100% Kona Coffee Pod Review from Single Serve Coffee
The folks at Aloha Island Coffee were kind enough to send me a sampler pack of their new 100% Kona Dark Roast Pods for Senseo single serve coffee machines.
The sampler pack comes wrapped in a blue-metallic package (looks like a bag of coffee beans) and each Kona-Pod comes individually wrapped. The Kona-Pod itself is the equivalent of 2 Senseo pods worth of coffee stacked on each other, but packed in one pod. The coffee pod fits in the double cup Senseo pod holder, and doesn't fit snugly - just sort of in the middle.
I brewed up a double cup of Kona coffee (which I'm drinking right now), and I have to say - this is great coffee! The Dark Roast is very rich and creamy and presents itself well for my morning coffee hour. There isn't as much frothy head as there is for a normal cup of Senseo crema coffee, but I don't think this matters. The Kona coffee has little or no acidity, and okay - I'll say it again - SMOOOOOTH!!!
I can't recommend this coffee any more than - buy some. You won't regret it. It's the most unique cup of single serve coffee I've had yet.
Thanks again to the folks at Aloha Island Coffee for sending me these pods to try.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 4, 2004 8:00 AM
An update to my previous post. After commenting on their inconsistant performance of the double cup pods. I was sent a sampling of their single cup pods. These pods fit the singe cup holder perfectly. All pods worked perfectly, with a consistent cup of rich smooth coffee. The flavored samples (hazelnut, and French vanilla) were suttle and not overpowering. These are by far the best cups of coffe I have had from the Senseo. My only complaint is that for a full mug (two pods) the price is over two dollars.
I highly recommend Aloha Island Coffee to anyone that wants great Kona coffee AND simply wonderful customer service!
There was a minor problem with my initial order and when I notified Aloha Island Coffee they responded in an A plus manner and then some!
Other companies take note, this is what "customer service" is all about.
Thank you Aloha Island Coffee and singleservecoffee.com!
Coffe is excelent when it works. But the pods I have recieved are very inconsistant, some are pressed flat like those in the picture above. These seem to work the most consistantly, but need to be broken up. Others are round and not presed, these, even after I try to even them out, somtimes give me a very very weak cup which can be seen within 1-2 seconds of brewing. I have also become very diligint about flushing the machine first If I have not used it in the past 15 minutes. I don't know if it helps. But it is extremly annoying to through out a pod that is over a dollar. The pods should at least be a consistant shape, this would seem to be cheap/careless manufacturing of a premium product.
I had the same experience as kelly. I bought both the single and double serve pods from Aloha. The double serve worked without fail, but fully a third of the single serve pods resulted in a Senseo vapor-lock. After hours of caffeine withdrawl, I was able to extract and inspect the pods. Each one had a small puncture or tear exactly in the center of the bottom of the pod.
The problem seems to be that Aloha puts TOO MUCH coffee in the pod so when the pod is moistened and expands, it comes in contact with the water jet nozzle at the top of the inside of the Senseo lid, displacing the coffee and causing a coffee blowout at the bottom of the pod. This causes grounds, or a ground, to clog the pin sized hole in the Senseo coffee basket. Vapor lock ensues.
Who'd'a ever thunk too much coffee would be a bad thing?
I ordered some Kona pods, and, I agree, the coffee is fine. BUT, 4 of the first 5 pods I opened were not sealed properly and leaked coffee into the machine (resulting in clogs, not coffee). Based on this experience, I probably wouldn't order again.