I'm no coffee snob, I'm too frugal to be. In fact I wouldn't have a Keurig at all if it weren't for the fact that one was gifted to a family member who didn't want it and gave it to me. I was ecstatic! A FREE Keurig! I squee'd and hugged and giggled and was super excited.
I was using K-Cups that come in 18packs for $10.98. That's .61cents per cup of coffee. I was a 3-4 large cup per day coffee drinker. Since switching to the Keurig I am happy to say I don't drink as much because I am not brewing a whole pot. I use about 2 k-cups per day, sometimes 3. This breaks down to about 13.00 per week on coffee. Before I got a Keurig I was probably spending $13 a month.
I knew I needed to find an eco-friendly and wallet friendly alternative to the store bought k-cups. I was recommended the ekoBrew reusable k-cup quite a few times and I finally got one!
With my ekoBrew cup I also purchased a bag of Starbucks coffee. Pretty expensive but I wanted to see how the cost of drinking Starbucks with the ekoBrew would compare to buying the pre-made k-cups.
ekoBrew Savings:I was able to figure out that my ekoBrew cup holds 1/2 oz. of Starbucks and the bag was a 12oz. bag for $7.98. That's equates to .33 per cup as opposed to .61 for the k-cups! That means you can technically cut your k-cup cost in half, reduce waste and STILL use an expensive coffee, if you want to.
Did it work and did the coffee taste good?The ekoBrew gets rave reviews so I am giving it the benefit of the doubt. The Starbucks coffee I purchased I believe was too finely ground and did not actually work with the ekoBrew cup. Go with a more coarsely ground coffee, one designed for a drip brewer and start light instead of bold or dark, you'll be surprised at how much stronger your coffee is with the ekoBrew cup. According to the other reviews I have read, it takes trial and error to find the right grind for the ekoBrew cup.
Other ways to save on k-cups are: Subscribe on Amazon. By subscribing and having k-cups automatically sent to you each month you get an added discount and often free shipping. Here's an example of k-cups you can subscribe to: Brooklyn Beans K-Cups 40 count.
Do you have a Keurig? Use a reusable cup? How does it work for you?
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