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Ekobrew Cup Leaking - Fix
on January 3, 2012
The Ekobrew Cups will save money, so if you have to modify the Keurig slightly, so be it. Gregg posted the following:
If you look inside the upper clamshell of your Keurig machine, you'll see the injector needle that punctures the top of standard k-cups. Around this needle is a gasket that presses against the top of k-cups to form a seal. This gasket is the problem. It does not put enough pressure on the cap of the ekobrew to form an adequate seal, causing water and coffee to spew out from the cap. To fix this, slide the gasket down and off of the injector needle (use caution as the needle is sharp), slide a washer up onto the needle, then slide the gasket back on. Your leaky, messy brew should now be a thing of the past.
The washer hack also made my coffee noticeably stronger, but additional solutions may be required to satisfy your desired strength. Prior to putting in the washer, I began tamping the coffee in the ekobrew cup. That helped, and I still continue to tamp even after the installation of the washer.
The washer I used is rubber, 1/16" thick, 5/32" inside diameter, and 3/8" outside diameter. Specifically, I used a washer from Lowes with item number 136493.
So, if your having problems with leakage around the top of the cup, just go get the washer and insert it in the top of the clamshell as Gregg describes. Easy fix for a lifetime of savings. Works as good at making coffee as with the K-Cups, and you can still use your own blend, just make sure it is regular ground, drip coffee. (read the instructions that come with the Ekobrew).
Short term fix for me was to pull the existing washer down slightly so it would make better contact with the Ekobrew cup, thus sealing better.