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Ekobrew Stainless Steel Elite K-Cup
on January 21, 2014
It is a puzzle to me how this item has received so many positive reviews. I have tried it in my Keurig K75 Platinum brewer with the Ekobrew paper filters and without them…poor results every single time. The item is poorly designed and made. First of all, the thickness of the rim and hinged top of this item prevent the Keurig brewer from closing tight. The silicone seal/gasket ring in the top of the Ekobrew does not even come in contact with the cup, therefore, there is no seal. No seal means it leaks profusely throughout the brewing process with or without an Ekobrew paper filter. The bottom of the cup has a grouping of not-so-small holes that allow the "mud" from the ground coffee to flow right through during brewing…hence the need for paper filters. With the paper filter in place, the Ekobrew DOES NOT hold as much ground coffee as the Keurig My K-Cup does. Sans the paper filter, the unit can hold only about a half teaspoon more ground coffee than the My K-Cup does. The only positives are that, as claimed, the Ekobrew Stainless Steel K-Cup is much easier to clean after the brewing process and the Ekobrew paper filters do eliminate the mud at the bottom of the cup, if you don't mind fiddling with the filter to get it placed properly every time. I have had the Keurig K75 Platinum with the Keurig My K-Cup for about two years and have never had this much trouble brewing, although the My K-Cup does leave mud at the bottom of the cup and the small basket must be washed immediately after brewing or the grounds dry quickly and are difficult to get out. In my judgement, the Ekobrew Stainless Steel K-Cup is intended only to capitalize on the success of the Keurig brewers, but sadly, it is simply a poorly designed waste of money.