November 21, 2004

Review: Home Café Cappuccino Pods

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews

When Home Café launched earlier this year, we did a review on the machine and thought the overall quality of the Black & Decker version might be offset with the “specialty pod holder” and what pods would work in it might forgive the lack of quality of the machine. Well - read on to see whether this feature redeems the machine and the coffee you can currently buy for it.

The Home Cafe Specialty Pods

Img 3343The Home Café Specialty Pod holder does in fact fit the newly released cappuccino pods from Folgers. The pods are nearly 4 times the size as a typical 62mm pod, and contain quite a few more calories as well. Each Cappuccino pod is 170 calories per cup and 9 grams of fat. So - if you are on a diet - you might want to stick with black coffee, but in its defense, this isn't a whole lot of calories for a 7oz cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

Our Impressions of the Cappuccino Pod Coffee Drink

Img 3332For our review - we are currently not using the Black & Decker Home Cafe, but we are using the new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe (detailed review to follow of the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe this week). I don't think this makes a bit of difference, but it's nice to call out. Right? ;-)

You brew of cup of this new Capuccino Pod Coffee using the Specialty Pod Holder and one of these new giant pods. The process is the same as brewing a regular cup of Home Cafe coffee.

  1. Fill the reservoir
  2. Place the creamy pod (they call them creamy pods) in the Specialtyty Pod holder
  3. Close the lid and place a mug under the spout (note on the Mr. Coffee Machine - make sure and have the extra base installed so your mug is higher to reach the spout)
  4. Press the 7oz brew button.

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After brewing the cappuccino - we didn't add anything. We simply passed the drink around and all took sips. My first reaction - it's very sweet - and a bit watery. The flavor was on the “it seems like it tastes like fake cappuccino would taste”. My wife (who loves a latte or cappuccino) said, “It's very fake - and sweet. It's not awful. Maybe if you like Folgers you'd love this.”

I think the thing that's missing is any bite of espresso or coffee taste along with the sweetness. That being said, it wasn't awful - just not great. Since you get 8 pods per bag, at 16 pods per order - roughly costing $14 bucks with shipping - that's about a little less than a buck per drink. So on the price per drink quotient - it's not that expensive, but it's also nothing great either compared to a coffee shop cappuccino.

We are going to get some perspective from some other people who have purchased the Home Cafe in the next few weeks. But our first reaction at Single Serve was - B-.

Where to Get the Cappuccino Pods

Update:We can't find the Cappuccino pods anywhere online. You can order the Home Cafe Pods Folgers French Vanilla 16ct (Buy 5 get 1 Free) coffee pods though.

Cappuccino Conclusions

Though we aren't a big fan of the cappuccino pods, we do look forward to trying the other Specialty drinks this Specialty Pod holder will have to offer. The cappuccino drink is a great start for the Home Cafe, and we are sure that the coffees and specialty coffees will continue to get even better as they roll out more choices and offerings.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 21, 2004 7:06 AM

Recent Comments

the cappuccino pod will NOT fit my Folgers machine. I am using the double-sided speciality pod holder, and still I find myself struggling w/ my machine and still no cappuccino is brewed. Need a suggestion.


Posted by: V_nica16 at March 13, 2006 11:32 AM

That's correct. These only work in the Krups, Black & Decker and Mr. Coffee home cafe single serve coffee machines.


Posted by: Jay at January 24, 2006 4:45 PM

Dear Jay, I'm assuming that the Home Café Cappuccino Pods only work with the home cafe systems, because of the specialty pod holder, right? I have a Senseo machine and someone just gave me the cappuccino pods, but I do not think they'll work in my machine. I just want to verify before I try to exchange them...


Posted by: Kimberlee Ruga at January 24, 2006 4:35 PM

Dear Jay, I'm assuming that the Home Café Cappuccino Pods only work with the home cafe systems, because of the specialty pod holder, right? I have a Senseo machine and someone just gave me the cappuccino pods, but I do not think they'll work in my machine.

I just want to verify before I try to exchange them...


Posted by: Peggy at December 26, 2005 1:57 PM

I love cappuccino, when will the home cafe cappucinno pods be available to purchase. I live in St. Louis, Mo


Posted by: Toni at November 14, 2005 12:42 PM

Dear Jay! I'm new on this system (pods) and love the taste of a great cappuccino. I read all the information above...please tell me or recomend me something real good (flavor)...mocha...french vanilla...something real good!!!pleaseeeeee


Posted by: lourdes at January 21, 2005 3:52 PM
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