The world is becoming more “buyer beware” every day, with comments like “They don’t make em’ like they use to!” and “Back in MY day…!” It’s true. Things aren’t made like they’re used to, and that’s what makes them affordable. As the prices of raw materials rise, people innovate and make things cheaper. Prices go up, and quality goes down.
It’s not a “lose-lose” situation. Sometimes someone comes out with something truly amazing. When this happens, the process starts all over again! Then people come up with knock-offs and compatible accessories, and often, these are higher quality than the official name-brand! If you’re good enough, YOU become the name brand! Not that we’re naming any names ~ you know if you’re one of them.
You came here because you own one of these revolutionary little machines. Your machine has turned heads and stopped traffic. But oh…don’t you hear it? It’s a tiny little voice coming from your purse or back pocket. It’s telling you to stop leaving it hungry all the time. That’s right—it’s your wallet that is screaming every time you leave it empty. The cost of a Keurig K-Cup is too dang high!
Fret not, my friend, for you have come to the magical land of solutions for your coffee/wallet issues. If you look to your left, your right, or anywhere else, you’ll find reusable K-Cups for Keurig 2.0 that will keep your wallet happy and your mug warm every morning—which in turn puts a smile on your face. It’s a domino effect. Trust me. I’m a coffee expert.
Each of these K-Cup sets will work with your 2.0 machine, but you need to remember something about them. They will only work with these Freedom Stickers. You need to place them on the cup in the nine o’clock position on the rim, so when you close the lid, your machine’s optical sensor can see the sticker. If it cannot see the label, it will not work. I suppose even the magical land of solutions has occasional pitfalls.
When you choose another color than brown, it makes it much easier to clean. Why? Think about it. What color are the coffee grounds? Brown! If you have a brown filter, you better have good eyes and adequate lighting to make sure it’s clean. However, when you have a blue, green, pink, or even orange filter, like what you see here, it makes cleaning the little pods that much easier—by design. The silicone o-ring makes a good, watertight seal on the pods—if you do it right. If you just press down in the middle of the lid as you’re closing it, you’re going to get a leaky pod, and fast. You need to make sure it makes a seal by pressing down as you make your way around the rim.
This is quite a deal. These are just the little pods, so you don’t have to remove the K-Cup holder from your machine. Instead, you put them in your machine and use like a regular K-Cup. It’s almost as simple as that. You can ignore the “not compatible with Keurig 2.0” if you have the Freedom Stickers. Now, when you weigh the price with the quality, this is the one you want. The plastic is thicker that some of the cheaper one’s I’ve seen, it has a dolphin motif, and you get a free coffee scoop! You can always tell a higher quality K-Cup when it has a silicone o-ring in the lid—this keeps the K-Cup from leaking through the lid because it creates a tight seal.
Use the stickers, and you’re good to go!
If you didn’t know already, you can save the earth and your wallet at the same time! Designed with the same dolphin motif as the previous filter, this one almost feels the exact same as the ones from Filip, silicone o-ring and all. There is a small difference in price, but this one is cheaper! If you didn’t need the coffee scoop, then it would be the same deal. While the ones from Filip come in three different colors, this one only comes in brown. Mind the Freedom Stickers, and your Keurig 2.0 machine won’t know the difference.
I’m sensing a pattern here: the dolphin motif has made its way around, don’t you think? The stainless steel mesh on all of these stand as a testament to its quality. Stainless steel holds up much better than plastic mesh. In fact, I was in the grocery store the
other day and saw a basket-style coffee filter with a three-year warranty—made out of plastic mesh. With all the testing and reviewing we’ve done here at the office, I look at that and I think to myself, “That’s not going to last six months of constant use, let alone three years!” Stainless steel stands the test of time, makes the little pods dishwasher safe, and will make all your kids who are too young to drink coffee look at the little pods and say, “Oooh! Cool! Can I see that?” It’s the dolphin—definitely the dolphin.
Most of these feel like they came out of the same exact mold. With one, you’re paying two bucks more but you get to choose your color, and it comes with a free coffee scoop—I’m talking to you, Filip. Every one of these comes with a silicone o-ring which can create a watertight seal—if you go through a bit of effort to create that seal by pressing down on the entire rim of the K-Cup. Now, here’s the kicker. You need Freedom Stickers. Otherwise, they will work as advertised and not be compatible with your Keurig 2.0 machine. When you lift the lid of your machine, take notice of the location of the optical sensor. When you put the sticker on the rim of the cup, make sure that the sensor reads this sticker—the sensor must make physical contact with the label—otherwise you will end up in frustration thinking it won’t work. Then you will go on a rampage and turn over apple carts and knock frozen yogurt from the hands of innocent young children and double-park at the Wal-Mart parking lot—and no one wants that. Don’t be that person.