June 13, 2005

Review: Maxwell House - House Blend Coffee Pods

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews Img 0378We were excited to see Maxwell House Coffee enter the world of the coffee pod. The Maxwell House coffee pods are designed to be used with the Bunn My Cafe, Senseo, and Home Cafe systems. Most of our excitement came from the Maxwell House Coffee "Taste Lock - Resealable Package". We liked the design of the package, and wondered if it would pack coffee freshness within.

On the flavor front there is a total of 4 flavors currently available in their new coffee pod line: House Blend, House Blend Decaf, French Roast, and Hazelnut. We decided to go with the House Blend Coffee pods from Maxwell house for this review. It is the Maxwell House standard for their coffee, and being made from 100% arabica ground coffee we thought, "How bad or good would this be?".

Img 0379Each Taste Lock pouch contains 18 pods, that are jammed into this bag (see the picture). We have never been a big fan of the "pouch" of pod due to freshness - so having a nice resealable pouch might give these pods a little edge on freshness. The Maxwell House Coffee pods in the pouch seemed very very dry and just not "fresh". Who would have guessed? There is usually a feeling of coffee bean oil being somewhere in the pouch of pods, nothing here. The pod filter material just didn't have a great texture and feel to it either. We tried brewing a 4oz cup and an 8oz cup with 1 and two pods respectively. The results were what you'd expect.

Img 0380The coffee produced from the Maxwell House Coffee pods is coffee every European would fear. It has very little flavor, and is not really watery either, but like strong flavored brown water. We used the Bunn My Cafe to see if we would get any real extraction from this coffee, and as you can see in the pictures to the right - there is no ring of coffee goodness in this coffee. None.


As we've stated before, if you like Maxwell House coffee perhaps you'll like this coffee. We didn't. The coffee produced is like percolated coffee left over from the day before. We are giving the Maxwell House Coffee Pods 1 out of 5 pods. We would have gone lower, but if you pick up a bag of these you could in theory reuse the zip-loc like pouch for other coffee pods in your future.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 13, 2005 10:17 AM
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Maxwell House makes the worst coffee - it tastes low quality. It tastes sour and acidy. It should be renamed to Sour to the Last Drop.

Posted by: i know my coffee at November 7, 2009 11:33 AM

I use to drink flogers coffee but had to stop, it upset my stomach, my church had a dinner for women and they served Maxwell coffee, I found myself wanting more, so I bought some, I does not upset my stomach... BUT, do you think you could keep us older folks in mind when you create lids for your coffee, I find it very hard to open the plastic lid, you need to put a tab or something on it, for people who's hands don't want to work properly... thank you Eleanor Peterman

Posted by: Eleanor Peterman at December 17, 2007 7:40 AM

I completely agree with this article.

I got the French Roast of this stuff. A strong mix of Sanka had better stimulation than this poor excuse for coffee.

Add cream and sugar and it's amazing just how much of what remaining coffee flavor there was is just obscured. It's more like drinking watered down cream and sugar. This is very weak stuff.

But, at least the resealable container is worth it. I can use it to seal and store to preserve better coffee pods that I'll buy in the future.

Posted by: Reinhart at March 29, 2007 4:20 AM

where can i buy maxwell house coffee pods. we live in nh and my husband recd a coffee pot that takes pods. but we do not know where to buy the pods. he likes maxwell house coffee so that is what he wants to try. we do not have target over yet but it is coming so would they sell them at walmart if so please advise me ok thank you helen1@metrocast.net

Posted by: helen provencal at June 25, 2006 4:12 PM

maxwell house poo...oops, i mean pods are the worst by far. i drank the brown liquid produced by this pod and gagged in disgust. i feel bad saying this since i was told to say something nice or not at all. however, i feel better knowing i could be saving some poor person from experiencing the same horror.

Posted by: coffee buff at July 30, 2005 7:39 PM

I received a free bag of the Maxwell house Hazelnut (and Columbian I believe) and the Yuban Hazelnut (both the same company) and I was definitely not impressed. I've been drinking JavaOne pods that I picked up at Sam's Club and the MH and Yuban pods simply did not even come close to the quality of the JavaOne pods..

Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at June 21, 2005 9:27 AM

Maxwell House pods were weak, but French Roast flavor was passable. I agree with Diane above--Target French Roast is very good, far better than expected. Priced the same as Senseo, but actually have a good, strong flavor. Would be interesting to know who makes them for Target.

Posted by: DanM at June 18, 2005 6:33 PM

Maxwell House coffee sure tasted better than the Senseo brand. It was stronger and darker but I found a really good strong cup of java. Try the Target store brand single pods. They are great!

Posted by: Diane at June 18, 2005 1:37 PM

Like I stated in the article, "As we've stated before, if you like Maxwell House coffee perhaps you'll like this coffee. " - and many people have enjoyed the Maxwell house as well as folgers.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at June 15, 2005 5:49 PM

Hey, some of us were raised on American style coffee. We find the darker roasts and European style coffees to be far too bitter and scorched tasting. Honest. We use the Maxwell House pods exclusively in our pod brewer. Before that we used Gevalia coffee, ground at the time of use and the beans stored airtight in the freezer. The Maxwell House isn't as good as the Drip Gevalia was, but it is far superior to any coffee that tastes burned.

Posted by: rhiamom at June 15, 2005 11:53 AM

Shuddering, remember my free sample of Maxwell House coffee pods.

Posted by: Amy at June 14, 2005 2:12 PM

"Strong flavored brown water" is exactly what MH is all about. It really isn't like coffee at all. More like an infusion of roasted nuts. Also, the pods were all crumpled up in the bag.

Posted by: hyacinth at June 14, 2005 9:17 AM
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