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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby jbviau » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:23 pm

CoffeeIcon wrote:Yes, Keurig made us take it down due to the authorized KAD agreement. So you won't see it on other legitimate kad websites either (kad = Keurig Authorized Dealer). The comment about GMCR boots on our neck...you wonder how it feels?...well it hurts when they control all of the K-cups and the Keurig items. These all sell very well and they like to have "full control" through kad contracts. We hear though, on the good and positive side, that the "bootleg" non-KAD dealers will soon be cut off from buying direct. SO if you don't see a statement at the bottom of their web page stating they are an authorized KAD dealer, then they won't be able to sell k-cups or Keurig Brewers (unless they bootleg it from a legitimate OCS operator) (OCS = Office Coffee Service). This Solofill is a great product. It would not surprise me if they bought it for themselves. But with them...who knows...

Hi. So how many KADs are there?
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby mmorgan » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:41 pm

I ordered the solofill from coffeeicon earlier today and put it on my facebook to show others and then it disappeared. Now I know why. I guess I was able to order one of the last ones because it shows that they shipped it. At least we can order it from the solofill company. I am sure it sold like hot cakes. Looking forward to trying it.
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby jbviau » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:08 pm

mmorgan wrote:I ordered the solofill from coffeeicon earlier today and put it on my facebook to show others and then it disappeared. Now I know why. I guess I was able to order one of the last ones because it shows that they shipped it. At least we can order it from the solofill company. I am sure it sold like hot cakes. Looking forward to trying it.

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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby bendzel » Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:51 pm

Can anyone tell me approximately how long the solofill resuable k-cup will last? Just an approximate number of cups before you have to buy a new one? thanks!
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby ifonline » Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:55 pm

There is no particular reason that these should not last for years. The filter is a metal screen, so keep it washed and it should last for a long time. I'm not even sure how to answer how many cups you can make with one of these... thousands? Tens of thousands?
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby DellRio811 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:38 am

I bought the My K-Cup and used it once. What I did not like was the emptying the tightly packed grounds into the sink and rinsing the filter after each cup. At least with the old Mr Coffee type filter I just picked it up and tossed it in the trash after each use. The Solofill does seem to be heads above the My K-Cup but still you have to go thru the process of cleaning out the grounds.

I would suspect the only market for this will those who already use the My K-Cup.
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby TheCoffeeArtisan » Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:55 pm

I've had a chance to put the Solofill Cup through some testing this weekend and would like to share my results. I wanted to look at the intended use of the Solofill and to grade it in 3 categories:

1. Ease of use
2. Quality of brew
3. Ease of cleanup

First, it couldn't be easier to use. Fill it will your favorite ground coffee up to the line indicated, close the lid and pop it into your Keurig. It is easy enough you can do this with one hand. Unlike the My K-Cup, there is nothing to remove and replace, just pop the Solofill cup into the K-Cup holder and brew as usual. You need to be sure as when using the My K-Cup that your grind isn't too fine and that you don't tamp or pack the coffee, thus restricting water flow. Follow those two simple rules and you're set.

Second, the quality of brew exceeds that of a standard K-Cup IMHO. One of my long-standing reasons that I prefer pods over K-Cups comes down to the experience in the cup. The 'Green" factor is definitely a decision point as well, but I really like a full-bodied coffee with a rich mouth feel. It's really hard IMHO to get that experience in a K-Cup. What I found when using the Solofill Cup was a cup with a richer mouth feel and a fuller body than when using a standard K-Cup. To prove this was always the case, I conducted an experiment. First, I brewed a GMCR Dark Magic Extra Bold K-Cup at the 7.25 oz brew size. Next, I emptied the contents of a new GMCR Extra Bold K-Cup into the Solofill Cup and brewed it in the Keurig at the same brew size. My first observation was that the amount of coffee in the Extra Bold K-Cup was at the absolute limit of what the Solofill Cup can hold. That was important because it wouldn't make sense to compare using different amounts of coffee. It also gives you an idea of what the Solofill Cup is capable of should you choose to buy one for yourself. In the cup, I noticed some very noticeable differences in the mouth feel and overall richness of the brew. I much preferred the same coffee brewed using the Solofill Cup over the K-Cup. The best way to describe the difference is to say that the mouth feel is more like what you would get from a French Press or when using a Swissgold filter vs. a paper filter. The Stainless mesh filter on the Solofill Cup is fine enough that you don't get the grit like you can in a French Press, but it also lets all of the essential oils pass through which is clearly visible on the surface of your brewed coffee.

Third, the cleanup was acceptable given the need to dump the grounds and rinse the cup. I found that using the edge of the trash can like a knock box removed all of the grounds and only left a slight residue to rinse out. This is important to me as I am on a septic system and not a public sewer. A big plus for the Solofill Cup is that the lid is attached. You won't find yourself accidentally throwing out the lid when you dump your grounds. The cleanup certainly was not as easy as removing a paper filter or regular K-Cup, but no harder than the My K-Cup.

While not designed or intended for this purpose, I wanted to see if the Solofill cup could also be used as a way to brew soft coffee pods in your Keurig. Many people don't want to grind their own beans and like the convenience of a K-Cup or Pod. To conduct this test and brew the pod in the Solofill Cup, I pinched the sides of a Fratello Organic Dixie Voodoo pod which formed a ball-shape and then placed it in the Solofill Cup. I cut a small slit in the top center of the pod to allow the water to enter and insure a proper extraction. I also brewed this pod on the 7.25 oz brew size, however the Fratello pod only has about 10 grams of coffee which is slightly less than an Extra Bold K-Cup. While Dark Magic and Dixie Voodoo aren't the same coffee, my results were somewhat similar. Mouth feel and overall body were similar between the pod and regular K-Cup. Having the paper pod filter within the secondary stainless filter resulted in a thinner body and mouth feel than say from an OPOD; however the results were quite similar to the Dark Magic K-Cup. The Solofill Cup results were certainly better. I also tested dumping the contents of a Fratello Dixie Voodoo pod into the Solofill Cup and brewed at 7.25 oz that way. This result was clearly better than the pod inside the Solofill Cup.

You may ask why would you want to dump the contents of a pod into the Solofill Cup? To me the answer is simple - you want to enjoy coffees that you can only find in a pod, but you don't want to buy a new brewer or you don't own a grinder and still like the variety that SSC delivers. If you love Peet's Major Dickason's Blend and that's all you drink it isn't a big deal to buy a bag and grind beans for each cup you brew or to buy it pre-ground and use a 12 oz. bag fairly quickly. Buying small enough quantities of 100% Kona or JBM on the other hand and keeping it fresh for the occasional cup is another dilemma altogether. You can buy a box of 18 nitrogen flushed pods, knowing that you'll only drink 1 or 2 cups of 100% Kona a week and that it will stay fresh that way. Tear open a pod, dump it into the Solofill Cup and off you go.

Overall, I can say that the Solofill Cup is a winner. Not only will it allow you to brew any coffee of your choice in the Keurig, it can do it with even better results than a normal K-Cup. That's a Win-Win for Keurig owners. You can reduce your environmental impact by eliminating the plastic waste associated with K-Cups while enjoying a superior brew quality. Want 100% Kona or a single-origin coffee that you can't find in a K-Cup? - this could be your answer.

So how did we score?

1. Ease of use: A
2. Quality of brew: A
3. Ease of cleanup: B

Overall Score: A

We'll be placing an order for these on Monday and should have them available for sale very soon.

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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby jar » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:25 pm

TheCoffeeArtisan wrote:We'll be placing an order for these on Monday and should have them available for sale very soon.

Chad


Thanks Chad. Of course I just gave my B-40 away...

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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby jbviau » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:44 pm

Chad, what an informative post. Thanks! I didn't even know you had a Keurig. Which model is it? Also, how much will you be selling the Solofills for? I may be interested in trying one out when (if?) my B40 comes out of hibernation.

jar, your own B40 was already retired and collecting Social Security, no? ;)
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby TheCoffeeArtisan » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:53 pm

I will offer the same deal as solofill.com - $14.95 and free shipping if you order 2 or more.

I have a B60 I use for testing purposes. While I won't endorse a Keurig over a good pod brewer like Bunn or Grindmaster, I do realize that people have a choice and that Keurig makes a good product. I'm taking the approach that if I can't convince you that pods are better or you already have a Keurig and don't want to switch then I want to help you get the best coffee out of your Keurig while being environmentally friendly. I also want to give Keurig owners a way to enjoy single-origin coffees that does them justice. The Solofill Cup is the first product I have tested that really delivers a quality cup I can recommend.

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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby TheCoffeeArtisan » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:25 pm

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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby sweaner » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:26 pm

I too have been playing with the Solofill over the past week. I concur with what Chad noted. If you really try you can get almost 12 grams into it. One issue I noted is that it does not stand, so I placed it into a small Dixie cup while trying to fill it. That is a little easier than holding it. I knock the grounds into the sink and rinse to clean...fairly easy.

I wish they would try to design one that could hold 15 grams of coffee!
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby GmanJenks » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:30 pm

Chad,

I am glad to know you have tested these with pods. It looks like I will need to order one as my Pod Holster at the office seems to have disappeared. I suspect I was in too much of a rush to brew a to go cup before leaving the office for a funeral on Friday and the next person tossed it out.
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby jbviau » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:35 pm

GmanJenks wrote:I suspect I was in too much of a rush to brew a to go cup before leaving the office for a funeral on Friday and the next person tossed it out.

Oops. But that's going to be a risk with the Solofill too, no?
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Re: Solofill Reusable K-Cup

Postby GmanJenks » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:41 pm

jbviau wrote:
GmanJenks wrote:I suspect I was in too much of a rush to brew a to go cup before leaving the office for a funeral on Friday and the next person tossed it out.

Oops. But that's going to be a risk with the Solofill too, no?


Yes, that will be a risk as well. I don't see any other way around it if I want to drink pods at work.
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