Ekobrew Coffee Reusable Filter, Small, Violet
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- Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 compatible
- Made in the USA
- save up to 70% on Coffee
- Easy to use and clean, dishwasher safe
- No filter holder removal needed
- 100% BPA free | an economical and eco-friendly alternative to K-Cup packs for millions of Keurig owners
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You can save up to 70% over the cost of K-Cup packs by using your own Coffee with an Ekobrew reusable filter. In a household where two people each make a daily cup of Coffee, it's easy to consume 700 K-Cup pods per year. A pound of Coffee will yield 55 Ekobrew Cups with the additional benefit of choosing your own Coffee! in a conservative comparison, a $10 pound of Coffee comes to 20 cents per cup using Ekobrew, compared to 70 cents for each K-Cup.
1. Open Ekobrew lid.
2. Fill with coffee and close.
3. Insert into Keurig® filter holder ...and of course, there's no plastic and foil cup to throw away!
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These are better than disposables for a few reasons:
1. can get the coffee and/or blend of your choice - not limited to what comes in k-cups
2. costs much less per cup
3. less waste created / environmentally friendly
4. downside is inconvenience, but see HOW TO USE below for lessons learned from a veteran
WHICH ONE TO GET
Ekobrew is the best design. I've used solofill, Keurig's my k-cup, and ekobrew. All work ok but:
1. My Kcup has more parts to clean, leaked more grinds into the coffee too.
2. Solofill is good but not quite as good as ekobrew. Side walls and water distributor on ekobrew is better. And with the flat bottom, the ekobrew is easier to clean. Coffee grinds get annoyingly stuck in the bottom of the solofill, whereas the Ekobrew can be rinsed out in one shot. Solofill is probably fine if you make one cup a day and put it in the dishwasher. But I make a bunch and the inconvenience of the solofill cleaning was enough to make me prefer the disposables over it.
3. Ekobrew got the whole thing right. Side walls allow you to fill 2/3 with coffee and make an ideal brew - water has room to mix with the coffee. The water distributes very well through the perforated funnel on top. And cleaning is easy (see how to clean #5).
HOW TO USE - FOR CONVENIENCE AND GOOD COFFEE
This is actually really important. Until I got it down to a system by trial and error to have it (1) not take much extra time compared to a disposable and (2) tasting good (not weak), I kept going back and forth on using these vs. disposables for the convenience factor. But with these steps I am fully converted to using the reusables.
1. Put your ground coffee in a Tupperware container. I like something that will hold about a bag of coffee and is relatively deep (not wide and short) so it's easy to scoop out of it. This make it very convenient to scoop 2/3 of a container full of coffee, shake the extra back into the container. Keep it air tight in the cabinet with your mugs (or in the refrigerator). Much more convenient than trying to scoop from a bag or than using a spoon to scoop into the cup.
2. Blend your coffee if you like. If you're like me and drink lots of cups a day, using the tupperware method (1 above) allows very easy mixing. I pour half a bag of decaf and caffeinated each into the container and shake well. Use a somewhat stronger blend than you might otherwise get since Keurig brews fast I do find the final flavor is less strong than if you got the same at Starbucks for instance.
3. Scoop 2/3 of the ekobrew with coffee. You want the coffee just above the bottom of the sidewall so water won't seep out without going through the coffee, but not too high that there's no room for the coffee to push thru (it will leak out and around the sides then). Make sure your ekobrew is completely dry, and then you can scoop with it directly and not try to spoon it in). Wipe off the sides back into the tupperware and close.
4. Brew like a normal k-cup.
5. Cleaning. This is really important to keep it from being inconvenient and took a while to work out.
a. Do this right after brewing - do not let the grinds sit in the ekobrew or they will harden and be more difficult to clean out
b. Pick the ekobrew up by the top sides (not hot there) and you can walk it over to the sink over your brewed coffee so it doesn't drip on the counter / floor
c. Open the top and hold it upside down directly over the drain and low (so the grinds don't spread all over the place)
d. Rinse through the bottom with cold water, with the cup upside down. All the grinds should come out in one quick shot and go right down the drain
e. Shake and set to dry.
6. Have more than one of these if you like several cups a day. You have to wait until they are completely dry to reuse or else the scooping method (#3) won't work.
Using these steps above, I've completely replaced the disposables without it being materially less convenient. I get the coffee of my choice and its much less expensive, and there's no waste.
The original brown Ekobrew pods worked very well. The newer purple Ekobrew pods, however, are very frustrating. Set up to work with the newer Keurig 2.0 system, with a "label" on top of the pod, they do NOT work well with my older B60 Keurig. I insert the pod, press the lever down to close the lid, release the lever ... and the Keurig brew lights go back to solid as the lid lifts slightly. The only way I can brew a cup of coffee in my older Keurig with the newer purple Ekobrew pods is to stand there holding the Keurig's lever down during the entire brewing cycle. Not difficult ... but very annoying.
One of my Ekobrews recently lost its o-ring, Given the frustration with these, I decided to spend the extra money and buy the stainless steel Ekobrew pods. I bought a couple for my friend a few years ago, and she loved them.
But they don't make that style anymore. They still make a stainless steel pod, but it no longer has the diffuser cone in the lid of the pod. I decided to pass on that. I'm starting to use my pour-over units more and more.
But alas...There are two pretty similar one-piece refillable cups: Ekobrew and Solofill. Because the price was similar and because I wanted a couple of these little critters anyway, I decided to test out one of each. Both do a reasonably good job of quickly brewing a decent cup of ground coffee. Once you get used to the max. fill lines in each cup, you can have some control over the actual strength of the coffee you brew. To be fair, I used two different varieties from my local market. I also used both the Ekobrew and the Solofill on the same coffee variety at the same time and filled each to its respective max. fill line. In this experiment, the results were almost identical - both refillable cups did a great job, and both brewed very fast. As for taste, it was not like drinking colored water, but it also was not like buying a cup at your local (and quite expensive) coffee emporium. Just add coffee to taste. That said, it was on to the clean-up.
My nod (no, I was not nodding off) goes to the Ekobrew for perhaps two small points. First, unlike the Solofill, the Ekobrew has a flat bottom. This is helpful if you have to set the cup down for a moment (and yes, my Mommy did teach me to put the lid down, so this may be a very fine point to pick). Second, in the washing out department, though, the Ekobrew cleans right up. The little extension at the bottom of the Solofill tended to gather (and stubbornly hold) coffee grounds more so than the Ekobrew. It almost gave me nightmares about how much the grounds would cling to every little nook in the refillable cup from Keurig! Yikes!
Nuts I am you say? Maybe so, but if you are looking to hold down the cost of quickly brewed coffee from you Keuirg-style brewer, and you don't want to get dreaded dishpan hands from the cleaning chore, then NO, don't leave it in the sink for your spouse/partner to clean up. With the purchase cost about equal, just get the one that is easier to use. For me, it is the Ekobrew by just a few grounds.
Trust me though, at the end of the day, both the Ekobrew and the Solofill will live happily ever after at my house. The End...