You Can Hack Keurig's DRM With Scotch Tape to Use Knock-Off Coffee Pods

The latest Keurig 2.0 arrived with more than just a welcoming scent of coffee; it also came loaded with security measures to stop you using cheap coffee pods. While other manufacturers have already cracked the code, you can actually hack the machine yourself—and all you need is scissors and tape.

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Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee have already released coffee pods that circumnavigate the machine's DRM. But if even that's too rich for your tastes, this video shows that merely cutting out the identifying tag from an old, official coffee pod and taping it to the inside of the machine where the sensor lies dupes the Keurig into thinking that every pod it sees is official.

The result: cheap pods merrily burst open and forth into your mug while Keurig looks on wondering why it even bothered investing in DRM in the first place. [WIRED via Verge]

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mattdsoares
mattdsoares

I still don't understand the allure of a Keurig or Nespresso machine. Please someone explain it to me. If you want a single cup coffee maker you can get one much, more cheaply than these overpriced status items. Not to mention that many of the cheaper machines let you use your own coffee grinds which is much, much cheaper than buying these wasteful single use pods. I can't help but thinking people buy a Keurig for the name and status as it is less practical and more expensive than much cheaper machines.