Coffee Pods – Great Coffee in a Hurry

People drink coffee for a variety of reasons, but for the most part, they drink coffee because they enjoy the flavor. Unfortunately, in today’s world, everything is rush, rush, rush. Even brewing a pot of coffee steals time from all the responsibilities that seem to hang over us. However, there is a solution for those coffee lovers who just don’t seem to have enough time in the day… coffee pods.

What are they?

A coffee pod is essentially a bag of coffee that’s already been roasted and is ready for brewing. It’s not dramatically different from the old instant coffee bags, or tea bags. Except that the taste is much improved. In fact, you can get a coffee pod in a variety of brewing strengths: dark roast, medium roast and mild roast. For their convenience and taste, coffee pods have become very much in demand.

There are two standard coffee pods. The first one is a 62 mm pod and is used for regular coffees. The Philips Senseo and the Black & Decker Home Cafe both use the 62mm size. The 44mm pod is used primarily with espresso pump machines such as the Saeco Aroma, the Krups xp4000 Espresso Machine and the Mr. Coffee ECMP40 Pod Pump Espresso. There are other sizes available, however the 62mm and 44mm are currently the industry standards.

Generally, the process is simplicity itself: you fill the coffee maker with water, place the pod in the receptacle, hit the button and thirty second later you’re drinking a perfect cup of coffee. It’s that easy. And if you want a rich frothy cup, there are various attachments that help you achieve that, too.

And cleanup? Hey, you just toss out the pod. The coffee grounds are enclosed in the pod (there’s no filter), so you don’t have to worry about spilling them. And the pod receptacle is safe to toss into the dishwasher.

At this point, you might be wondering about price. You should be able to find a package of 72 coffee pods for less than twenty dollars, which is about twice what you’d pay for an off-the-shelf coffee blend. They aren’t for the budget-minded coffee drinker. They’re designed for quality and convenience. You’re paying extra for the no mess, no measuring, easy cleanup, ready in thirty seconds, cup of a coffee. For many people in these busy, hectic times, that’s money well spent.

Alicia D. Walker

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