It's no surprise that single-serve coffee makers are still growing in popularity — their
convenience is tough to beat. But the cost of those disposable pods can add up. The
average owner uses more than 1,000 K-Cups per year. Consumer Reports just checked
out some alternatives to traditional K-Cups that claim to cut costs and let you use your
Consumer Reports looked at how much it would cost to brew one cup of coffee per day
for a year. With K-Cups that's about $220 to $275.
First up — Simple Cups, which claims to cost "a fraction of what a K-Cup will cost." You
can get a pack of 50 disposable cups, filters, and lids for $14. When you add the price
of coffee, it's still less than K-Cups, about $185 a year. But testers found that Simple
Cups were difficult to close, and brew time was a little longer than that of the traditional
Next, the reusable EZ-Cup for $13, plus about $8 for 50 of its biodegradable filters. It's
about $135 a year when you include the coffee. But the EZ-Cup wasn't much easier to
use than the Simple Cups.
Another solution, My K-Cup — Keurig's K-Cup adapter — was the clear winner. Testers
found it was the easiest to use. And once you purchase the reusable My K-Cup for $18,
your only expense is coffee, for a total of about $80 a year. That's a big money saver.
Another plus with Keurig's My K-Cups — they're a lot easier on the environment than the
original K-Cup and other pods.
If all of this has you longing for a single-serve coffee machine that works with My K-
Cups, consider the Cuisinart SS-300 Compact Single Serve, $130. In Consumer Reports
tests it delivered a speedy first cup of coffee and is very easy to use.