K-Cups are bad for the environment!

I’m sure that many of you have used the single serving K-Cup brewers.  While I love the concept, I have a couple issues with the Keurig Company.  The inventor of K-Cups now actually regrets that he ever invented them.  “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” John Sylvan.  Why? Because the K-Cups are bad for the environment.  They are disposable and not recyclable or biodegradable. That means more and more K-Cups are being used — and thrown in the trash.  In 2014, enough K-Cups were sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe 10.5 times.  So If you ever find yourself throwing out a K-Cup, and then you remember that 13 billion went into landfills last year, do you feel okay contributing to that? 

I have two of them in my home.  Recently I purchased the new Keurig 2.0 which is supposed to brew a pot of coffee as well as the single cup.  Boy was I surprised when I set it up and none of the K-cups that I had would work.  You see Keurig mandates that its licensed K-cups come equipped with specific color frequencies on their rims. Without the correct signal, Keurig 2.0 machines won’t brew coffee.  It’s digital rights management, the coffee equivalent of Steve Jobs’ attempt to fill iPods only with music sold through iTunes.  In other words you have to purchase only licensed K-Cups from them.  By the way, K-cup coffee costs upwards of $50 a pound.  Personally I want to brew my own coffee Costco $9.99/lb).  But there is a solution…

A video posted to KeurigHack.com shows that placing the lid of a licensed K-Cup on top of the lid of an unlicensed cup will fool a Keurig 2.0 machine into brewing your off-brand coffee.  If you’re looking for a permanent fix, the hacker shows how you can tape a portion of a licensed lid to the machine’s reader. With that crafty maneuver, you can make your Keurig 2.0 brew any K-cup every time you use it.  I’ve done this and it works.  I now brew my own coffee in the machine with a reusable cup.  I throw nothing away as I compost the used grounds. “What you need to hack the 2.0 brewer = one piece of tape + not much aim,” the website says. The video plays the Death Star theme song from Star Wars, calling Keurig Green Mountain the “empire.”

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