July 12, 2007

Review: Senseo Presso Espresso Kit for Senseo Standard Editions

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews Img 4411
A new "espresso" coffee pod holder and special espresso coffee pods.

We must get 10+ reader write ins each month asking if you can use espresso pods with your Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer - the answer is - you can't. Espresso pods are much smaller - usually 44 mm compared to a 60mm coffee pod, and just don't fit the Senseo coffee pod holder. What you can do is order the Senseo Espresso Starter on ebay that's only out in Europe, and get a pretty good shot of espresso on the cheap.

The kit has two new items for your Senseo Standard editions. A new espresso coffee pod holder that uses standard sized Senseo coffee pods called "presso", and a new darker blend and finer grind Senseo espresso coffee pod.

Note: This kit will only work in your Senseo Standard editions. So if you have a new Senseo Deluxe or Senseo Supreme here in the US - don't order this kit. The espresso coffee pod holder will not fit in your machine if you don't have a Senseo Standard edition.

The Senseo espresso coffee pods are the same size and shape at 7 grams as other Senseo coffee pods. The grind on the coffee and how dark the coffee is has changed. The grind is considerably finer and the coffee is much darker. The big change is the new Senseo espresso pod holder - it's got a bunch of new features.

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In the middle of the pod holder there is a screen with holes
like in an espresso pod holder to produce the espresso.

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The bottom is different as well and has a concentrated
hole for producing espresso.

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The Senseo Espresso coffee pod holder replaces your
current double or single pod holder. It doesn't look
all that different with an espresso pod in it.

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The Senseo espresso pod holder will only
work in Senseo standard editions.

Making a cup of the espresso is the same as making a cup of Senseo coffee. Pick the smaller 4 oz cup size on your Senseo coffee pod brewer, and make sure the top is sealed tight. You'll immediately see some similarities with the espresso produced and the standard Senseo coffee crema produced - they look to be the same but the espresso is bit thicker.

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A bit on the bubbly side as predicted, but the espresso
is thick and interesting.

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Looks pretty good sans the bubbles. The crema top is
mostly what you'd expect from such a device.

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So not as unified a crema as one would like. It's not
really espresso it's more like Senseo "espresso".

How does it taste? Surprisinginly not that bad. We thought it was on par with a lower end espresso maker from Krups with lower bar pressure. The crema is very bubbly, but that's the not so real nature of producing espresso in this manner. The overall character of the espresso is very dark and not that bitter. With a little shot of sugar, the espresso perked up a bit and was much more drinkable.

We did finish the entire starter set of Senseo espresso coffee pods rather quickly, and in the end are really happy with this purchase. It's something different and not available here in the US which makes it a bit more fun than having to be perfect. If this was in the US, we think it's very cheap way to get espresso from your Senseo coffee maker instead of buying an additional espresso maker.

You can read more about Senseo Espresso Starter at Senseo, and find them on ebay.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 12, 2007 7:57 AM
Recent Comments

What a disappointment! I get much better tasting coffee from my regular Carte Noire pods with the regular holder. The coffee from the Senseo "espresso" pods was relatively weak and not very flavorful. Just wondering--I know the Senseo bar pressure is low, but can this pod holder be used with ESE pods?

Posted by: SS at June 2, 2008 3:00 AM

Not presently and I don't think it's possible given the amount of pressure the Senseo can produce. Since 2004 no one has made such an adaptor or even tried to our knowledge.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at May 17, 2008 7:43 AM

Pod sizes...I just bought a Senseo from the Sharesenseo offer. The machine is great but I like coffee from a supplier of 55mm diameter pods. Does anyone know of a after market kit to allow the use of the 55mm diameter pod.

Posted by: John at May 17, 2008 7:41 AM

It seems to me that all that is required to use the Starbucks or Illy espresso pods is some kind of rubber adapter that will keep the seal on the Senseo machine while accommodating the smaller pod size, so all of the water is forced through the pod rather than around it. Otherwise the jets are perfectly positioned for the smaller pods. Has this been done? Why wouldn't it work? Why is Senseo hell bent on exclusively selling bad coffee?

Posted by: RD at January 23, 2008 7:31 PM

I have been using the espresso pods for months now with NO special pod holder and it WORKS GREAT! I don't know what the taste difference is but I can't tell so who cares.

Use the double pod holder for some 'serious' espresso.

Posted by: David at December 26, 2007 7:25 PM

Hey, I just got a presso kit and some Seneso espresso pods via ebay and I am pretty impressed and well pleased. I don't have room for a seperate espresso brewer and the ones I have had in the past were too labor intensive for this lazy retiree. The presso rew is rich, fully flavored and sastisfies me.

Posted by: Gerald R Taft at August 4, 2007 8:48 PM

We agree it doesn't taste quite like the espresso we're used to from Nespresso or Tassimo, but it's a very decent Senseo "espresso" and the pods are better than the typical Dark Senseo coffee pods.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at July 14, 2007 8:30 AM

I've tried the Senseo presso kit and pods and find the drink tastes nothing like espresso. As expected it's just a variant on Senseo coffee, albeit stronger and actually better than other Senseo coffees. Alternative pod systems like the Nespresso, Lavazza, and even Tassimo produce results that taste more like espresso, with the Lavazza coming the closest in my opinion. Darryl

Posted by: Darryl at July 13, 2007 6:30 PM
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