A dynamic businesswoman in Adelaide who loves her coffee, Rachel Hodson, has shared her tips on how to reuse your coffee pod machines so you can enjoy Baristador Coffee with the ease of your pod maker.
What follows are her tips and instructions.
The Rachel Hodson pod coffee making guide
I was recently given a coffee machine which uses coffee pods. The pods are filled with pure Arabica coffee bean grounds, and I love it!
It’s so easy to make good coffee. Even my 4 year old makes me fabulous coffees!
However, there are a few downfalls of owning such a machine.
- It only takes its own brand-designed capsules,
- My machine’s capsules are only available at Woolworths
- There are limited brands in the range, and limited coffee flavours.
- 10-16 pods per box
I love mixing it up with my coffee, so this would just not do. After googling my little heart out I discovered that I can re-use my used pods! So now I am not stuck with what the supermarket tells me to buy… I can finally indulge in delicious Baristador coffees at the drop of a pod!
How to make pod coffee with Baristador
To make Baristador pods, you will need:
- Used coffee pods (washed and dried)
- Knife (to peel the lids off used pods)
- Scoop and favourite Baristador coffee grinds
- Aluminium foil (for new lid)
Peel off the pod lid. Inside the pod you will find two plastic filters, and used coffee grinds.
Empty out the grinds and clean the pod and the two filters.
Place the smallest plastic filter into pod then fill with a scoop of your favourite coffee grinds.
HINT: A scoop from baby’s formula tin is the perfect size to fill the pods, and also acts as a mini tamp- plus it fits perfectly inside the re-sealable Baristador Coffee bag ready for next time.
Place larger filter into pod and cover pod with foil (pre cut foil so not too bulky).
Make sure it’s wrapped firmly.
Keep them in an airtight container.
You are now ready to pop your Baristador pod into your coffee machine and enjoy a delicious coffee, every time!
Experiment with your favourite coffee flavours, try adding a touch of vanilla extract, caramel, nutella, or cream.
My favourite: Vanilla Vienna (with whipped cream on top).
Share your favourite flavor at facebook.com/baristador or in the comments below.
Hi really nice review thanks for the tips but is that trick work with those Home Pods as well ?
Hello Jennifer. I am not sure and would urge caution if your pods look different to the ones Rachael used in her tutorial. However, I will ask her opinion and see if she has experimented with them. Steve
Hello Steve, and Jennifer,
I have only used the cafitality machine, but am sure you could try the same with any pod- its just a matter of carefully washing out the inside of the used pod, refilling, and putting foil for a new lid… give it a go:) and let us know if it works for you! good luck
How interesting! I am personally a Nespresso drinking, so it would be interesting to know if this works with those pods, as they really can get quite expensive. How many coffees a day are you?
I actually put together a blog showing the different type of coffees people drink. It’s quite interesting that once we start drinking a certain type, we stick to it! Check it out here: http://thedailygrindcoffee.wordpress.com/
Hi Lauren, I enjoyed your site. We need to check with Rachel to see if she has had any experience with Nespresso pods. I will contact her and get her to comment here, if she has something to add. Thanks for commenting. BTW I only drink single or double shot espresso, no milk, no sugar. Steve
Rachel writes: Hi Lauren, fab blog!
I’m sure re using pods would work with any machine, however I hav only used my cafitality. Let us know how you go:) Also, another tip… my mum doesn’t even use the foil when re using her pods, and no mess! I guess the foil is ultimately for freshness if bundling up a whole heap of pods.
Good luck testing out and re using your nespresso pods, I’m sure it will work.
A new Nespresso pod is the perfect sized tamp for a Cafitally pod. A little pressure makes a big difference in the final coffee quality.
My daughter bought me an espresso pod machine for Mother’s Day just gone. I love the coffee though never realised I needed a coffee machine as I wasn’t a big drinker of it prior to receiving it! Now I’m addicted!! I was also facing a problem as I didn’t like throwing away the pods. I recalled my mother using the coffee grounds in her compost/garden and had also seen a recipe recently for reusing coffee grounds for a body/face scrub. This got me thinking. Why couldn’t I do both? So now I have two big containers of body scrub and the same amount went into my compost tumbler. Just have to find a way to open and reuse the containers as you have done. Where there is a will there is a way! Thank you.
Thank you for sharing this helpful article.
So I have a son of barista espresso machine
They do not offer reusable pod
I see circular foil on Amazon
Would this work?
Hmmm, I would not know. Does the manufacturer have a website or, better still, a Facebook page? If so, I’d message there.