Review: Perfect Pod Holster - Make Your Own K Cups
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.
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?
There are two pieces - the lid and holster for the coffee pod.
This is the tamping spring inside the Perfect Pod Holster.
Pitch up the coffee pod and make a mushroom like cap.
Place the coffee pod into the Perfect Pod Holster.
Push up from the bottom, and make sure the coffee pod
is pressed tight against the top.
Now place the Perfect Pod Holster into the Keurig brewer
just like you would do with a K Cup.
Hit the brew button.
And now you have a cup of coffee pod coffee using a Keurig
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.
Throw away you coffee pod into your coffee pod waste bin.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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!