[Homeroast] Pod Capsules

Seth Grandeau grandeau at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 20:48:58 CDT 2015

I know the theory, that pods "should" be better.  But in real life, I find
the pods to be, at best, flat, and at worst, weak and thin.  I've never had
a cup that I thought was good.  I will take pre-ground starbucks over pods,
hands down.

But, in any case, no one is going to use pods as a stepping stone to really
high quality coffee.  Pods are a stepping stone to instant.

On a related note, has anyone tried the single serve machines that use
whole bean?  I worked in a place that had these (sort of an industrial
version of a Capresso Jura).  They were slightly slower than pods, but
tasted significantly better.  That's a technology that I could get behind.

On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 6:58 PM, Sandy Andina <sandraandina at me.com> wrote:

> And I am going to call the opposite. Pre-ground packaged drip is good, if
> at all, only for the first pot or two. So much of the volatile aromas
> escape in the gas when you tear open the one-way-valve bag or open the can
> (that iconic "whoosh" we remember from our childhoods).  Though preground
> coffee in cans and in capsules is vacuum-packed and hermetically sealed no
> matter the size of the container (be it can, sealed bag, or capsule), in a
> capsule you get to enjoy the full flavor of that first cup every single
> time. That can or bag of preground? It's stale by an hour or two (or
> earlier) after you've opened it.  And I've spent decades in offices with
> both Keurig brewers and the communal pot or urn with the ubiquitous can of
> coffee.
> Are capsules as fresh as coffee brewed cup-by-cup or even pot-by-pot from
> whole-bean coffee roasted no earlier than a week or two before use and
> freshly ground for each brewing session? Of course not--and homeroasted
> beans, properly stored and ground at their peak trump them all.  But I'll
> take a K-cup packed 6 months earlier over a cup from the second or later
> pot brewed from a can of Chock Full O'Nuts or a bag of preground Bustelo,
> Starbucks or even Peet's or Lavazza--each time, any time.
> > On Mar 23, 2015, at 5:29 PM, Seth Grandeau <grandeau at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > "but they actually taste markedly better than pre-ground packaged drip
> > coffee"
> >
> > I'm going to call shenanigans on this.  I think the pod
> > taste noticeably worse than the pre-ground packaged drip coffee, if for
> no
> > other reason then the weak, thin cups of coffee they make.  I miss the
> days
> > of having the big pot of coffee at work.  Yes, it occasionally burned,
> and
> > it sucked if the last guy didn't put on a new pot, but when the coffee
> was
> > freshly made, it was decent.
> >
> > Pods are all about convenience and choice, not taste.  I don't judge, I
> > just call it like I see it.  And, I don't see people going from pods to
> > fresh ground coffee, I see them going the other way.
> >
> > On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM, Paul <middle.aged.kid at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> True, pods are wasteful and fulfill the needs of instant gratification,
> >> but they actually taste markedly better than pre-ground packaged drip
> >> coffee. That is why I believe they are so popular.  I continue to hope
> that
> >> pods are just the first step for many people towards an ever-growing
> coffee
> >> Renaissance in America.  And I will continue to preach the gospel of
> good
> >> coffee and convert non-believers one cup at a time.
> >> Paul Gheer
> Peace & Song,
> Sandy Andina
> www.sandyandina.com
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