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"Pod" Coffee Makers

Ok, I already know most people hate these machines, average coffee, problems with the machines themselves, etc.

Having said that - the point of contemplating one is for my HUSBAND'S the ease of creating several types of beverages himself, while I'm not around. As I've pointed out in many threads, said husband is a kitchen disaster waiting to happen. As for the making of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and such - can never remember measurements other than the tearing open of the hot chocolate package and the microwaving of hot water. Even putting a kettle on to boil water for tea is a production (since I personally am not nuts about microwaving water for tea).

Anyhoo, I digress.

I'm trying to find the machine which a) has the best brand name array of drinks available. Best coffee brand, best tea brand, best hot chocolate. I think that is the main criteria. I can't remember which one it was, but there is one which brews Seattle's Best and Twinings, and a few other big name brands of beverages which I could live with.

Any thoughts? Remember - this is for convenience sake, not for perfection of flavor. I'm not expecting a miracle from one of these machines, just something adequate and quick (and maybe easy to take care of too).

Thanks!

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  1. I was given a Senseo last week. It is fast and easy to work, the resevoir holds enough for 10 cups. That is 10 cups, not 10 mugs. If I use a large mug I have to make it a double. The available coffee from Senseo is not vey good and in fact is stale or gets so quickly. Decaf is hard to find. Too much caffeine and I get wired. Do-it-yourself filter packages are available, but then you might as well make a pot of regular coffee, if you are going to fool with filters and loose coffee. It has a larger footprint than a standard coffee pot. My plans are to give this to my Mother when I get bored playing with it. I have a small 4 cup(2 mug) drip pot that takes up less space and makes better coffee. The Senseo is a fun gadget, but I wouldn't waste my money buying one unless it was for somewhere clean-up and having coffee paraphenalia around was an issue(like work). My mother only drinks 8ozs of coffee a day, but makes 16 ozs and leaves the rest in the pot to be discarded, this makes me crazy! I can't convince her to use half a scoop and make 8ozs. The Senseo will address this issue.

    1. We bought a Keurig maker a few months ago and LOVE it. Easy to use and makes good coffee. Bed, Bath and Beyond sells them and a limited selection of the coffee cups. You can also get them from Keurig.com (as you can get the maker also) and at CoffeeCow.com.

      1. I posted a thread a month or so ago asking for opinions on the Keurig and the Tassimo, you could search for that. I had done a lot (a lot!) of reading and was settling between those two. I haven't gone either way yet. Mostly because I saw the DeLonghi Magnifica, or whatever it's called, and now I'm wondering how insane it would be to spend $1500 on a machine like that.

        But it's so pretty! And the others all seem kind of cheap to me.

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        1. re: themis

          The Keurig (and we got the basic one) is not cheapy made at all. We have been very pleased with it.

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            WE just got the basic one for our office, too. It holds 48 ounces of water and as you said, its SO easy to keep clean. We buy our coffee from coffeecow.com, too. The box of 25 cups from Keurig is about $13.99, vs $8.99 from coffeecow. And you can select which brands you like. ALso can get tea and hot chocolate.

          2. re: themis

            Try the Nespresso units. Home version has little cup-like pods, no mess, easy to use, coffees available are great! Very popular in Europe, if you like Portuguese or Italian type espresso, with perfect creama, this is the machine/pod. I found mine on the net, but Sur la Table carries this line now.

          3. I gave the Melitta One to my husband and it lasted about a year. We replaced it with a Keurig and it's been great. Keep in mind that these have a huge footprint and take up a lot of counterspace. Keurig makes a lot of different pods and he even uses it for tea which I don't get because it's not as if microwaving a cup of water and adding a teabag is hard.

            1. It might just be the different pods being used, but I've had better coffee from the Senseo than from a Keurig. Every time I've been served Senseo, the espresso has has a nice thick crema and the flavor is smooth. The Keurig coffee I drank had no crema to speak of, and tasted thinner and more bitter.

              However, based on the rave reviews here I wonder if it wasn't just because the person who served me coffee from the Keurig used a cheap brand of coffee. I would definitely consider the Keurig because it allows one to make tea as well as coffee. The person who owned the Keurig said he upgraded from the Senseo, so he must think the coffee is better (or maybe he drinks tea and serves guests cheapo coffee?)

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              1. re: Pei

                The Keurig is a single cup coffee maker, it sounds like the Senseo with "crema" is a pod espresso maker. Does it really surprise you that the Keurig would make a crema-less, thin beverage? That's what coffee is compared to espresso!

                None of these pod machines will make the quality beverage of a proper semi-automatic machine, but that's not what you're looking for. My parents have had a Keurig machine since they first came on the market and it works beautifully, without leaks or any failure. It is really what every product should be - simple, reliable, consistent, and it works as advertised.

                If you can taste the coffee from it and like the taste, then the Keurig is a great COFFEE brewer, but as far as I know it will not make fancy milk-based drinks. I've had excellent hot chocolate, coffee, and tea from the machine however.