When the new machine arrived, I opened the box, plugged it in, filled it with water, and tried to brew a cup of coffee ... got an error message instead. Keurig 2.0 can only use 'genuine' Keurig coffee packs ... meaning the redesigned, proprietary cups, not the old Keurig ones that I already had in my pantry. Grrrrr!!
I forgot about this, until yesterday. In the back of the cupboard, I found a box of Sleepy Time tea in old-style K-cups. This discovery prompted a bit of Internet reading ... and I figured out a simple way to defeat the Keurig's K-cup sensor so I can use my packs of tea.
I offer this VERY quick, easy tutorial, in case any of you find yourself in the same situation.
I read that the old-style cups don't work because there's an infrared sensor in the lid of the Keurig 2.0 which reads something on the label, so it only accepts the new K-cups. What if I could fool the sensor?
Here's what I did:
I took my used K-cup from the morning's coffee, and I carefully cut it apart ...
... leaving only the thin plastic edge that holds the label.
Insert old-style K-cup into the brewer ...
... and place your prepared new-style K-cup label on top of the old-style cup in the brewer.
Close the brewer ... and the sensor reads the new-style label ... hack was successful!!
Tea time!! (in the mug that I bought at St. Paul's Cathedral during my trip to England last year.)
I'm putting this out there to get my idea into cyberspace, to do what I can to help other frustrated Keurig users who may still have some old-style cups in the cupboard. No need to throw them away, or give them to friends who still have functioning old-style brewers. It really is THIS simple to fool the machine and enjoy a steaming cup of whatever you like.