May 1, 2005

Gevalia French Roast Coffee Pods Review

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod ReviewsGevaliaJim Evans at Coffee 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

Join Pods ImageIt 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.

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Thanks again to Jim Evans from Coffee for sending me the pods to review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 1, 2005 12:59 PM
Recent Comments

@Linda Tuesday Morning stores are selling the pod machines for 9.99

Posted by: Kelly at August 6, 2010 11:18 AM

I have a pod machine from 2005 - free from Gevalia. I use it EVERY day and love it. It's never leaked, never had a problem. To keep coffee from splashing, use a taller mug...perfect! I only wish I could get another that is identical. I'm afraid one day this one might give out. Senseo pods are the way to go for sure.

Posted by: Linda at February 8, 2010 6:51 AM

oh - and the whole device (especially the reservoir) smells very very bad. lowest quality of plastic. you really dont want your hot coffee anywhere near this machine.

Posted by: WORSE COFFEE at December 27, 2009 2:02 AM

the worst coffee machine ever!! i ordered from woot. machine was supposed to be brand new, got a dirty and used machine that produced chemically white and dirty water. customer support is useless. very bad experience. stay away..

Posted by: WORSE COFFEE at December 27, 2009 1:56 AM

Just an FYI. I have had a coffee and tea pod membership with Gevalia since they came out with the pod machine. I just got a letter yesterday (3/6/08) from the company that they are discontinuing the coffee and tea pods. Tea pods as of March 1st and coffee pods by May 1st.

Posted by: mlc at March 7, 2008 10:19 AM

The Gevalia pod coffee maker is terrible! Here is a list of the problems it has:

The place where the coffee exits to enter your mug is not long enough and coffee splashes from your cup all over the place.

The machine vibrates and if you leave your cup on the bottom without holding it, it vibrates nearly to the edge.

You have to be careful when you slide the part in that holds the pod, because the pod will get pushed to the back.

It's very messy when you remove the part that holds the pod and drips all over the place.

At first the machine looks shiny and new- after a couple of uses, you can't get the original shine back.

The ad shows a white gevilia cup that you are supposed to get, and I never did.

The coffee is OK, but not great.

I canceled my monthly shipments.

Posted by: jacque at November 1, 2006 11:48 AM

I would like to try your coffee again. I used to use it yrs. ago. I dont know anything about pods. I grind beans now.Do you have any free samples?

Posted by: COLETTE SWAN at October 26, 2006 2:05 PM

I've been a member of your coffeee club for a short time, I was realy impressed at first because of the service I had been given, and the coffee was great, but I was promised by July 23rd. I would have my next shipment. I called to make sure I didn't owe anything, the service dept. said I didn't, yet I recieved a bill, which I paid, and I'm still waiting for my coffee, filters and pot cleaner to arrive.

Can you find out what the holdup is???????

Nancy Wilson

Posted by: Nancy Wilson at August 8, 2006 10:00 PM

I just went on the Gevalia coffee site. I requested a sample of their coffee. After reading these comments,I am sorry I wasted my time. I am looking for a quality french vanilla that I can use in a Cuisinart filter brew. Any suggestions?

Posted by: J. McKechnie at June 25, 2006 9:48 PM

The standard and flavored Gevalia coffee pods give watery and weak coffee at best, even when brewing 2 pods for a 6oz cup. I agree that the French roast was the best and strongest but still watery if using one pod for an 8oz cup. 2 pods work fine.

However, DO NOT get the "FREE" Gevalia coffee pod machine. This machine is a horrible fire hazzard. The first machine worked great for about 5 months. I was actually very happy with it. One day, it just stopped working. Just a blinking red light, nothing else.

Called customer service (I have to admit, it is excellent), then sent out a new machine for free. The coffee pod machine came in, I plugged it in, turned it on, it made the requisite noise, then nothing except the smell of something burning. I again called customer service, told them what happened, they sent out another machine. Rec'd pod machine, plugged it in, turned it on, it once again made the requisite noise, then a pop, smell of something burning and this time smoke! (by the's not the outlet, I used a different outlet this last time, just in other standard coffee pot works fine in this outlet)

I now have 3 broken Gevalia pod machines and no coffee in the morning. Called Gevalia customer service, I'm sending back the unused coffee/tea pods for a full refund for my last coffee shipment. The actually said to throw away the pod machines, instead of sending them back. We'll see if they follow through with the refund.

Side note: Of all the standard sized coffee pods (that you can buy in the store)that I've tasted, the Senseo pods are by far the richest most flavorful pods on the market. Even the flavored coffee pods are rich. I like strong coffee, so if you don't like it strong, Senseo pods might be too rich for you.

Posted by: Katt at February 26, 2006 12:54 PM

Looking for espresso pods the will fit my Senseo Machine. Thanks

Posted by: Lawrence at January 8, 2006 2:34 PM

All pods that are compatible with Senseo, Home Cafe, and other 62mm pods will work in the Gevalia brewer. You may want to check out,, and others in the pods section.

They will all work.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at June 1, 2005 2:31 PM

I signed up for the pod program with Gevalia. The French Roast is decent, but just not strong enough. Doesn't make much sense financially to keep using two pods per. Since we now have a pod brewer, is there any other pod that will work in the Gevalia machine? Thanks.

Posted by: Geoff Kooris at June 1, 2005 12:29 PM

Jim - please send me the address, and phone number, if you have it, of Gevalia Corp. They overcharged me, causing a bounced check charge and said "Sorry," or, "too bad." The said the NSF charge was my problem, not theirs, that they would credit the overcharge back!! And too bad on the NSF. Thank you.

Posted by: Sandee Alpern at May 11, 2005 6:52 PM
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