Hello Coffee People,
I’m still swamped by deadlines but I have a few coffee things that must be said…
Our newest flavour is Black Cherry and is one of my favourites.
Coffee isn’t difficult to make.
You may be scoffing at the moment, but I’m completely serious. Unless you’re looking at making an espresso, cappuccino, or other slightly fancier drinks that the little coffee place down the street makes, there are only 5 steps to coffee.
- Boil Water
- Grind Beans
- Pour Water over grinds
- Wait a few minutes
- Pour coffee through filter
If you have a drip coffee machine, it’ll do 1, 3, 4, and 5 for you. You can buy pre-ground coffee everywhere. (Full beans stay fresh longer though.)
Pods are BAD!
I’m not talking about pod people…
Coffee pods are one of the most ridiculous creations of the 21st century. We took one the most simple processes in the world (See Above), made it needlessly complex and ridiculously wasteful.
You get the idea. The pods aren’t environmentally friendly. They can’t be recycled easily and even the alternatives aren’t great yet.
This applies to all pods by the way, not just Keurig.
Pod Machines Aren’t Better
For you to be able to pop a pod into a machine and press go, there needs to be a bunch of tech behind it. Add on anti-competition bar codes, wi-fi, blue-tooth, etc., and you now have a machine that dedicates most of its power to electronics, NOT COFFEE.
The more complex a machine, the harder it is to repair and the more likely it is to die. Pod machines are nearly impossible to fix.
Not only that, the average shelf life of a pod machine is significantly shorter than that of a regular coffee machine (wasn’t an easy choice when I picked mine, too).
Pods are slightly cheaper than buying coffee at a coffee shop each day, but they are much more expensive than buying the beans. Per 8 ounce cup of coffee you’re paying around $1 for a pod, $1.25 for a coffee shop, 80 Cents for high end coffee beans, or 0.03 cents for standard coffee grinds. (Pre ground McDonalds, Tim Hortons, President’s Choice, etc.)
Even the standard coffee grinds make better coffee than the pods.
You’ll pay anywhere from 40+ for a pod machine and a regular brand name coffee maker will cost you about the same.
Let me tell you a secret. The best coffee makers are those with as little bells and whistles as possible. Heating water through a pump is the most power intensive part of a machine and the least draining is the heat plate under the pot.
You need to heat water to high temperature to release all the oils for flavour, but the more gizmos (Clocks, Alarms, Grinders, Wifi, etc) the less power the machine can use to heat the water, and a lot of companies will cheat and only heat the water a little and let the hot plate keep it warm.
That’s why the best coffee comes from cheap machines that have no bells and whistles or something like a French Press.
I personally love the President’s Choice brands of coffee maker from Loblaw’s. Mine is going on 8 years now and still making great coffee.
Feel free to disregard my opinion since I roast and sell coffee and will NEVER sell pods.
I’ve been drinking coffee for nearly 2 decades. I’ve almost tried everything but Kopi Luwak. I could be seen as a coffee snob.
I’ve tasted all the major pod machines. They’ve ranged from $40 to $600 and they’ve all been worse than regular coffee. (Granted the $600 one wasn’t terrible.)
None of them can compete with a French Press or a cheap drip coffee maker.
The answer is two-fold:
- The more electronics there are, the less power there is to the water heating mechanism. This causes inconstant heat or low heat and that means you’re not getting the best oil extraction from the bean.
- Pods aren’t able to breath. Ever notice the little vents on bags of coffee? Those are essential for the grinds to breath out the gas they exude as they age. If the gases aren’t vented they make the coffee go stale faster. Combine this with the amount of time it takes to package and you have stale coffee.
If you think I’m being mean to your pod machine and completely disagree with me that it makes sub-par coffee for way too much money, feel free to challenge me to a coffee duel.
When I win you’ll buy at least 1 bag of coffee.
In the unlikely chance that you win, I’ll publicly admit I was wrong about which tastes better and buy you a box of your favourite pod coffee. (I will not admit I was wrong about the environmental impact, that’s fact.)
Are you willing to challenge me?