My Keurig says my K-Cups aren't usable??

by Lisa

The Keurig 2.0 brewer in its box.

The Keurig 2.0 brewer in its box.


I bought a K-Cup variety pack on Amazon. The vendor stated that these were compatible with a Keurig. I've tried a few and my machine gives me a message that the pods are not useable. What's that about? They look identical!


Lisa, hi

I’m guessing you own a Keurig 2.0, and not one of the original line of Keurig brewers.

If that’s the case, the K-Cup you are trying don’t work because with the Keurig 2.0, only K-Cups that are made by Keurig, or are specially licensed, will work. Try any other kind of third-party K-Cup and the brewer won’t accept them.

Annoying? Absolutely.

In fact, over a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the owners of Keurig, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters because of this.

Here’s the backstory.

Keurig’s patent on the K-Cup expired several years ago, which gave any coffee roaster the freedom to create and sell K-Cups containing their own coffee.

Keurig didn’t like this, so they created a technology within the Keurig 2.0 brewer that would recognize third-party K-Cups and refuse to work with them.

It was an idiotic move that has done nothing other than enrage a lot of coffee lovers.

Fortunately, help is at hand.

Go back to Amazon and get your hands on something called a “Freedom Clip”. Follow the instructions, attach this to your brewer, and that nasty “coffee censorship” thing will no longer work.

In other words, with the clip in place you’ll be able to use your variety pack and any other K-Cups you buy, wherever they come from.

Choose your Freedom Clip from this page on

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