October 13, 2005
MyPod Refillable Coffee Holder for Senseo
Another day and another gadget to put regular coffee in your single serve coffee brewer. We reviewed the Cafe Filter or Ecopad as it's now called so long ago and rarely if ever use it, but the MyPod might work a bit better. Amy Maxwell wrote in about the MyPod refillable coffee holder for Senseo and we think as long as it doesn't plug up and cause a pressure explosion - it could be worth trying out for 10 bucks.
This morning I brewed a cup of freshly roasted coffee1 in my Senseo. Instead of using a plastic Ecopad, I used a Presto MyPod refillable coffee holder. The MyPod is designed to replace the Phillips Senseo pod holder. It comes with the refillable coffee holder, 100 coffee filters, a compacting cover and a coffee scoop. The EcoPad is a plastic ‘pod’ that you fill with coffee grounds then put in your Senseo two pod holder. The MyPod is different because it replaces the pod holder not the pod.
We haven't been able to find these for sale anywhere online, but Amy has an ebay auction or two up. Let us know if you've tried these or know where we could pick one up for review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 13, 2005 8:41 AM
The Coffeeduck gives you the crema intact.
Every now and then you have to take it apart and clean the screen really well. Also gives you a double.
Stuck lid? It seems to be caused by pressure build up (not a vacumm) when the outlet of the pod holder gets blocked. There are three plastic bolts that slide into place to lock the lid as the lever is operated. Pressure forces the lid up and increases the friction on the bolts to the point where they won't operate. Solutions 1 and 2: First disconnect Senseo from the electric supply. Solution 1 is to press down on the lid to overcome the pressure and then operate the lever to unlock. Didn't work for me. Solution 2 is to get a table knife, not sharp, no serrations but with a rounded end, not pointed. Insert under lid just to right of pod holder handle, at an upwards angle of about 20 degrees to the horizontal. Then aim for the opposite 11 o'clock position on the closed lid. With a few tries the knife blade should slide between the top of the pod holder and the rubber sealing gasket releasing the pressure. Beware hot steam/water as pressure is released - wear gloves. Open lid, unblock pod holder hole with a pin, fill and heat resevoir and then flush through without a coffee pod in place.
I accidentally couldn't open the lid due to a vacuum. Even after sitting for 2 days, it still wouldn't budge. I took a hair dryer and slowly air heated the cover area. Since the gasket is so far inside the unit it took a while, but the lid finally opened. I think the forced hot air dried out the gasket enough so that the seal could be broken, though it's possible the heat slightly created some internal pressure and made the lid a less effective vacuum. Anyway, I think it worked.
Lid "WILL NOT" OPEN: I'll welcome any advice. My Senseo lid has frozen shut in the midst of normal(2 to 3 Times a day)use. I've tried the troubleshooting recommendation and left the lid open for days now-still no go.
Well, maybe it can make a not-weak 4 oz. coffee...but I don't know anyone who drinks a 4 oz cup here in the US. Too little, too weak.
I just bought a Senseo at Walmart over the weekend. Love this little machine. I also purchased the Presto My Pod accessory..... I have to agree--I miss the froth that you get by using the pods. Wondering if there is an alternative unit from Philips? Probably not--I'm sure the idea is to sell the coffee pods --undoubtedly where most of their profit is.
According to the Senseo HD7811, HD7810 Coffee Machine manual, Troubleshooting guide (page 17):
Problem The lid cannot be opened
Solution A vacuum may have temporarily formed under the lid. Turn the machine off. Pull the lever up as far as it will go and wait 24 hours before opening the lid. etc....
Just received my Senseo for Christmas and I have locked it up really tight. How long will it take to release the vacuum? Any chance the vacuum wont' release? Any safe tricks to make it release?
David mentioned that he kept getting a weak cup of coffee using the MyPod.
I put as much coffee in as it will hold and press the one cup button on the Senseo. That seems to work well. Unless the coffee is a really light roast.
I use MyPod and think it's a great gadget. I moisten the MyPod, lay the filter in(the moisture keeps it in place)and use one and a half scoops of coffee, and use the one cup button on my Senseo. I get a great tasting cup of coffee, I use Green Mountain, and this way I can brew different blends. There is no froth with this gadget, but you do get a little more than a 4 oz. cup this way, and the ability to brew any type of coffee makes this gadget a big plus for me.
I use MyPod and think it's a great gadget. I moisten the MyPod, lay the filter in (the moisture keeps it in place)and use one and a half scoops of coffee, and use the one cup button on my Senseo. I get a great tasting cup of coffee, I use Green Mountain, and this way I can brew different blends. There is no froth with this gadget, but you do get a little more than a 4 oz. cup this way, and the ability to brew any type of coffee makes this gadget a big plus for me.
I could not get MyPod to work properly, either. It seems to confuse the Senseo into pumping out way too much water--you have to hover over the unit and stop it manually. Plus, there is no froth! Zilch! It's the froth that makes me forgive the Senseo's many imperfections. No froth? No way!
After using the MyPod several times this weekend, I would say it produces a weak cup of coffee. I've tried varying amounts of coffee and different cup sizes and each time the coffee tasted watery. I'm disappointed because I like the ability to grind my own beans, but like the convenience of pods.
I read one account of a woman who does use the Mypod without a filter... maybe I'll try again.
Seeing what Amy mentioned at the end of her last post, that could possible be what happened to me. IF the filter did slip, that it did leak water straight through. If I get feeling brave again, I may try the mypod with two scoops, I like a stronger coffee, but I will stand by and watch what is happening and not go about the kitchen doing other things while the coffee is being made ( like the last time ).
I've just done 7 tests. Here are the results:  Senseo single pod holder with no pad, pressing the ONE cup button: Yields almost 6 oz of water.  Senseo single pod holder with no pad, pressing the TWO cup button: Almost 11 oz of water.  Senseo single pod holder with one Senseo pod, pressing the ONE cup button: 5 oz of coffee plus 1 oz foam.  Senseo double pod holder with two Senseo pods, pressing the TWO cup button: 9.5 oz of coffee plus 1.5 oz foam.  Mypod with 1.5 scoops of coffee, pressing the ONE cup button: 6.5 oz of coffee.  Mypod with 2 scoops of coffee (tight fit) pressing the TWO button: 11.5 oz of coffee. ***Conclusions*** [A] The MyPod produces more coffee than a pod because the coffee is packed differently and there is no paper filter to absorb water. [B] The MyPod does not use more water than a regular Senseo pod holder and pod. [C] Jason would be happy to hear that it does hold enough coffee to make a good double. ***BONUS*** I tried the MyPod without a filter... It made coffee and didn't explode... but it did leak enough water for me to turn the machine off and decide never to do that again.
I've had a lot better luck than what you're describing.
[1.] One scoop isn't near enough coffee for me. I'm happier with almost 2 scoops while pressing the one cup button.
[2.] I've had no problem with the filter slipping.
[3.] The MyPod does produce more coffee than a regular pad, but I don't see how it could drain your tank. I'm going to go experiment a bit. I'll report my findings. ;)
I thought this was a great idea. I do have the ecopad (And I do like it a lot) but thought this sounded much better. I purchased one and tried it this morning. I must say, I was highly disappointed. First off the coffee scoop they give you is larger than a normal coffee scoop. The instructions say to try one scoop first and then move up to one and a half if you like your coffee stronger. I tried the one scoop. since this replaces the originaly pod holder, and the mypod has its bottom full of holes, there won't be any froth. Second, I had my water containg full to the max and pressed the 8oz button, It drained all the water out of my tank, which of course overfilled my cup and completely filled the drain hold in the senseo. Needless to say, it was weak coffee and a nice mess to clean up.
I think I will donate my purchase of mypod to to the trash and stay with the coffee pods and ecopad. They both work well for me.
I did as the instuctions noted, ground coffee for drip machine, placed the filter in the bottom. Let me state that it seemed like the filter could easily move about the bottom and not stay over the holes, so I took extra care to make sure it was centered and did not move from that spot. I covered the coffee and pushed down on the button in the middle of the Mypod. Inserted it in place of the original pod holder and pressed brew for an 8oz cup. Again, I don't think I did anything wrong. This isn't brain surgery. If anyone had better luck, please post here and I may try it again.
I saw them yesterday @ my local WalMart as well.
Maxine - you are right, I also saw them at WalMart.
Jay, I saw this and its sister product, MyPod for the Home Cafe (at least I think that's what it was -- there were two different types on the shelf), at my local Walmart on Saturday. It was in the coffee machine section. Both items were priced at just under $10. They had the little refill filters too. Since I have a Bunn, I did not look too closely -- just enough to realize that they were specific for those machines and would not work in mine.
Good luck shopping. Hope this helps.
Does it hold enough coffee to make a double cup or only enough to make a single? If it can make a double, I'm sold.