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Grover and I have both a Senseo and a Melitta pod coffee maker. (and for you purists, we also have 3 different French Presses, a Braun automatic coffee maker and more tea pots than any one person should have). Coffee pod makers are fast and (with the right coffee) make pretty decent coffee. Anyone have a favorite coffee pod maker?
I buy coffee from Community Coffee in Baton Rouge and they just started making coffee pods for all coffee makers. I ordered one each of the dark roast and medium roast. So far the dark roast is the only one I've opened. It will work in both the Senseo and the Melitta machine. The coffee it makes is dark, rich, has a nice nose and is very smooth. It beats the Melitta coffee hands down.

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Pod coffee maker. I thought that was some MP3 shit. Damn.

Well, you could hum while the coffee is brewing... :lol:

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And I thought it was something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Until the coffee is made it could well be...at least I'm not sure who's running the store first thing in the morning until that first long sip of steaming hot coffee...

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I'm a huge fan of our plumbed-in Keurig system at work. It's hard to clean, apparently. That is to say, they only clean it once every few months so it starts to go downhill after a while. It's very good before then, though. The coffee itself comes in at least 12 varieties (most of which are actually alright...I prefer the regional blends) and one pod makes 10 ounces.

--Matt

The Guy Who Always Seems To Try To Want To Make The Cup Just After Somebody Should Have Emptied The Spent Pod Bin So Has To Empty The Bin Before It Will Make Coffee

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I'm a huge fan of our plumbed-in Keurig system at work.  It's hard to clean, apparently. That is to say, they only clean it once every few months so it starts to go downhill after a while.  It's very good before then, though.  The coffee itself comes in at least 12 varieties (most of which are actually alright...I prefer the regional blends) and one pod makes 10 ounces. 

--Matt

My new job has a plumbed-in Keurig system too! The last job had coffee so bad I wouldn't offer it to my worst enemy so this is a revelation. Every cup fresh and some interesting varieties are offered. I'm trying to work my way through but keep getting stuck on the French roast.

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I have a Melitta too - I've only tried the Melitta pods because I just bought it. Now its time to reorder - Do all pods fit in the Melitta machine?

I like the convenience, but I find that it makes a little bit of a mess- the water kind of leaks out (down the front, behind the spout) and then I have to spend as much time cleaning it as it would take to brew a regular pot. But I rarely want more than one cup (or two, if my Domestic Partner aka boyfriend wants me to make him some too), so it works for me.

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I have a Melitta too - I've only tried the Melitta pods because I just bought it. Now its time to reorder -  Do all pods fit in the Melitta machine?

I like the convenience, but I find that it makes a little bit of a mess- the water kind of leaks out (down the front, behind the spout) and then I have to spend as much time cleaning it as it would take to brew a regular pot.  But I rarely want more than one cup (or two, if my Domestic Partner aka boyfriend wants me to make him some too), so it works for me.

All pods will fit in all machines (with the caveat that you have to be careful to tamp that little devil down so nothing exends over the rim)...I use the Dark Roast from CommunityCoffee.com and it's extremely good (and $4.99 for 16 pods it's a decent buy as well).

When you put the pod in the holder, make sure nothing is above the silver rim. I used to have this problem as well but now that I'm packing the pods down...no problems. I also use the ice tea spout as opposed to the coffee spout and that makes it easier to get a mug under the spout. I also use both buttons...large cup button first, small cup button once the water heats up the second time. Makes about a 12 ounce cup of good coffee (and quick as well).

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The Aeropress, a sort of glorified giant syringe from the mad scientist who invented the Aerobie, has been drawing very favorable notice from coffee geeks over the last year or two. Has anyone here played with one of these contraptions? Handy replacement for the venerable French press, or expensive plastic toy?

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Obligatory pod content: on a whim, I bought (and subsequently retired) a Senseo from Costco about two years ago...partly on the theory that it could be a passable teamaker. It was sorta convenient, but eventually I replaced it with an electric vacuum pot and a "perfect teamaker" from Teavana. As for making coffee with it...meh. What's with that fakey crema?

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The other day I got one of these puppies for my office. The noise it makes when the beans grind automatically is like a jet taking off ( a good thing), and it brews a pretty decent cup. Neeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaarrrrrr (grind, grind, grind). I'm into sound effects.

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we have settled into the french press in recent years because it seems to brew the best tasting coffee. it's not entirely convenient, especially in an office setting, but at home the ritual is easy, and you can experiment until you find the method that's just right for you. i grind the beans quite fine and don't mind some fortifying sludge at the bottom of the cup. we had a fun alessi press wrapped in a green plastic alien, but eventually had to abandon it when it started cracking. currently, we are using an eight-cup chrome-plated bodum (from sur la table), which is holding up much better than the alien at well under half the price. I still warm up the pot with hot tap water even though it is made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass. the filter is easy to loosen and clean.

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The other day I got one of these puppies for my office. The noise it makes when the beans grind automatically is like a jet taking off ( a good thing), and it brews a pretty decent cup. Neeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaarrrrrr (grind, grind, grind). I'm into sound effects.

How easy is it to clean? Although I have long been tempted, I have resisted getting an integrated bean grinder / coffee machine because I have heard reports that the grinder mechanism gets damp from the brewing and gets to be a little messy in the clean up. Is this true? For now, I just use a separate bean grinder. Anything that can save me an extra 10 seconds in the morning would be well worth it. :blink: Thanks.

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it's not entirely convenient, especially in an office setting
I actually have a small 1.5 US cup french press I keep in my desk and, honestly, I think it's more convenient than dealing with the machines or running to Starbucks. Cleaning it takes all of 5 minutes and that's something you just do on the fly when you have some downtime. Sure, it's not as convenient as having the coffee ready for you in the pot, but honestly, since most of us are gourmands here anyway, wouldn't you rather have the better tasting coffee for just a fraction more effort?

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wouldn't you rather have the better tasting coffee for just a fraction more effort?

bodum makes a portable press as well, i believe. however, i stopped drinking coffee in the office long ago, when i was getting enough jitters without it. there is nothing short of tranquilizers that will prevent me from staying up half the night if i have had too much coffee during the day, and at this time of the year, with the carpet beetles forcing themselves through the mesh of the window screens to lay their eggs in our home, that would be an absolute nightmare, even with the minute spiders waiting for them with their traps spun on the sills.

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How easy is it to clean? Although I have long been tempted, I have resisted getting an integrated bean grinder / coffee machine because I have heard reports that the grinder mechanism gets damp from the brewing and gets to be a little messy in the clean up. Is this true? For now, I just use a separate bean grinder. Anything that can save me an extra 10 seconds in the morning would be well worth it. :blink: Thanks.

I don't think it's that messy-you just have to get the system down. Really hungover, it's a little messy maybe. Set up near the sink and drag the trash can to you. I wash and dry well between uses and have it queued to go on a whim (b/c you never know when you'll want to crack out on coffee).

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I have been using a french press for the last few years with mix results. A few weeks ago, I came home to find the glass insert missing. I found out later that night that the cleaning people broke it and threw it in the trash, this really pissed me off at first. However, I did not make a fuss about, as these things do happen. So last week I decided to purchase a stove top expresso maker, just to try something new. The results have been a more consistent cup of coffee, I love it. and will never go back to the french press.

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I bought a small french press for work, since I am the only one drinking decaf. (I used to be able to drink the full-leaded stuff, but no more as I get too jittery) Last year, surprisingly, my cholesterol did go up unwarranted and this is the only thing I could attribute it to, as my dining and lack of exercise habits had not changed. I stopped drinking the french press coffee as soon as this report came out, and my cholesterol came back down.

So, I resorted to purchasing a good thermal carafe to keep the leaded stuff hot when I want to brew some decaf for myself. We just have a Basic Braun drip, but we purchase good coffee from Royal Blue Organics. To me the difference comes in the ratio used for making the coffee ~2 T per 6 oz of water is the way to go! (That's the benefit of being the only decaf drinker--I don't have to put up with those who only will drink coffee made with 1T per 8 oz of water)

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I stopped drinking the french press coffee as soon as this report came out, and my cholesterol came back down.

maybe it's time to switch to green tea. when i'm dead, i would hate to think i had done it to myself.

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I bought a small french press for work, since I am the only one drinking decaf. (I used to be able to drink the full-leaded stuff, but no more as I get too jittery) Last year, surprisingly, my cholesterol did go up unwarranted and this is the only thing I could attribute it to, as my dining and lack of exercise habits had not changed. I stopped drinking the french press coffee as soon as this report came out, and my cholesterol came back down.

Well here is one interesting quote from the article. Seems like you need to average a pretty hefty amount before you need to worry about it. I am keeping my French press.

They found that drinking an average of six cups of coffee a day was associated with increased total cholesterol and LDL, the harmful type of cholesterol. Nearly all of the rise in cholesterol was linked to unfiltered coffee.

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Well here is one interesting quote from the article. Seems like you need to average a pretty hefty amount before you need to worry about it. I am keeping my French press.
Agreed. Even if you were drinking only regular, filtered coffee, wouldn't drinking six cups of that stuff result in adverse health effects anyway? Seems like the old adage "everything in moderation" is applicable here.

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I love my Nespresso!! At home, we have the Nespresso Concept, which makes near-perfect cappuccinos in 2 minutes flat, including clean-up. Jlock and I agree that it is one of the best purchases that we have ever made (even though we thought we might be wasting our money when we bought it), and we have used it every single day since we bought it 2 years ago. At work, I have the Essenza, which I thought was necessary because I got so spoiled by the coffee at home, but really, I probably don't use it enough to justify the purchase (that might be due to a decrease in caffeine consumption that I undertook soon after its purchase).

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Well here is one interesting quote from the article. Seems like you need to average a pretty hefty amount before you need to worry about it. I am keeping my French press.

As well you should. I don't dispute it, I just know that the tie-in worked for me (I call 'em as I see 'em...) I actually prefer being able to use the coffee maker, as it means less time futzing and cleaning the french press. Plus it's easier to multi-task while the coffee is brewing.

Remember the mice that got cancer after drinking the equivalent of 800 cans of diet soda? Saccharin was banned due to those studies! At least, for now, the decision is up to each individual.

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They found that drinking an average of six cups of coffee a day was associated with increased total cholesterol and LDL, the harmful type of cholesterol. Nearly all of the rise in cholesterol was linked to unfiltered coffee.
Do they mean six ACTUAL cups of coffee (Say like 'large' cup or 'medium' cup), or six wussy six-ounce 'servings' you use to measure out how much coffee you need, a laughable system based surely on some mid-19th century supersitition about the devil, or perhaps war rationing? :blink:

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I have one of these Jura Capressa. This is the second one I have had, the first was recalled and they replaced it with this one. It is incredible! No cleaning, it cleans itself. Easy coffee, just press a button. Better than anything else out there. (Commercial machines excluded). It has easily paid for itself over 7 years! (The one I bought originally was the demo model and I got it very cheap).

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