We all love a strong cup of coffee in the morning, especially one that is ready in super-fast time. There is no better way to prepare a fast and fresh coffee than with a Keurig cup.
A Keurig cup is basically a small pod of coffee with a filter inside that you can quickly clip into your espresso machine and run boiling hot water through.
In next to no time you’ll have a steaming hot cup of coffee that will be strong enough to shock you out of your Monday slumber.
But sometimes you might be running low on Keurig cups or simply be annoyed that you’re spending so much on them.
You might be currently wracking your brains to try and figure out a way of reducing your weekly coffee budget, but how?
A question that a lot of coffee-lovers ask themselves is: can you use a Keurig cup more than once? How much will reusing a Keurig cup diminish its potency? Is it safe and healthy to reuse a Keurig cup?
Well, we’ve got the answers to all those questions and more, with our in-depth guide to using and reusing coffee pods. We’ll tell you how a Keurig cup actually works as well as how using them more than once will affect the flavor and strength of your coffee.
What Is A Keurig Cup?
A Keurig cup is essentially a pocket-sized sealed plastic pod that contains ground coffee. It is operated by simply placing it in your coffee maker and pulling down a plunger that pierces the seal through the top and then runs boiling hot water through.
Holes are made in the top and the bottom of the k-cup to allow the water to drain through. This way you can be sure to get that fresh coffee taste at the push of a button.
Your average coffee pod will have enough coffee for a 6oz coffee cup, that’s if you like your coffee very strong. Some people might run a second burst of water through the same k-cup if they want more water and less coffee.
To fill a 12oz coffee cup with the same amount of flavor as the first one, you should use two pods.
A coffee pod machine is not the same as an espresso machine. Espresso machines grind up the beans and then run them through the hot water. The coffee is already ground in a coffee pod, the seal keeping the coffee flavor in, preventing the grinds from drying out.
There are 4 parts to a Keurig pod:
- The outer casing – this is traditionally made from plastic and is specially constructed to prevent moisture, light and air from damaging the delicate coffee grinds. This means that your coffee will have that extra fresh taste once you’ve poured it through.
- Miniature filter paper – this is like the kind of paper that you would find in a full-sized coffee machine, except small enough to carry around in your pocket. This filter will keep out the solid grounds from getting into your finished coffee.
- Coffee grounds – these come in a wide variety of different strains from all over the world. Each K-cup has a very specific measurement of coffee inside.
- The foil seal – this is a seal that is airtight to avoid moisture, light and air from getting into your grinds.
How Many Times Can You Use A K-Cup?
Now for the answer to the question you’ve all been waiting for.
Technically, most k-cups will instruct you to use them no more than once. The way that Keurig cups are designed is to make sure that you get the maximum amount of flavor from one single rinse of hot water.
If you use a Keurig cup more than once, you can expect a very weak coffee that is not much more than brown water. There’s no real functional reason preventing you from using your k-cup again, just know that the resulting coffee will be very substandard.
However, you can purchase Keurig cups that are reusable and designed to give you that great taste and strength after two or three uses. These pods are a great way of saving on waste and money, coming in as many diverse flavors as some of the single-use brands.
If you want to reduce the waste produced by using k-cups, then there are several other methods that you can do this:
- Repurposing your empty coffee pods as seed trays.
- Using your empty coffee pods for small craft projects.
- Using a compostable K-cup
How Does Using A K-Cup More Than Once Affect The Coffee?
Using one of these K-cups more than once will certainly negatively affect the strength of your coffee – unless of course you prefer a coffee with a weaker flavor or want to cut down on your caffeine levels.
There’s an easy method of telling that the coffee has become weaker is by looking at the consistency and color – weak coffee is generally more watery and has a lighter hue.
As mentioned previously, K-cups are specifically manufactured to produce the maximum amount of flavor in the first hit.
Keurig cups brew in a variety of different sizes, ranging from 6 to 8 to 10 ounces. For a small and intense cup of coffee, we would certainly recommend you go for the 6-ounce cups.
However, pouring yourself a second cup won’t really damage your machine in any way, so nothing is preventing you from giving yourself a second cup, just be prepared for a markedly different flavor.
How Can You Get Better Flavors Out Of Your K-Cup?
Here are a few simple ways you can get the most flavor from your k-cups:
- Using a high-quality brand of Keurig cup that has been manufactured from 100% Arabica beans
- Avoid using your Keurig cup more than one time
- Use fresh and clean water in your filter machine
- Change the water filter on your Keurig coffee machine every month
- Descale the inside of your coffee pod coffee maker at least every 3 months to avoid the build-up of harmful bacteria. You can do this using natural ingredients such as citric acid, lemon juice or white vinegar.