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Green in a Throw-Away World Part 2 Saving Earth and Budget with a Keurig Coffee Maker Reusable Filter

Updated on July 2, 2013

Keurig Coffee K-Cups

My husband wanted to purchase a Keurig coffee maker, mostly because I had given up coffee; he was now the only coffee drinker in the house. An individual fresh cup of coffee was appealing to him, as it is to most coffee drinkers. Since I had given up drinking coffee, my biggest concern in buying one, was that I would start again. Unfortunately I was right.

Increasing Coffee Budget

Our monthly coffee budget quickly climbed from a modest $15 or $20 per month to between $60 and $80 per month. It seemed I was always running to the store to purchase more K-Cups. Not only did I dislike the budget increase, I did not like throwing away all those plastic cups; it just seemed wrong! I know I need to work harder to reduce my carbon footprint, and am always looking around to see what changes I can make. When it came to drinking good coffee, I admit I was having a hard time. We tried the "My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter” and felt it was more of an inconvenience than it was worth. Not only did we find it hard to rinse and re-use, but it was always hot from just being used. Personally, I didn't think the coffee was strong enough.

Reusable Coffee Filter Basket Replacement

Eureka!

After owning a Keurig coffee pot for well over a year, we finally packed up our Cuisinart thermal-carafe coffee maker because at this point, it was just taking up counter space. We had become Keurig K-Cup addicts! By now, I was even purchasing my Chai Latte favorite. I realized I needed to do something to change my ways; I needed to become more green in this throw-away world when it came to my coffee. After a lot of thought in trying to figure out how to rectify using so much plastic, I finally broke down and bought another "My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter ” along with two packages of the "My K-Cup 2-Pack Reusable Coffee Filter Basket Replacements " (the mesh filter baskets inserts). I was hoping that if we had these extras, we would be more apt to use them. It worked! Now we can easily make a new cup without getting burned and we do not need to wash out the filter baskets after each use. We just put the hot one into a bowl, use the new one, then switch back to the first one for the next cup. All the mesh baskets get put into a bowl and washed out at the end of the day. Honestly, they are easier to clean when they have dried out a little as the coffee comes out much easier.

If you, too, like strong coffee, think about switching from regular coffee to the "espresso" types - they are ground much finer for a stronger taste. Another option is to get a good coffee grinder and grind it on the 'fine' setting.

Reusable Filter and Basket Replacements Quickly Pay for Themselves

I think purchasing the extra Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter and a couple extras of the Keurig My K-Cup 2-Pack Reusable Coffee Filter Basket Replacement was not only a good decision for convenience, but was a good decision because they more than paid for themselves by the third week.

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