Keurig has spent the past few years working to make its products more sustainable. This includes creating easy peal lids that can be removed with a simple tug and fully recyclable plastic K-Cups.
You might be tempted to reuse the same K-Cup in an attempt to save the environment, but will reusing change the taste of your coffee? So, how many times can you use a Keurig Cup?
In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the life span of a Keurig K-Cup and help you make the best decisions for your cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking to reduce environmental waste or save a little money, we’ve got you covered.
How Many Cups Of Coffee Does One Keurig Pod Make?
Keurig K-Cup pods are designed to make one 4oz to 10oz cup of coffee.
Can Keurig K-Cups Be Used More Than Once?
Nothing is stopping you from using your K-Cup more than once. However, just because you can reuse a Keurig K-Cup doesn’t mean you’ll want to.
Some people choose to reuse their K-Cup but replace the coffee grounds before reusing it. This should not affect the taste of your coffee because you are using fresh coffee grounds.
Does Reusing A Keurig K-Cup Make Your Coffee Weaker?
If you choose to reuse a Keurig K-Cup with the original coffee grounds, you will most likely brew a cup of weak coffee.
Keurig K-Cups are full of coffee grounds, and the machine makes coffee by pumping hot water through the grounds. The more times you reuse a K-Cup, the more water is being pushed through the grounds.
In addition, reusing a K-Cup with the same coffee grounds will produce weaker coffee in terms of caffeine content. There is a certain amount of caffeine in each K-Cup, so the more you use the same K-Cup the less caffeine there is going into each cup.
For a strong cup of coffee, in both taste and caffeine, either use a new K-Cup each time or refill it with fresh coffee grounds.
When Reusing A Keurig K-Cup, Will Selecting A Smaller Cup Size Help Enhance The Taste?
In theory, selecting a smaller cup size may help your coffee taste better if you’re reusing a Keurig K-Cup.
Keurig claims the best cup of coffee you can make in their machines is an 8 oz. cup of coffee, which will help you brew the smoothest tasting coffee. While the best cup size might be 8 oz., a Keurig K-Cup can brew up to 10 oz. of coffee.
With this in mind, you could brew two 4 oz. cups of coffee with the same Keurig K-Pod and not compromise taste or caffeine content. Selecting a smaller size cup means less water is being pumped through the coffee grounds each time, so the grounds will stay fresh for a longer period.
However, we do recommend being mindful of how many times you reuse a Keurig K-Cup, even if you’re selecting smaller cup sizes.
Can You Double Brew Coffee In A Keurig?
Double brewed coffee refers to coffee that is brewed using double the amount of coffee grounds you would normally use. This brews strong coffee with more caffeine than a single brewed cup.
Since Keurig K-Cups come with a certain amount of coffee grounds, you can’t double brew coffee using a pod.
If you choose to reuse a Keurig K-Cup with fresh ground coffee or a reusable K-Cup, you could use increase the quantity of coffee grounds you normally would use to double brew a coffee.
How Else Can You Be Environmentally Friendly Using Keurig K-Cups?
If your primary motivation for reusing a K-Cup is being environmentally friendly, you can still do this without reusing a K-Cup.
The main argument against Keurig’s being environmentally friendly is the single-use aspect of K-Cups, but Keurig sells a reusable K-Cup. With this, you can use your coffee grounds and effectively cut back on your plastic use significantly.
The reusable K-Cup allows you to be more environmentally friendly without compromising on your coffee’s taste or caffeine content.
What If I Need More Coffee?
If you are not looking to reuse K-Cups because of the environment, but instead because you need more coffee in the morning, there’s an easy fix for that.
The Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus both offer a carafe option. This way, you can brew a large pot of coffee (up to 12 cups) without reusing coffee grounds and compromising the taste. Plus, you can use your coffee grounds when brewing a carafe instead of using a Keurig K-Cup.
So, what’s the verdict? Can you reuse a Keurig K-Cup? Technically, yes but we don’t recommend it. Reusing a Keurig K-Cup will make your coffee taste weaker and have less caffeine content.
However, there are other ways to be environmentally friendly without sacrificing the quality of your coffee.
If you’re concerned about the way plastic from K-Cups are impacting the environment, you can always use a reusable K-Cup. These are designed to reduce waste created by normal K-Cup use. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous with your new reusable K-Cup, you can double brew your coffee for an even stronger brew.