Kuerig K-Cups Vs. Ground Coffee

A bag of ground coffee beans and a refillable pod next to a box of Keurig coffee pods.
The use of the plastic single-serving coffee pod has been adopted in many homes and offices due to the convenience and variety but they can be costly. Ground coffee is cheaper but it can be messy and can require brewing an entire pot. This is a page about using Kuerig K-cups vs. ground coffee.

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August 27, 2012

My husband got a Kuerig for his birthday. While the K-Cups are very convenient we wondered how they compared to using ground coffee in the My K-Cup basket. A box of K-Cups contains 18 cups. Our bag of Tully's coffee weighed 12 ounces and we were able to get 25 cups of coffee.A bag of ground coffee beans and a refillable pod next to a box of Keurig coffee pods.


K-Cups - $11.99 ($.67 per cup)

Tully's coffee - $9.99 ($.40 per cup)

So in the end, using the ground coffee was cheaper per cup and yielded more cups. Using the My K-Cup basket is a little less convenient and is a bit messy to fill and clean, but does save you money. Most Kuerig brewers come with one, but they can be purchased separately too.

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March 28, 2016

How can I compare the cost per cup of coffee made in pot a vs K-cups?


March 29, 20161 found this helpful

Simple arithmetic? Don't forget to factor in the environmental cost of recylcing all that packagin.

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March 29, 20161 found this helpful

I think you would want to work out the price per cup of coffee made in a drip coffeemaker. Take the price of a pound of coffee, divide by the number of cups you would get out of that.


However, I 'm not sure if that is necessary. I think if you google for this info, you will find that the K-cups are quite a bit more expensive than making coffee in a pot.

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March 29, 20162 found this helpful

Google for info. It varies, but can cost up to 18 time as much. Horrendously expensive for the convenience, and pollutes the environment.

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March 29, 20162 found this helpful

I just ordered a single person French coffee press. Fast coffee and no little cups to dispose of.

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March 30, 20161 found this helpful

I drink one cup of coffee in the morning; that's my limit, so I want my one cup to be freshly brewed. I use an old 4-cup drip coffee maker for my one cup. To get my one cup at a strength that I like it, I have to use two scoops of ground coffee. Seems like I'm having to use too much ground coffee for one cup, and I'm not particularly fond of what I'm getting.


There's got to be a better and easier way. Was just wondering if for my one cup I could get a more satisfying experience using another method. Will look into the French coffee press. Any other ideas?

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March 30, 20161 found this helpful

Just got my French press.
The type of coffee I'm using is a coffee/chicory blend meant to be mixed half and half with milk. (You can use regular coarse ground coffee in it, though. I just like coffee milk.)

The can doesn't say how much it makes, but there's 425 grams and the scoop is marked 7 grams. This makes 11 oz of coffee in my tiny press.
Going by this: 425 divided by 7 is 61. That makes 61 presses of 11 ounces each per can, which is 671 ounces. Dividing $7.49, the cost of the can, by 671, I get one cent per ounce.


Then I just multiply that by however many ounces I'm drinking.
Since I have to get the lactose free milk, it's way more expensive than the coffee.

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June 22, 20181 found this helpful

Black & Decker makes a single serve drip coffee maker that has a very small footprint and makes a decent cup of coffee. Amazon has it for less than 20 dollars.

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