October 23, 2007

Review: Perfect Pod Holster - Make Your Own K Cups

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From the same people who brought us the Perfect Pod Maker now comes the Perfect Pod Holster. The Perfect Pod Holster allows you to use virtually any coffee pod (55mm and greater) in your Keurig coffee Machine. It features a self tamping spring which extracts a cup of coffee or tea by placing a coffee pod into the holster. So you're not really making a K Cup per se, but you now have the ability to use coffee pods in your Keurig brewer.

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The Perfect Pod Holster on the left is almost
identical in size to the K Cup

With this new option if you own a Keurig brewer you can now use the following:

This makes the Keurig machine the only single serve coffee brewer that is able to use three different coffee brewing delivery methods.

How good is the Perfect Pod Holster? Does it really make using pods easy with your Keurig brewer? How does it hold up after over 100 cups of coffee? Is this an economical option?

We've been using the Perfect Pod Holster for over 3 weeks now, and the Perfect Pod Holster works very well. It works so well in fact, that we've been using quite a few more pods in our Keurig brewer than we would have imagined. The extraction with a standard Senseo 7 gram coffee pod, or a larger Fratello coffee pod at 9.5 grams is the same extraction you'd get using the Bunn My Cafe or even an Grindmaster brewer. We don't think the extraction is as good as using the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic coffee pod brewer, but it's very close.

One habit though was hard to break. When using the Perfect Pod Holster, we kept trying to throw it away as we do with standard K Cups. We probably fished it out of the coffee pod waste bin about 10+ times. It actually had the staff here cracking up, and realizing how trained we can get in our single serve coffee habits.

Okay - so how does it work?

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There are two pieces - the lid and holster for the coffee pod.

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This is the tamping spring inside the Perfect Pod Holster.

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Pitch up the coffee pod and make a mushroom like cap.

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Place the coffee pod into the Perfect Pod Holster.

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Push up from the bottom, and make sure the coffee pod
is pressed tight against the top.

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Now place the Perfect Pod Holster into the Keurig brewer
just like you would do with a K Cup.

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Hit the brew button.

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And now you have a cup of coffee pod coffee using a Keurig
brewer.
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As you can see, the coffee pod is all used up after making
a cup of coffee. The Keurig Brewer has puched the hole into
the coffee pod just like a K Cup.

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Throw away you coffee pod into your coffee pod waste bin.

Conclusions

One thing that is immediatly interesting is the economics. K Cups tend to be in the $.40 to $.55 range per K Cup, but most coffee pods tend to be more in the $.27 to $.35 range per coffee pod (for reference see our recent article on buying pods in bulk). This makes using coffee pods a bit cheaper than using K Cups that aren't on sale. Still, the most economical option is using your own ground coffee with the Reusable K Cup Filter. Even with the economics of any of the methods, we still find the easiest method to be using K Cups. You will have to deal with a hot piping coffee pod to throw away when using the Perfect Pod Holster, but you can also just let it cool down a bit if you are making a second cup right away.

The really big benefit of using the Perfect Pod Holster is the access to literally 100's of coffee pods available on the market right now. You can already buy 100's of K Cup varieties, but it's nice to add a few hundred more coffee pod varieties to your single serve coffee arsenal.

Pros:

  • allows you to use any coffee pod in your Keurig brewer
  • coffee pods tend to be cheaper than most K Cups
  • easy to use
  • very affordable at $12.95
  • works great with the Perfect Pod Maker if you are already making coffee pods or want to get into the game.

Cons:

  • hot pods to throw away instead of less mess K Cups

We really like the Perfect Pod Holster. Not only does it work, it doesn't feel like a gimmick. The product is rock solid, and the coffee produced is excellent using this method with your Keurig brewer. The Perfect Pod Holster will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the Keurig B70 Brewer.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 23, 2007 8:51 AM

Recent Comments

Can I buy extra o-rings for the pod holster?


Posted by: Carl Cammisuli at September 23, 2013 7:08 PM

I have used the perfect podmaker machine for producing my own coffee pods and found the blend weak. Also, the seal isn't always perfect so I have gotten grounds in my coffee. I tried many different blends and brandss and all were just OK. They leaned towards a weak cup of coffee. Plus the perfect pods are expensive. 40 filters for $4.99.

I then tried an experiment that worked wonderfully. I used tea filters (the long sock used for loose tea). I put the scoops of ground coffee in those to the strength I want, pop them in the Perfect Pod Holster and it makes great coffee. Plus it is cheaper (about 100 filters for $3 - $4) and easier to pitch since you have the extra material from the sock to grab onto when you throw it out. This is a highly recommended alternative to making coffee using the Keurig/Breville pod coffee machines.


Posted by: Cagedmonkees at May 28, 2009 10:42 PM

Purchased three Perfect Pod Holsters about a month ago. They work GREAT! The coffee made with the Pod Holster is every bit as good as that made with the regular K-cups. Big advantage is it cuts the cost per cup in half and provides a larger selection of coffees. Only problem I've encountered is that customer service from the manufacturer sucks big time. One of the snap on lids found it's way into the garbage disposal and was damaged beyond use. Called the manufacturer to purchase a replacement lid and was told in so many words that I'd have to buy a whole new unit! Bummer... At thirteen bucks a whack, I'll wait for somebody else to come up with an alternative before I'd spend another penny with this company...


Posted by: Randeyeman at February 23, 2009 3:21 PM

You can't use this in the Dolce Gusto - only the Keurig single serve coffee makers.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at December 26, 2008 12:17 PM

Can you use the perfect pod holster in the dolce gusto? Is there a difference in the size of the Dolce Gusto pod vs. the K Cup?


Posted by: Diane at December 26, 2008 11:47 AM

SOMEONE ASKED IF YOU CAN USE CAPPUCINO PODS AND LATTE PODS IN THE PERFECT POD HOLDER. CAN U?
CAN YOU USE TASSIMO T-DISCS IN THIS HOLDER?


Posted by: VITA at September 17, 2008 1:52 PM

Great product. I especially like the Lavazza Dark Roast pods for use in my Keurig. One thing: occasionally the almost invisible O-RING slips off the lid. If you lose it, or break it, the device won't hold a pod in anymore. Question: can we buy more O-RINGS???


Posted by: motie2 at June 20, 2008 2:09 PM

Hello

Will the perfect pod maker pods fit my Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine? If yes how much does it cost in UK £

Thank you


Posted by: Julie at January 5, 2008 4:58 AM

I just got mine this morning.
Have had my B40 keurig for 2 weeks, using Kcups & the my cup.
Have used A senseo in the past and most recently the Grindmaster OPOD which started to fail,

This "Holster" works great with the archer farms pods I had left over, and I would rate the taste better than the Grindmaster The used up pod seems thoroughly used up, fully brewed, whereas the pod brewers didnt seem to do such a good job. I believe the keurigs brew at a higher temp than senseo or grindmaster..

Use only regular PODS, the senseo cappuchino will not bend to fit in this holder, it has a plastic dish in it I believe.

I hope this helps..sorry fer the length!


Posted by: tim at November 27, 2007 1:49 AM

I know you can't use espresso pods for the holster, but can you use latte or cappuccino pods?


Posted by: jen at November 16, 2007 1:14 AM

Interesting, but aren't pods supposed to be used in a coffee machine with a pressure system like the Senseo?

What is the quality of the coffee produced by the Keurig & pod combination compared to the Senseo?


Posted by: Joe at October 29, 2007 11:18 AM

Damn. More ghetto pods. I keep forgetting if I'm supposed to be enjoying coffee or refilling my ink-jet printer.


Posted by: swag at October 24, 2007 5:48 PM

Any pod smaller than 55 mm won't work. So - that means - almost any pod will work that's larger - Senseo, Fratello, Baronet, Aloha Island, Cool Beans, BlackJava - they'll all work. Don't buy "espresso pods" only buy coffee pods.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at October 23, 2007 10:50 AM

So, as someone who has never used pods before which pods CAN'T you use? I would like to get this thing and add some pods to my next Amazon purchase.


Posted by: allen at October 23, 2007 10:46 AM

Thanks for a really good review on this accessory! Sounds like another great device to get to make my Keurig even MORE versatile than it already is!


Posted by: Jolly at October 23, 2007 10:35 AM
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