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Mcdonalds new recyclable coffee pod issue

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Mcdonalds new recyclable coffee pod issue

Anyone else having issues with the new compostable pods in there Kuerig. I bought the 72 count at Costco. It either plugs up or drips slow. Out of 8 I've tried so far 7 have not functioned properly.
I have no issues with the other pods I've used .The old plastic type cup.
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When was the last time you cleaned the underside of the Keurig, where the water/coffee comes out?
I'm not saying that's the problem, but they do need to be cleaned occasionally. All it needs is a paper clip run through the little holes.
There could be an issue with the pods, but normally all that happens with the Keurigs when the lid is depressed, it punches one hole in the top of the pod and one hole in the bottom.

We have the recyclable McD pods and no issues to date.
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playnicee1 wrote: BUT...How does that explain not having any problems with any other pods (brands)???
Good point. Perhaps other post are plastic and the brew comes out a single little hole as opposed to the sack in the recyclable pods?
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Pete_Coach wrote: Good point. Perhaps other post are plastic and the brew comes out a single little hole as opposed to the sack in the recyclable pods?
Excellent point. Agreed also that a cleaning never hurts.
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I found the issue with the compostable pods. The pods are not consistent sizes for depth. After looking at some of the duds. The bottom needle isn't punctering the bottom. Since the compostables are more round at the bottoms. It sits higher up in the casing and the bottom needle wont puncture it when you close the door. I started measuring and lo and behold the pods are varying in depths.
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I had the same problem... it tripped some safety pressure feature on my Keurig. Tried cleaning brewer, etc, but nothing helped. 90% of the McDonalds pods would fail.

I took the rest of the box back to Costco and they swapped it out with a "regular" k-cup box with no problems.
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tk1000 wrote: Grounds for a brouhaha?: Keurig, Toronto spar over whether coffee pods belong in blue bin
Keurig is not waiting for city officials to decree their single-use coffee pods can join the recycling stream.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/0 ... e-bin.html
Interesting to note:
The article came with a poll:

Share your thoughts
Should Keurig keep calling its coffee pods 'recyclable'?
-Yes. It's simple enough to rinse out the coffee grounds and throw away the foil.
-No. The advertising is misleading.
-Maybe, but Keurig should do a better job at explaining how to recycle them properly.
-I'm going to throw them in the trash either way.

No. The advertising is misleading. 43.11% (1,254 votes)
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slim_shady wrote: I had the same problem... it tripped some safety pressure feature on my Keurig. Tried cleaning brewer, etc, but nothing helped. 90% of the McDonalds pods would fail.

I took the rest of the box back to Costco and they swapped it out with a "regular" k-cup box with no problems.
Same here. 3/4 of the pods from the latest box from costco blow up and I get half an inch of coffee grounds in the bottom of my cup. I need 3 empty cycles just to clean out my machine. I've used these same pods before and they were fine.
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Apr 26, 2018
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I am on my 2nd box of Costco McCafe pods. Find them terrific. Not even 1 problem. Of course the foil wrap is a bit of a pain (and non-compostable) but the rest goes straight into the "green bin". The sac is intentionally shorter so the bottom needle won't pierce it but coffee flows out of the entire sac. I often use a refillable pod with my favourite Starbucks blend but this McCafe is great and cheaper. Interesting that others have had problems do I'll keep a close watch but meanwhile this is very enjoyable.
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Jul 11, 2019
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Yes I am having the exact same problem. I am cleaning my Keurig with vinegar and hope it solves the problem.It still is only making half a big cup. I will never buy these McDonald pods again. I don’t see how they’re environmentally good as they are all packaged separately.
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Aug 20, 2019
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I have never had an issue with the recyclable pods until recently. I bought a 72 box at Costco and 95% say
Incompatible. I have recently cleaned and descaled My machine still no luck. I guess I’ll have to go back to Timmy’s

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