Author Katie Mettner

Sometimes DRM is a real pain, and sometimes it's easy to hack



It's Friday and I'm feeling fun, so I thought I would do a blog post with fun in mind! As some of you know, that coffee maker up there is the Keurig 2.0. I got it as a Klout Perk over a year ago and I do love it! One thing I don't like about it is the DRM (Digital rights management) that is installed on the machine. Keurig decided to release a new coffee maker where only pods from their company would work. While thinking it would be good for business, they weren't thinking about how bad for business it actually would be. Consumers got angry! Why? Because suddenly they couldn't use their favorite coffee in this expensive machine. When it first released it was retailing at $199.00, which is a stupid lot of money for a coffee maker that limits what kind of coffee you can use. Has Keurig regretted this decision to install DRM in their machine? I think so. You can go anywhere now and find the 2.0 for $89 bucks, because retailers can't unload them. I'm also finding all the K-Carafe pods on clearance at the grocery store because no one is buying them at the ridiculous price of $12 for four carafes of coffee. All of that said, I still love my machine. I can make everyone their own favorite coffee in the morning and no one complains they have to drink dad's gross mocha coffee. I can make anywhere from 4 ounces to a a full carafe at anytime in a matter of minutes, which was grand, but I still couldn't use my reusable pods. Below is a video for a hack that I've been using on the machine that stands the test of time. I'm sure other's have done this, but because not everyone follows every blog or video on the internet (who has time?) I thought I would share the hack with you here.



So there you have it. The maker does make awesome coffee and is super easy to make specialized coffee for one or many. Now that you have this hack it's okay to go grab that machine for $89 bucks at Walmart or many of the other retailers that are trying to unload it. I should say where I mentioned in there about where it used to give you hot water, that is one feature of the machine that changes with this hack, but only for the better. You used to be able to get hot water from the machine but only 6 ounces at a time. With this hack you can get up to 10 ounces of hot water now because it opened up all the sizes of coffee mugs by taping the lid over the camera. So, do not fear you can still get hot water from the machine even though it doesn't say 'hot water' on it now. Just choose the amount of water you want from 4 to 10 ounces and push the button without your pod in the machine.  I don't feel bad about putting this out here, even though I got the machine for free, because I think Keurig already knows they screwed up and at this point don't really care anymore. I'll buy another Keurig when this one dies, but I'll still be using my own pods in that one too :) As promised here are the links to the reusable pods as described in the video.

Amazon reusable pods for Keurig 2.0


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