Living 100% on Food Storage: refilling Nespresso pods

Just a quick filler post while I sip coffee... and was thinking about it.

We are a huge "coffee" drinking family.  We have every kind of brewer, coffee maker, French Press, vintage percolator, etc.  But what we use(d) most of the time was the Keurig with k-cups or the new Nespresso with pods. 

Since we are now only doing food storage, we have switched it up a bit.

The primary coffee brewer for my husband is the Hamilton Beach Brew Station (I think it's called).  It works to brew ground coffee into a full 12-cup carafe in the top.  You push your travel mug or coffee mug against a bar to fill.   This uses regular, ground coffee, which I had cans stored.

We have a couple boxes of k-cups in the pantry (72-120 ct) so those work in the Keurig but I don't like the taste of using the eco-cup or k-cup refills with regular coffee.  It's really... disgusting tasting.  Luckily we haven't gotten to that point yet.  

My favorite right now (that I only allow myself 1 per day as my first cup in the morning) is the Vertuo Nespresso. 

  • I empty the collection basket from the back of the machine, and cut off the foil top.
  • After washing, let them dry completely.
  • Using foils that had been purchased as well, I refill each of the pods and apply the foil top make them 'new' again.
  • The coffee brewed this way tastes much better than the refilled k-cup pods!

Doing this, I can use up the ground coffee and the coffee beans I have in food storage since I don't have any Nespresso pods stored (they are so very expensive, and my Nespresso brewer is 'new' as I got it as a gift.  I didn't have time to build up a pod storage as I did with regular coffee and k-cups).  I only had the one foil tops though.

I will be able to do this until my package of foils are gone.  At that point I'd have to decide whether to invest in more foils (about $10 I think?) or switch to using regular brewed coffee in the carafe (which I don't care for the taste).  I really don't want to spend any money though.  

Almost zero expenses other than bills and mortgage since November, 2023.






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