Can K-Cups Be Used More Than Once?
So I decided to do a blind experiment.
Using K-Cups Twice: The Experiment
In my experiment, I would have her try a cup made with a brand new K-Cup vs a cup made reusing the same K-Cup.
Without telling her exactly what I was doing, I made the two cups of coffee putting them in the same style of cup. To each cup of the caffeinated liquid I added one packet of sugar, and one French vanilla creamer. I stirred both vigorously and told my wife to close her eyes. She tasted the first one, then the second and said, “Yup, you can use them twice.”
Apparently she was on to my experiment.
Use K-Cups Twice – You Can’t Tell the Difference!
She took both cups of coffee and sat down on the couch, taking sips between the two. She reiterated that she couldn’t tell the difference. The fact that she seemed to be on to my experiment, and the fact that she continued to take alternating sips seemed to imply that she was trying to convince herself one way or another. But her conclusion was, even if there was a difference it seemed to be quite small.
Third Time Is Not A Charm
I decided to push the limits and make a third cup of coffee using the same K-Cup. I could tell instantly by the markedly lighter color the coffee would not be as flavorful. My wife’s taste test confirmed my suspicion.
Cheaper than Starbucks
If you are going to recycle K-cups, consider buying good quality coffee so you have the best chance of a quality second cup. A favorite is the San Francisco Bay OneCup, Fog Chaser which ranks number 2 in sales on Amazon.com.
Price is important also. A pack of 80 K-cups of the Fog Chaser costs about $32. If you use each K-Cup once, you’ll pay 40 cents per cup of coffee. If you re-use each cup one time, your price per cup falls to 20 cents. That’s dirt cheap when you compare it to the $1.95 cost of a small 12 oz. cup of Starbucks coffee. You can have 5 single use K-Cup coffees for the price of one Starbucks, 10 if you reuse each K-Cup once. That’s an unbeatable deal when you compare it Starbucks store prices.
Maybe recycling K-Cups is frugality gone a bit too extreme, or maybe it’s breaking through the barrier setup by the Keurig marketing department saying we should only use them only once to maximize their sales. However the economics of it are pretty compelling
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