April 2, 2005
How to Make Your Own Senseo Pod
Finally a method that makes sense! In what can only be described as brilliant, Jim writes in and provides a step by step process to make your own pod. At the web site below, there is even a picture by picture guide as well as a 30 second video to show you how to make your own Senseo Pod.
"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."
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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 2, 2005 3:35 PM
"I cut the bottom part of the foot off my wifes unused pantyhose and put grounds in it"
I cut off the crotch out of my girlfriend's used pantyhose and put the coffee in it. Best coffee I ever had.
For K-Cups - go to ebay and search some or most of these words:
Reusable K-Cup Coffee Pod for Keurig Coffee Machine
I cut the bottom part of the foot off my wifes unused pantyhose and put grounds in it then twisted the top off and put in the double pod holder and it brewed great!
Here's another idea: I recently purchased "Eco-Pad" pods on eBay. They are little plastic pods that are reusable. The top with the filter snaps off, fill the bottom half with your favorite ground coffee, and snap the top back on. Works pretty well in my Krups (using the extra large pod holder), especially when I run out of disposable pods or want a taste of that caramel pecan coffee! They come two pods to a package; I got two pkgs. for 10 bucks. Keep them filled and ready to go. JJ
Is it possible to make Tassimo pods? I love my Tassimo, but the pods are a silly price.
I've never seen anything on making your own K-Cups. Anyone?
Making my own K-Cup:
Anyone found a way to make their favorite coffee blend in a k-cup? I want to use my locally roasted (fresh!) coffee in my Keurig maker. How do I improvise?
Thanks for your ideas!
Great instrustions re: making your own pods. I don't have a pod machine but like the idea. I have looked for an found a Vaccum coffeemaker. My parents had one way back in the 40's-50's. A glass one and then a chrome electric one. They are reported to make very good coffee. I found a glass, stove top one by Bodum Santos and plan to purchase it -- my question is -- do you know if the pods would work in that type of coffee maker (less mess is my goal) - or would I just have to experiment with it myself.
I have been "making my own pods" for my Home Cafe as well (before I even saw this article), with great results. My procedure with the Home Cafe is even simpler however, and I find that the machine even has a built in capacity to help you measure the right amount of coffee!
1. Like Jim, I use a small 4 cup coffee filter.
2. I always use the "double pod" side of the Home Cafe pod holder. This gives me a good, strong cup.
3. I simply place the filter in the holder, and spoon two fairly heaping tablespoons of ground into the middle of the filter. I then fold two sides into the middle, and press down, compacting the filter into the proper "pod shape". I find that two tablespoons is nearly the exact amount of coffee required to properly fill the pod holder.
4. After the two sides are folded, you have two "pigtails" that stick out of the pod holder. After doing this a few times, I realized that if you simply fold these over into the pod, you have too much filter on top and it does not result in a good brew. So I simply trim them off with some scissors.
5. Place the pod holder into the machine and close the clasp.
6. Now, here is the cool part - because of the way the Home Cafe clamps onto the holder, if you have more coffee in the filter than you should, it will not close properly. I find this to be very handy - you never get an overly-strong cup. You shouldn't have to force it down, the clamp should just fit snug. If it is too loose, you likely don't have enough coffee. If it is too tight and difficult to close, you likely have too much. Remove the pod holder and adjust if needed.
Basically, it is a) put the filter in the holder, b) scoop in the ground, and c) fold over the filter and cut off the edges. The results are a near-perfect cup. Using my "bullet" blender/grinder, I can now grind fresh beans and make a single cup in under two minutes, and the only clean-up required is to throw out the filter and rinse the grinder cup.
Gees that is a lot of steps. All you really need to do is get some fillable teabags. I use the brand T-Sac #2 size. You sacrifice a true pod and check the grounds texture and measure those said grounds in a measuring cup. Use a coffee grinder and start filling those babies. Fold the top over at the matching size of the pod. Let about 3/4" of top fold over. Put the fauxpod(square) with the flap up so the crinkle does not let ground slip out. Lightly scrunch the 4 corners down so the rubber seal seats. I have been doing this for 2 months and have NEVER had the B/D Home Cafe explode on me. Make sure you leave enough teabag to make a true square. Too little bag allows the water to pressure through on the side. Happy cuppas to y'all. Shaun