So after my post about coffee pods a few weeks ago my husband got some reusable coffee pods to try for my Dolce Gusto machine. They are available on eBay and Amazon for only a few pounds and there are various different options available compatible with a range of brands. They are very much like the little disposable pods but with a flip up lid and filter in the bottom.
Apparently they can be used about 200 times (although they seem pretty sturdy so I don’t see why they wouldn’t last longer) and the pack we got contained 4 and a little measuring spoon.
But do they work? Are they any good? Are they too much faff?
Well, there are a few drawbacks…
- They’re messy, but no messier than using a cafetiere or filter paper.
- The machine splutters and spills a little if you fill the pod with too much of the grounds (took a bit of fiddling with to get this right and I have since seen there are lots of video instructions).
- The coffee is a little on the weak side, especially if you don’t fill it enough (see problem above) I don’t actually mind this and it could probably be overcome by buying slightly stronger grounds or doing half a cup, rinse, refill and repeat.
- If you like the fluffy-milky ones, these are not for you (although you could try adding powdered milk I guess…?).
I will however be continuing to use them, because:
- They’re quick!
- I don’t mind that they don’t make blow-your-socks-off coffee (and I’m not bothered about the fluffy-milky ones).
- I can use my favourite (and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee).
- They are super easy to empty and rinse.
- I can compost the coffee grounds.
- I don’t want to stop using my machine, it looks cool…. and it’s red!
So in short, from me it’s a resounding yay.
I can understand why these are not for everyone, but if you have a pod machine, want an easy cup of no-frills coffee without the staggering amount of waste, give them a go!