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?
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.