April 6, 2005

New Archer Farms "House Brand" Pods at Target

64701065093 330A reader has alerted us that Target has created a house brand of single serve coffee pods. They are priced about what you would expect at ~.24 cents a piece and under the name of "Archer". Has anyone else seen these pods at their local Target? I can't even find the pods at Target.com. Hmmm...

Keith writes in:

"I was at Target this afternoon and saw that they have a new coffee pod offering with their in house brand Archer Farms. They had several varieties, Breakfast Blend, Decaf Columbian, a flavored selection (French Vanilla, I think) and French Roast. I bought a box of the French Roast at $3.99 for 16 pods.
64701099269 330They are individually packaged pods and seem to be much larger than the Senseo pods. They are supposed to be 8 grams each (128 Grams total for 16 pods), but seemed bigger than that. I'll weigh then next one I open. I brewed an eight oz. mug with a single pod and it seemed to be a nice strong cup. I have a horrible cold now, so I can't trust my taste-buds at this point."

I like the fact they are individually wrapped. I have come to really enjoy a fresh pod every time, instead of a bagged set of Senseo pods that do in fact get stale.

Thanks again to Keith for sending this in.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 6, 2005 8:57 AM
Recent Comments

Sadly, Archer Farms has discontinued the coffee pods. I love the Breakfast Blend and have stocked up, but now need to find a replacement of similar quality, flavor and pricing..any suggestions??

Posted by: cathi at August 31, 2008 11:48 AM

Yes the fit is very tight. I use the Breakfast Blend from Archer Farms and it is tight. Try this...I dampen my pod with a little water before I put it into my Senseo. That seems to give it enough give to snap correctly. I have also noticed that some pods "seem" bigger than others. For $3.99 I can't complain because these pods produce a great cup of coffee.

Posted by: Frank at June 30, 2008 8:15 AM

Has anyone had trouble fitting the Target pods in the Senseo single-pod holder? I just got the Senseo and used the Target French Roast pod for its inaugural run, but couldn't get the top to 'snap' shut and really didn't want to break it right out of the box so used the double-pod holder (which it seems from reading here makes for a watery cup). Is is supposed to be that tight a fit?

Posted by: Kristen at June 19, 2008 12:55 PM

I bought the Organic Tierra Del Sol pods, and they are awesome! Much better than Senseo and comparatively priced. I haven't tried the other Archer Farms flavors, but you can bet I will. I just got the package last Friday, and they are all gone, that's how good they are. I just can resist another cup. I like strong, dark, bold coffee, and this fit the bill. One pod makes a nice strong 8 oz cup.

Posted by: Bekah at May 25, 2008 2:36 PM

I love the Archer Farms coffee pods and use them all the time. When I first discovered the coffee pods Archer Farms also had a green tea pod. I loved it. Now I cannot get it at my local Target. Was it just a trial or what? I would love to be able to buy the green tea pod again. I have tried other green tea pods and they just don't measure up to the Archer Farms green tea pods. Please bring them back.

Posted by: Jean at January 30, 2008 10:59 AM

Just picked up my senseo and tried the pods that came with my unit. Horrible. I am not even much of a coffee drinker and I could taste the bitterness that most people describe. I bought the unit mostly for tea, and to try coffee on more of a regular basis to build my pallet up to liking coffee. Found the Archer Farms Hazelnut Creme this weekend and decided to give it a try. The first cup had a little bit of sugar and some vanilla/caramel creamer. Really good. Then I brewed a second cup, Sugar only... WOW!!! So Good. Nice and mild, very smooth, and best of all... No Bitter taste. This was an excellent choice. Can't believe I am enjoying coffee with no creamer this much. As far as stock goes my store in Redlands, CA had a large, well stocked selection. I did have to go to the food section to find them. Only the Senseo pods were stocked with the machine.

Posted by: corey at October 29, 2007 5:02 AM

I have just discovered the Archer Farm brand pods and love the ones I bought. I had gotten addicted to the Senseo Hazelnut Creme flavor, but for the last three months, I have not been able to find that anywhere. Of course, the ones I walked out of the Target store with were of the Hazelnut Creme variety. I found the coffee made from them (the 9 ounce setting on my Black & Decker Home Cafe) to be delicious, smooth tasting and far-surpassing the Senseo or other brands that offered a hazelnut variety. There was no bitter taste at all, which has been my major complaint with many of the common, easily available brands at the grocery store. I am definitely going back to get more, and I am also going to pick up the French Roast that everyone is raving about. I really hope Target never discontinues them, and I hope Archer Farms will offer more blends, such as a good dark roast.

Posted by: talitha at October 2, 2007 3:36 AM

I bought the last box of Archer farms french vanilla Decaf single coffee pods at Target and have not been able to find the decaf in any brand since. The french vanilla decaf was excellent and I would like to know where I can order them or find a store that regularly stocks them.

Posted by: pam chase at September 2, 2007 11:23 PM

I'm a regular buyer of the Archer Farms/Target pods and have been getting the French Roast for my Simplehuman brewer. I'd say it's a toss-up between them and Millstone's pods but I have to drive out of my way to get the Millstone so I'm sticking with Archer Farms as long as I can get'em. Just today, I was in the store debating whether to try the Breakfast Blend or stick with the terrific French Roast but I decided to go with the BB this time. Two thumbs up for Archer Farms Pods - auto-drip grind 'n brew was never this consistent in flavor quality!

Posted by: Rick at July 10, 2007 2:32 PM

These are fabulous. I don't use a machine, I just put it in my cup like a teabag. They are lifesaver when backpacking!! One pod makes the perfect mug of coffee.

Posted by: kim at May 7, 2007 11:47 PM

I just spoke with Target Customer service and asked about the Archer Farms coffee pods because I cannot find them anymore at my local Connecticut Target. I hate all other brands of coffee pod and have found the Archer Farms Pods are ABSOLUTELY the BEST!! I sent them the link to this website so they could see how popular the pods are and perhaps put them back on the market. I hope they do other wise I'll have to go back to the coffee pot. . .Yikes!

Posted by: Kristen at March 30, 2007 11:11 AM

We tried Archer Farms Kona Blend beans using our regular coffee maker, and it was fabulous! Tried using our pod maker with the Kona beans and apparently it will require some experimenting to get it right in the Senseo. Hopefully Archer Farms has the Kona Blend pods ... I'm afraid to go to the store to look...

Posted by: carpaltee at March 21, 2007 1:44 PM

I'm a POD freak......Archer Farms - breakfast blend and hazelnut creme rank up there with any of the best I've tried throughout the world. I actually think they surpass the Baronet brand....at least for these 2 flavors!

Posted by: Tom at March 19, 2007 2:16 PM

We just bought a Senseo pot, and I haven't liked any coffee we have tried, UNTIL ... Picked up some Archer Farms Breakfast Blend pods at Target. Ahhhhh!!!! Made the 8 oz selection for one pod, and it filled an 11 oz coffee mug. ?? It was soooooooooooooo good! Was on sale, and I bought the last box, so I asked for a rain check, and the associate had to make one for the Breakfast Blend pods. When I checked out, the Rain Check said "Note: This item has limited availability and may not be replenished." Oh, woe is me! That's the sort of luck we always seem to have. :( I hope it isn't being discontinued.

Posted by: carpaltee at March 17, 2007 5:49 PM

I found a Hazelnut Creme variety of the Archer Farms pods and the coffee was amazing. I have a Krups HomeCafe machine(which is the same as the MR Coffee and Black & Decker ones) and I brew it on the 9oz setting. It makes a nice strong wonderfully tasting cup of coffee. The Archer Farm pods work much better with the machine than the Senseo because they are larger and stronger. I love the Archer Farms pods.

Posted by: Megan at February 24, 2007 2:56 PM

I purchased the French Roast Archer Farms pods last night at the local Target store (not super) which was from a well stocked shelf. I also bought some senseo pods, which will go back to the store tonight and be replaced with the Archer Farms brand. I find the flavor in a 4oz cup to be fantastic as I'm a Starbucks French roast addict and must have a strong, yet smooth cup of joe. I'll be reducing their available stock tonight!

Posted by: Dave R at October 10, 2006 11:33 AM

I bought the Archer Farms Organic Tierra Del Sol at our Super Target in San Antonio, but it was the only box on the shelf. Someone else must be wise to their quality because I think they are wonderful. Fit perfectly in my Krups / Home Cafe; I made the pod using 9 oz. of water. I searched the Target web-site, and they are nowhere to be found. Perhaps a store manager can let us purchase a case. I have to drive 60 miles to get to Super Target, so a large purchase is worth it to me. P.S. Did Maxwell House stop making their pods? They made a good decaf pod, but now I can't find them here in S
South Texas anywhere. JJ

Posted by: Jeanette at September 30, 2006 6:09 PM

Do the Target pods make a 4oz or 8oz cup? They are more expensive then the senseo brand which is odd so I am not sure if they make a bigger cup.

Posted by: michelle at September 20, 2006 9:31 PM

I love the Archer Farms coffe pods also. I wish they were easier to buy. There are very few boxes on the shelf (if any) and I have to check at the front desk to see if they have any in the back.The decaf pods were good too and now have been discontinued in the Tulsa, Ok. stores. I'm just wondering if they still make them. Does anyone know of another good decaf coffee pod?

Posted by: Carrie at August 30, 2006 9:44 AM

As of this morning, I am on my 2nd box of the Archer Farms French Roast and I love them. They are a quick seller in the Orlando area. The aroma is really nice for a discount store pod and the flavor is nice and strong with no real burnt taste. Hey, for $3.99, if you don't like them, small loss. However, I recommend them to anyone who likes a strong cup. They brew great with my Melitta one:one with the larger pod holder that I got free by calling Melitta.

Posted by: Jeff S in Orlando at August 17, 2006 10:03 AM


Posted by: Liz Buchanan at July 28, 2006 1:40 PM

The Archer Farms pods are at regular Targets in South Orange County (Tustin, Irvine, Aliso Viejo, RSM, etc.). Not sure about why you can't find them in LA county...

Posted by: Jay at June 7, 2006 11:00 AM

the archer farm pods seem to be availlable at Super Target, but not at regular target. so far it is the only really delicious tasting pod i've found, and i have tried senseo medium and dark roasts, juan valdez, maxwell house, and yuban-- all of the pods except the archer farms tasted stale and bitter. the archer farms were the only good ones. are there any out there that are as good as the archer farms? i'm taking a trip and can't find any decent coffee pods in los angeles, because there are no super targets here.

Posted by: kaytigrant at June 1, 2006 2:52 AM

I also bought the Archer Farms Organic Tierra Del Sol tonight. I tried the pod in my Melitta One:One. It worked perfectly and the taste was rich, full bodied, and low acid. Fair trade, great price, fantastic flavor and organic...... I'm going back to Target tomorrow and stock-up.

Posted by: Elle at May 30, 2006 11:44 PM

Target just added a new pod called Organic Tierra Del Sol. It is fair trade and was still just 3.99 for 16. It has a great flavor and I'm going back tonite to buy another few boxes just in case this is a limited time thing.

Posted by: Matt at May 25, 2006 4:45 PM

I was given a package of "Archer Farms Parmesan and garlic potao chips while shopping at Target.

Can you tell me if they are gluten free? They would ned to be free of wheat, rye, or barley to be gluten free.

Posted by: Audrey Burton at May 20, 2006 5:50 PM


Please tell me where I can buy these Archer Farms Single Cup Pods outside the US. My wife has tried them and thinks they are an excellent product.


Posted by: howard meredith at May 14, 2006 9:04 AM

The Archer Farms French Roast pod is absolutely the best I've found. I've shopped for pods in Europe and it beats out the best brands I've found there.

The problem is finding them. Target seems to be hit and miss on stocking them, and lately even more likely to be AWOL.

Couldn't Target please, please put them on their web store?

Posted by: George at May 11, 2006 8:58 AM

I can't get the Archer Farms decaf Columbian at my local (Florence, KY) Target anymore. They have several flavored choices but no DECAF. Everyone in our office prefers this brand and most of us drink the Decaf. Please re-stock it.

Posted by: diana at May 11, 2006 7:19 AM

Not sure - I'll check this weekend.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at April 26, 2006 7:23 PM

I have received a bag of Archer Farms hand-picked coffee beans as a gift. I would like to know if this is FAIR TRADE coffee. Many large corporation plantations do not pay their pickers a decent wage and I do not buy or use their products.

Posted by: Jany at April 26, 2006 1:05 PM

We love the Archer Farm Breakfast Blend Coffe Pods. Have tried several brands and these are the best. Would also love to find a place to buy in bulk!

Posted by: Carrie at January 25, 2006 10:02 AM

I love the Breakfast Blend Coffee Pods by Archer Farms, our Target runs out of them and I would love to find a place to buy them in bulk.

Posted by: Barbara Landreth at January 11, 2006 12:48 PM

I absolutely LOVE the Archer Farms French Vanilla Pods from Target. I have tried several different brands, including the specifics for my Senseo, and I could not even compare them. Archer Farms has a delicious, inviting, aromatic smell and an even more invigorating taste. It's simply delicious and inexpensive.

Posted by: Candace at October 19, 2005 11:47 AM

Agreed. They are had to find and kinda bulky. They are fresh though.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at September 29, 2005 8:27 AM

I wish they would change there packaging. I like the produc, but everytime I go to my local target store the front is pushed in and you can't tell if all of the product is there. Then you have to find someone to go to the back and get more product. I don't understand the easy push tab in the front. They are not designed to be resold.

Posted by: Kari at September 29, 2005 8:20 AM

I have to say the French Vanilla I reviewed is still great. I like the breakfast blend as well.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at June 28, 2005 2:12 PM

I also recently began buying Archer Farms coffee pods (Breakfast Blend and FR) and am extremely happy with the value and the flavor of the pod! The pods are larger and don't require two of them to be jammed in the machine to get a decent cup of coffee. Actually, after trying many other Archer Farms private label products at Target, I have yet to be disappointed with ANY of them and the coffee is just another AWESOME addition to the Archer Farms line that Target has on its shelves. Go Target!

Posted by: Nate at June 28, 2005 1:36 PM

I have tried about a dozen different pods, and was dubious about a Pennys-brand coffee pod. But I generally like French Roast, so I tried theirs. Surprise! It's really excellent, the best pod I've tasted. Deep, rich, robust - but not bitter. I enjoy strong coffee, and find this makes a powerful 1/2 cup, using one pod in the single serving mode on my Senseo machine. I'll continue experimenting, but this will be my standard brew from now on.

Posted by: Charlie at May 11, 2005 2:47 PM

I just bought the French Roast pods for $3.99. I brewed my cup in a Melitta One:One, which has a slightly smaller pod holder (ironic, given that Melitta has the largest pods on the market in terms of weight). I had to carefully tuck in the pod, but it did fit and did not leak.

How's the coffee? Well, I think the comparison to Peet's is slightly ambitious, but these are definitely better than the pods I've tried before -- all of the Melitta varieties and Maxwell House French Roast. This tastes like real coffee. The others have all had a vaguely instant flavor. It's still a far cry from coffeehouse coffee, but it's far better than the swill from the vending machine. How's that for damning with faint praise? Actually, it's pretty enjoyable. I was going to try podhead.com pods, but these pods are so much cheaper and seem reasonably good, so I might just pass on podhead.com.

Posted by: Craig at May 4, 2005 5:39 PM

I was very hesitant to try the Target (archer farms) brand pods. I finally broke down and bought a box of the Columbian. I couldn't believe how good this coffee was. Much, much better than the Senseo and less expensive. I love how they are individually wrapped and fit right on my counter top.

I found that Senseo is much more bitter (even the flavored variety) than the Archer Farms. I will DEFINITELY keep buying the Archer Farms brand coffee. Love them!!

Posted by: Patricia at May 3, 2005 7:55 PM

Tried 2 pods in the 2 pod holder this morning and had no problem. It was the Columbian (medium roast) and was a very nice cup. Less bitter than the Senseo brand but not quite as bold. Wish my store carried the French Roast but will have to wait and see if they stock it next time.

Posted by: Chris at April 30, 2005 7:48 AM

I purchased the French Vanilla, and it had a great fragrance and taste(seems stronger than the Senseo). The individually wrapped pods definitely keep it fresher. I was impressed that a store brand was so good. I'll be buying more.

Posted by: Rich at April 28, 2005 5:10 PM

I bought the French Roast today for my new Senseo. Since they hold a little more coffee then the Senseo's do I figured they would make a stronger two cup using one pod. First tried in the two pod holder and it let water leak by watering down the coffee. Put it in the one pod holder and it made just the right brew for me. I don't like weak coffee or real strong either, somewhere in the middle. Also took the advice of a reviewer I read on another sight and put in my sugar first and stirred it up with the froth as it was brewing. Made the broth a little sweet also. Made, in my humble opinion, a real nice cup of Joe.

Posted by: Jeff at April 24, 2005 12:08 AM

Tried the Vanilla pods in my Senseo and all I can say is YUCK!!!!

Posted by: Scott at April 20, 2005 10:25 AM

I just purchased a box ($3.99/16 pods) each of Columbian Decaf and French Roast from Target. For the Senseo machine, you use a single pod with the single pod holder, then brew on the one or two cup setting according to taste. (Unfortunately, two pods will not fit in two pod holder.) The pods are individually wrapped, and come in a convenient dispenser box. The quality of the ground coffee (judging from smell taste after opening the packet) is top-notch. The FR reminds me a bit of Peets. I found the 2 cup (8 oz) brew to be tasty but a little weak, but I like coffee pretty strong. The one-cup (4 oz) brew is fantastic; strong, good body, aroma, and taste. In fact, I'd say the 4 oz is comparable to the best coffee from a drip or press pot. So far, I've tried D-E, Cool Beans, Maxwell House, and Millstone and think these are my favorite. I highly recommend these pods.

Posted by: Tim at April 18, 2005 10:26 AM

I tried the French Roast pods. So far, it's either my favorite pod brewed in my SENSEO, or tied as my favorite (next to the SENSEO brand Medium Roast and Killarney coffee pods). Coupled with the fact that they are individually wrapped, they are now my preferred pod. I can't wait to get to Target to try the other Archer brand roasts.

On another note...I've tried the Juan Valdez and Melitta pods (who both claim compatibility with the SENSEO system). They both are too bulky...you really have to crank down to close the system. Also, the pods allow water to flow around the pods if not aligned perfectly.

Hope this helps.


Posted by: Kevin M at April 17, 2005 8:44 AM

Regarding the Archer Farms pods:
Most standard European pods are 6.9 to 7 grams per the package. Two pods are required for the 8 oz. cup. Most ov the generic pods available in the U.S are 10 grams. Will the 8 gram pod do it ?

Posted by: Stan C at April 7, 2005 5:55 AM

I've only tried a couple of the pods since I bought them on Monday. (I just got an order of 6 boxes of Baronet pods in and I'm still trying those - they are VERY nice.)

I still have a cold, so my taste buds are not up to par, but these pods seem to make a nice cup of coffee. I use a single pod for an 8 oz. mug. I don't care for the Senseo pods - the Decaf and Medium have a very bitter taste to me and while I like the Senseo Dark better, I much prefer these French roast Archer Farms pods.

Jay wondered about the availability of the pods. I am located in Minneapolis, which is where Target is based, so that might have something to do with availibility. Also, when I checked out, the pods didn't scan - they had to be entered manually. This leads me to believe that this is a very new item at Target.

Posted by: Keith at April 6, 2005 1:09 PM

Are they any good? The Senseo branded pods are $3.99 at my local Target as well.

Posted by: Jim at April 6, 2005 9:39 AM
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