July 11, 2004
Easypods.co.uk Italian 100% Arabica Medium Roast 62mm Pods for Senseo Review
Easypods.co.uk has a variety of coffee pods that will fit both Melitta and Senseo coffee machines. So far I have reviewed the Vanilla Creme coffee pods that were 55mm pods. I didn't state that earlier because I thought they were in fact - 62mm pods.
The pods being 62mm (the same size as the original Senseo pods) makes a big difference. Easypods sent me a sample pack of the 62mm Italian 100% Arabica Medium Roast pods and they are terrific. The reason the 55 mm pods really work best with one Easypod and 1 Senseo pod is because the 7 mm is just enough for water to sneak by - this does not happen with the 62 mm pods they sent me.
As I stated above - the Italian 100% Arabica Medium Roast 62mm pod has a deep rich taste. The coffee is very silky and has a nice "I'm sitting in Rome at a cafe having a really nice cup of Italian coffee." I'm not kidding.
Note: 62mm is the same size as the Senseo and New Easypod pods.
So - for purchasing, I would stick with the 62mm pods and not go 55mm. Easypods is also going to be putting up a US version of it's site. So reduced prices from shipping should result. More from Easypod below.
"One of our biggest plus points for our pods is that we pack just 2 pods per laminate. This keeps them fresher than opening 18 pods at once as with the original senseo pods. Which is why our pods are higher in price. For us its the quality of the pods not so much the quantity we are selling. As a small roaster we could not compete with the mass production that douwe egberts or folgers are looking for which is why we produce more speciality pods and offer that next step for real coffee drinkers looking to step up from the standard blends.
Which is why we are working on english tea and forest fruit blends, which we currently make in our 44mm format. Ater the tests worked ok in the senseo earlier this month it looks like this may become a line later this year.
We are just producing vanilla, dark and buzz in the new size at the moment. The new size will be available from 21st July and will replace our previous 55mm."
Correction: Wanted to let everyone know - I was sent the "Italian 100% Arabica Medium roast" coffee not the Dark Roast from Easypods. I have corrected this article to reflect that. Sorry for the confusion.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 11, 2004 7:55 AM
Just wanted to post an FYI for anyone with an interest in the Black & Decker HomeCafe system. It's a BAD product. That said, here goes!!
I received the first as a gift in Nov. of '04. I used it about a week (2 cups / day) before it seemed to well, catch fire during a brewing cycle. It had been brewing less than a minute when it began making a screeching noise and emitting a horrible burnt electrical smell. It wouldn't stop (despite pressing the buttons) until it was unplugged, and it never worked again. This unit was exchanged for another.
Unit #2 made it 3 weeks before the handle literally broke off and made it completely unusable. What a terrible product when there are so much better on the market.
Yet, here is the KICKER! My sister's B&D HomeCafe system had the exact same electrical meltdown! This seems pretty dangerous to me.
Long story short, I now own the Juan Valdez unit, purchased from Target. FANTASTIC performance!! Have had absolutely no problem. The water tank is a little unwieldy, but I can deal. The JV coffee is also fantastic - the decaf is even rich and robust (for those days you've had a wee too much caffeine). Hope this may help someone! Cecilia
I bought my husband a Senseo for Christmas. He uses it several times a day and loves it (so do I). We just hit 2 times and that fills a coffee mug to the top. I would like to find the pods in larger value packs.
Beware of the Mr. Coffe Homecafe... I purchased this unit about 3 weeks ago, and up until today, everything worked normally.
This morning, it exploded.
Yes, I mean that literally. The filter insert where you lay the coffee pod apparently blew out under pressure, damaging the resevoir beneath, and of course, obliterating the pod itself. Lots of damage.
Of course, the homecafe website does not provide a phone number, just an email address.
Guess I'm going shopping for a new coffee pot; and try to get my $$ back for this one.
Good luck to all. I'm done with this crap.
Has anyone tried the Millstone Home Cafe pods in the Senseo? Though they are the same diameter, they seem thicker. I was concerned about forcing the machine closed with one pod in the single pod holder, so I put it in the double pod holder. Didn't work - water must have gotten around the pod and coffee was terribly watery.
Wonder if Easypods makes the thickness more like the Home Cafe pods or the Senseo? Or is there really no problem using the thicker Home Cafe pod in the single pod holder of the Senseo?
I did a review on the Home Cafe from Black & Decker - though it does brew a bigger cup of coffee - it has a mug setting - the quality of the machine we found lacking. We will be reviewing a Home Cafe from Mr. Coffee in the next week or so.
I am thinking about buying the homecafe or Senseo. The only thing I don't like about the Senseo is that it doesn't make a big cup of coffee, only 8 ounce tops. Can anyone let me know about the Black and Decker and its quality.
Well - I have one here in my kitchen to Review - I've yet to open it this week as I'm focusing my efforts on the Keurig.
I think that is what John was asking about. I went to Target yesterday and got a good look at one and I was not impressed. I have no idea if it makes good coffee but the construction feels cheesy compared to the Senseo or Melitta. The Senseo certainly is made well. I'm very pleased with the coffee it makes but I would like to try a cup from the Melitta and Black & Decker. - Dan
I think you might mean the logo that has a steaming cup of coffee?? If so, that would be the Black & Decker "Home Cafe"
Senseo - all of them I would imagine.
WHICH COFFEE MAKER BREWS THE A CUP OF COFFEE THAT IS STEAMING?
They are 62mm - just like the new easypods.
I'm at work otherwise I would measure a Senseo pod myself... So, how many mm is a Senseo pod? It's hard to tell from the photo.