Three Things to Look for in a Keurig, Nespresso or Other Coffee Pod Machine

Time for a little coffee talk!

Making cup of coffee with cream.
Some machines even have an iced capability.Sarah Shaffer, Unsplash

Coffee pod machines have revolutionized the way we get coffee. These machines offer a hot, energizing cup of joe in just about a minute. All of these use a basic premise for coffee brewing—pop a small coffee pod in the machine, close the top and let it puncture the pod, press start and water is pulled up through a pre-filled tank. The water then gets heated by super hot coils on the way to the coffee pod, passes through the punctured pod and et voila! You have a cup of coffee ready to sip in about a minute.

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 10 Oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Ideal for anyone who prefers a mug on demand. Basic design without any bells or whistles.Keurig

If you want the convenience of a pod machine but are hesitant about the extra packaging waste produced by the pods themselves, make sure you purchase a machine with the capability to brew your own beans in a compatible, reusable pod. Some machines also have an instant drip function as well, which makes it possible to brew a cup or a pot at a time with your favorite roast.

Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer for K-Cup Pod & Ground Coffee Thermal Drip Instant Coffee Machine with Self Cleaning Function, Brew Strength Control
Features the convenience of a premeasured capsule of the good stuff with the option to prepare it the old-fashioned way.Sboly

A common concern about coffee pod machines is the ability to really clean all of the water lines, heating coils and tanks. Pod machines have internal temperature sensors that keep the water for becoming too hot and ruining your coffee. However, this means that warmth and wetness create ideal circumstances for mold and fungus to flourish. Luckily, many pod machines can be dismantled and cleaned thoroughly, and others even have a self-cleaning function.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle with Aeroccino Milk Frother by De'Longhi, 5.6 x 16.2 x 12.8 inches, Gray
Spins pod at 7,000 RPM, rapidly swishing hot water to create a cafe-worthy cup of liquid sunshine.Nestle Nespresso

One great aspect of pod machines is they use a very small amount of coffee—less than two tablespoons per single brew. Not only does this mean less food waste, it also means you don’t have to sacrifice taste or quality if you choose a machine that swishes the coffee inside the pod (think centrifuge) to extract the best flavor possible. Machines with a centrifugal brewing system cost a bit more than a basic, straight water shot system, but make a big impact on the taste and mouthfeel of your brew.

Also Consider

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Slate
Attractive design that also allows a cool, refreshing glass of java.Keurig
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Prep a mug or a pot at a time using pre-measured pods or your own beans. Produces 8-96 ounces in a single shot.Keurig
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