- After a year of using plastic, single-use K-cups, I bought an $6 reusable filter. It’s saved me more than $1,000 on coffee.
- It can be used with all Keurig-brand coffee makers, so you literally don’t have to think about whether it fits with your own machine.
- You can use any ground coffee you’d like instead of being forced to choose from Keurig’s offerings.
- It’s also so small and inexpensive that you can buy a second to keep at your office desk.
Coffee is life. But when you start adding up those morning and mid-afternoon coffee runs, it can cost a lot – like more than $1,000 a year. And that’s only if you get basic hot black coffee; iced coffee can set you back more than $1,500.
So after years of waiting in line for my misspelled cup of coffee, I finally decided to get an at-home machine. My Keurig was great – it made OK-ish coffee (I’m not picky, I just need caffeine) whenever I wanted and the cost of the pods were really cheap compared to how much money I’d spend on coffee every year.
But once I realized just how many cups I was drinking now that I could make unlimited amounts of coffee at home and actually added up how much the pods were costing me (not to mention how much space they took on my counter), the savings weren’t that much. The effect that plastic single-use pods have on the environment was also a huge problem for me. Then I found the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Ground Coffee Filter.
It’s a reusable coffee filter that fits any Keurig-brand at-home coffee machine, so you can use it however many times you want without guilt or coughing up more money. You just fill the gray filter up to one of two fill lines with whatever ground coffee you want, pop it into the plastic black canister, lock the lid, and brew. There’s an adapter attachment that latches onto the side of the canister depending if your machine is part of the Classic or Plus series, but it comes with the filter so you don’t need to hunt down the extra piece.
Did I mention the filter costs $6?
Compared to the $1,000 spent on coffee a year, this is a serious life-changing, budget-saving item. If you feel like splurging, get a second one to keep at the office for a mid-afternoon cup, as long as it’s an at-home style and not an industrial one.
I’ve had mine for a year now and it’s still going strong – the filter hasn’t broken, leaked, or gotten misshaped even after several hundred uses. I also keep the empty filter in my Keurig machine when I’m not using it so I haven’t lost any of the pieces either. There’s no real con to the filter; if anything, having to fill up the filter myself is a tiny annoyance but one that stems from years of paying money for something I could’ve made – and made better – at home.