March 20, 2008
CreamPad - Make a Cappuccinno Using Coffee Pods
We've just found this rather interesting device called the Creampad that supposedly can be used in any coffee pod machine to make a cappuccino. How do you make a cappuccino using coffee pods? You start by pouring non-fat milk in the disc, putting a coffee pod of your choice on the Creampad, and starting the single serve coffee pod maker. We really have no idea if this thing works, and in what single serve coffee machines it does work, or where to get it. If you have one or know where to get one - let us know by sounding off in the comments.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 20, 2008 9:26 AM
Noted in the SSC Forums by 'steve771': "I got one of these from the guy that's selling them on Ebay. Went directly to him and saved a few bucks. I tried it with cream, half & half, and evaporated milk. Evap milk gave the best results as far as froth, but nothing like the video I've seen. It makes me wonder if they slipped a little soap in there. As far as taste, after trying it several times, my opinion is... don't spend your money on this. If you want a frothy milk based coffee drink, then spend about the same amount of money on one of those small hand frothers. Much better results that way, IMHO. Oh, and because of the relatively small amount of milk used, it really doesn't cool off the drink much at all if that's a concern. All in all, something that was fun to try, but not recommended. I would be happy to donate this to SingleServeCoffee.com for a more official evaluation if someone would contact me?"
It's pretty obvious how this thing must work. It uses a pinhole much like the one built into Senseo filter basdkets. This causes air to be injected with the stream of liquid that emerges (milk in this case). In effect, it would therefore froth milk much the way a whipping disk does, via a kind of agitation that injects air. The main problem I forsee is that the liquid emerging through the pinhole will be a mixture of coffee and milk; thus the milk is diluted, and this won't froth as well as pure milk. Another problem: if cold milk is used (which is what froths the best) the drink will end up lukewarm; but preheating the milk isn't a great solution since that just adds inconvenience, thus defeating the purpose, and it won't froth as well. It'll be interesting to see what results people get with it, though my guess is the drink will be significantly inferior to separately whipping the milk, or better, steaming it. At least that way you can get good froth and a drink at the proper temperature.
I found the creampad on ebay. Here's the address on Ebay.
If it doesn't work I'll cut and paste the info below.
CreamPad holder reusable NEW ITEM
Cream pad holder *NEW* With this re-useable holder you can use your own coffee to create a perfect creamy cup of coffee or cappuccino. Make your own cappuccino with evaporated milk and the coffee pod of your choice. Here is a simple solution for making your own cappuccino entirely to your own taste. The refillable plastic disk fits in the large coffee pod holder in the coffee pod machine. It is simple and economical to use. Make your own cappuccino by pouring evaporated milk in the disk and placing the coffee pod of your choice on the Creampad. Switch on the appliance and your cappuccino awaits you!
Directions for use:
Place the Creampad in a holder suitable for two coffee pods
Fill the Creampad with milk up to the top of the ridges
Place a coffee pod on top of the filled Creampad
Make one cup of coffee in the usual way
Remove the coffee pod
Remove the Creampad, rinse with cold water