There is nothing like a burst of coffee making for friends that makes you pine for an automated process.
However, I am yet to find an automatic coffee machine that can actually GRIND coffee fine enough for proper, rich espresso, and then deliver the right dose for a potent cup of delight.
So awash in coffee grounds this holiday season, I was quite taken by the fact that my brother-in-law and his wife had researched and bought a pod coffee maker.
Why did this surprise me?
There are a few reasons and they say to me that the time is right to explore pod coffee now.
[UPDATE, January 2013: The exploration happened but decision was made AGAINST creating Baristador pods at this time]
Greg and Nic are what I call ‘normal’ people.
They like their coffee but are not coffee nuts. If they were stranded with only instant coffee in the house, they would drink it.
But to hear that they scoured shops and then the internet to source a coffee machine that could take coffee pods or capsules – that is a sign of a new consciousness about coffee out there in the great, Australian homeland.
Lo and behold, Current magazine announced that coffee pod machines, led by Nespresso, dominated appliance sales this year in Australia and the so-called portioned coffee market category “almost doubled in unit sales and average sales price” in 2011.
Having played with my in-laws’ De Longhi machine, enjoying a nice shot of coffee with good crema and body and NO MESS to clean up, I have become quite open to the idea of providing Baristador Coffee in these measured and sealed capsules.
My New Year’s Resolution on behalf of my fellow Baristadorians is to arrange for a trial run of Baristador coffee in pods and even see if I can source a good pod coffee maker for sale.
My question to you is: are you interested? What Baristador blend would you like to see in pods? And do you have a pod/capsule coffee yet?
Please share your comments below or by emailing me.
If you are interested in partaking in the trial batch, let me know as well.
Happy New Year!
Yours in the spirit of espresso
I would be interested in coffee pods. My work has recently acquired a coffee machine that uses pods. I either bring in my baristador coffee and use my own plunger, or I purchase pods from my work and use those in their machine. If Baristador had pods I would buy them to take into work. I have considered purchasing a machine for home one day.
I find the pods are really fresh, and I have several friends that have changed over to useing pods at home.
Thanks for your reply. I think there are likely to be two phases in the Baristador pod/capsule journey. The first involves refillable capsules for overall test checking and if that is successful, the preloading of pods/capsules for the general market.
I have learned quickly to distinguish between pods and capsules. Can you please elaborate on the ones uses in your office? Perhaps the machine brand and model number will suffice, or detail of the pods.
The Nespresso machines use capsules, which is what I have been exploring. Pods are different again and I would be very interested to know which ones you are using.
Thanks for your continued support of Baristador.
Now I feel like a coffee myself!
Yours in the spirit of espresso
I am not a coffee “snob” by any steach of the imagniation but i do like my coffee. Over the years I have had it made in stove top expresso machine and in the true Italian way in an enamel pot on the stove by a wonderfull Italian lady. ( Best expresso ever). I have since migrated through cheaper expreson machines to a deLonghi Latissma using Nespresso capsules. This method is by far cleanest and i find produces a reasonable coffee, mostley.
As stated I am not a snob but am always looking for new coffee experiences so if you need a ‘normal” coffe nut I woild be happy to participate in any trial.
My favorite coffee at the moment is the Roma from Nespresso.
PS. My mother-in-law would serve her coffee in the morning expresso style with a spoonful of Gin. She always said that the Alcohol evaported but i am not sure???
Thanks, Ross. At the moment, I have postponed pod trials indefinitely due to the compromise in quality in the name of convenience. But it is postponed, not cancelled. I’ll keep you in mind if technology improves and new opportunities arise. Steve