December 9, 2005

Tips & Tricks: Wet Your Coffee Pod & Heat Your Brewer

Img 1637-1We get questions over email all the time regarding our best tips and tricks for Single Serve Coffee. We have what we think is one of the best tips you can use with coffee pod based brewers like the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers. - Wet Your Pod Before Brewing.

It's really that simple. If you have an instant hot dispenser or even a little cool water, moistening the pod will improve the overall extraction of the coffee. Some pod brewers like the Grindmaster pre-moisten the coffee pod before brewing, but most don't have this feature.

Another trick is to take the pod holder and simply run hot water over it. This achieves a moist coffee pod when you place the pod in the holder and a better overall extraction due to the seal the wet pod will make over a dry pod.

We also recommend heating up the brewer and running some water through it to heat up the brewing area. In any of the brewers we test, we always run an ample amount of water through the machine prior to making a cup of coffee and we don't just do this for coffee pod based machines - this trick will work for all single serve coffee machines.

Trust us. A moistened pod and a hot brewer will make a much better cup of single serve coffee coffee.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 9, 2005 8:06 AM
Recent Comments

I have a B70 Kuerig B70 and figured out how to get the extra bold effect with a regular k-cup. Just put the k-cup in then start the 5.25 oz cycle until the k-cup just starts dripping. Then lift the handle and let it sit for 30 seconds (or a little less) then go ahead and make the 5.25 oz serving. Comes out much stronger this way! This method would probably make an extra bold coffee fill a taller cup and taste as good as the small size. Yum!

Posted by: karen at August 18, 2007 1:48 PM

I have tried that as well - but I find heating up the pod holder and then placing the pod to be even better.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at December 9, 2005 9:15 PM

I've started running my Senseo with an empty podholder and stopping it after a few tablespoons come out. I then put in the pod and douse it with the water that just came out, and then lock and run the machine as usual. Any problem with that?

Posted by: Larry at December 9, 2005 6:43 PM

We use the same method for both - our Francis! Francis! loves to be heated up and pre-moistened with any ESE Pod.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at December 9, 2005 8:33 AM

Does that apply to espresso pods as well, or just those for conventional coffee?

Posted by: Martha at December 9, 2005 8:30 AM
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