July 6, 2005
BetterPods Arrive for Review
You may have seen these on eBay - well now we have an entire set of BetterPod coffee pods to review. Expect a full review of all the flavors.
About Better Pods:
"Betterpods is all about better coffee for your single serve home brewer. These machines brew with excellent heat and under good pressure - so they are capable of producing an excellent cup of coffee… but only with the right pods."
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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 6, 2005 9:55 PM
LOL! I too feel the pain with the MyCafe not making a big enough cup! I imagine that the market for 12oz pods is generally linked to sales of the Bunn unit...
Other flavors? Probably not for this fall but maybe by springtime. The only people I know of selling strange flavors like that (or maple syrup!) is cafepods in the UK. And their coffee ain't all that good actually. Why not try adding syrup?
Does Betterpods plan to come out with more flavored coffee pod varieties in the near future? Since fall will be upon us in a few months, I'm hoping to see some Pumpkin Spice flavored pods!
I'd say there IS a market for jumbo pods...just look at the vat-size servings being scarfed up at Starbucks et.al. & the sizes of most travel mugs.
20 grams? Dunno, but since the world revolves around me & my Bunn My Cafe, I'd say figure out how much coffee is needed to make a good, strong 12 oz cup & that'd be fine (15g?).
But it'd have to be cost effective when compared to buying two smaller pods, and there is something to be said to making fresh 8 ouncers back to back vs. one big cup that gets cold quickly. But again, travelers like me use single-serve a lot, so we want one big serving, and since nobody else is doing this, it makes good business sense for you, assuming it's development isn't that expensive for you.
I'd love something that would make the optimal 16oz travel mug. As it is now, I keep needing to use multiple pods. Then again, the Bunn My Cafe only has a maximum water drop of 12oz, and not all of that comes out due to the pod soaking up some. Thus, it would be pointless to get a pod too big since not enough water can be dropped. My old Home Cafe only dropped a maximum of 14oz.
A 20g pod might make a strong tasty cup in my Bunn if it didn't end up being overkill..
I'm glad we're filling a need. To be honest, I've been surprised how much some of the other vendors are charging for their pods! We anticipate a very slight increase in price due to rising coffee prices, but I just can't understand comparable pods being sold for several dollars more per box.
Is this a good time/place to brag about our flat fee shipping costs too? ($4.99 for any size order right now. Probably needs to rise to $5.99 in about 30 days or so). No interest in making money on shipping... just breaking even and keeping it simple!
Lastly... is there a desire for HUGE pod? Like 20 grams? I could ask our poduct development people to start working on it...
i'm looking forward to the review of these...and hope everyone will join us at the yahoo board for discussion of this and all pod subjects...
at least until we have boards here!
Good to hear!
You really should promenently promote your pod weight like podhead does!! We (particularly we Bunn owners) are looking for the biggest pods we can get, and you, podhead & Kona (too$$) are the only 10g+ players out there!!
Hey there :-) FYI.... Our pods include 10g of coffee and are 57mm in diameter. They actually work quite well in a melitta as long as you make sure that no part of the pod sticks over the rim of the machine. (In fact, one of the owners of Betterpods uses the Melitta machine exclusively at home... with our pods of course :-)
--David (at Betterpods)
I'll compare to the regular Podhead.com pods and others. Also - I'll try stuffing one in the Melitta One:One.
I think I'm going to get a kitchen scale - it's about time.
When reviewing, please check/confirm the WEIGHT of these pods.
They don't really mention it, but you see on the boxes that the net weight is 4.4 oz per box. That converts to 10.4 grams per pod, which seems a little suspect.
If true, they'd brag about the weight more (like podhead), and above all, I can't see how a pod this big could come CLOSE to fitting in a melitta machine...but they say that they can do so!!
Hopefully they're being honest & we'll have some more great 'mega-pods'...but that's why we need YOU to take a good look at this.