounces.
For a 12-pack of k-cups, you’ll pay anywhere between $6 to $12 which, if you immediately realized the issue you here, you know darn well there’s an issue, because you can get a whole 10 ounce bag of freshly-roasted whole bean coffee for as little as $9 dollars.
Definitely some nauseating math, there.
To make matters even worse, you’re paying more money for not only less product but something seriously detrimental to the environment. Even ones that are supposedly “recyclable,” it’s terribly inconvenient to actually do the deed—the coffee filters often have to be broken down into their separate components to be disposed of properly. Even when they are, though, the very small size makes them difficult to work with at the recycling plant.
Basically what I’m saying is that coffee pods suck all around.
We have no idea when they were ground and packed, and we all know that the fresher beans the better. We all know that we’re not going to sit there and separate everything down to their components to dispose of them properly. And we all know that we can take an extra 5 minutes tops to do things properly.
We can have the best of both worlds, single-serve greatness and be responsible consumers, by taking advantage of reusable coffee pods.
It’s super easy! First, you’ll want to choose from reusable pods that are compatible with your machine. There are a number of models for use with Keurigs, but make sure to keep an eye on those model numbers. Also, note that many are made for Keurig 1.0 models, not 2.0, or vice versa.
Once you’ve determined compatibility, we’re focusing on options with the right mesh size so grounds don’t leak into your pot, durability, and minimal parts. With those things at the forefront of your mind, let’s take a look through this list of reusable coffee pods! We’ll begin with the most affordable and work our way up!
Compatible with both Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 models, these fun little dolphin coffee pods are a delightful shade of purple. The pack of four reusable coffee pods feature micro mesh filter made of 18/8 stainless steel and a silicone O-ring in the lid for a nice snug fit. That’s another bonus of this particular k-cup—it’s a single piece. The lid is hinged on the body of the pod, so there aren’t any parts to lose!
Promising no error codes and plastic designed to withstand high temperatures, the FROZ-CUP 2.0 has a 100% lifetime money back guarantee. So, if it turns out you don’t care for these BPA-free beauties, you can always send them back in for a full refund.
These particular pods can be a little finicky if the grind size isn’t right, so make sure that you’re using grounds between a medium to coarse grind. If your brew time goes up exponentially after beginning to use these, opt for a bigger grind until the brew length is more reasonable.
From one of the most popular names in single-serve coffee, Keurig sells its own reusable pod. Before you think it’s a weird marketing ploy, it’s actually more rooted in guilt: the creator of k-cups, John Sylvan, feels bad for creating them.
This reusable coffee filter is compatible with all 2.0 Keurig models, the entire range, from mini to plus. It offers a similar convenience that you’ll find in the Keurig machines themselves, providing two fill lines based on mug size. BPA-free and durable, if you have a Keurig 2.0 model, it’s a good bet to snag one of these for dependable usage.
The only real downside to this option is that it features four separate pieces, which just feels like an accident waiting to happen. There’s a filter basket, filter lid, filter holder, and Plus Series brewer adaptor. If you don’t have a Plus Series, you can get that down to three pieces, but it’s still more than someone like me would prefer.
Adding a little bit of brightness to every morning can be done in little ways, like reusable coffee pods! This set comes with 7 reusable k-cup filter for both the 1.0 and 2.0 models, each one a different shade of a vibrant rainbow.
The micro-mesh is made of stainless steel for the just-right water flow rate and the lid is attached via a hinge so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of any separate pieces. The O-rings in the lid prevent leakage and 100% BPA-free plastic means that these GoodCups beauts are ready to be popped right into your machine!
If you like starting out your morning feel fancy, the Di Oro Maxbrew will get you started off right. Featuring a 24K gold-plated honeycomb patterned filter and 100% BPA, Lead, and DEHP free body construction, the MaxBrew reusable coffee filter tops off its array of features by being dishwasher safe!
This coffee filter is compatible with both 1.0 and 2.0 Keurig models, and it’s a one-piece construction so there aren’t any parts to lose or misplace. Top it off with the “forever warranty” and there’s a lot to love about this Di Oro.
The only caveat to this option is that it’s recommended that you use disposable K-cup paper filters which, honestly, just feels like it defeats the point, right? I mean, it doesn’t entirely, obviously, but we’re going for morning joe the easiest way possible.
Don’t use a Keurig? Definitely take a look at this reusable coffee filter. On top of being compatible with an array of 1.0 and 2.0 Keurig models, it also works with Breville and Mr. Coffee models. This 6-pack of filters features a single-piece construction with tight lids to prevent leaking, and they’re dishwasher-safe so you can give them a super easy deep cleaning every now and again.
The body of the coffee pod is BPA free while the mesh is made of 304 stainless steel. They offer a 100% lifetime money back guarantee so you can buy without fear.
If you’re more amenable to a model predominantly made of stainless steel versus plastics, this will be right up your alley. The single-piece construction means there are no extra tools, parts, or adaptors to get this beaut to work in your machine. You can also just pop it right into your dishwasher when you’re done brewing for the day, so absolutely no fuss required.
The ECO-flow coffee pod is compatible with more than Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 models—it also works in select Mr. Coffee, Breville, Cuisinart, and Mueller Austria coffee makers. Just like many of the others, Perfect Pod offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you don’t love it.
Another entry from the same company as the previous ECO-Flow, Perfect Pod’s ECO-Fill coffee pod filters come in a two pack with an EZ-Scoop to fill your pods without a mess. Even made of extra-thick BPA free plastic, ECO-Fills fit Keurig 2.0 models and most k-cup brewers, as well.
With a 100% Money Back Guarantee and a Limited Lifetime Warranty, you can try these babies out without worry. Oh, and, of course, they’re dishwasher safe, so no by-hand cleanup required!
If you’d like to add a bit fashion into your daily coffee consumption, the Kenley Reusable K-Cups for Keurig will suit your needs quite nicely. Coming in a delightful box with a rose gold tamper/spoon combo included, these coffee filters are a lively mint color with rose gold mesh.
BPA- and lead-free, these pods come in a set of four. Make sure to double check that your machine is compatible with these beauts before purchase!
The aptly named Fill N’ Save reusable k-cups are another fully stainless steel model. This particular coffee filter features mesh at the bottom of the filter for maximum water flow. Because it has a unibody design and is nearly entirely constructed of stainless steel, including the hinge, it has increased durability over other models made largely of plastic.
Fill N’ Save Elite Series is compatible with all Keurig 2.0 machines, ships from the USA, and has a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. The Fill N’ Save worked best when filled about 80% with medium grind coffee beans, with the average brewing time about 1 minute. If it extends beyond that, be sure to check the cleanliness of your machine and grind size.
If you thought that the Carafe function on your machine was a thing of the past if you opted for reusable pods, you would be wrong. Another Fill N’ Save creation, these Carafe pods can brew a variety of sizes, including 2-3 cups, 3-4 cups, and 4-5 cups, meaning entertaining friends and family while still being environmentally friendly is 100% possible.
BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and with a single-piece construction, these Carafe Pods make brewing a pot for the whole crew easy!
It’s a great time to be looking for a reusable coffee filter. Single-serve drinkers all over are seeing the light and realizing that the Keurig’s initial intention, for doctor’s offices and other business with waiting rooms, is where single-serve k-cups belong.
It’s all coming up roses for you, though, because there are so many good choices at affordable prices. Determine your model number, how many reusable coffee or k cup filters you want, and make a selection! With so many 100% money back guarantees, there’s quite literally nothing to lose.
Happy sustainable single-serve java drinking!