Uses For My Keurig Coffee Maker

So Many Uses, So Little Time

Keurig offers many options with its wide variety of Coffee Makers and K-Cup Pods, but the possibilities don’t stop there.

Not use Keurig K Cup Pods?  WHAT?

There are accessory Reusable Coffee Filters in various sizes that can be used for canned or bagged coffee that you might have on hand.  Some of you, I’m sure, prefer to grind coffee beans yourself, and can use the Reusable Coffee Filters for that purpose also.  There are Keurig K Cup Reusable Filters in sizes for single cups as well as the Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe and the Keurig 2.0 Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe.

You don’t like coffee?  WHAT?

The capability to produce hot water opens numerous possibilities.  You might have a favorite hot chocolate mix, for instance, that isn’t offered in Pods.  Grab a cup, throw in some mix, and brew with hot water from your Keurig coffee maker!

While many teas are offered in K-Cup Pods, it is almost impossible to offer all varieties in Pod form.  Again, grab a cup. throw in a tea bag, and brew away!  And don’t forget the Reusable Coffee Filters.

Ice?  For Keurig K-Cup Pods?

Well yes, actually, ice..  There are Keurig K-Cup Pods available specifically to brew over ice to make iced coffee and iced tea.  I myself am particularly partial to the Lipton Classic Unsweetened Iced Tea.  I grab a tall glass, add ice cubes, pop in a K-Cup Pod and brew!  Just that simple.  Same for coffee.  You can add your favorite sweetener if desired.

I hope you have found something here that you might not have encountered before.  If you have questions or comments, please leave them and I will get back to you as soon as I can, and thank you for visiting!!!

Best wishes,


12 thoughts on “Uses For My Keurig Coffee Maker”

  1. Thanks for the information. It was a good read. I own Keurig 2.0 and I love it. Although cleaning it can be a bit of a hassle since I have basically pull the machine apart. Do you know of any cleaning techniques that don’t require taking the machine a part?

  2. Hey, Joe!

    I got my first Keurig a few years back and I absolutely love it.

    However, I don’t really use the pods that much. I love to grind my own coffee. There is just no comparison. Also, I use the hot water option a lot for soups, hot chocolate etc.

    What I really like about it is that the temperature is actually hot. Other pod systems I find the temperature is luke warm not actually hot. Have you experienced this?

    • Hi Barb,

      Yes, the water is hot, probably a bit moreso than others.  

      I have been all over the spectrum over the years, from ground coffee to grinding my own beans to earlier pods (pretty inferior) to now the Keurig.  The pod advantage is it is a time saver when you’re in a hurry in the morning, but I think I’m about ready to start grinding beans again…hope I can find the grinder!  

      Thanks for the comments and all the best,


  3. It seems like the Keurig machine is the whole package. I’m assuming it’s pretty similar to my Tassimo Coffee machine, both can produce just hot water and use some sort of pod.

    Can you buy tea pods for your machine? You can with the tassimo and even though it does taste good, they’re too expensive considering the price of a normal tea bag. Is the Keurig the same?

    • It is the whole package Lyle.  Tea pods are available, from Twinings, Celestial, Bigelow, and Lipton to name a few.  Tea bags are cheaper, but convenience can be a plus, for example Lipton makes a Sweet Iced Tea pod…yeah, I know, kind of lazy…but quick.  I have actually recently been brewing 24 oz of hot water into a quart canning jar with a tea bag and 4 teaspoons of sugar, letting it cool a bit and then putting it in the refrigerator for later.  Sometimes we just need to climb out of that box.

      Thanks for the comment,


  4. I recently purchased a Keurig and I am wondering, where can I buy the reusable coffee filters? I tried to use something that looks like an empty K-Cup with a screen, but my Keurig won’t brew with that. It gives me an error that I am not using an approved K-Cup. Any advice? Thank you!!

    • Keurig makes those and offers them on their website.  I bought mine at Wal Mart, and are probably available .  My understanding is that there were manufacturers producing pods outside of the “Keurig Family”, so they produced their 2.0 line of machines, that only brew pre-filled pods with a narrow white band around the label on top,  The reuseable filter they offer evidently is identifiable by the 2.0 machines also. 

  5. I had not thought about using my Keurig for making tea, but what a great idea. I have a bunch of organic green tea that I bought awhile ago and I now won’t be as reluctant to brew a cup. It’ll be so much easier than boiling water in a teapot.
    Thanks for the nice review and opening up my world.

    • Thanks for your review.  I use my machine several times a day, for coffee as well as iced tea.  The key is thinking of it as an instant source of hot water, and start thinking outside the box for other uses.

  6. Enjoyed the read. I recently bought a cold brew pitcher so I can make some at home whenever I want. I prefer to grind the beans myself because it’s supposed to taste more fresh. Can you use this specific model to make any cold brew beverages? I’m always looking to improve my coffee experience in as many ways as possible. Thanks.

    • Thanks for your review.  I have brewed both iced coffee and iced tea pods into cold beverage cups filled with ice, and am currently brewing hot water into a quart Mason canning jar with sugar and a tea bag in it.  i prefer my tea a little weaker than the average bear, so i brew 12 oz of water twice into about 4 teaspoons of sugar, then let put the lid and screw cap on and let it cool a bit before putting it in the refrigerator.  The model I use allows brewing from 4 to 12 ounces at a time, and also allows brewing up to 4 to 5 cups into a Kerurig accessory thermal caraf.


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