How to turn the Keurig 2.0 into a mean GREEN coffee machine

Learn how to trick your Keurig 2.0 into brewing coffee in re-usable plastic cups.


To go straight to the hack and learn how to use you’re earth-friendly re-usable coffee pod in the new Keurig 2.0, scroll to the bottom of the page

My husband and I have long debated the pros and cons of single use coffee makers. On the one side, single use coffees are user friendly, quick, easy and usually taste pretty good. On the other side (MY side), single use coffee is an environmental nightmare, the packaging is exuberantly wasteful both in the energy required to create the packaging AND in the non-recycleable leftovers. Convenience in this case, comes at a mighty high price.

I’m embarrassed to admit that we caved to peer pressure four years ago when we purchased a Tassimo and I’ve been rolling in mounds of guilt-laden t-disks ever since. Despite attempting to partner with Terracycle (the only resource for T-disk repurposing in Canada that I know of), the whole t-disk thing really didn’t work out.howtofrenchpress

Internet sleuthing revealed that the greenest way to consume coffee is with a kettle and a french press. Once a week, this is how I would prepare my own cuppa joe but everyone else, comfortable with routine, persisted in using the Tassimo…The dialogue was happening but there were no action steps to follow through with. Then (praise the lord) the Tassimo stopped working.

My husband was adamant “I’m not making coffee in that thing,”  and so the abused french press retreated to the back of the cupboard, unused and unwanted and thoroughly rejected.

“What about Keurig?” I offered. “We could buy the reusable plastic pods and compost the grounds when we’re done.” While the unit itself did use more energy than I was comfortable with, it served my husband’s needs, while placating my most pressing concerns.

We reached an agreement. He got his instant single serve and I got the most environmentally friendly option we could both agree upon…

…AND I got to go shopping!


Later that day the new unit sat, shiny and large on the countertop. I’d already rinsed the water reservoir and run the Keurig through without a pod. Now it was time for a delicious test cup. I loaded the plastic filter with grounds and popped it into the preheated unit, clicked the lid down and was met with … what? a computer error?FullSizeRender 3

“Not possible,” I mentally stuttered. “There must be some mistake.

Lift, click

Lift, click

Lift, click.

The same message appeared on the coffee computer’s screen.

“what the $&*$^# ?”

I dialled the number for Keurig.

“Hello, I just bought a Keurig 2.0 and the machine won’t make coffee with my reusable k-cup.” I said, attempting to sound calm. I had a feeling this wasn’t a localised error.

“I’m sorry m’am,” a flat voice on the other line replied. “The new 2.0 coffee maker only accepts Keurig brand k-cups.

“Then where can I buy a reusable Keurig brand k-cup so that I don’t create unnecessary garbage?”

“I’m sorry m’am,” the same monotonous voice continued, “Keurig no longer sells reusable k-cups.”

“So you’re telling me that in order to use my new coffee maker, I have to exclusively buy one-time use Keurig pods?!” I asked incredulously.

“Yes m’am.” the dull voice on the other line replied.

“Oh this is bullshit,” I blurted out. “The whole reason we bought a Keurig was to NOT have  use one-time use garbage pods!”

“Yeah…,” the voice stalled. Evidently this sort of phone conversation happened a lot.

“Pardon me for saying,” I went on, “but that is the greediest, sneakiest, lamest thing I’ve ever heard and because Keurig are so intent on sucking, I’m going to have to return my coffee maker!”

I hung up, furious. There isn’t much in this world that gets me riled up but when the almighty dollar stomps on the environment and profitable companies try to pigeon hole a market that they already dominate I can’t help but see red. Those dirty, underhanded, greedy, earth-raping jerks!!!!!

I got on the internet and searched Keurig 2.0 hacks and immediately, a cool breeze washed over me rinsing out my angries and whisking them far, far away. While Keurig’s 2.0 initiative may indeed be an unethical, soulless and 100% profit driven, their latest attempt to undermine competitors wasn’t bullet proof. It turned out I could keep the coffee maker and enjoy freshly brewed coffee without giving Keurig another red cent…here’s how:

FullSizeRender 2Each 2.0 unit has a sensor that recognizes the type of coffee pod you’ve inserted into the unit. If you try to brew anything other than a new Keurig k-cup- you can’t. The trick here is to simply trick the coffee maker into thinking you’ve put in a Keurig k-cup. Here’s how:

1. Carefully peel the label off of a new Keurig brand k-cup and cut out the middle.

2. Use a waterproof glue (crazy glue, glue gun) to stick the foil label onto you’re plastic re-usable pod.

3. Wait until the glue hardens and voila, it’s time to make coffee!


Want a video tutorial? Fast forward to the 3 minute mark in the video below.

In the end, French Press is still the best. To see what might happen if we don’t start greening our coffee watch this…

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