An example of what Coffee Pods look like.
Perhaps you haven’t heard about coffee pods. So before we get into why you should consider trying them out, allow us to explain what they are.
Single-serve coffee pods closely resemble tea bags in appearance. Essentially, they are ground coffee beans inside of a filter. There are multiple brands to choose from—such as Melitta Coffee Pods, Wolfgang Puck Coffee Pods, and Fratello Coffee Pods—and a range of prices as well. The individual coffee pods generally come in packages, which are very affordable. Packages come in small sizes (such as 18 coffee pods, which average $6) and much larger sizes (you can buy a package of 160 for approximately $50).
The only inconvenience of coffee pods is that they require their own coffee pod maker. You do, however, have a lot of choice when it comes to purchasing the equipment. The more basic models can be purchased for as cheap as around $50 new, and more luxurious models are generally just north of $100. If luxury is your thing, there are some cool features worth checking out. For example, Senseo’s luxury model can make multiple coffee sizes (from 3 oz to 10 oz) and has an LCD screen that displays water levels.
But whatever type of coffee maker you end up with, it need not be limiting. Any coffee pod can work in any coffee pod maker. If you prefer the taste of Wolfgang Puck coffee pods, or Melitta coffee pods, you can use them in your coffee pod maker, whatever brand it may be. The end result: You have got a lot of choices. Each brand has dozens, if not hundreds, of flavors. So if you want to mix things up, coffee pod makers are a great option; you can get a range of flavored coffees. Try something new every morning.
In fact, it should be mentioned that there also exists espresso coffee pods. However, espresso pods require a particular type of pod maker, so make sure that, if you want to be able to make espresso, you buy one that is also an espresso pod maker.
So now that you know what you need, let’s talk about how coffee pod makers works. On your end, things couldn’t be simpler: Coffee pod makers only require you to press one button. It then runs hot water through the coffee pod, a process that takes less than one minute. And that’s it. Your coffee is done and ready to drink. This is the main appeal of coffee pods: They’re quick and easy. In addition, there’s almost no cleanup required afterward. Just toss out the used coffee pod.
The other advantage of coffee pods is their taste. Besides having a plethora of flavours to choose from, they have the added benefit of delivering real coffee. The result: You get the convenience of instant coffee (which is not real coffee) with the taste of freshly brewed coffee.
With convenience and taste all rolled into one simple pod, it’s no wonder coffee pods have become a hit. And they’re only getting more popular, which means your options are expanding. Now is a great time to look into coffee pods — they’re a small and worthy investment.
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