July 19, 2004

Review: Café Filter - Use Your Own Coffee in Senseo

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsCafe-Filter_logo_klein.gifWhen I first heard about the Café Filter (a special thanks again to Scott Geiger for alerting me to the existence of the filter), I was really excited! This meant that if you didn't like the coffee pods that were Senseo compatible, you could use your own blend of coffee and finally free yourself of having 2 coffee machines - pods - and a standard brew or drip coffee maker.

I'm pleased to say - this thing rocks! It not only allows you to make a cup of coffee with whatever coffee you choose - it totally makes the Senseo the only single serve coffee machine that takes pods (I'm going to see if this works in the Home Café this week) and regular coffee.

I was also pleasantly surprised that if you grind the coffee very fine - you get a very nice crema cup of coffee just like the pods - except it's YOUR COFFEE! Don't get me wrong - I love the coffee pods and their convenience - but this past Saturday morning, grinding up some beans of my favorite Jamaican Blue and having a cup of Jamaican Blue Crema Senseo brewed coffee - was PURE PLEASURE.

And the best thing? The filter is easy to use, easy to clean, and makes a great cup of coffee provided you are okay with the following:

  • Clean - you don't want grinds clogging up your Senseo
  • Realize - YES it's still a little more work than a pod - but boy is it nice having a cup of Jamaican Blue over the same Dark Roast coffee from Senseo every day (though I have to say - I love the Dark Roast)
  • It's a tad bit expensive (~$25 US Dollars with Shipping) - as you have to order it online from Knives and Tools (actually they are reselling the filter for LMTO electronics) - However LMTO have gone out of their way to find an economical and fast way to get the filter from The Netherlands by reselling it through Knives and Tools

Check out these shots to get you more familiar with how the Café Filter works:

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Café Filter Packaging - Now that's a nice design!
I can see two halves of the filter...
There they are! Top and bottom!

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Top of filter.
Bottom of Filter
Filter put together

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Grind your coffee
Put it in the Senseo
after filling with your favorite blend.

SingleServeCoffee.com Reader Feedback on the Café Filter.

Here are some key insights about the filter from SingleServeCofee.com readers Lisa B., Michael van den Eijnden, and Oz!

From Lisa B.

"Pads or Café Filter? Pads, for convenience. But the "little guy" roasters out there (in coffee houses and home roasting hobbyists) will tell you that volitale oils aromatics and freshness start to escape from the bean within days after roast, and mere hours after grinding. The Senseo gives a nice, strong, brew with a flavor "in between" drip and espresso, and I'm going to enjoy using the Café Filter to make the most of that."

From Michael van Den Eijnden

"Also, and very important. Try to fill the holder OUTSIDE the Senseo, then make sure there are NO grounds around...

My metal holder/filter got clogged, that little hole. And NOISE and STEAM will be emitted from your Senseo (no coffee).


I fixed it with a tooth pick..."

From Oz

"Know !! The Senseo makes more SENSE over all the others.With the ability to use any coffee you want, its unbeatable.
Just imagine using real coffee beans such as LAVAZZA, Jamaican Blue MOUNTAIN (REAL Jamaican Blue MOUNTAIN), and other islands (Hawaii, Puerto Rico e.g...) Colombian coffee is good but the above mentioned coffees are the creme of the creme, and in my opinion if a coffee machine can't take me there I wouldn't buy it. "

Full set of comments can be found here...

Final Thoughts

If you have a Senseo - you have to have the Café Filter. It makes the people who say, "You can't use your own coffee?" Very very quiet. They can't complain if they can use their own coffee can they?

Thanks again to everyone for telling me about the Café Filter - and a big thanks to Joost at LMTO for making the Café Filter available to US Senseo owners!


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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 19, 2004 9:03 PM
Recent Comments

While this sounds nice, I just received a package of two Melitta pod filters that I ordered on eBay. These work terrifically well and are a quality product. Excellent construction as would be expected of Melitta. One filter fits the double pod insert and makes a single cup. For two, fill the second filter and brew again. This is the only draw back.

Posted by: Phil at June 29, 2005 3:39 PM

Does it work with the Home Cafe?

Posted by: Dave at January 10, 2005 10:54 PM

Mine came with no problems. Did you order through Knives and Tools? It did take about 2 weeks +

Posted by: Jay Brewer at August 11, 2004 9:01 AM

I ordered this product two weeks ago using Paypal and even emailed the company and still get no response. It has been 2 weeks. I will give them a few more days and if there is still no response to my emails and no product arrival I will lodge a complaint through Paypal.

Posted by: Joe at August 11, 2004 8:09 AM

If you are looking for a premium coffee to use in the Senseo's I have the answer. No need to fuss with an extra filter. Go to www.alohaislandcoffee.com and order their 100% pure Kona coffee espresso pods. The pod will fit the Senseo and because it's a double shot pod you can actually get 2 cups of coffee out of it and it's the best coffee you will ever have!!
You will be amazed at how smooth and rich their espresso is!! No bitterness at all....

Posted by: Susiem at July 26, 2004 8:20 PM

I also received my filter and gave it a try. It was very good but for some reason tends to get stuck in the pod holder. If you run cold water through the filter it will pop right out. Can't wait to try some good Costa Rican this week. Does anyone use a full filter for 2 cups?

To update all on my pod order from Holland's Best, it still has not arrived. It is also very hard to get in touch with them. I had placed my order over 2 months ago. I would not reccomend ordering ANYTHING from them.


Posted by: Scott Geiger at July 20, 2004 1:57 PM
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