FAQ for Keurig ® Brewers

Keurig 2.0 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is the Keurig ® 2.0 Brewer?

A: Keurig has introduced a new series of brewers (September 2014) called the "Keurig 2.0". This new brewer contains an optical reader that only allow licensed K-Cups to work with it. With this new technology, Keurig is preventing any competitors single serve brewing pods (like the My-Cap™) from working in their brewers. For more information, see this Cnet Review of the Keurig 2.0 article.

Q: What is Different About the Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

A: This new 2.0 brewer is called the K350, K450, K500, and the K550. This brewer actually introduces a number of new technologies besides the digital rights management (DRM) or optical reader, including a carafe pod that allow you to brew and large carafe of coffee. It also supports Vue Pack style pods.  But, it is the optical reader in the top of the brewer that reads the ink on each pod inserted into the brewer, that is getting all of the attention. If the pack is Keurig licensed then the brewer will allow the cup to be brewed.  If the pack is not Keurig licensed then the brewer will display a message similar to "OOPS! This pack wasn't designed for this brewer..." and stop. 

Q: Will the My-Cap™ Work in the Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

A: Yes and no.  Our My-Cap products are designed to work perfectly in K-Cup ® brewers.  On Keurig 2.0 brewers the optical reader currently prevents the brewer from proceeding unless it can read the "special" ink. Our My-Cap products do not currently have the "special" ink that the brewer looks for and you will most likely receive the "OOPS screen" when using a My-Cap product without some kind of "work around".   See below for some ideas on how to defeat the Keurig 2.0 brewer.

 

Q: What Brewers Will your My-Cap Products Work With?

A: Our My-Cap products work with most popular coffee brewers including:
 
 
 

Q: Has This "Ink Technology" Been Figured Out?

Yes it has been figured out and a number of K-Cup pack manufacturers are selling K-Cup packs with the correct ink on the K-Cup packs.  See these articles Treehouse says Keurig 2.0 Solved and Keurig 2.0 compatible . This does not help our users who own My-Cap products.  We do not intend to put any ink on our products to try and bypass this lock out feature. There are some work arounds that do not require you to have any ink on the K-Cup packs.  See the next question.

 

Q: Are there "Work Arounds" to the Keurig 2.0 Ink Lock Out Technology?

Yes there are.  It turns out it is fairly easy to bypass this lock out technology.  All you need is a little ink which you have on every Keurig ® K-Cup ® Pack you own.  The ink is in the text that goes around the cup.  Cut some of it out and tape it over the optical reader and you will never get the "Oops" error message again. Below is a good video that walks you through the steps.

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Comparison Review Reuse Keurig K Cup Solutions

Since the introduction of the Keurig ® Brewers in 1998, this single serve coffee system has grown into a market phenomena. Customers love the coffee brewed but hate the price associated with that great cup of coffee. Customers have searched for a better alternative and cheaper way to use their Keurig ® Brewers. Below you will find all of them explained and reviewed.

 

Alternative Keurig K-Cups Solutions (arranged by year introduced)
Product Type

Lowest
Price Per Lid/Unit1

Price
Per
Cup2
Notes Year
Introduced

Last

Update

Keurig ® My K-Cup ®

Unit

$12.95

$0.05 Entire unit. Only works on some models. K-Cup ® Pack holder must be removed. 2004 9/8/2011
My-Cap Caps Lid
Filter
Cup

$1.00

$0.10 Plastic lid. Fits inside reused K-Cup ® Pack. 2007 9/2/2011
INJECTED!

Lid

$25.00

$0.10 Rubber lid with a sideways spray nozzle. 2007 9/2/2011
EZ-Cup

Unit
Filters

$14.95

$0.28 Entire K-Cup unit. Requires filter. 2009 9/2/2011
Kbrewlids Lid

$0.04

$0.14 Tin foil lids. Ironed onto the top of reused K-Cup ® Pack. Use once. 2010 9/2/2011
Solofill

Unit

$11.68

$0.05 Entire K-Cup ® Pack unit. 2010 9/2/2011
Brew-Saver Lid

$2.25

$0.10 Stainless steel lid. Fits on top of reused K-Cup ® Pack. 2011 9/2/2011
Medelco

Unit

$11.48

$0.05 Entire K-Cup ® Pack unit. 2011 9/2/2011
Disposakup

Lid
Filter
Cup

$0.34

$0.39 Plastic lid, filter, and cup. Use once. 2011 9/2/2011
Disposakup

Lid

$0.10

$0.20 Plastic lid used with K-Cup ® Pack. Use once. 2011 9/2/2011
Ekobrew

Unit

$11.48

$0.05 Entire K-Cup ® Pack unit. 2011 9/2/2011
Cafe Cup Unit $10.00 $0.05 Entire K-Cup ® Pack unit. 2012 11/26/12

NOTES:

  1. Price Per Lid/Unit is the lowest price found on the web, eBay, or Amazon. Prices shown are purchase price divided by quantity.
  2. Price Per Cup is computed by taking into account the price of the product, a K-Cup ® Pack reused (10 times if reused with original filter, 25 if reused with new filters), $.05 per serving for coffee. Price of unit is not factored in if it can be used forever.

Reusable K-Cup ® Packs vs. Lids

There are two major types of solutions. The first is a entire reusable K-Cup ® Pack unit. Keurig, Inc was the first to introduce their version of this as the My K-Cup ®. The second type of solution are lids for reusing a K-Cup ® Pack. The Reusable K-Cup ® Pack units will always give you the lowest Price Per Cup of coffee (around $.05 as shown below). However, that price is offset by the fact that all of the reusable K-Cup ® Pack units cost above $10 per unit so it is hard to buy a bunch of them and make them up in advance and enjoy the convenience of the Keurig ® Brewer. The lids on the other hand are less expensive and allow you to purchase more of them. This convenience is offset by a slight increase in the Price Per Cup (around $.10 as shown below).

Detailed Notes on each Solution

 

Keurig® My K-Cup® 

The Keurig ® My K-Cup ® is the original K-Cup ® Pack alternative. It has been selling for years and is one of the most popular brands.

Pro's Con's
- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Keurig, Inc endorsed solution

- Must remove K-Cup ® Pack holder to use
- Must be cleaned between every use
- Does not work in all brewers
- Makes a weak cup of coffee
- Does not store well

 

My-Cap Cap

The My-Cap Caps were introduced in 2007 and were the second alternative K-Cup ® Pack solution on the market. They are designed to Cap reused K-Cup ® Packs either using the existing filter in the original K-Cup ® Pack or with new filters.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Available in colors
- Lasts forever

- Reusing filter (new filters available)

 

INJECTED! 

At one time the Keurig brewers injection needle forced water directly down into the K-Cup ® Pack. Todays brewers do not. This solution has an injection needle with holes along the side and the water is sprayed out sideways.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Good Spray pattern inside K-Cup
- Lasts forever

- Highest price per lid solution
- Rubber may effect taste of coffee
- Reusing filter

 

Disposacup 

This solution allows you to make a sealed K-Cup ® Pack. The solution is composed of a cup, filters, and a lid. The lids are also sold separately to be used with a reused K-Cup ® Pack. In all cases, the product is designed to be thrown away after each use. Because of this it is the highest Price Per Cup solution.

Pro's Con's
- Makes a sealed K-Cup ® Pack - Highest Price Per Cup of coffee
- Used only once
- Reusing filter

 

Ekobrew 

The Ekobrew came out in 2011. It can hold up to 14 grams of coffee (the largest on the market). This should help get a stronger brew. It also has a flat bottom, and is easy to fill.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Holds 14 grams of coffee
- Flat bottom so won't fall over

- Must be cleaned between every use
- High cost of each unit
- Top interferes with water spray
- Coffee grounds get through the steel mesh

 

Kbrewlids 

The Kbrelids are designed to replace the foil lid on top of the K-Cup ® Pack. In order to do this, the K-Cup ® Pack must be cleaned and dried. Then you fill it with coffee and IRON on the foil lids.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee

- Lids must be ironed onto K-Cups ® Pack
- Can not use new filters with this solution
- Used only once
- Reusing filter

 

Brew-Saver 

The Brew-Saver is a metal lid that fits on top of the K-Cup ® Pack and has a center hole that is spring loaded so that the injector nozzle pushes it down to spray the water into the cup. The Brew-Saver is a good solution when it fits the K-Cup ® Pack. The biggest problem with this solution is that it does not fit all K-Cup ® Packs well. In addition, the cover in the center hole does not retract so the water is sprayed around the edges of the coffee instead of into it.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Spring loaded self sealing lid
- Lasts forever

- Lid does not fit well on K-Cup ® Packs
- Can not use new filters with this solution
- Metal could affect the taste of the coffee
- Self sealing lid interferes w/ the water spray
- Reusing filter

 

Solofill 

The Solofill came out in 2010. It can hold up to 11 grams of coffee (larger than a K-Cup ® Pack). This should help get a stronger brew. It has a odd shaped bottom, so it tends to fall over on the counter-top.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Holds 11 grams of coffee

- Must be cleaned between every use
- High cost of each unit
- Unit will not sit on a counter well
- Coffee grounds get through the steel mesh

 

Cafe Cup 

The Cafe Cup came out in 2012. It can hold up to 10 grams of coffee (larger than a K-Cup ® Pack). This should help get a stronger brew. Be careful about the prices shown on the website. We ordered some thinking we would get them for $10 for two/four and ended up paying $24.97 total.

Pro's Con's

- Low Price Per Cup of coffee
- Holds 10 grams of coffee

- Must be cleaned between every use
- High cost of each unit
- Coffee grounds get through the steel mesh

Why is the My-Cap Cap the Best Solution?

Because the My-Cap Cap system is the lowest priced and most convenient solution on the market.

Lowest Priced - Because there is no other lower priced "use forever" solution and it gives you a low Price Per Cup.

Most Convenient - Because you can purchase lots of of them (at a low price) to make K-Cup ® Packs in advance and still enjoy the convenience of your Keurig ® Brewer.

If there are any errors in this review, please let us know. If you think we should add information to this review, please let us know. We strive for professional honesty and want to continuously improve on this article.  comparison@my-kap.com

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Keurig ® 2.0 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



Q: What is the Keurig ® 2.0 Brewer?

Say No to 2.0A: Keurig has introduced a new series of brewers (September 2014) called the "Keurig 2.0". This new brewer contains an optical reader that only allow licensed K-Cups to work with it. With this new technology, Keurig is preventing any competitors single serve brewing pods (like the My-Cap™) from working in their brewers. For more information, see this Cnet Review of the Keurig 2.0 article.

  

  

Q: What is Different About the Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

A: This new 2.0 brewer is called the K350, K450, K500, and the K550. This brewer actually introduces a number of new technologies besides the digital rights management (DRM) or optical reader, including a carafe pod that allow you to brew and large carafe of coffee. It also supports Vue Pack style pods.  But, it is the optical reader in the top of the brewer that reads the ink on each pod inserted into the brewer, that is getting all of the attention. If the pack is Keurig licensed then the brewer will allow the cup to be brewed.  If the pack is not Keurig licensed then the brewer will display a message similar to "OOPS! This pack wasn't designed for this brewer..." and stop. 

Keurig 2.0 Message if Not Authorized



Q: Will the My-Cap™ Work in the Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

A: Yes and no.  Our My-Cap products are designed to work perfectly in K-Cup ® brewers.  On Keurig 2.0 brewers the optical reader currently prevents the brewer from proceeding unless it can read the "special" ink. Our My-Cap products do not currently have the "special" ink that the brewer looks for and you will most likely receive the "OOPS screen" when using a My-Cap product without some kind of "work around".   See below for some ideas on how to defeat the Keurig 2.0 brewer.

 

Q: What Brewers Will your My-Cap Products Work With?

A: Our My-Cap products work with most popular coffee brewers including:
 
 
 

Q: Has This "Ink Technology" Been Figured Out?

Yes it has been figured out and a number of K-Cup pack manufacturers are selling K-Cup packs with the correct ink on the K-Cup packs.  See these articles Treehouse says Keurig 2.0 Solved and Keurig 2.0 compatible . This does not help our users who own My-Cap products.  We do not intend to put any ink on our products to try and bypass this lock out feature. There are some work arounds that do not require you to have any ink on the K-Cup packs.  See the next question.

  

Q: Are there "Work Arounds" to the Keurig 2.0 Ink Lock Out Technology?

Yes there are.  It turns out it is fairly easy to bypass this lock out technology.  All you need is a little ink which you have on every Keurig ® K-Cup ® Pack you own.  The ink is in the text that goes around the cup.  Cut some of it out and tape it over the optical reader and you will never get the "Oops" error message again. Below is a good video that walks you through the steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My-Cap, LLC and its products are neither affiliated with, nor approved by, Keurig ®, Incorporated.  “Keurig ®”  and “K-cup ®” are registered trademarks of Keurig, Incorporated.
My-Cap™ is a trademark of My-Cap, LLC and is not affiliated in any way with the above companies.

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Vue: Will this Adaptor for Keurig Vue Brewers work with Keurig® 2.0 brewers?

No, we are sorry it will not. It will only work with the Vue brewers.
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Vue: The brewer seems to be straining when it is brewing?

It is a little harder to push water through a K-Cup. We have not found this to be a problem except that it does not push as much water through the brewer as you program it for.  You need to program it for about twice as much liquid as you want. 
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