January 10, 2005

New Weird Pod Machine at Target

Jvpm1BMy family was doing a typical Sunday Target run for laundry detergent and - WHAM!!!! A single serve coffee machine I've never even seen or heard of before and it was 50% off for the machine and the pods.

It looks as if this machine is marketed by eSalton. Does anyone have this machine? It looks like a Melitta but the coffee was Juan Valdez.

These pods will fit most Pod Brewing Systems on the market today

Medium Roast Javapods
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What's going on with this machine? The packaging and the design had the look of a Target in-house branded machine.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 10, 2005 5:22 PM
Recent Comments

I bought my machine off of a product liquidation site for $13(!) so I doubt they make this machine anymore. It's not the prettiest machine and the water tank leaks if you don't secure it correctly, but it's worked fine so far. The machine takes up more countertop space than I expected. There are buttons for 5oz and 8oz cups and it was pretty close too (I measured a bit over 4oz and 7oz respectively, after brewing).

The Senseo-brand coffee wasn't very good, IMO, but the larger Melitta pods (available at a local Specs liquor/gourmet food store) turned out good coffee.

Even if it breaks in a year, I got a great deal for it and I'm happy so far.

Posted by: gppintx at November 27, 2008 11:30 AM

Senseo pods do not fit the JV, I feel Senseo is a much better machine for the money.

Posted by: Bob at September 14, 2008 9:33 AM

Bought my JV coffee maker at Target also, worked great for about 1 year, then stopped working, flashing light which usually means low water tank will never go off now. Target stopped carrying the pods about 6 months after my purchase. Also bought a piece of junl Bell and Howell heater from Targrt, worked 3 months, Target was no longer carrying that brand

Posted by: Blane S. at October 1, 2006 12:16 AM

I bought my Juan Valdez Coffee Maker after Christmas from Target and it was only 15.00. I am not a very big coffee drinker but I am a bargain shopper. I thought that even if I was to change my mind and give it away it was too good of a deal to pass up. It looked like it had been returned to the store unused. I haven't tried it yet. I was under the impression that I had to order the pods according to the inserts in the box, until today. Upon further research and this site. I am fortunate to find out that I can simply go to Target and purchase the pods. I don't know why I didn't think that they would carry them. Duh. I look forward to using it. My only complaint so far seems to be how hard itt is to close the top portion of the coffee maker.

Posted by: Sheri N. at February 20, 2006 11:04 PM

My husband had been looking for a single serve coffee maker for a couple of months but had resisted buying one due to prices. Last week I was at Target and saw the JV was reduced 75%. My husband tried it out and seemed pleased with the coffee it brewed. Hopefully it will work properly for a while even if it only cost less than $15.00.

Posted by: tuffnail at September 28, 2005 4:08 PM

I bought the JV coffee maker at Target and after three months it threw a fit. Now it won't turn off and doesnt make coffee at all.The store warrantee has expired and I can't get an answer from Salton. Anyone else having a similar problem?

Posted by: miller at July 29, 2005 3:20 PM

bought the JV at the $29.99 price with the large supply of pods for my mother for christmas. At first, the coffee wasn't very hot. Several months later while visiting, was pleasantly surprised to find i got a hot cup of coffee. The JV pods? You get what you pay for... but i got my mom to quit drinking Sanka for her one morning cup. Need i say more?

Posted by: Janet C. at May 3, 2005 5:08 PM

I was using the Juan Valdez pods in my Melitta. I was noticing about one bad pod per box. After two boxes where half of the pods were bad I quit using them. Too bad because I like their coffee.

Currently I'm using a pod called Java One that I get at Sam's Club. Their French Roast is a good dark roast.

Posted by: Ron at April 13, 2005 6:51 AM

I firmly believe the Senseo is the future of coffeemaking. This machine makes a good full-bodied cup of coffee, even when using a lighter roast. If you like French Roast, Sumatra, and other stronger coffees, you will love the Senseo. If you like Dunkin Donuts coffee or gas station brew, you will probably be happier with a plain old drip coffee maker.

I agree, the pods sold in stores are not great, but they are getting better and soon gourmet pods will be the norm (after all, how long can Starbucks ignore a market???)

The bottom line is I make my own pods (or "roll my own" as I call it). I demonstrate the process in a Palm Z-72 Video found at http://www.rainbowpediatrics.net/horwitz/Senseo.html, and it is very simple. I use a glass to press a 4 cup paper filter into a 1/3 cup measuring cup, thereby making a measuring cup shaped depression in the paper. I grind my favorite coffee very fine because I feel this gives me more of the full flavor of the beans (the best of course is Sumatra from the Little River Roasting Company), and spoon a few heaping teaspoonfuls into the filter. I do not measure it, but have a feeling for how much coffee will fit into the pod holder (if you make your pod too thick, the machine will not close fully and lock. I have never forced it, and expect it might break if you were to try). Then I carefully fold the edges over and lightly tamp it down. I can make a dozen quickly and store them in a ziplock bag. The result is simply the best cup of coffee I have ever consumed.

It is important NOT to allow any stray grounds get into the pod holder. There is only one small hole in the holder and a single ground can block it up leading to a mess. The more common outcome however is just that the machine will "lock up". Then you must wait about 10 minutes for it to cool down and for the vacuum to break, and then you simply clean out the hole by blowing through it and start over.

There is no question in my mind that this is the future of coffee brewing

Posted by: Jim at April 1, 2005 8:03 PM

I use the Juan Valdez pods in another machine, but I find there is a high incidence of poorly sealed pods, just plain open ones, and pods sealed into the packet seal. I would say an average of at least one bad pod in a box. I have had at least one packet with no pod in it. Mentioned to the manufacturer, but received no response.

Posted by: Mary at March 17, 2005 8:08 AM

I brougt the coffee, and got the machine free right before christmas. I liked the fact that it had a larger water holder, and the adjustable spout for different coffee mugs. That is about the extent of me liking the machine. After trying the senseo the jv machine I found lacking in severa ways. About the coffee that I used in the machine came out weak. The dark raost was bitter, and when I tried a senseo dark pod it was weak. I can say it makes great hot tea. I do not think that the jv maker compares to the one:one even though it is by the same company. The JV maker just does not stand up to the others that are on the market. I would give the maker at one and half stars. Go ahead spend the few extra dollars on the senseo, worht every penny.

Posted by: Julie at February 27, 2005 7:09 PM

Valdez Jr,

I had a problem with my JV maker which stopped working after using about 5 times. I was able to take it back to Target for exchange with no problems. I had to call customer service and they were no help at all..

Good Luck,

Posted by: Steve at February 21, 2005 9:59 AM

I got a JV one cup coffee maker for xmas. Thought it was the greatest thing going! But now that I have used it for a couple of months it's not working right. I have followed all the directions about priming it and everything and haven't abused it. Now when I press on the 7 oz. button, nothing happens, it won't work. I have to push the 4 oz. buttton and then push it again to get a full cup. It is such a disappointment because I loved the machine. Anybody else having problems?

Posted by: valdez jr. at February 20, 2005 10:58 AM

For those of you who live in the Midwest (IN-OH-MI-IL), Meijer has the Melitta single-serve unit on sale for $24.99 this week, half-off the normal $49.99 price commonly found elsewhere. (Didn't find this offer on the meijer.com website, only in the weekly print ad.)

Posted by: Roasted Raj at January 30, 2005 10:09 AM

I picked up the Juan Valdez unit on sale at Target a week ago, finally tried it out tonight. Didn't bother to get the JV pods, because I didn't want to buy so many at once. But I didn't know that there were different sizes of pods, so I got a pack of the Senseo Dark Roast pods to try out. Didn't know to squeeze the pod into the holder, so it didn't quite seal properly (didn't spew or explode, just trickled leaked a bit). Gave good coffee on 8oz setting, at least to my unrefined taste. At least as good as Tim Horton's (which I think is overrated). I did correct the fit and tried again on the same pod, but the brew was greatly diminished. Didn't want to waste another pod again tonight, will try again tomorrow using proper fitting technique.

Here was my rationale for wanting a single-serve unit: I rarely drink coffee at all, and almost never at home. My parents drank instant when I was growing up, which put me off coffee almost altogether, except for the occasional cup at the office or at Timmy's on early mornings. I finally got them an automatic drip machine a few years ago, and they seem to love it. I also have a drip coffeemaker, mainly for when my parents visit, but I hate to make 10-12 cups for when I want just 1-2 occasional cups myself. (I'm also too stupid to know how much ground to put in for just 1-2 cups.)

So far, I like the single-serve machine, and am glad I didn't pay out the nose for it like for other models. I like that it heats up quickly and only heats up as much as is needed per cup desired. I find it fairly easy to use once I got used to the latch mechanism, and I can remove and install the tank without having to turn the unit around.

I did foolishly try to put loose grounds in the unit; this didn't work nearly as well. Took several minutes to brew and drip out. Didn't explode, and didn't circulate grounds throughout the mechanism; it was pretty much packed. I may have put in too much. Minor extra cleanup to correct, not a major malfunction.

I also tried a couple of regular Celestial Seasonings herbal teabags (no strings attached, literally), and found these worked great on the 8oz setting. I just had to make the square bag fit in the round opening, which wasn't too difficult, and the teabag stayed intact under pressure. So I will at least begin to enjoy herbal tea again, without having to get the more expensive tea pods.

As I have not been a coffee drinker (much less an aficionado), I don't even know what brand or blend I like best. I was hoping to find a smaller-quanitity variety pack to try out different samples and then select the ones I liked best. Unfortunately it looks like there are no options other than the 100-plus-count packs, or paying up to $1 per pod for individual samples. I'll probably try one of the do-it-yourself methods I've seen on the net. Otherwise, I'm wondering how well the Folgers/Maxwell House individual bru-thru bags would work. (Hey, for $30 bucks I can afford to break it.)

Posted by: Roasted Raj at January 30, 2005 3:05 AM

I was able to open up my unit and make an adjustment to a small potentiometer and get much closer to a full 8oz cup.

Posted by: Scott at January 28, 2005 12:46 PM


I put one a liquid measuring cup that shows ounces under mine and brewed a double cup with no POD, it was dead on at 8oz. When you put a POD in, the POD itself may absorb some of the water. I've been brewing tea in mine, it makes great tea. A trick I learned. when it is finished brewing, leave your cup under the spout, open up and reclose the door. I've found that this may help squeeze out a little more liquid.

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at January 23, 2005 3:48 PM

I've found I never brew the "single" cup on any of the makers - it's just too small. Also 8ounces is barely enough on the double cup setting.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at January 23, 2005 7:56 AM

I just got one this evening... I was curious, mine seems to make only ~7 oz on the 8 oz setting, filling a standard cup only 3/4 - the 5oz setting is worthless.

Does anyone else have this issue?

(I checked the output and my cups are 8oz, the machine is not)

Posted by: Scott at January 23, 2005 1:50 AM

I just picked one of these up today and cant wait to try it out. Sounds like this is a pretty good machine. Thanks for all of your posts.

Posted by: RLS at January 17, 2005 4:44 PM

Well, curiosity got me. I went and snagged one at Target, I wanna have a backup in case my Senseo ever fails. I can say that the JV is nowhere near the build quality of the Senseo, but it sure beats that junky Home Cafe. I like the adjustable spout on the JV. Oh, and I am mixing 1 dark roast JV with POD 1 medium roast Senseo POD in my Senseo, and it's A-OK

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at January 15, 2005 8:47 PM

I went to Target, they had the pods and the brewer on sale, but they had no boxes for the brewer. The clerk checked some other local Targets and they had a few of the brewers, but I am gonna pass on it since I have a Senseo. I did get some of the pods, and made a 8oz cup in my Senseo. I used 1 medium roast POD and 1 mild roast POD in the two cup setting, sugar and a touch of cream, and it wasn't half bad. Two Pods into the Senseo is a tight squeeze though. 108 PODS for $15 is a good deal @ $.13 cents a POD. I like to mix PODS myself. The coffee PODS are made in Columbia

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at January 15, 2005 3:09 PM

My unit in Iraq received one as a gift, along with several boxes of Juan Valdez light roast, medium roast, dark roast, and Decaf. It works great, heats the water hotter than a standard drip, and makes great coffee. I prefer the Dark Roast, but my troops have enjoyed the other roasts as well. I also like the fact that the spout adjusts for various sizes of coffee mug (including larger, stainless-steel type travel mugs) although it will only brew 5 or 8 oz. cups. I can usually get a good-tasting mug of coffee with one pod by pressing the 8 oz. then after it finishes and re-heats, the 5 oz., leaving my mug under the spout. Overall we think it's a great coffee maker.

Posted by: TJ at January 15, 2005 5:18 AM

This machine uses a 8g 55mm pod although the 62mm senseo pods will work if you squeeze them in. We also found that 55mm 14g double pods will also work for a truly strong cup :)

Posted by: CS at January 14, 2005 7:31 PM

I found this deal at Target on the 1/12 and picked up the pods for $15. There was a sticker on the pod package for the free coffee make but it had expired in December... this is probably why they were now 50% off. I haven't tried them yet but I did unwrap one and it seems to fit well in the Senseo pod holder. Perhaps it's a little smaller. I really like the fact that the pods are individually wrapped. I'll follow up this weekend after some tasting. You can't really beat the price (unless you make your own pods with chock full o nuts and coffee filters... which is what I have been doing).

Posted by: Grantbob at January 14, 2005 6:29 AM

I purchased the JV the day after Thanksgiving from target for $29.95 w/six boxes of pods. I feel the coffee it makes is excellent. I've been wondering why no one on this site had reviewed it, but I guess it is just not as flashy and popular as the other brands. The Melitta pods do fit in it with no problem. I have yet to try the Senseo pods in it, because of the size difference I have been reading about. I have also purchased Kona pods through AIC, and they are great. I have absolutly no complaints from friends or family through the holidays. I had actually purchased 4 more for gifts. I am extremely happy with this maker, I just wish there was a greater variety of coffee.

Posted by: Tony at January 12, 2005 7:45 PM

I tried at Target in Wyomissing to purchase this same machine. I even called an associate because I couldn't find any on the shelf. She acted as if it wasn't worth her time to assist with the finding and purchasing of this machine. She even tried to say that the price was $59.99 not $29.99. However, there was two signs posted right on the shelves in front of her. I had to point out the dates on the signs and she had nothing to say. She said that they were out of stock and that they couldn't give a rain check for the machine because it was a price cut. Is this Target's way of bait and switch?

Posted by: Staci at January 12, 2005 3:56 PM

Yes, the pods are larger than the Melitta's, but I stuff them into the Melitta pod holder just fine. In fact, I do the same with Senseo pods because I happen to like their dark roast better than any of the Melitta blends.

Posted by: Charlie at January 11, 2005 2:45 PM

I'll be anxious to hear your impressions of the coffee. I was tempted to pick these up but will wait and see if they are worthy of a review.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at January 11, 2005 7:16 AM

Juan's pod holder seems to be larger than the Melitta. The Juan Valdez will take most Senseo® style pods. It makes a good cup but no. I got the machine "free" with a pack of 6 x 18 pods for $29.95 at target.

Posted by: Stan C at January 11, 2005 6:04 AM

I saw this machine around Christmas also. It's almost an exact copy of the Melitta one:one. Both coffee makers are made by Salton Inc. so I would imagine the inerds are identical. The only differences I can see are 1) the appearence, 2) the water tank, and 3) the spout. I agree with Charlie, the one:one is sleaker and nicer looking on the counter, if you're into that, but the other two differences have advantages. The tank is bigger, has a handle, and while it may not look pretty sticking out on the sides, you can see the water level without spinning the machine around or removing the tank. The last difference I believe is a major advantage for the JV machine, the spout. It's hinged so that if your coffee cup is too tall, you can still remove it without spilling any coffee. For a person like me who presses the 8oz button twice with large cups, this is a plus.

Bottomline, both machines are made by Salton, probably side by side in the same factory. The pod holder is also identical to the one:one; made of stainless steel amd exactly the same in size. Essentially, they're the same machine.

I also couldn't pass the $14.99 price on six boxes of pods. We'll see how they taste.

Posted by: Ed at January 11, 2005 12:57 AM

Oh, BTW - I bought a six-pack of the Juan Valdez JavaPods for 14.99. At 18 a box, that's 108 pods for fifteen bucks. The medium roast pods aren't bad on the five oz. setting. Dark roast is far too bitter on any setting and not a very smooth taste or texture at all. Too bad, as I am really a fan of darker roast coffees. My wife seems to like the Decaf all right, and neither of us has tried the light roast yet.

None of the blends are particularly great, but for half off, I would buy the medium blend again.

Posted by: Charlie at January 10, 2005 5:47 PM

Hi. I saw this over the holidays. It is basically identical to the Melitta One:One from top of the pouring spout down to the base. The top mechanism though almost completely destroys the look. Rather than taper to a sleek point, it is flattened out and slightly concave. This is obscured in pictures by the oversized - and to my mind, clumsy - latch. In addition, the extra wide reservoir pokes out on either side of the machine. It might hold a little more water, but the trade off is a much less elegant overall appearance.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, the pod holder is made entirely of plastic, not metal with a plastic holder like the Melitta. I could be mistaken on this point, as I looked at a lot of single cup machines over the holidays.

Otherwise, I can't imagine the internals are at all different from the Melitta. It seems like they deliberately made a less sleek machine that they could sell for less while still justifying the higher price point for the much more sleek Melitta (which I actually think is better looking and in some ways better built than the Senseo).

Nice website, BTW. Thanks!

Posted by: Charlie at January 10, 2005 5:43 PM
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