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Coffee Pod Watershed

Personal pod stash

Personal pod stash

I don’t know about your office, but let me tell you how coffee works — or, rather, has worked up to now — in my office:

It exists. If I am on deadline and in need of caffeination, then I go to the printer room and help myself to a cup. I would call this coffee just south of likable. If I want a cup of coffee that’s just north of likable, then I walk to the nearest Starbucks-style coffee shop.

Then a Keurig brewer appeared in the building. No pods, just the brewer. It took me a moment for the lightbulb to go off (probably because I hadn’t had enough coffee), but I soon saw what I needed to do. I bought my own pods to keep in my desk. That way I can have a cup of coffee that is north of likable any time I want.

This is the wave of the future, right? We will all soon enough be lazily drinking coffee pods at home, then going to the office to drink more pods.

A few weeks ago I was in Lenox Square when Nespresso had taken over the ground floor with a huge display for its new VertuoLine brewers that produce drip coffee as well as espresso. I listened to the sales pitch, got my free pod and lined up to watch it get brewed into a nice 8-ounce cup of coffee with a thick head of crema on top.

Krups has also gone to pod world with a line of machines, though I’ve never watched them in action.

I can’t say I’ve ever loved a cup of pod coffee, but it does the trick. I suspect this first box of pods in my won’t be the last.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

20 comments Add your comment

Art

May 2nd, 2014
7:50 am

Just as I still like to read a paper newspaper with hand-staining ink and all, I really like to brew a fresh cup of coffee from whole beans. That happens every morning at my house but the rest of the day I’m held captive to a lot of coffee that’s “just south of likable”. Some of the pods are ok but they’ll never match the experience of smelling those freshly ground beans becoming a hot cup of Joe.

Pedro Sanchez

May 2nd, 2014
9:14 am

I’ve been bringing K-Cups to work for close to a year now. That way, coffee is always “north of likable”. But just as important, gone are the days of arriving at the coffee station and finding the pot with a smoldering, gelatinous mass, bubbling in the bottom because someone was too (fill in the blank) to make a fresh pot. Or pouring a cup and taking a big swig of some sort of horrible flavored coffee, or a cup that someone has felt it necessary to make from 2 packets of coffee. P.S., like Art, I too, like a paper newspaper.

stephieZ

May 2nd, 2014
9:17 am

The main issue I have with pods is how wasteful they are.

Pedro Sanchez

May 2nd, 2014
12:14 pm

@stephieZ, you said a mouthful there. I bought a Keurig device that enables one to load your own ground beans, but it does not fit a commercial device (what is in my office) To my knowledge, they don’t make one that does.

RichardHallman

May 2nd, 2014
1:46 pm

Is the K-cup recyclable? Convenience is great, so is reducing, reusing & recycling.

Justin

May 2nd, 2014
2:06 pm

You can buy re-usable pods at Bed, Bath and Beyond (and other places) that you can fill with your own grounds and use in Keurig brewers and others…I bought them specifically to use at my office

terry

May 2nd, 2014
3:08 pm

I got tired of making monthly liege payments to Keurig for the little cups. Found a terrific one cup brewer – the AeroPress – for about $25; great at home and office. It’s not as convenient as a k-cup, but it is almost as fast and very easy to clean up. Twice as fast as a pourover. Flavor is always *way* north of likable. I’m not looking back.

terry

May 2nd, 2014
3:10 pm

Wait. What? I didn’t really say how very, very good coffe made with the AeroPress is. It’s the best I’ve ever brewed myself. It’s better than any I’ve ever bought. Try it. It will be the best cuppa-joe you ever had.

wjs

May 2nd, 2014
4:12 pm

K Cups and the like are pre-ground coffee, left out to get stale so that the gases which they emit (CO2) are released and the pods will stay in tact.

Dave

May 2nd, 2014
7:30 pm

Two good sized cups of YDFM organic French Roast Columbian in the morning. I’m not going to waste time or money on something that is just above or below likable.

Edward

May 3rd, 2014
8:38 am

I use a Melita JavaJig in my Keurig machine. Reusable cups with disposable paper filters. Load them with my favorite freshly-ground coffee and they produce a great cup of coffee. Just toss the grounds/filter away (the paper filters are certainly biodegradable). You can purchase the JavaJig and filters at Publix and Kroger, as well as Amazon.

Baltisraul.....

May 3rd, 2014
1:33 pm

I just purchased a new GE percolator coffee pot. Bop,bop, bop bop bop, bop!

Superheated

May 5th, 2014
11:33 am

One time I bought a cup of coffee at the drive thru at McDonald’s and when the employee handed I to me the cup collapsed and the coffee spilled in my lap.
The result was third degree burn on my legs ad genitals
I sued the restaurant and the court found that the coffee was negligently superheated and served in an unsafe manner. The court awarded substantial damages.
My medical bills were paid and I was compensated for pain and suffering. But the large award also served as a reminder to the restaurant and others that it is not in their best interest to serve unsafe products even if it means saving money.
Lots of people who are ignorant of the facts of my case and the law point to it as an example of unjustified awards and the need for tort reform. But I would gladly give back the money if it meant not having to be burned in the first place.

Marsh

May 5th, 2014
11:41 am

You’re the old lady who’s daughter handed her a scalding hot cup of McDonald’s coffee she’d just been handed through the drive through window, severely burning you between your legs? Wow, that’s really amazing…ly untrue. That you are that person, not the story – that’s true.

We have the little packet coffee machine in our office, individual servings. It’s terrible, but it’s free and contains caffeine.

Superheated

May 5th, 2014
1:37 pm

It was SUPERHEATED!!

Grasshopper

May 5th, 2014
2:03 pm

I bet on the wrong horse a few years ago and bought a Tassimo. The pods are hard to find since Keurig has cornered the market more or less. S I bought a Chemex a few months ago and love the coffee that it makes. Takes a little time but worth it.

And I might suffer scalded genitals for a million bucks. They’ve been abused for less.

Bhorsoft

May 6th, 2014
2:42 pm

I brought a french press, a hand operated burr grinder and an electric kettle to work along with an airtight jar with fresh whole beans in it. I get a great cup of coffee at work anytime I want it. Life is too short to drink swill for coffee (or cheap booze).

Topman

May 6th, 2014
4:45 pm

I fly to Jamaica and hike into the Blue Mountains to harvest my own coffee beans four times a year.
I keep the green beans in a temperature/humidity controlled room in my basement and I purchased a Viking convection oven that I use to roast them whenever I want a cup of coffee.
I get a great cup of coffee at work anytime I want it. Life is too short to drink swill for coffee (or cheap booze).

Baltisraul.....

May 6th, 2014
5:51 pm

Topman….I fly to Lexington, Ky 4 times a year to visit my mom at the correctional institute. WOW

A Smith

May 7th, 2014
3:00 pm

OMG Topman! Do you fly to Florida or California to get fresh oranges for juice? Do you fly to Wisconsin to get fresh milk to make your own cheese? Or maybe you fly to Texas to get your beef fresh? Fly to Hawaii to get fresh pineapples? Maybe go to North Carolina to pick your own tobacco?