Most people who know me know that I'm a bit of a mess if I don't get a caffeine fix via a strong cup of coffee in the morning. Up until a few weeks ago, I'd brew half a pot of coffee each morning, drink part of it that day, then dump out the rest. Wasteful, I know. Believe me, I tried to brew less in my 12-cup coffeemaker, but I couldn't get the flavor and strength I wanted without using a ton of coffee anyway!
My husband had suggested buying a Keurig single-serve coffee brewer last year, but I couldn't come to terms with the cost of those individual K-Cups that were required to make each cup of coffee. Even Amazon's usually-discounted prices consistently priced K-Cups at about $.60 each.
Around Christmastime last year, I learned that there were a few options for refillable cups that mimicked the single-serving K-Cup. Once I found out I could make my own K-Cup, I knew that it was only a matter of time before I adopted my very own Keurig brewer to use.
I don't think I could have been more excited when Keurig agreed to send me a Keurig Platinum B70 brewer in the new Midnight Black color. When the box arrived, I was happy that it included a selection of 12 K-Cups to try out right away. While I wanted to use a refillable cup, I can't deny the convenience and ease-of-use of a pre-made K-Cup!
The assembly of the Keurig Platinum brewer took all of 5 minutes. After washing out the water reservoir, I filled it up with water and excitedly read the directions to brew my first cup of coffee. I wanted to share how quick and easy the process was, so my husband helped me out with a little video demonstration:
If you can't see the Keurig demonstration video, here's a quick rundown of the process from start to finish:
- Turn the Keurig brewer on
- Insert your K-Cup
- Push the Brew button
- Drink your coffee
Seriously, that's it! Of course, this is the Platinum model, so there are plenty of bonus features to take advantage of. One of my favorites is the variable cup size. You can choose to brew a cup of coffee from 4 ounces to 12 ounces. Honestly, I haven't even tried the smallest cup size, but my husband uses the Keurig every day to brew a 12-ounce cup of coffee to enjoy on his way to work, and I use the 8-ounce size at least once a day to fill a big mug with coffee and leave enough room to add some milk or flavored creamer.
While I loved using the K-Cups that came with my Keurig, I absolutely knew that I wouldn't be able to bring myself to buy K-Cups on a regular basis. I wanted to find the best reusable K-cup to use my Keurig with my own coffee. From what I found, there are several options for refillable K-cups. The three I researched in depth were:
- Solofill Refillable K-Cup $11.64 for 1, $21.07 for 2
- eKobrew Refillable K-Cup $13.95 for 1
- Keurig My K-Cup 2-Pack Reusable Coffee Filter Basket Replacement $20.40 for two
After reading a ton of customer reviews, I found out that the eKobrew won't be available until next month, and I found that the Solofill had enough glowing reviews for me to take a chance on it. I decided to order two Solofill K-Cups so I could have one “on standby” for those times when my husband and I each wanted to enjoy a cup of coffee at the same time.
It turns out that I completely echo all those favorable reviews for the Solofill refillable K-Cup! The coffee I've been making every day has been regular Folgers in the K-Cup, and I couldn't be happier with the final product. The Solofill is super-easy to use, and I made this quick video that shows how to make your own K-Cup with the Solofill:
I love that the Keurig brewer has let me stop wasting coffee; I no longer need to brew more coffee than I need to get the one or two cups of coffee that I want each day. I'm also so happy that the Solofill allows me to save money while using my own ground coffee in my Keurig brewer! I know that the Keurig Platinum isn't easy on the pocketbook, but I'm thrilled with the quality of coffee it produces and the time it saves both my husband and I!
Want to buy a Keurig Single Cup coffee brewer? Every Keurig model is available to purchase on Amazon. The Keurig Platinum B70 Single Cup Home Brewing System that's featured here is currently available for $165 with free shipping. That means it's 28% off the list price!
The Keurig brewer featured in this review was provided by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for product testing. The Solofill was purchased separately and all opinions expressed are my own.