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  (NOTE: A dozen new coffee machine systems have appeared on the

market since I wrote this article -noteably, the KEURIG II (TWO)

so that a lot of information will be updated shortly ) FEB 26 2016

As a confirmed COFFAHOLIC, I really delve into the matter of coffee, coffee
makers, coffee products, and coffee marketing. Since I live out of a suitcase
most of the time, I look for the most convenient coffee maker for each location.

Since I travel to Vancouver a great deal, usually at least once a year to go
camping there are now 4 coffee makers at this location...

The first coffee maker is the "STANDARD" 12 cup, typical brewing station,
found in most homes. It has a glass pot, a warming plate on the bottom to
keep the coffee pot hot for about 2 hours, after which, the electronic timer
turns off the element.

This unit is well designed, and easy to operate.

It has water level indicators on both sides. (above photo)

AND it has a HUGE opening at the top so that you can fill it without
spilling water all over the sides and counter.

Unfortunately, like all coffee machines that I have seen, the " 12 CUP "
advertised capacity is about 2 1/4 real-life cups of coffee ! ...

The Next coffee maker, instead of having a glass pot, uses the same
horse-shoe shaped heater element to heat and bubble the water, but, the
element is hidden inside the unit. A plastic reservoir sits on TOP, with
a push (the cup) lever to pour coffee from the reservoir.

Unlike the 12 cup unit shown above, this unit has the typical plate-warmer
element hidden inside, and turned off and on by a RELAY, controlled by a
timer. Once the element tube, in the shape of a horse-shoe finishes bubbling
the water, the computer timer circuit turns it off, and turns on a second relay to
power a solid state ceramic heater element under the reservoir.

In the photo above, you can see the standard curved heater element and
coffee tube, hidden under the bottom of the coffee maker. This element is
identical to the plate - warmer / bubbler tube on the 12 cup unit - on the
12 cup unit, the element/tube is clamped under the plate metal, round,
platform that the glass coffee pot sits on. Here, there is just a clamped piece of
metal on top, to clamp the screws into, just to fasten it to the plastic housing.

Once the relay shuts off the bubbler, the computer timer turns on a solid
state heater clamped to the bottom round stainless steel plate where the
reservoir sits. The Reservoir has a matching stainless steel plate, which
transferes the heat to the coffee.

Inside the back of the coffee maker, you can see the computer timer board
with the two black relays for the two heater elements.

Again, unfortunately, the advertised " 10 CUP " capacity, is, EXACTLY
TWO (2) ordinary take- out cups of coffee, typically from 7/11 or Tim Hortons! ! !

Unfortunately, this 10 cup unit was poorly designed, and has an unbelievabley
small, irregular, triangular area to pour water into! No matter WHAT you try, you
end up spilling water all over the sides, and down the front, where holes allow
water INTO the coffee maker! Not well thought out... (BELOW )

The THIRD Coffee machine, which gets the most use in the kitchen, is
the KEURIG, "K-CUP" instant brewer, in this case, the 'baby' model,
since it does not have a large, reservoir of hot water on the back. This model
requires you to add one "cup" of cold water, each time you use it, and it
first heats the water, then quickly runs the water through the plastic K-CUP
under high pressure, in a few seconds. The large units have a
reservoir of HOT water, and give you a cup of coffee in a few seconds.

INSIDE, the Keurig is twice as complex as a typical brewer, since high
pressure water must be created, using pumps. Common maintenance includes
cleaning the water nozzles, cleaning the air passages, and oiling the high
pressure water pumps and motors. Oiling the pump/motors is not often done
by most home owners, but online videos show that it can be done. The
electronics rarely fail, with only one report of the low voltage transformer
failing- which was easily replaced with a generic transformer of same voltage.

Finally, there is the little $9.99 ( $10 US ) single cup brewer that I got
a few years ago when I wanted something small and inexpensive, to make a
cup of fresh coffee.

As you can see in the photo above, it has a tiny cup, that barely fits in the
area under the filter, and it splatters coffee all over, with loud sputtering
noises and steam sounds! It only has an "ON" switch, and the round
platform for the cup is just plastic, with no heater...

The horse-shoe shaped heater element and attached coffee tube
is mounted hidden in the back of the coffee maker, hanging in mid air.
These heaters are designed to be mounted FLAT, not standing on end,
and this arrangement, with both ends "UP", along with the short distance
to the outlet spout, cause explosions of steam!
There is no timer or computer, so that once you turn the coffee maker on
the element just gets hot and stays hot- there is a snap thermostat that
turns the element off when it reaches boiling, and a safety fuse, but
if you do not turn off the switch manually, the element just sits there all
day getting hot, and not doing anything, since it is NOT keeping the
coffee plate warm, as is the unit shown first, above!

The normal re-useable filter above is small, difficult to work with, messy,
and difficult to clean!

I discovered, that using an ordinary filter made filling the coffee into the
machine much easier and got rid of a lot of mess...

By closing the top of the filter, all the mess was eliminated, and it was
easy to empty... (above )

HOWEVER, the tiny cup that came SUPPLIED with the unit was narrowed at the bottom,
hollowed out at the bottom, and thick at the inside bottom, so the AMOUNT of coffee
was ridiculously small, and on a cold day, there was NOT enough hot coffee
to even heat up the cup, so the coffee was only 'warm' to start off with, and
since the heater element, even though it was "on" and steaming hot, was
hidden in the back of the plastic coffee maker, doing nothing!

The bottom of the cup is hollow (above) and has THICK ceramic
and a narrow bottom, so there is only a tiny amount of actual coffee!

If you look at the ridiculous 'supplied' cup, (above) compared to a "NORMAL"
coffee cup, the standard "real" cup actually holds over TWICE the
amount of coffee!
The "REAL" cup would NOT even FIT in the coffee maker, so I had to
remove the round platform cover on the bottom! (below)


Then it occurred to me, why couldn't you just use the clean and simple
KEURIG K-CUP, or TASSIMO cup of coffee, in a simple, cheap, small

To test the idea quickly, I cut out a piece of plastic the correct shape to allow
the K-CUP to sit in the machine. The correct plastic holder for either a
K-CUP or TASSIMO, would have to be funnel shaped down a bit, to put
the plastic cups at the bottom, so that the water would ALL go through the
cups... My next trial will use a curved piece of plastic for testing...

As you can see, (above), the idea works great!

Then there is the problem of the ridiculously tiny space for the actual CUP!
Look at a Tim Hortons cup, compared to the "manufacturer's"
pretend cup... (below)

Look at the pretend cup compared to a real 7/11 cup! (below )

MY INVENTION, once constructed, will be a simple, cheap, REAL
coffee maker that can use fresh ground coffee and a "permanent" (messy) filter,
OR, a K-CUP, OR a TASSIMO cup, OR a simple paper filter, AND,
can adjust to any height of REAL Coffee CUP!

To use this new design, there would have to be a plastic punch to make
holes in the K-CUP/TASSIMO cups, and I would include a REAL coffee
cup, with a FLAT bottom, so that the warmer plate would actually
touch the CUP !

Since most of the INVENTIONS I was working on in VANCOUVER were
simply stolen, and manufactured, happily keeping many people busy in
CHINA, I was surprised that this Invention was not immediately
manufactured... Until I realized that I had not developed the prototype far
enough to
" COPY " ! Since every single item stolen was "COPIED",
complete with flaws and crude constructions, (since I do not have a machine
shop to do precision work,) this item was ignored! The PUNCH tool needed
to open the Keurig and Tassimo cups is a bit trickier than it might at first
seem, so an analysis of the cups is necessary.
Obviously, the thieves are totally incapable of "thinking" or "creating" or
"Engineering" things, so they just ignored the product - likely waiting until
I finish it, so that they can just "COPY" it ! (duh! )...


The Keurig cups are simple, elegant, solid, and fairly easy to manufacture
by the millions, with a high degree of reliability. Over the past couple of
years, I have found three of four that had the FILTER on the inside,
mal-aligned, or the ALUMINUM seal on the top, mal-aligned, but these are
rare, and any "leaks",- even at high pressure from the KEURIG machine,
( the one I used stated 2000 torr pressure ), simply "leak" downward into
the cup below. The worst that happens is that some ground coffee beans
get in your cup, and you have to clean the holder assembly - cleaning the
assembly is done on a regular basis ANYWAY, so this malfunction is really
rare, and easy to clean up...
The KEURIG machine has a PUNCH on the top, and a PUNCH on the bottom,
so that when you close the lid, you punch a hole into the aluminum seal on
the top, and you put a hole in the bottom, for the liquid coffee to pour into
your cup... Very straight- forward, and very simple. The top punch is
deliberately irregular on the bottom, to spray sideways, and round, to seal,
on the top.

To make a simple punch to put a hole in the top and the bottom of a
KEURIG, is so simple, I will not even bother to describe it! I will say
though, that the large, single punch hole is NOT what I want for a slow
drip brew machine- you want a number of finer, smaller holes spread out,
so that water can drip in, yet ground coffee does not float to the top
and come out...

NOTE: (below) that there is a gap between the filter, and the bottom,
so that the hole punch has an area of safety to punch without hitting the filter.

The FILTER, on the inside, is pleated, accordion style, and hot-welded
into the plastic around the top rim. Very simple, and reliable.

Opening different boxes of Keurig, with different brands, shows that the
cups, and the sizes are consistent. I have never (yet) found "less" coffee
in a cup...

On the KEURIG, you just drop the coffee cup into the bottom holder,
which has the round hole punch clearly visible. (below). When you close
the lid, the top hole punch comes down to break the aluminum seal on
the top. Very simple.

Making a simple KEURIG insert for any coffee maker is incredibly easy,
and even with a single top and bottom hole it works great. You really
get a nice cup of coffee... In fact, by SLOW BREWING the coffee beans,
it may even result in a BETTER cup of coffee, than a fast blast of hot
water can get - there is a LOT of talk about this on coffee discussions
on the internet - this applies both to Keurig, and Tassimo. I would
(being me) have to conduct proper tests to determine this, but it makes
a certain amount of sense...

Of note, more recently on the market, are "K" cup compatible cups that
use a slightly different approach. These products use a very heavy ring
of heavy plastic, similar to the white, tough plastic used in Tassimo cups,
and an EXTREMELY tough, pre-moulded, round, filter, with NO bottom
platic cup covering it.... There is a PLUS side and a "down" side to this...
If you are camping, or just want a QUICK, EASY, cup of coffee, and
will likely "use -up" an entire open bag of these, in a short time, then you
can "cut" the fabrication time down, to just that of making slits in the lid,
with a sharp blade.

These cups arrive in a sealed, almost air tight bag, with a special,
one-way filter hidden on the inside of the front of the package. There
is a tiny cut in the bag, just over the air-valve device. This is identical
to the air valves used in bags of fresh pre-ground coffee packaging. Freshly
roasted coffee "out-gases" a bit when first packaged, so the air release
valve prevents the bags from swelling, and bursting, while at the same time
preventing any air from getting into the package...

ABOVE, is the button, one-way air valve, which is hot-meld welded to the
INISIDE, of the middle of the front of the aluminized coffee bag. To get
an idea of its size, I show it beside a coffee cup.
The CENTER of the valve, shows clearly a micro-filter, hot stamped into the

The "outside" face of the air valve, showing a bit of aluminized bag on
the rim, is hot-welded to the inside of the coffee bag - completely
hidden. A small cut in the bag, allows air to escape, through the hole,
shown above.

On the outside face, sealed against the aluminum package,
there is a pop-into-place cap with an air-hole, that presses
down the center of a round, grey, plastic, flexible, air valve
This design construction prevents the cap from ever 'popping'
off, and mixing into the contents!

Clearly seen, ABOVE, is a layer of clear silicon grease on the
under-side of the valve, and on the rim of the plastic holder. This
assures an absolute seal. Earlier types of this valve did not have
the silicon sealant used.

Above, you can see the "new" style of cups,
sitting on the "Classic" "K" cup styles.

As you can see above, the 'new' style has a round, pre-formed,
filter attached to a very thick, tough, white ring of plastic.

Above, you can see the filter, and the ring with the filter removed.
Removing the filter, is VERY difficult!

Removing the filter is extremely difficult, because it is not just "flat"
pressed into the top, it is actually hot-pressed into a sharp GROOVE
around the top, so that it is welded very solidly into the plastic. Then,
once the coffee is placed into the filter, the top is pressed a second time,
as the aluminum cover is hot-welded, again! It is almost impossible to
entirely remove the aluminum top, since it so thoroughly bonded to the
filter! This new process is different from the "K" cups, which have the
filter bonded on the inside of the top rim, and the aluminum bonded on
the top edge, separately.

An interesting note: people are taking this design, and instead of
waiting in an office line-up during a work break, they just get hot water,
and dunk one of these cups into it. They squeeze the filter a few times,
and get a fresh cup of coffee, without a great deal of fuss. This could be
done for "camping" as well, but.... I personally do NOT favour large,
open, bags, of anything, since the freshness is rapidly depleated. In a
busy office, or for a short camping trip, with lots of resources ( you are
not hiking up the side of a mountain, far from civilization for
weeks!) then these "K" cups designs may work for you. By putting a
few slits in the aluminum tops, it increases the water circulation,
and you get a great "cup" of coffee, without needed huge machinery
and power! For "me", the sealed, standard "K" cups do this - sealed,
and "better" and "fresher", so I would not use this new design over the
regular style...


The TASSIMO cups, unlike the KEURIG, are NOT simple, nor
straightforward, in any way, shape, or form. In fact, they are one of
the most complex manufacturing designs that I have seen in a LONG 
time.... The fact that they can manufacture the TASSIMO, by the
tens - of - thousands, with any reliability at all, is simply amazing!
A HUGE amount of time and effort went into the design, in order
ensure that the coffee grounds were thoroughly and completely and
EVENLY saturated with a stream of high pressure water... It is so
complex, that when I first looked at it, I thought it was impossible
to manufacture! A closer examination revealed how they did it...

ABOVE, the typical Tassimo package has two tall tassimo
dispenser boxes inside.

The TASSIMO cups are wider, and narrower from top to bottom
than the KEURIG style, and just from a quick look, appear more
complicated in the plastic forming. The aluminum seal on the "TOP"
seems about the same...

It is funny, but a fairly extensive search on the internet on "HOW 
DOES A  TASSIMO FILTER CUP WORK?" results in absolutely nothing
- all any one states is that you "put it in the machine, and the bar
code is read, and it makes coffee"! (duh!)

The FIRST thing you notice is that the cup is put into the machine
UPSIDE DOWN, so that the LABEL with the BAR CODE, is read by the
BOTTOM mounted window on the machine. The Second difference,
is that BOTH the hot water inlet, and the outlet, are on the "bottom"
as well, as are the two HOLE PUNCH nozzles on the machine.

Looking at the bottom (top, when in machine) of the cup, you can see
the FILTER arrangement- a wide, shallow filter, almost touching the
bottom of the cup...

Opening the Tassimo cup up, and taking a look, verifies that there
is a filter on the bottom. The first question that comes to mind, is
WHERE does the water come IN, and where does it GO, since the
filter is sitting on the bottom of a sheet of solid plastic!

It appears that the filter sits on the bottom, with a sheet of solid
plastic under it, and no where for the coffee to go! Also, the round
side "INLET" for water, has a solid round tube of plastic around it,
and no where for the water to go!

Then you realize that the FILTER ASSEMBLY has been plastic welded
onto the bottom of the cup...

Note that the FILTER assembly HOLE, is bigger than the round post
in the bottomof the cup, so that the coffee/water flows from the TOP
 of the filter, towards the center post/hole, and comes up the CENTER,
of the filter hole, to the OUTLET punch hole...

NOTICE the hole in the center of the filter Assembly

You can clearly see where the center hole opening of the filter, meets the
top aluminum seal, in the center, where the HOLE PUNCH OUTLET is
located. Below:

But we are still left with how the hot water INLET, that is completely
surrounded by a plastic tube, gets water to the coffee- more close
inspection is needed... Take a look, BELOW, at the Lid 'top' aluminum
seal from side-lighting. Look carefully where the side INLET punch hole
meets the edge of the CUP!

The INLET PUNCH HOLE is completely surrounded by plastic, inside the
cup, but you can see that there is an incredibly small groove, leading from
the inlet hole, all around the rim of the cup.... more investigation...

I put a piece of black plastic, in the groove around the top edge, to show
the tiny water spray holes all around the top edge...

This outside channel, with spray nozzles, goes all the way around the
outside, except in one spot, where 7 re-enforcing ribs line the side.

I am guessing, that these LUCKY 7 ribs were added after the original
design, in response to accidents, where high-pressure hot water,
sprayed out of the machine, and thousands of cups were
This extra support would likely be the area where failure occurred,
and hot water deformed the cup, causing a leak. In the total scheme
of things, the small area used by the ribs that is NOT spraying hot
water on the coffee, is negligible...

KEEPING IN MIND that the cup, when actually in USE, in the machine, is
UPSIDE_DOWN! --- so that the water is shot from the BOTTOM, around
the the outside of the rim, goes UP through the swirling coffee grinds,
then goes UP through the filter assembly, to the CENTER POST, where
it goes DOWN, through the center tube, to the hole punch OUTLET 
NOZZLE.... Complicated....!

The Diagram BELOW, shows, with the cup "upside-down" as it would be,
in the machine, the flow path of the hot water through the coffee grounds.
It is counter-intuitive, but the filter is on the TOP!

The Tassimo uses 3 layers. The center ring is the "ALIGNMENT" holder,
where you place the coffee cup, aluminum lid DOWN, before pressing the two
puncture needles up from the bottom , and pressing the two pressure posts,
down from the top. (below )

Another view below:

Below, you can see the two (2) puncture posts on the bottom, that break
open the aluminum seal, where the INLET, on the side, and OUTLET, in
the middle, are located.
Circled in
red, is the BAR CODE READER that reads the code on the
aluminum cup lid.

BELOW, you can see two plastic cups, in the ALIGNMENT holder. The first
is a BLANK disk, that has the INLET go directly to the OUTLET with a
channel clearly seen on the top. This is used to just clean the nozzles
with a shot of hot water. NOTE the two plastic pressure posts that PUSH 
the cup down onto the BOTTOM two puncture NEEDLE  tubes.
In the second frame, you see a Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm good TIM
HORTONS coffee cup in place! Note that the 7 re-inforcing ribs point
outward to the front, where the 'user' would be standing, so that any
leakage would not occur "frontwards".

Much like the KEURIG, the TASSIMO internal parts and mechanisms are
far more complicated than the typical drip brew machines. (below)

People on the internet, take the machines apart to fix air problems and
water leaks, usually after the warranty, and post the information

One last thing I can easily check, is HOW MUCH COFFEE?
Lets take a look:

I needed a clear, small measure to see the AMOUNT of coffee, and the closest
thing I had was a 1T harddrive case with a nice pocket... Works perfectly...

AS YOU CAN SEE, ( ABOVE ), the amount of coffee is almost identical. The
only real difference, to a COFFAHOLIC, like myself, located in CANADA, is
that TIM HORTONS coffee, is ONLY available, for the moment, in the
TASSIMO! HENCE, the serious, and
URGENT need to find a way to get the
TASSIMO to work, anywhere, anytime! (Which I did! ) I can not carry a huge,
heavy, TASSIMO kitchen machine with me everywhere I go! 
It would be really, really, un-handy on an airplane! - And, equally un-handy
going camping!
NOTE: Searching online, I find that KEURIG does make a
LARGE, "thermos" sized K-CUP, for very large containers! I have, in a few
years of shopping, NEVER actually seen one! I hope they start to show up
on more store shelves, since THAT coffee cup would be the one that I would

(NOTE: searching further, and not yet available in CANADA, is an entirely
new design from KEURIG, the " VUE", which I have described further
below,... Since I can only find references to U.S. sources, this would
explain why I have not yet found it on the store shelves...)

Now that we know how the TASSIMO cup works, it is a SNAP to get it to work in
a slow drip brew machine. The first thing is to get an insert with the correct
hole, to place the Tassimo cup where the normal filter would be - easy. Then,
we have to get a series of fine holes in the aluminum top seal - this would
be the same as the holes needed in KEURIG aluminum seal, so the SAME
 TOOL IS USED! Easy. The second task,- that of getting the wonderful, aromatic,
TIM HORTONS, coffee, to flow out the bottom, is more
complicated, but, in view of how the cup works, as described
above, the answer is VERY SIMPLE. ( Well, for me, it is, -- if you are merely
COPYING things in CHINA, it is obviously too difficult! )... The POST dimple
in the bottom of the cup at the center needs to be cut out. A perfectly
fitting post tool fits inside the hollow, with a tiny cutting blade on the outside
- just rotate the cup once, and the center post falls out! EASY! And fast.
Then there is a big hole in the center, bottom, for the coffee to pour out, into
your cup!


Then there is the task of making an insert that fits BOTH the TASSIMO and
KEURIG cups, to put into the coffee maker, in place of the filter basket assembly.
Since the TASSIMO is the WIDER, you have a hole on the top of the insert
for the TASSIMO cup, then, UNDER that, you have a hole for the KEURIG cup.
Very Simple. Elegant, and simple, and inexpensive. And, as I noted above, there is
the distinct possibility that the SLOW water trickle through the coffee, actually has
has more TIME to pick up and absorb all the Mmmmm Mmmmm goodness!
( That would be the Coffaholic in me, talking...)

It is also easy to make TWO Separate cup holders, One just for the Tassimo, and
the other just for the KEURIG... These would be flatter, and easier to mold.

( NOTE: there is a NEW KEURIG cup that I found only on U.S. websites, called
the VUE, and this would require a 3rd adapter holder! It would appear the
easiest method, now, is to have 3 separate adapters. Until I actually have one
to experiment with, I will not know for certain. I may yet be able to make a
3-layered, single adapter, that fits all 3 sizes! What I AM certain of, is that

I can use the VUE cups as well in this SIMPLE, CHEAP, COFFEE machine! )

Since the BACK of the coffee maker is empty hollow wasted space, I would
put in a pocket to hold the Ground coffee Filter, the K-CUP / TASSIMO insert,
and the coffee scoop for the fresh ground option...You could even put in a slot holder
for a couple of KEURIG and TASSIMO cups, and a place for a few paper filters...

The whole thing could easily retail for $9.99 in quantity, (I have seen similar ONE_CUP
units in the stores for $7.99, with the same part inventory ) and since THIS coffee maker
now can use the convenient K-CUP / TASSIMO coffees, it is MUCH more
practical, and, since ANY sized drinking COFFEE cup can now be used, again,
it is just a LOT more versatile and friendly!

The water reservoir on the top would have to be made a bit bigger, which is no
problem at all, since the back of the unit is now hollow, since the heating element
is on the BOTTOM, where it should be! Thus, once you DO get coffee, the cup
warmer will keep your coffee HOT for a change (as long as the bottom of the coffee
cup is actually FLAT - something that "supplied" coffee cups are
actually designs that awful stuff???? - a teeny pretend cup with a pretend bottom?
It appears that the people who 'manufacture' products, never actually "use" them!))

There are 8 "engineering" items that "MUST" be done to this coffee maker, to finish
the manufacturing model, so that it is universally functional. I am absolutely
delighted to wait and see how many of these will be incorporated in the "COPY"
versions when they hit the stores.... Such fun!....

One of these design considerations, is a pop-down cover over the heater, in the
event that someone is using a PLASTIC or PAPER or StyroFoam cup! The cover
would allow the non-metallic or ceramic cup, to sit comfortably on the hot-
plate! Let's see what other un-named items make it to the market, on the "copy"!

As Well, since I go camping, I am designing a light, collapsible, holder, to put in a
Keurig and Tassimo, to place on top of a MUG, so that boiling water can be poured
on top! The holder must be as compact and light as possible, to make storage room
for the Tim Hortons Coffee cups! More fun!

@@@ CAMPING @@@

Since, even if "I" make a number of prototype CAMPING devices to make it easy
to get KEURIG and TASSIMO cups to work "easily" for camping, there is the
problem that I am "not" a manufacturer, so "
YOU" could not 'buy' one at your
local store. YOU will have to wait until someone in China steals the ideas,
and manufactures the devices! (If you are a severe Coffaholic, and have
connections in CHINA- just forward this page! ) ...
( kidbots.com/WEBADD/COFFEE/COFFEE.html ) ... ! ! Be certain to say that you
"STOLE" the idea, -- do not say that it is "free" ( "F"ree is the "F" word in the
corporate sphere, -- the word never to be spoken! ) So here is a quick fix in the
meantime - I am experimenting with various techniques to get started
with the absolute minimum of specialized devices....

( and therefore, CAMP TIMMIES! )

Turn the cup upside down, and get a dollar-store, cheap, typical "box-cutter"
or click cutter. Set the cutter with the smallest blade you can get (so you
don't dig in too deep and cut the filter).

Cut straight lines, from rib to rib, slightly away from the outside edge,
where the filter is almost touching the plastic. I cut on a slight angle to
the center, as well to avoid going too deep. Get a sharp, strong knife -
I use my camping Victorinox ( Swiss Army ) all stainless multi-tool.
It has a sharp point tool. The click blade "could" be used, but is awkward,
and can break. Any sharp, strong knife blade will do...

Carefully pry up the bottom plastic, one rib at a time- each one will "snap"
up, with a 'pop', getting easier to pry, with each snap.

Once you get about half-way, you can just pull off the lid with your fingers.
Turn over the Timmies Cup, and use the sharpest blade you can find, to
poke holes in the aluminum top. I tried the Victorinox point tool, and it
was too fat, and the holes let out too much coffee grounds into the cup --
not that this is a serious problem, since they sink to the bottom, but a THIN,
sharp blade such as the click blade, makes SUCH a narrow slit, that NO coffee
grounds can get out. (( note that for years, we just threw coffee grounds
directly into boiling water at the camp, and let them drift to the bottom of
the cup - we just threw away the grounds when done! )) On that point....
One of the nice things about Kuerig and Tassimo cups, is that they are each
SEALED, so that every cup is FRESH, when you make a cup. ( You can tell,
since everytime you open a cup, you can smell the fresh coffee in the air!)
Using a big can or bag of coffee has the effect of getting rather stale coffee
after a while...

I put the Tassimo cup, upside down, in the water, and since it is awkward
to set a camp fire in the living room ( even though there is a fireplace -
it is not designed to operate unless the glass doors are shut, etc. ! ),

I am just heating up the Tassimo and Keurig cups with a MICROWAVE..
People may think that you cannot put the aluminum top, which is a "metal"
in a microwave, but if you have ever looked inside a POPCORN bag for a
microwave, you will see that the entire bottom is ALUMINUM! Since the lid
of the cups is downward, "IN" the water, the worst it can do is get 'hot'
(just like the popcorn bag aluminum), which is GREAT, since this is what I
want! Also, note in the picture above, there is an air bubble in the TASSIMO
 cup- this is actually NEEDED to make it float- that way, when the water
is boiling, you slowly press the cup downward, with a spoon, and as you press,
water flows through the aluminum slits, and goes through the coffee,
and out the filter. If you do this periodically, over a minute or so, you
get a really great cup of coffee - no expensive machinery or devices needed.
The downside of a CLICK Box Cutter, is that you HAVE TO put it in the
LUGGAGE that is checked in, if you are travelling, since it would really annoy
security through the scanners at an airport! But they are cheap, and you can
get them anywhere. Sometimes, the air bubble gets too small, so, in the last
photo above, you see how I lift the TASSIMO cup up, long enough to get air
back into the cup! That way, it floats to the top, so you can push it back down,
circulating hot water through the filter, again. Works like a CHARM...

SO- Presto - you have

Note that, some people think, when they invent something, that they are "DONE" ... I believe
the exact opposite. No invention is EVER "Finished". In the later half of the 1800's, people were
so arrogant about the accomplishments of "mankind", that there was a petition to CLOSE the
patent offices, since, as they concluded, "Everything of value had already been invented"!

Nothing I have ever invented is "finished". As I work with devices, I constantly think of newer,
better, more efficient, more clever, modifications. It never ends. Any device or machine or
mechanism I touch, instantly gets me thinking about better, more efficient, smarter, more useful
modifications. If I don't make about 10 revisions to an idea, BEFORE I call it "ready", I know that
I am just getting started! Such it is with the great COFFEE adventure!


In photographs above, earlier, I showed KEURIG cups cut open - no accident,
since I am deliberately opening them to test how to get a cup of coffee,
without having to carry around a huge KEURIG machine! Again, using a
'box-cutter" or Click-Blade, from the dollar store, you can quickly and easily
get a nice fresh cup of coffee. Since the filter has an air gap on the bottom
so the outlet nozzle does not puncture the filter, this is the safest place to
start cutting. In the beginning, I used the break-off, click cutter all around
the exact spot needed to expose the filter, but I did accidently cut the filter
a few times...

I discovered, that to quickly and easily remove the bottom of the plastic cup,
you are better off to just cut a quick slot UNDER the filter area, and then
using small scissors or a click cutter, THEN, cut up the side, and around the

FIRST, cut a slot or a complete circle, UNDER the filter,
and remove the bottom plastic.

I use my camping Victorinox scissors, simply because they
are easier to use, and remove the bottom end of the cup.

Then I cut a slit UP the side, and then around the filter.
The bottom blade of the scissors pushes the filter out
of the way, so that the filter does not get cut...
You can, if you are very careful, just use the click cutter,
and make a cleancircle cut, but it is tricky!

Once the bottom plastic cup is removed, again, just
as was done on the TASSIMO cup, you put a number
of slits in the aluminum top, which now acts like a
filter on the TOP of the cup. (above)

I am putting the KEURIG coffee cup, on the top of
the water in an ordinary coffee cup. (above). As you
see it is dry, and floats, so I dunk it down a short
while to wet the coffee.

Then I put it in the Microwave, at about 2 minutes ( small microwave-
only 666 WATTS ). The air is in the filter, so the aluminum lid is IN the
water. If it tries to flip, just hold it under water a few seconds so the
air floats to the filter. Again, since the aluminum METAL is "IN" the
water, it will only get "hot", without doing damage.

Then, after the water is hot, I take a spoon, and
press the filter side against the KEURIG "K" Cup,
against the side of the mug, to press out liquid coffee and
some air.

and put the "K" cup back in the water, into the microwave, for
1 more minute.

After I take out the coffee, I let it sit a minute or so, then
I press the filter against the side a couple of times,

-- result -- a great cup of coffee.

Again, if CAMPING, you would just put the "K" cup in a
cup of boiling water, or, if you are using a METAL cup, over
a camp fire, you leave the "K" cup in the water as you are
heating it to boiling! I typically use metal camping cups
that are coated with BLUE porcelin, that can withstand
being heated over open flames...


I just got a new box of K-CUPS, and was surprised to find
that these K-cups have a slightly different construction.
I had seen this over 2 years ago, but forgot about it!

From the outside, the packaging and K-Cups look the same as ever.

However, once cut open, with the bottom removed, there is
a heavy plastic 'filter' disc on the bottom. THIS is, since the
paper filter inside is LARGER, -- something needed to keep
the bottom-piercing machine spout from hitting the paper!

As you can see by comparison, the filter in the white "Starbucks"
cup is deeper towards the bottom. The drain-nozzle cutter will
hit the bottom plastic insert, instead of hitting the paper...
The amount of coffee, in both the KEURIG, and the TASSIMO, can
never exceed the physical dimensions of the outside of the cup,
since the coffee machines themselves all have the exact same
size of "cup" holder... Once the limit of the cup is reached, the
only way to get "more" coffee, would be to take out the first
coffee grounds cup, and then put in a new one, and continue!
Then, I compared the WEIGHT marked on the outside of the
various K-Cup boxes, and even though they are the same price,
the weights vary GREATLY ! I had, in many years, never even looked
at the weight! The lowest I have seen in the last few days is 96 GRAMS,
and the highest is 162 grams, which is a HUGE difference! So from
now on, given the same price, I will "
gravitate" towards the heavier
coffees.... I realize that, given "expert" coffee tasters, different
amounts of coffee, may, indeed, be wanted, to get that "perfect"
aroma and flavour -- however, I am no expert (on anything), and do

NOT swirl the coffee in my cup, smell it, swirl it more, smell it
again, take a sip, roll it around my tounge, and spit it out! I
just guzzle the stuff in large quantities! I consider it a gift from the
gods, and enjoy it tremendously... (I do not know if the
MAYAN god who delivered that first coffee bean to the natives,
was a 'god' or 'goddess', but, whichever, I am forever thankful! )
So I decided to look more closely at some of the packaging...

Below is the
162 Gram Coffee that I just found!

ABOVE: using "Open Part Surgery", you can see the filter
goes tight down to the protective plastic disc on the
bottom - that cup is certainly FULL!

ABOVE, I cut the bottom off, and poke tiny holes in the
top aluminum cover, ready to DUNK in hot water!

Opening and using the K-CUPS that have the extra INSERT
is the same as before, - cut off the bottom, perforate the
the aluminum top, and PRESTO- wonderful coffee!
Do Enjoy! Have fun!

--hot off the press--
Searching on the web for more information on the KEURIG large
"THERMOS" sized coffee packages, I found, In the United States
only, a NEW and Improved, KEURIG, the "VUE"... No Canadian
retail outlets online, mention it at all!

ABOVE, the cup size is bigger, and it has a spout on one side.

Loading it in the machine is a pop-up holder on an angle, seen
ABOVE, beside the rather complex, full colour, touch screen
computer interface display panel.

Once indside the machine, with the top closed, (ABOVE), the
two sharp INLET and OUTLET nozzles puncture the aluminum top.
This new KEURIG "VUE" model has
Hotter, Stronger, and Larger
settings, which suits me fine. Not as many coffees are yet available,
The new "VUE" allows cream foam, lattes, and new mixed
beverages similar to the TASSIMO types.
Ingenious coffee drinkers have found ways to put 'OLD" K-CUPS,
into the new "VUE" cups, so that they can still access the flavours
that they are used to buying.

AGAIN, these new VUE cups can be used in my new
 machine, by simply making an adapter that fits the new sized
VUE cups, that have the spout on the side. Simple...
Now my coffee
machine can use Tassimo, K-Cups, VUE-cups, filter paper, and the
permanent type filter ... not bad for
$9.99 U.S. at a store near you!

NOTE: There is and-yet-another new coffee machine advertized, so
there will be more information, once I actually get to see the new
system. . . Aug31 2K14

[ A.S.P.C.t CERTIFICATION : No TIMMIES was harmed, during the filming of this procedure. ]
(all coffee grounds made it safely into a fresh cup of coffee)




As usual, I am stuck in "CANADA", the great white North, where
every factory I have known has shut down... Recent Government/
Corporate policies, have every scrap of technology shutting down,
and being boxed up for shipping to CHINA, where the same
"unprofitable" factory, is running tripple shifts! Canada is
becoming a " 3rd World " country, if it does not already
deserve that status .... This product "could" be made here, but
the few remaining Engineering and Machining Corporations are
back-logged and ridiculously expensive. WAY, way, back in 1985,
a group of us tried to make, and market a small plastic
automobile device. The quote for the empty BOX, with colourful
printing, and a clear plastic display window, here in Canada was
over $6.00, The plastic injection mold halves were $60,000 with
a 6 month turnover... If there were any adjustments needed on
the molds, it would be another 6 months, and cost 10's of thousands...
We sent a prototype ( an early version, complete with many known flaws! )
to HONG KONG, and the quote was $500 for the machine molds
and 5 weeks. Adjustments were FREE, and made in a week or two...!
We got bogged down with world wide PATENTS, and to our dismay
and amusement, we discovered our 'prototype' in novelty stores,
only a few months later, shipped from Hong Kong, with the address
of a company in Great Britain! (SEE the upcoming, VANCOUVER THIEVES ! ,
which will be a huge folder when finished..) It was copied exactly
as we sent it - complete with flaws!... In a colourful box with a cellophane
window... For about the price of the empty box in Canada!

Oh Canada!

This invention is FREE, like everything on kidbots.com, to anyone
who wants to use it. I absolutely do not have any factories or
machine shops, or assembly lines at my disposal so I will be lucky
to hand-fabricate ONE, just for me. At great expense and time.
Obviously, it would be a lot cheaper and easier and quicker to
just go into a store and buy one, but there ARE NONE -
it hasn't been invented yet!.....

Entered on my website, February 2nd, 2012, just in time
for the end of the world ( Mayan Calendar )...








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Because illegal hackers have decided to spam the name
" robin dusty graves" or " robindustygraves "
I have decided to use the same tactics that they use, and load
my REAL web pages with the key search words that would be used
by search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, Google, etc.

As it now stands, searches are re-directed illegally and maliciously by
spammers, who create thousands of fake web pages, that Microsoft's;
BING.com, for example, found and displayed for many months after
the last set of 'new and improved' registrations of new illegal, malicious
spam web sites, each with " robindustygraves.html " included,
- while at the same time, BING, in a search, refused to find
'robindustygraves' ! ! ! Go figure.
( This demonstrates that the spammer/hackers clearly understand the
algorithms used by Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex, etc., and tailor the
fake web pages to achieve high placements on the search engines.
Google and Bing have changed their algorithms, while Yandex always
used a different algorithm, and seemed to achieve higher valid results
on the first search pages. However, the hacker/spammers are always
very close behind in developing better spam . . . )
 The fake web pages re-direct to pornography, PAY-PER-CLICK websites,
that the spammers get paid a fraction of a penny for each person who
accidentally clicks on them, pages selling illegal prescription drugs
without prescriptions needed,and to pages where the SERVER is deliberately
set up to spam with POP UPS that state things like " MICROSOFT
Scanning, and Remove the VIRUS" - If you click on ANYTHING,
--the little "X" in the top corner to close, the box on the bottom that
states "CLOSE", -- any action besides CTRL-ALT-DELETE ( to bring up
the Windows Task Manager, to CLOSE your Browser entirely! ) it will
download a virus that generates a continual barrage of fake VIRUS
warning alerts, that demand Visa and Mastercard to remove- If you are
foolish enough to actually GIVE your Visa or Mastercard, the information
is used to make illegal purchases, AND the virus is NOT removed!
 Many fake web  re-directions take you to a page that appears to
"LOAD" for a long time with an hour glass or "now loading" ICON, but,
while that is happening, your IP address, your specific geo-loacation,
your specific information on YOUR computer, etc. is being gathered,
and by the time the fake web page actually loads, often with a FAKE web
"SEARCH PAGE" ( Pay-per-click), your computer is already compromised,
and is subject to further hacking from that point onwards... This SNOOPER
software was developed and is used by gaming companies like Electronic
ARTS, to completely analyse a "Customer's" computer when they log into
an online game. It looks at every possible scrap of information on the
computer, such as the video card used, the mouse, the CPU chip serial
number, and all software, etc. If the "customer" changes a mouse or
part, the software can BAN the player, claiming that the game is being
illegally copied on "some other" computer... Now, of course, the
technology is used by hacker/spammers to snoop all computers that
accidentally are diverted to illegal, malicious, fake, web pages. The
computer is then put on a LIST of computers marked for further hacking.
The software also looks for all OPEN or UNLOCKED communication
channels ( ports ) that can be attacked... great stuff.


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Real Science is a fascinating subject, unlike the decades of what
was typically taught in schools that I endured, that tries to KILL
every shred of imagination, of hope, of possibility, and instead,
fills the time with memorizations of WHAT CAN NOT BE DONE!

Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light...

Nothing can get colder than absolute zero.

Matter can neither be created nor destroyed... etc etc.

( All wrong! search Richard Feynman, for a lecture on this! )

There are always a handful of educators, scattered here and there,
who is interested and therefore
interesting, and who keep
mankind from falling back into the Dark AGES !

With the String theory, and new discoveries of the last few years,
we are on the brink of an entirely new era - and I can't wait to see
what happens next! This is a wondrous and magical time, with the
doors of science wide open again - and the view is breathtaking!

**Clarke's Three Laws are three "laws" of prediction formulated
by the British writer                Arthur C. Clarke. They are:

1/ When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something
is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something
is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2/ The only way of discovering the limits of the possible
is to venture a little way past them  into the impossible.
3/ Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

(thanks to wikipedia)

have fun

Robin Dusty Graves

( Life, is an experiment, please don't destroy the Lab!
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Burning WATER (H2O) (H,H,O) (Di-Hydrogen Mon-Oxide)
instead of gasoline in your car:





Remote Control "MUTE" button for BIRDS (Every Female must read! ) :




A growing number of INVENTIONS I have developed over the years:




An Invention of PERMANENT, FIXED, Fireworks, turned on with a flick of
a switch, every night!:




How to take an Obsolete old computer, like an 8088, 8086, 80186,
80188, 80286, 80386 etc, and old discarded electronics, to build a FREE,
home -made robot and controller:




So far, this winter, I am NOT far enough South... Just as the weather
got warm, and the roads were dry, we got a huge snowfall, that lasted
days! After shoveling snow for a few hours I built a 7- foot snowman,
that says it all!

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