How I heard about Senseo
I have had mine since the day it launched some 3+ weeks ago. I had first read about it over a year ago when it had started to become a sensation in Europe. I was pleasantly surprised to then find it in Wired magazine (which I've been a faithful reader since it launched in the early 90's) - so what I'm saying is - if I like something I stick with it.
Getting the Senseo
The first week with Senseo was an interesting one. I picked it up at Kitchen etc. I had to dig through the coffee aisle to find a pretty blue one and there was only 2 bags of extra coffee pods to buy - One Medium and One Mild roast. I had put some time into reading the reviews on Amazon and everyone had said that the Dark Roast was the best coffee - and I just didn't want to be disappointed the first time I brewed a cup. However, I decided to pick up the extra pods anyways thinking - how could the other roasts be bad? Later on this hunch would prove to be right on.
I paid a whopping $87.69 for everything - The Senseo (it also came with a bag of Mild and Medium Roast Coffee), 1 bag of Medium Pods, and 1 Bag of Mild Roast Pods. That's the price of a good coffee maker and I was pretty excited to put it next to my high end Cuisineart.
Home that First Day
I immediately went home and opened the box in the kitchen. The Senseo was larger than I had expected but none the less - it was beautiful. The shape of the machine and it's appearance is very striking compared to any other appliance I have. The spout, the coffee pod holders (you get 2 - 1 for single cups and 1 for 2 cups) are translucent blue, - the whole thing looks and feels solid. There is even a catch tray underneath the spout that is made of aluminum with a swirling design that has 2 holes so the coffee can go through it without splashing and making a mess.
Brewing the First Cup(s)
I then proceed to fill up the water reservoir in the back. The reservoir doesn't hold a lot of water - enough to brew 2 - 2 cups of coffee. It is easily removed and easily replaced and is like a camel back water bag that a bicyclist uses when going on long rides
Next - I lifted open the machine with the lever and the Senseo popped open. I decided to brew a double cup of coffee right away. I then read in the book that you should run 1 double cup of hot water through to clean out the machine. I did this right away.
I had read that some people heat up the machine first by running 1 cup of hot water through it by using the single cup setting - so I was excited that maybe my first cup of Senseo would be more than perfect.
After this ran through I put in 2 coffee pods of the Medium Roast coffee since I had no dark roast. I then pushed the middle button to heat up the machine again. This shut it off - because it was already cycling - oops. I then pressed it again and it heated up.
The Moment of Truth
With a trembling finger I pushed the double cup coffee button on my new Blue Senseo. Immediatly the machine made a big wooooowooowooo and coffee with a froth started to come out of the cup into my clear Bodum coffee cup. I can't tell you how much your first Senseo coffee experience will be improved with a clear coffee cup. Actually - coffee in a clear cup is the best in my opinion.
It took about 20 or so seconds and it was done. The coffee from the Medium pods looked dark with a rich thick froth on top. Impressive - but how would it taste?
My First Taste of Senseo Coffee
I have cream and sugar in my coffee so I had to add that first. I stirred the coffee - and to my surprise the creamy froth stayed. I then put the coffee to my mouth - and WHAM! WOW! AMAZING! SILKY! YUM! This is GREAT coffee!!!
The amazing thing about Senseo coffee is the texture. It is very silky and very interesting to the mouth. The coffee feels thicker and richer than what I normally brew in my regular coffee maker.
Why is this? Senseo brews a cup of crema coffee. It's essentially - pressure brewed coffee much like expresso. The Senseo pushes really hot water through 5 small jets in the coffee pod very quickly. This gets a great extraction of coffee from the pod.
The Pods - Mild, Medium, Dark and Decaf
I didn't get my hands on dark roast until my case of pods came from Amazon.com. I was very excited - thinking - THE DARK ROAST WILL BE THE BEST. I don't think you have to think this way now. All the roasts are good - the mild is very mild, the medium is very everyday, and the Dark is - very dark and creamy. The decaf - okay - the decaf is lacking - but sometimes I make a one pod decaf and one pod dark to cut down on the caffeine.
The coffee pods you can buy right now from Sara Lee is Douwe Egberts coffee. It's very very very very good coffee.
Pods Versus Coffee I Choose
Everyone says the same thing, "I want to use the coffee I like - not just what I can get in Pods." I don't think that's the point - Senseo is it's own thing and the coffee it makes is unique. I think there will be more choices in what you can put in for pods in the future and there are even adaptors - etc. so you can use your own coffee. However - I think of the Senseo as an addition to my coffee experience - it's not going to completely replace brewing a pot of coffee (so far though - it has).
Why I bought the Senseo
I am a coffee addict. I thought that buying a Senseo would make me only drink 1 cup of great coffee. I was right. Now - instead of drinking 4-6 cups in the morning, I usually have 1 dark roast cup or Senseo. This experience and the fact that I'm not wasting the rest of a pot of coffee I never drank has made the mornings easier to deal with. I am now drinking less coffee - but better coffee.
Conclusion Senseo is sensational (I had to say that). I am more than impressed and in love with this amazing coffee machine, the coffee it makes, and the way it's changed my coffee drinking habits. I think the water reservoir could be a little bigger, however I don't think it's a deal breaker. The machine has worked flawlessly since purchase and it continues to make one perfect cup of coffee after another.
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