Maxwell House Café Collection House Blend Coffee Pods
I can't tell you how hard some days it is to keep up with the number of new pods being made available. Maxwell house is entering the game with their House Cafe pods. You'd think one of these companies would name their product something other than "CAFE", but it makes sense to a consumer who's confused on which pods fit in which machines - etc.
From the web site it looks like these pods only will fit the Senseo, Home Cafe, Bunn, and other machines that take a 62 mm pod. I'm not sure if these are 8g or 10g pods - but I would be on 8g.
Has anyone tried these Maxwell house pods?
"Maxwell House POD coffee are made with 100 percent Arabica beans, café quality taste one serving at a time - first cup freshness every time. Fits Home Cafe, Senseo and other one cup systems that use similar sized pods. Not for automatic drip coffeemakers.
Enjoy all of the Maxwell House® Café Collection™ varieties: House Blend, House Blend Decaffeinated, French Roast, and Hazelnut. More café-style varieties are coming soon."
Via Amazon.com: Maxwell House Café Collection House Blend Coffee (Six-18 Count POD Servings)
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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 6, 2005 9:48 AM
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Normally I wouldn't waste my money on MH coffee, but these were on sale and I hoped they might be some premium offering from MH. I can usually tell the freshness and quality of the coffee from the aroma after breaking the seal on the bag of pods. These smelled similar to what you get from a cheapo can of MH; I would liken it to the scent of old potting soil. I tried these in my Senseo brewer and they are horrible. Weak, tasteless coffee similar to what you'd get in a drip brewer using MH from a can. If you're looking for an alternative to D-E, try Millstone.
Target carries the Maxwell House Pods and I've tried the French Roast and the Decaf. I liked the French Roast fine - a decent if unexciting cup of coffee.
I don't like the Senseo Decaf (or Medium) pods as I find them to have a really bitter bite. (I found the same thing to be true of DE's coffee during the four years that I lived in Europe - I much preferred Tchibo's coffees.) So the pods are true to DE's European style.
While it is nothing special, I do prefer the Maxwell House decaf to the Senseo, so I bought a couple of bags when it was on closeout at Target for $3.38. They still carry the other MH pods at the regular price of $3.99.
For both styles of Maxwell House pods, it definately required two pods to brew an 8oz mug.
I've brewed them in my Senseo, of all the PODS you can buy in the grocery store, they're second best to DE PODS. Folgers and Millstone are swill
Of course there is no comparison to PODS such as JavaOne or CoolBeans, but if you're out of PODS & desperate, they work in a pinch
If you like Maxwell House coffee you'll love these pods. I have been using the House Blend for a couple of months now. They aren't as good as my old whole bean Gevalia Blue Mountain...but what is? They make a perfectly respectable cup of coffee for the non-coffee-snob set. I like them for my daily 6 or 7 cups.
I brew them in my Home Cafe brewer. They fit the single pod perfectly, and I have never had a bad seal. They make a great 9 oz cup, and a watery 14 oz cup, but I like my coffee milder than most people, so I'm guessing most people will prefer making a 7 oz cup instead. I much prefer these over the Folger's pods.