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 wasn’t however, prepared for the cost of switching from the cheapest coffee to k-cups.
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.
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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I’m Julie, a former cloth diaper retailer who discovered a passion for the industry. Now, instead of selling cloth diapers, I advocate them and promote small businesses I love who sell and manufacture them.
I’m the wife of a fireman and mother of three. I have a daughter and identical twin sons.