March 2, 2005

Cool Beans Pods French Roast "Home Style Pods" Review

Coolbean LogoWe're very happy French Roast Senseo drinking coffee pod loving people at Single Serve! Cool Beans Pods have changed the size of their coffee pods and they now work great with Senseo & Home Cafe!

The pods are now about the same size as a standard 62mm Senseo pod. Each pod comes individually packed and is 10grams in size. The 10gram pod is meant for brewing an 8oz cup of single serve coffee. It seems like most of the pod makers are going for the bigger single pod instead of 2 smaller pods to make an 8oz cup of coffee which I like. It's less mess and a very good brew strength given it's only one pod.

The new Cool Beans Pod packaging hasn't changed. It's the same foil outer wrapper - which I'm glad. You never know where a company may cut corners when they improve upon the other features of a product.

The French Roast pods have been in our Senseo for over a week now - every morning. We love the new size. The older smaller pods just didn't cut it. When we tried them it was the old problem of not getting a good seal - so when the Senseo or Home Cafe brewed a cup - water got by diluting the coffee flavor. Not this time!

The new French Roast Home Style pods from Cool Beans Pods work every time, brewing a rich cup of French Roast single serve coffee. The "faux crema" is perfect and in line with even the Senseo pods. We can't say enough good things about the French Roast Home Style Pods. Yummy!

Thanks Cool Beans! Great pods!


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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 2, 2005 7:41 PM
Recent Comments

I purchased a box of Cool Beans French Roast Pods and found that nine times out of ten they would leak in my Senseo. These pods are thicker and have more coffee but they are worthless since you cannot get a good seal.

Posted by: Ed at June 13, 2007 1:05 AM

I've tried several other brands of pods, but I keep coming back to Cool Beans French Roast! :)

Posted by: tanster at December 29, 2005 7:01 PM

I purchased the flavored variety pack, I really like Coolbeans coffee. It is smooth and not bitter. My favorite is the Chocolate Cap. I just ordered the reg variety pack, can't wait to try all of them.
I can't say enough good things about this coffee. The shipping is fast and the price is very good ,too. When you order 4packs the shipping is free.
With the "club" you get a free travel mug and 5% off. That works out to 38cent a cup.

Posted by: Hollie at July 7, 2005 8:24 PM can order the blueberry cobbler coffee at fave!!!

Posted by: Rachel at July 1, 2005 2:26 PM

I'm sorry - the single pod holder and do a double cup. Moisten before using.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at June 13, 2005 10:08 AM

Still confused.

Which Pod holder?

I just took my chances and used the 1 Pod holder, and pressed the 2 cup button.

Not bad. Best cup I've had yet. Finally tastes like coffee and not bubbly water!

For reference I used the Cool Beans, Midnight Blend.

Posted by: paul at June 13, 2005 10:02 AM

That's correct. Use the double pod holder, and brew an 8oz cup.

If you want stronger - go 4oz.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at June 13, 2005 9:13 AM

Just to confirm, with the 10 oz Cool Beans, are most people using the 1 pod holder, but pressing the 2 cup button?

Posted by: Paul at June 13, 2005 9:09 AM

I've been trying out these pods with the Senseo, and have found that they make about 6oz of great coffee and 2 oz of dirty water. I end up making either 4 oz or turning it off before it finishes on the 8 oz setting. I've only had explosions when trying 2 pods at a time.
The quality of the coffee is much better than the stuff that comes with the machine. I like the San Francisco Blend.

Posted by: Dave at April 30, 2005 6:14 PM

Bought some Cool Beans pods and the flavor is great. However, I thought I was moistened enough and obviously I was not - vapor lock. It's been over 24 hours since "lock up." Words of wisdom?

Posted by: Jennifer at April 22, 2005 1:41 PM

I recently received my free CBP samples (thanks CBP!) and gave them a try in my Senseo. The pods themselves have a very good aroma, basically what you'd expect from fresh ground coffee. CBP recommends using the single pod holder brewed on the two-cup (8 oz) setting. The resulting coffee was noticeably weaker than when using two D-E pods. However, it was quite good when brewed on the one-cup setting. This makes a strong, flavorful cup . Unfortunately, the pods are too thick to use two pods in the two-pod holder safely, as others have noted. (I've had similar mishaps trying two Millstone pods...the Senseo lid doesn't latch securely.) Perhaps CBP could offer a 'plus-size' pod packed with more coffee, for those who prefer a stronger 8-oz brew. I'd pay a little more for such a pod. For now, I'm sticking with the D-E dark pods.

Posted by: Tim at April 12, 2005 2:22 PM

After reading the review here, I ordered $50 pods from cool beans. The result is kind of disapponted. I never got a rich, strong 8 oz coffee out of one pod which the review described.

Posted by: Albert at April 10, 2005 9:06 PM

and moisten the POD holder before you put the POD in. And don't try and double up the PODS in the double POD holder, or disaster may strike.

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at March 29, 2005 11:49 PM

You use the single pod holder.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at March 28, 2005 4:52 PM

I just placed an order with CoolBeans. I was wondering, with these 10g pods, do you use the single or double pod holder?

Posted by: Gene at March 28, 2005 4:45 PM

I just got the free sample from cool beans and am using it in my Bunn, I find 6 oz to be about right. Even the Bunn owners manual recomends 6oz for 9-10g of coffee for their "gold cup" standard. That being said I like my coffee strong, thier decaf french roast was the best single serve decaf I have tried. The two flavors I tasted were not to my taste - but I have never liked flavord coffee. The columbian supremo was good but weak for my taste, midnight was good an just shy of the strength I desire. I will be ordering their dark roast selections to see how they stack up. So far only the Kona medium pods have been better.

Posted by: Brian at March 23, 2005 7:58 AM

steele, for me, the 10g is definitely enough for a good strong 8oz cup of coffee. before you put your pod into the holder, run the POD holder under some water, moisten it up a bit.

and yes, doubling up two 10g pods is probably flirting with disaster. I've never tried, and I've also never had my Senseo explode on me.

another tip for senseo owners. descale them regularly!

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at March 22, 2005 11:46 AM

after a month of Cool Beans in the apartment I am extremely pleased. I still am mixed though about whether or not a single pod does make a good, solid 8 ounce cup... still on the fence. On that note though, I have had a few Senseo explosions when I have doubled up pods to make a big cup... even after taking special care to make sure the pods are level and placed well.

Posted by: steele at March 22, 2005 1:13 AM

I also got some samples, they came seperate from my order. I really like the French Vanilla and San Francisco blend as well.

It was sort of odd, they had a flavor in sample pack called BlueBerry Cobbler. I don't see that available on their website. Could it be a new upcoming flavor addition?

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at March 18, 2005 10:53 AM

Got my samples today - I'm guessing they're the new pod size, because they work great in the machine (no machine leaks) and the coffee is fantastic ------ trying all to find favorites to order, French Roast is best so far. BTW, I am still having trouble with my JavaOne pods, half the time I can't get the Senseo to seal right. I wonder if JavaOne has redesigned their pods like CoolBeans did, and I got some old pods.

Posted by: Lenny at March 15, 2005 6:20 AM

well, I got my order from them. I'm disappointed they didn't send me any samples like I requested, afterall I joined the club and would like to sample their other flavors. Due to this inattention, I dropped out of their stinkin' club. The coffee is delicious though. Just had a cup of the french roast, it was superb (not burnt tasting, great berry-like aroma, doesn't linger on the pallette to long). The POD size is perfect.

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at March 10, 2005 10:50 PM

just a quick FYI, but Java Podz seems to have the new size POD as well. I got some more of their PODs in, and they're now 62mm

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at March 3, 2005 1:38 PM

good job CBP, I'll be placing an order soon

Posted by: Hwan Valdeez at March 3, 2005 1:09 PM
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