Jim Evans at Coffee Whiz.com was kind enough to send along a whole set of coffee pods from Gevalia for me to review.
I have tried for no less than 4 months to get Gevalia themselves to send me something, but have gotten caught up in customer service, or told to write a letter to the corporate headquarters for anything marketing related. OMG. It enrages me in these internet driven times that you would have to actually write a piece of mail to get a sample. What enrages me even more, is the fact that Gevalia constantly sends me email about their pod brewer - so - if they have a killer internet division - why can't I contact them on their website about marketing matters?
Okay - moving on. I have tried over the last few weeks the following from Gevalia:
Gevalia Columbia Pods
Gevalia French Roast Pods
Gevalia Columbia Decaf. Pods
Gevilia Coffee Pod Pricing, Size, and Compatibiliy
It should be noted that Gevalia pods work in their own coffee pod brewer. You can sign up for their program, and receive pods via the mail on a monthly basis much like the Melitta One:One program. However, if you have a 62mm compatible brewer (Bunn My Cafe, Senseo, Home Cafe, or others) you can use the Gevalia Pods.
Each pod comes individually wrapped, and in a dispenser of 18 pods. At 5.40 per 18 pods that works out to .30 cents a pop before shipping.
Pod sizing is the new Single Serve 10gram classic. <---Yes I actually typed that. All the new single wrapped pods seem to be in the 10gram size. I would not put 2 of these in at a time if you have Senseo or especially Home Cafe. Two 10 gram pods are just too big to put in the double holder without wetting them ahead of time and pushing the Senseo closed with some prayers.
Tasting Gevalia Coffee
I have to admit - I really didn't like the Columbia Medium roast pods or the decaf pods. There just isn't much flavor there. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the French Roast pods. The flavor is very good for a 4oz cup of Single Serve Coffee. I was not wowed by the French Roast however with an 8oz cup of coffee.
My parents are in town this weekend from Maine and I decided to get their opinion on the pods, To quote my mom, "I think the french roast has a great initial flavor, but I'm not sure about the other ones."
I have to agree. I would recommend the French Roast pods, but the other flavors (I have not tried hazlenut) are just not great.
I would pick up a pack of the French Roast Gevalia coffee pods. I like the flavor and have been enjoying it in both the Bunn My Cafe, and the Senseo in a 4oz serving.
Thanks again to Jim Evans from Coffee Whiz.com for sending me the pods to review.
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