[Homeroast] Pod Capsules and the Keurig

Sandy Andina sandraandina at me.com
Mon Mar 23 16:18:03 CDT 2015

Key to using your own beans in the "My K-Cup" refillable pod (comes with most of the machines and works better than aftermarket ones) is not to grind too finely or overfill. Grind finer than for Aeropress and coarser than for paper-filter drip or Hario (gold-mesh-filter grind is about right), and fill only up to the bottom edge of the top plastic "frame" on the basket--and don't tamp. Otherwise, the pour will be excruciatingly slow and may even clog or stall the machine.

FWIW, I use a sink-side compost canister--compost the grounds and paper-filter-diskette from the capsule, put the foil into the aluminum recycle bin (which I empty into a plastic bag and hang on a nail on my garage for the scavengers who come through my alley) and just toss the plastic cup (used to put it into the plastics recycle bin till I found out Chicago won't accept it). Check your local recycling website--your community might accept a wider variety of plastics.  My (lazy) family prefers disposable K-cups to the Hario and espresso methods I use (I also recycle Nespresso capsules via their proprietary program).  You can compensate for the lack of a compost bin at your office by using freezer Ziplocs and taking them home periodically to empty, wash and reuse them.
> On Mar 23, 2015, at 2:48 PM, Jason Brooks <brookswv at gmail.com> wrote:
> Aeropress is simple enough for me to get in the afternoon at work too. I
> know it wouldn't be the same for everyone, but it's not bad for me. Zass
> DG169 and the AP with a water kettle make a simple and great afternoon
> pick-me-up. And the cleanup is so easy.
> If I only had a compost bin at work....
> Jason
> --Getting into the gardening mood
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:40 PM, Mike Davis <mldavis2 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> The main reason I hear from people using the Keurig is speed and
>> convenience.  Using reusable pods sounds great, but it negates a lot of the
>> reason for using the thing in the first place.  You have to grind coffee to
>> put in them which can be tricky with the tiny pods, and you have to clean
>> them out afterwards.  I suspect that's why most people just keep buying the
>> plastic pods and filling up the land fills with them, not to mention all
>> the "fancy" flavored coffee you can find being sold by everyone and his
>> brother.
>> My morning routine is super-simple and just as quick.  Yes, I do have to
>> roast my coffee every few days and that takes time.  But in the morning, I
>> put the kettle on to boil, grind my coffee and weigh it out into my
>> Aeropress.  Pour, stir and wait 3 minutes, press and top off with hot
>> water.  Cleanup takes about 30 seconds or less at the sink - rinse the cap
>> and stainless steel filter under the faucet, pop the puck out into the
>> trash and I'm finished.
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Sandy Andina

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