Friday, October 28, 2011

How to Use a Reusable Coffee Filter with Keurig

If you own a Keurig Coffee Brewer, then you are familiar with the k-cup, a small plastic cup with the perfect amount of coffee in it. It is easy to use and it is disposable, but it is also plastic.  If you are trying to lessen the amount of garbage you throw out each week, then you are probably a little bummed about throwing away these plastic cups every time you fix a cup of coffee.

Luckily, Keurig is compatible with reusable single cup coffee filters. So how do you use these filters in a Keurig coffee maker?

  1. Grasp the filter holder lid. Turn it counter clockwise to open.
  2. Pull the basket filter out of the filter holder.
  3. Remove any packing material from your coffee filter.
  4. Wash it with warm soapy water and rinse with hot water.
  5. Dry your filter and place it inside the holder.
  6. Close the lid by turning it clockwise.
Using your filter for coffee:
  1.  Open the holder by turning the lid counter clockwise. Remove the filter basket.
  2. Remove the K-cup holder from the brewer.
  3. Fill the basket with desired amount of coffee. 2 Tbsp. of coffee per every 6 oz. of water is what is recommended by most roasters. Do not fill the filter basket past the mesh of the basket. Be sure that there are no coffee grinds on the top rim of the filter basket.After some debate on the filter on facebook, we tested the basket due to a customer having trouble with sediment in the bottom of her coffee. Be sure that the coffee does not come up to the edge of the mesh and that the coffee you are using is a coarse coffee. Fine coffees can leave a sediment and if the cup is too full a sediment can be left in the bottom of a cup as well. If you are still having trouble and you ordered your Reusable filter from us please call our customer service at 1-800-251-8824.
  4. Place basket in holder closing the lid by turning clockwise.
  5. Place holder into K-cup assembly housing in brewer (remember you must remove K-cup holder first)
  6. Lower handle and brew coffee as usual by select cup size button.
  7. Once brewing is done, lift the handle and remove the filter holder from machine.
  8. You may want to allow the filter holder and filter to cool before cleaning.
  9. To clean take off lid as explained above and remove filter basket. 
  10. Toss grounds and rinse out filter basket and holder. 
  11. Replace K-cup holder into Assembly housing.

Friday, October 7, 2011

How to make a Coffee Shake

Ever make too much coffee in the a.m. and have a cup or so left over that you just don't know what to do with?

If you are like me, you will never argue about sweetening up your coffee for a nice treat or dessert. So place that coffee in the fridge to wait until you are ready for a coffee milkshake.

Making your own coffee shake isn't that hard:

The Directions
This recipe makes two servings so if you need to make a bigger batch, just multiply the amounts of ingredients according to how many extra servings you will need to make.

First, make your coffee or espresso. Prepare your coffee as strong or light as you want depending on your personal choice. Let your coffee cool a bit as you will not want to melt the ice cream with it.

Next, get your blender and drop two heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream into it. Drop in a shot of espresso or a quarter cup of regular coffee along with a small handful of ice cubes. Blend these ingredients together on high until you see that all the contents are mixed together forming a thick and icy shake.

Now, take the cups that you will be serving the Great Coffee Shakes in. Decorate the inside of the cups with your preferred syrup, adding as much or as little as you desire.

When you are done applying the syrup to the inside of the cups, transfer the blended ingredients from the blender to your cups. Finish it off with whipped cream on the top, and you can even add more syrup on top of the whip cream if you wish.

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