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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.

What Is a Reusable Coffee Cup? Why Can’t I Just Use a Travel Mug?

Joco Reusable Coffee Cup

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:

Joco Cup Black

  • Reusable glass coffee cup.
  • Available in 8oz, 12oz and 16 oz.
  • Protective silicone sleeve.
  • Spill-proof lid.
  • Dishwasher safe and Microwave safe.
  • Available in 13 colors.

Click here to learn more about the JOCO Cup, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of Keepcup:


  • Available in 5 sizes: 4oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 12oz and 16oz.
  • Made of BPA-free plastic.
  • Lightweight and unbreakable.
  • Spill-proof lid.
  • Silicone sleeve.
  • Available in many color combinations, with the ability to design your own.

Click here to learn more about the Keepcup, read the customer reviews or buy it.

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Joco Cup or Keepcup? Which Should You Buy?

JOCO Glass Yellow[photo source]

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.

KeepCup 12-Ounce Brew Glass Reusable Coffee Cup

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.

Temperature Retention:

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.

Bottom Line:

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:

  • It didn’t allow them to use their old K-Cups.
  • It doesn’t allow them to use a refillable K-Cup like the old Keurig machines.

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.

Best Keurig 2.0 Hacks:

The Difference Between Old and New K-Cups:

Keurig 2.0 vs Original 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:


Coffee Tips

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.

Questions About Nespresso Machines:

Nespresso Machines

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:

Nespresso CitiZ

  • Nespresso OriginalLine – the original Nespresso Machines which include: Pixie, U, CitiZ, Inissia and Lattissima. These use the same technology and are compatible with the original Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso VertuoLine

What Is the Difference Between the Nespresso Pixie, U and CitiZ?

  • All Nespresso machines work the exact same way and provide the exact delicious cup of coffee. The difference between these machines comes in a few features or design. For example:
  • The Nespresso Pixie is small in size, has LED backlight which works as notifier as well. It’s the only Nespresso machine made in Switzerland.
  • The Nespresso U has automatic memorization for your preferred customization for different capsules. It also has a rotating water reservoir that makes it adjustable to your space.
  • The CitiZ has the largest water reservoir. It’s also available as a stand-alone machine or with a built-in milk frother.

Please refer to our post here for more details on the difference between these machines:

What Is The Difference Between Nespresso and Dulce Gusto?

Dolce Gusto Machine

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:

  • Nespresso capsules are made of pure coffee. The machine only brews Espresso drinks (or coffee in VertuoLine’s case). You can create coffee drinks using fresh milk which can be heated and frothed by Nespresso’s frother or your own. Either way, what you get is a fresh cup of coffee made from fresh ingredients.
  • As for Dolce Gusto, you’ll find it has a variety of coffee and coffee flavored drinks. The Dolce Gusto capsules include the coffee, artificial flavors as well as powder milk, which all can be prepared by the Dolce Gusto system. It’s possible that it tastes good – I’m not judging the taste here, I’ve never actually tried it – but it’s a far cry from the quality you’d be getting from Nespresso.

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?

Nespresso Inissia

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.

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Questions About Nespresso Capsules:

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?

Nespresso Capsules

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:

  • Nespresso has a set of rules when it comes to purchasing capsules – you have to buy in multiples of 5. But you do get free 2 day shipping.
  • With Amazon – you have to freedom to buy whatever amount you like. There are also many variety packs as well as limited editions capsules available which might not be available at Nespresso.

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 Coffee Capsules

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.

Nespresso Cappuccino

We’re not fans of this deal for two reasons:

  • The type of blends are pre-selected for you, so you might get something that you don’t like.
  • The Nespresso gifts that you’re getting might seem like good value, but they’re basically overpriced accessories.

You’re better off buying your own selected capsules and buying your own capsules organizer.

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?

Gourmesso Flavored

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.

Click here to read the customer reviews at Amazon or visit their website here.

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.

Other/ Nespresso Accessories:

What Accessories Can I Buy For My Nespresso Machine?

Aeroccino Milk Frother

  • The Aeroccino Milk Frother: this is a fantastic option for someone who likes milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccinos and Lattes. It creates frothy milk, hot or cold, with push of a button. You can get this bundled with a Nespresso machine or get it on your own. You can also get milk frothers from other brands.

DecoBros Crystal Glass Wood Nespresso Storage Drawer Holder for Capsules



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):

Manual 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:

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

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:

De'Longhi EN720.M Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine with Capsule System

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:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso:Coffee Machine

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:

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