Keurig 5048 My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter - Old Model
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- Rinse clean under running water after each use
- Does not fit Keurig 2.0, B100, B100P, or B2000/3, B130 Keurig Office and commercial model brewers
- Works in Keurig home brewers, such as K10, B40 Elite, B50 Ultra, and B60 Special Edition, K65, K45
- Allows users to use their own gourmet ground coffee in a Keurig brewer
- Reusable K-Cup coffee filter exclusive to the Keurig Home Brewing System
- In Keurig Retail Packaging Box
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Brew your favorite ground coffee your way with the original My K-Cup reusable coffee filter, one of the few reusable coffee filters approved for Keurig K-Cup brewers.
This My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter is not compatible with Keurig 2.0, Vue, Rivo or Commercial brewers.
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My K-Cup Reusable coffee filter - Use your own gourmet coffee in a reusable filter. Exclusive to the Keurig Home Brewing System.
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First, and most important, you need to adjust the gasket on your Keurig machine. If you look up under the lid at the "nail" (the sharp water spout that punctures the commercial K-cups), you'll see a black rubber gasket around it. PULL THAT DOWN about a centimeter (don't pull it all the way off). This gasket provides the seal necessary to prevent the pressured water from squirting out the top of the K-cup. The filter assembly sits a bit lower than commercial K-cups, so it doesn't make good contact with the gasket, causing hot water to leak and splash onto the counter and into your coffee. Pulling the gasket down will prevent this from happening. Doing this once will be sufficient for subsequent uses of the filter (the filter assembly will push the gasket back up the "nail" to the optimal position), but you may need to do it again after using a commercial K-cup (you can test it with an empty filter to see if it splashes so that you don't waste coffee if it does). THIS SHOULD BE IN THE MANUAL, under troubleshooting if nothing else. I found out by calling Keurig customer support. If you do not experience splashing or leaking then you may not need to do this step.
Second, as mentioned elsewhere, you may want to insert the outer sleeve of a used commercial K-cup inside the filter housing (outside the filter) in order to provide a smaller exit hole for the water and thus give the hot water more time to brew a stronger cup of coffee. Simply use an X-acto or sharp blade to cut around the rim of a used K-cup (just under where it gets wider at the top). The top of the K-cup should come away with the paper filter intact, leaving you with the bottom part of the K-cup with the needle puncture. Slide this into the filter assembly and you are all set. It should hug the wall of the filter assembly and the filter will fit easily inside it. Kind of a pain, but you only have to do it once.
Third, you may want to use a finer grind of coffee. I haven't experimented too much with this, so I don't know how fine is too fine for the mesh, but I've noticed that some of the pre-ground coffee we have that has a coarser grind makes a much weaker cup in the Keurig, even with the used K-cup sleeve inserted. However, the coffee we have with a finer grind makes a cup that's more consistent with what we get in our regular machine.
Some other things you should know:
After brewing, you simply remove the filter assembly and rinse it out. I recommend running warm water into the hole in the top at first to bring down the temperature of the grounds and any water remaining inside. Then, unscrew the top and rinse out the filter and the assembly, and you're ready for your next cup. I've found that it's easier to rinse the filter if I ONLY rinse it from the outside (turn it on its side and turn it under a strong stream of water, letting the grounds run out the top). Running water into the top of the filter tends to push the grounds into the mesh, requiring additional/stronger rinsing from outside to dislodge them.
As mentioned elsewhere, the filter assembly is designed to go in the place of the spout assembly that comes with your Keurig machine. For this reason (along with the gasket issue), this is not an ideal solution for those that want to switch back and forth a lot between home ground coffee and commercial K-cups.
The filter basket can accommodate about 2.5 tablespoons of coffee. There are little marks on the inside of the filter for each tablespoon.
Although it took some initial troubleshooting and experimenting, I'm now able to get as consistent a cup of coffee using my own grounds as I ever was using my regular coffee maker and I'm very happy with it. I'd give it five stars except for the following: I took one off for the fact that going back and forth between regular K-cups and the filter is a bit of a hassle, and I took another off for the fact that I had to take apart a K-cup in order to overcome a design flaw.
I drink the smallest cup option every day with a personal mini Keurig and like a good strong cup of coffee to which I typically add creamer. Several of the k-cups (not filters, regular k-cups) I've tried resulted in weak and watery coffee even on smallest cup setting, I was (very pleasantly) surprised when I filled the cup with grinds and made a cup of coffee too strong for my preference. Before the Keurig I used a Mr. Coffee 4 cup pot and I have to say the quality of the coffee is better, tastes cleaner, and is stronger through the Keurig.
Process: I usually scoop about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of coffee into the filter (if you really tamp it down even though they tell you not to you can fit 2 TBs) and lightly tamp with my scoop. The filter drops into a casing with a lid that screws on and the whole things settles comfortably into the Keurig. I didn't have to adjust any internal pieces for it to fit but I have a mini so maybe it will be different for other models. Initially removing the k-cup holder can feel a bit like breaking the machine but it's very easy and makes sense if you follow directions. it's quite easy to remove and replace to brew regular K-cups if you like to do so.
Cleaning: The most annoying part about this is knocking out the grounds and rinsing out the filter which I usually do 24 hours later when I'm making my morning coffee. I usually tap the filter gently a few times to remove most of dried ground and then rinse the rest out in the sink. The bottom is not mesh at all which makes it slightly more of a pain to clean, but I don't think it takes more than a second or two longer to rinse out than if it was mesh.
I'm a fan! I'll try other kinds but I like this one because it's very straightforward and the lid is quite sturdy, no silly breaking hinges, etc. I would have preferred it to be a pack of two filters for the price, but such is life.