If you have never seen a K-Cup, just think of those plastic creamer containers you use when making coffee at a gas station.
A K-Cup looks pretty much the same, with a plastic body and sealed, foil lid.
Inside, of course, K-Cups are completely different.
If you cut one open you’ll find that the top half contains ground coffee, and beneath that there is a paper filter. In other words, for each cup of coffee you make, both the coffee and filter are contained within the K-Cup itself.
When you add the K-Cup to your Keurig brewer (and they are for use only in Keurig brewers), both the lid and base of the cup are pierced.
Then, when you press the Brew button, hot water is forced through the hole in the top, goes through the ground coffee and filter – and fresh coffee flows out through the hole in the base and into your mug.
There is just one size for K-Cups. However, the amount of ground coffee inside can be varied.
That’s why you can buy regular strength K-Cups and also Bold K-Cups. The bold version contains a little over 20% more ground coffee.
As a result, you get a stronger, more intense brew.
Another time to use a Bold K-Cup is when you choose one of the larger brew sizes on your Keurig machine. A larger brew size uses more hot water, so you’ll want to use a bold K-Cup to maintain the strength of your coffee.
Where can you buy your K-Cups?
The first place to try is Green Mountain Coffee. They have an excellent reputation as master coffee roasters and offer about 35 of their best coffees in the K-Cup format.
They offer a good selection of blends, including organic, decaf and flavored coffees.
And if you are relatively new to brewing with K-Cups, you may want to start out trying some of Green Mountain Coffee's variety packs. That way you can find out which blends and flavors you like best.
Beyond that, you can also choose from a good range at either Timothy’s World Coffee or Gloria Jeans.
Take a look through some of the K-Cup coffees at Green Mountain Coffee...