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In an effort to bring down the amount of paper cups used for takeout coffee, many companies have started designing eco-friendly reusable coffee cups to match the look and feel of a paper cup. On top of these are two Australian brands, JOCO and KeepCup. In this post, we’ll be discussing these two brands and which one to go for.
There’s a big difference between using a reusable coffee cup and a travel mug, especially if you happened to be a fan of gourmet coffee drinks. Reusable coffee mugs such as a JOCO or Keepcup are designed to feel like your usual paper cup, only better and more stylish. They’re made to be barista friendly, made in sizes that allow your barista to make you the perfect Cappuccino or Latte, even with special latte art. [photo source]
A reusable coffee cup should come with a silicone sleeve (to replace the brown paper one), and a spill-proof top lid.
Features of the JOCO Cup:
Features of Keepcup:
Both Joco and Keepcup make wonderful reusable coffee cups and each has its pros and cons:
Material of the Cup:
At first, we were leaning towards the JOCO cup for its stylish and timeless glass material that it’s made of. Although the plastic of Keepcup is BPA-free and very safe to consume, glass looks and feels better. However, many people would appreciate the lightweight and unbreakable plastic body of Keepcup.
Then, we found that Keepcup now makes glass cups as well, so that’s another great option to consider.
Both cups are barista certified and available in many sizes. However, the JOCO cup has one feature over the Keepcup. JOCO has a cyclonic base that pulls the sugar or any additive to your coffee to the center when you stir, this contributes to a better tasting cup of coffee or tea, without any goo at the end.
The Silicone Lid:
Although both cups have spill-proof lids, we prefer Keepcup’s as it has a seal to close the drinking hole to prevent any possible leaks.
It is worth mentioning that neither JOCO or Keepcup are insulated, so don’t expect them to keep your coffee hot longer than it should. When it comes to this, they work like your average cup in keeping the temperature.
The fact that you decided to go for a reusable coffee cup to replace the white paper takeout cup is a fantastic decision that we applaud you on. When it comes to which cup to go for, we can’t make the choice for you as it all goes down to your own use and preference. But we do hope that the information listed above will help you make an informed decision.
Although the Keurig 2.0 brewer is a great coffee maker, many of Keurig’s users hated the update for many reasons:
You can read our full review of the Keurig 2.0 machines by clicking here.
However, people of the Internet, awesome as they often are, have found solutions to these problems which allow you to use your Keurig 2.0 as you want. Below, we’ll be sharing our favorite Keurig 2.0 hacks.
The Difference Between Old and New K-Cups:
Before we get into the hacks, it’s useful to understand the difference between the old and new K-Cups. As you can see in the photo above, the new K-Cups have this white label at the rim of the pod, which the machine looks for when you insert them. If you interest the old K-Cup, which doesn’t have that white label, you’ll get an error message and the machine will not brew the pod.
So to fix this issue, these hacks basically require you to remove that white label from a used K-Cup and attach it to the old style K-Cup. This way, you give the machine that label its looking for and you get the coffee you want.
Watch the following videos for more clarification…
NOTE: Before implementing any of these hacks, please note that we have NOT tried any of these methods. These are NOT official tips/hacks and they’re not recommended by Keurig. We CANNOT be held responsible for any damage that could happen to your machine. TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
A Permanent Fix to Use ANY K-Cup or Vue Cup with your Keurig 2.0 Machine:
In this video, you’ll find a method for permanent fix that makes using any K-Cup with your 2.0 brewer very easy.
How To Unlock ALL Keurig 2.0 Menu Options and Brew ANY Cup size (use CARAFE size with a SINGLE-SERVE K-Cup!):
How To Use a Refillable K-Cup with the Keurig 2.0:
This video talks about how you can use a refillable K-Cup in the new Keurig 2.0. According to the video’s instructions, the only refillable K-Cup capsule that worked with this method is the Solofill K-Cups, which you can buy from Amazon here.
How To Use Vue Cups with Keurig 2.0 and Brew More Than 10oz:
Here’s a fun infographic we found over at I Love Coffee which perfectly how to make the perfect coffee at home. We’ve covered many of these tips on our site, here’s the recap:
Got a question about Nespresso Machines, how they work and what coffee you can enjoy from it? In this post, we’ve compiled the most asked questions about Nespresso and its machines. It covers the machines, capsules and accessories. And if you still got a question that we haven’t answered, feel free to contact us here.
What Is a Nespresso Machine and How Does It Work?
Nespresso machine is a single-serve espresso machine that makes one cup of espresso or lungo coffee at a time. Instead of having you prepare the coffee ground, measure and brew, the machine uses exclusive Nespresso capsules that are already pre-measured with the perfect amount of coffee. You’ll simply put in the capsule, press a button and enjoy your coffee!
Nespresso is a truly luxurious experience at home, giving you high cafe quality coffee drinks prepared automatically with a simple press of a button.
What Kind of Coffee Does Nespresso Make?
It prepares Espresso (1.35 oz), Lungo (3.7 oz), Ristretto (0.85 oz) as well as espresso based drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato.
How Many Nespresso Machines Are Available? What Are My Choices?
There two main types of Nespresso machines:
What Is the Difference Between the Nespresso Pixie, U and CitiZ?
Please refer to our post here for more details on the difference between these machines: http://coffeegearathome.com/a-comparison-between-nespresso-u-pixie-and-citiz-which-one-is-best-to-buy/
What Is The Difference Between Nespresso and Dulce Gusto?
You might have heard of another single-serve system called Dulce Gusto. This is another machine by Nestle, makers of Nespresso. However, there’s a HUGE difference between them, mainly in the quality of coffee and capsules:
Which Nespresso Machine Is Smallest In Size?
If you’re worried about counter space, the Nespresso Inissia ( 4.7 x 12.6 x 9 inches ) and Pixie ( 4.4 x 12.8 x 9.3 in) are the smallest in size.
Which Nespresso Machine is The Most Affordable?
Right now, the Inissia is the most affordable Nespresso machines, but it also lacks a lot of the advanced features other Nespresso machines have. Yet, it’s a great choice for anyone on a budget.
Where Can I Buy a Nespresso Machine?
You can buy it directly from Nespresso or you can buy it from Amazon.
What Coffee Pods/Capsules Can I use in a Nespresso Machine?
Nespresso have their own exclusive line of espresso pods. You can’t use any pods from any coffee brand. However, there are a few alternatives available, which we’ll talk about below.
What Kind of Coffee Does Nespresso Have?
They have a great range of coffee blends, available in different intensities and flavors. You can choose from 22 different capsules to try.
Where Can I Buy Nespresso Capsules?
There are many Nespresso Boutiques available worldwide (check for locations on their website). You can also buy it from them directly online. Another option is to buy it from Amazon (although slightly more expensive). Why do people choose to buy from Amazon over Nespresso? For many reason:
Click here to see available Nespresso capsules at Amazon.
How Many Capsules Do I Get Per Sleeve/Package?
Each sleeve has 10 capsules.
Do All Nespresso Machines Use The Same Type of Capsules?
There are two types of Nespresso Machines:
Nespresso OriginalLine (Includes Pixie, CitiZ, U, Inissia, Lattissima…) these all use the same type of Espresso capsules you see pictured above.
Nespresso VertuoLine uses its own type of capsules (not compatible with OriginalLine) and they’re available in Coffee or Espresso.
Can I Use Dolce Gusto Pods in a Nespresso Machine?
No, you cannot as they’re not compatible.
What Is The Nespresso Welcome Pack?
When you get your Nespresso machine, it has a Welcome Pack, which is a pack that includes one capsule of each coffee they have for you to try and choose your favorite.
We’re not fans of this deal for two reasons:
Can I Use My Own Coffee With a Nespresso Machine?
There’s not an official way to do so, but there are a few refillable Nespresso capsules out there. These are not officially available from Nespresso, and you have to be careful which you choose as some may be harmful to your machine. Instead of using your own coffee, I’d suggest you buy Nespresso compatible pods…
Are All Nespresso Capsules The Same Size?
If they’re in the same category then they’re the same size. All OriginalLine Nespresso capsules are the same size, same goes for VertuoLine capsules.
How Many Times Can I Use a Nespresso Capsule?
Each capsule can be used just once.
Which Nespresso Compatible Pods are The Best?
These are pods that are quite similar to Nespresso’s, so they’re not harmful to your machine. By buying from a few different brands, you’ll expand the available variation to you. One of the best brands available is Gourmesso, a european brand that specializes in Nespresso pods. Their coffee has been highly rated by customers, and it is the cheapest Nespresso alternative pod available.
Can I Make My Own Nespresso Capsules?
Maybe there’s a DIY way to do it, but why would you want to do that? It takes the whole Nespresso experience out of it. The idea here is to have a high quality cup of coffee with a push of a button. Making your own capsules is a whole lot of hassle.
What Accessories Can I Buy For My Nespresso Machine?
Espresso machines are an essential part of every coffee lover’s kitchen. You can make all your favorite coffee-house gourmet drinks at home, for a friction of the price. If you’re buying an espresso machine for the first time, then you’re probably confused by the many types of different machines available. In this post, we’ll briefly introduce the types of espresso machines available for the home consumer.
Manual Espresso Machines (also known as a lever espresso machine):
This type of machine calls for some effort since they are not pump driven. You get the extraction by pulling the lever and applying strength. A lever espresso machine is a bit tricky to use, pulling the perfect espresso shot with it requires a lot of patience till you get it right. It is not recommended for beginners.
Semi-automatic Espresso Machines:
In this machine, the extraction is done by turning the water flow on, and then off once you have enough coffee on your hands. The machines are pump driven, with a rocker switch connected to the pump. So then, when you turn on the switch, you turn on the pump. Semi-automatic espresso machines also have a steam wand that allows you to heat and froth milk with ease. They’re fairly affordable and are available at a range starting at under $100 and up to $300+. See some examples here. This type of machine makes an excellent beginner’s espresso machine.
Automatic Espresso Machines:
In an automatic espresso machine, the controls are set such that all you have to do is push a single button and the machine will automatically push through the right amount of water. They also are pump driven; only in this case, a microprocessor that controls the pump is installed in the machine. Various shot sizes are programmed into the espresso so all you have to do is press the right button. An automatic espresso machine also has a steam wand that you can use to warm your milk, and in some cases, it has an automatic milk frother. It also gives you extractions that are consistent and repeatable. This helps you get a consistent quality every time. This is the perfect espresso machine for someone who is looking for luxury and convenience. The most popular automatic espresso machine is Nespresso, which you can learn more about here.
Super Automatic Espresso Machines:
Super automatic espresso machines are the ultimate espresso machine for home, and are the easiest to use. All you have to do is fill the espresso with coffee beans, press the right button and watch the machine do the rest of the work. When you turn on your machine and click the desired button, the machine grinds the right amount of coffee beans, packs it into an internal porter filter, does the extraction and dumps the used coffee grounds into its internal knock box. All you have to do is empty the knock box (where used ground is collected) every now and then, ensure there is enough water in the reservoir and put the roasted coffee beans in the hopper. This type of machine is the most expensive, usually costing more than a $1000. However, there are some great exceptions, the Philips Saeco Vienna Plus is well less than $500, and there are many that super-automatics that are less than $1000.
More resources on types of espresso machines for home:
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.