The bane of all businesses is competition. But without it, customers are likely to feel suffocated by the lack of options, flavors, and growth. When Keurig's patent ran out in 2012, new and existing competitors flocked to the scene in an effort to snag some of those existing customers. Taking the bull by the horns, Green Mountain Coffee did the only thing they could do to avoid the ambush and digitized their Keurig coffee machines. While the new Keurig 2.0 is stunning, efficient, and provides delicious beverages, its DMR (Digital Rights Management) restrictions halt non-Keurig brand pod use. Even worse, the newer version of the brewer also won't take some of the older K-Cups. This is a problem for loyal customers who want more freedom and variety from their favorite appliance. Fortunately, there are a few legitimate Keurig machine hacks or more aptly put “workarounds” that fit the bill.
Differences Between the Old and New Pods
First of all, it's important to know how and why the pods are different. Older pods usually just have a simple cover that may say “For Keurig Brewers”, “Works with Keurig”, or something similar at the bottom of the design. Even reusable pods are designed specifically to fit earlier models of the industry leader's systems. However, the newer pods have a built-in code on the top of the pods that work with the Keurig 2.0 laser reader. While this is guaranteed to boost the company's finances, it's a total pain for many customers who still have stock in older pods or even non-Keurig options. After all, if the laser can't read the label, it won't brew your delicious beverage. But hold on. All it has to do is read the flipping label… or at least not read that the code is missing. That's simple enough. Ready?
Keurig Machine Hacks and workarounds are simple and easy
Pop the Top
If you have a few extra minutes and just a little patience, you can easily use any pod in your Keurig 2.0. Simply cut the top of new a Keurig pod off from the pod itself. Be careful not to peel it off or destroy the code. Trim it to be flush and place it atop the pod you wish to brew. Lining it up carefully, tape at least one edge of the new label to the unused pod. Fit the pod in the Keurig and close the lid. The system will read it as a new Keurig pod and function normally. This method may take a little work, but there's a simple and undeniable satisfaction in being able to pull a such DIY Keurig machine hacks that costs no money.
Freedom Clip It
After the Keurig 2.0 issue arose, a competitor coffee company devised a workaround to avoid losing their profit margin on their stock of Keurig-ready pods. The Freedom Clip was included in each box of competitor pods, but it's now sold at Amazon, eBay, Wal-Mart, and several other store websites. The simple black clip contains an orange circle that fools the optical sensor into thinking it's reading the Keurig code. Simply open the top of your Keurig 2.0 and click the clip into place over the back opening of the inside of the lid (on the left side). Add your chosen pod, brew, and enjoy. This quick Keurig machine workaround costs only a few bucks ($6.50 at Amazon at the writing of this article) and saves you huge amounts of time.
Highlight the Problem
OK, perhaps you don't want to bother with the lid trick and are in a hurry, so you really don't care to order and wait for a specialty clip. The following Keurig machine hack is just for you. Run out to your favorite discount store or raid your personal office stock for some Avery Color Coding Labels in neon colors. Either circles or squares work fine. Grab the pod you want to brew, place a colored label on the edge the lid and fold it over so it's affixed to the side and top of the pod lid. Place the pod in the machine so the colored label is on your left side (under the sensor) and shut the lid. The Keurig 2.0 will react to pink labels by pulling up the standard brewing options for 8 oz. cups. The yellow and orange labels, however, will pull up the advanced options for alternative serving sizes. You will need to add a label for every pod you brew in this manner, but it won't permanently affect your machine in any way.
There are loads of other “Keurig Machine hacks” or “workarounds” which permanently change or open the settings on your Keurig 2.0. But the problem is, they also completely void the warranty. If you just want to have the freedom to use an array of pods for selection, budget, or to enjoy your system without major restrictions, any listed Keurig workaround above will meet those desires. And if your Keurig 2.0 needs repair or adjusting during the warranty period, just remove the workaround and voilà… no harm, no foul. Happy brewing!