The Keurig machine has completely revolutionized our morning routines. Now, we can all have whatever flavor we’re craving, and have it in a flash. The morning rush around our house is now (dare I say it?) almost pleasant – but at what cost?
Those little pods are not cheap, usually costing between $.65-.90/cup. So we’ve been on a mission to find consistently good and low priced k-cups. Yes, we could scour coupons, dig for deals that occasionally come up, however we’re trying to find a convenient and consistent low priced good cups of coffee.
Our mission to find the most affordable alternatives that doesn’t require any sacrifice of flavor. Here are our Top 3 suggestions.
1. The Gold Medal Goes to Angelino’s Coffee
Easily, Angelino’s Coffee is our favorite k-cup alternative. Of course, we might not have even figured that out if it weren’t for the fact that the Los Angeles based company offered a killer sampler pack with a trial deal. 14 assorted coffees arrived, offering a delightful mix of dark and medium roasts, flavored blends, and some decaf thrown in for good measure.
Once your sample kit arrives, you’ll be able to choose the ones you like and the ones you can live without. Then, you just log on to the website where you created the free trial, order only those flavors you enjoyed and set yourself on a regular delivery schedule. At the end of the day (and after free shipping) the cups are as low as $0.39US each delivered Free.
You can also start and stop your deliveries as needed and canceling your account is a one-click process. Combining the price savings and the stellar customer service, Angelino’s Coffee emerged as the clear winner.
2. The Silver Medalist Is Ekobrew
Instead of selling pre-filled k-cups, Ekobrew instead is a k-cup filter that you can reuse as many times as you’d like – filling it with whatever brew you prefer. While this does open up many new possibilities, the biggest drawback to the Ekobrew is the loss of the convenience. It took a bit longer from “I think I want to have a cup of coffee…” to actually drinking one.
However (and this is a pretty big deal) the biggest benefit of the Ekobrew and other similar filter options is the decreased environmental impact. K-cups and the Keurig movement have been declared the most “wasteful form of coffee.” Ultimately, these two balance each other out.
Price is another big win. This option has an estimated price tag of $0.20-0.25US per cup, and could be brought down even lower depending on the total life and operating time of the filter.
NOTE: Keurig 2.0 owners who have attempted to use other or older k-cups with no success, have no fear. There is a simple fix (it’ll take you less than five minutes) that will let you work around it. Just search “Keurig hack” on YouTube or check out this one.
3. The Bronze Medalist Goes to My-Kap
My-Kap is another alternative that falls somewhere in the middle previous two options. It’s not a filter, but a $3.00 US cap that you can use on any k-cup that transforms it into a filter. You just open a k-cup, use as normal and then save it, add on the My-Kap and fill with whatever fresh ground blend you’re in the mood for. While these little guys don’t last forever, even reusing one cup one time decreases the cost and landfill impact.
Regardless of which alternative option you ultimately select, the potential economic and environmental savings are tremendous. Do you have a trick or suggestion you’d like to share? Comment or contact us – we’d love to hear all about it!