I've been sampling all of the Baronet pods over the last couple of weeks and I have to say - I am really enjoying all of the pod flavors they offer.
The Fair Trade Pods though hit a very near and dear note on the coffee pod front. If you don't know what Fairtrade coffee is then you're missing out on an opportunity to buy coffee that supports small coffee farmers the world over.
"Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between consumers in North America and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The chief concern of the Fair Trade movement has been to ensure that the vast majority of the world's coffee farmers (who are small holders) get a fair price for their harvests in order to achieve a decent living wage. Fair Trade guarantees to poor farmers organized in cooperatives around the world: a living wage (minimum price of $1.26/pound regardless of the volatile market); much needed credit at fair prices; and long term relationships.
I'm not going to go on and on - but I care about the people that produce the coffee that I make. Starbucks participates in brewing and providing Fair Trade coffee - and when I go to Starbucks I insist on Fair Trade coffee for any of the barista beverages they make for me. It's nice to know the folks at Baronet have provided a Fair Trade blend to brew in our single serve coffee makers.
Continue reading: "Baronet Coffee Pods for Senseo Fair Trade Coffee Pod Review"
I don't even have to write them for review samples! Get the sampler pack for free!
"Just for you... the latest Senseo® gourmet coffees, infused with the richness of the cities that inspired them, are available FREE for a limited time in this exclusive sample pack offer - even before they are available in your local store."
Get the Sample Pack here
Finally! Senseo has new flavors from Europe! Just released today in the US - the three new flavors match their european cousins by being named after cities. As with every launch - there seems to be no pods available to order at the Senseo Store or Amazon - even though there are links to both. Hmmm...Well - we will send a few emails and see if we can get these babies for a review ASAP!
• Irish Creme (Killarney) for Senseo
• Hazlenut (Vienna) for Senseo
• French Vanilla (Paris) for Senseo
JavaPodz was kind enough to send us an extensive sampler pack of all of their pods. We decided this morning to fire up the Senseo and have a go with the new pods. JavaPodz are compatible with the following systems (mostly of the 62mm variety):
- Philips Senseo™
- B&D® Home Cafe™
- Mr.Coffee® Home Cafe™
- Melitta One: One Pod Brewing System
- Bunn® MyCafe™
- AquaBrew® Cafejo™
- Grindmaster® PrecisionBrew™
- Juan Valdez Pod Brewing System
The pods came packed in a coffee bag with a JavaPodz logo applied with a sticker on the front of the bag. Inside each JavaPodz pod is individually wrapped in a silver foil bag with black printing. Like Baronet, JavaPodz pods are:
** Each 10gram Java Pod brews a full 8 oz cup of coffee**
Continue reading: "JavaPodz Coffee Pods Review"
From Andy J:
"I'll review the JavaOne pods, the Baronet pods, and the podhead.com pods.
All pods came individually wrapped. In brief, I'd reccommend any one of them. Ordered some pods from podhead.com a few months ago 10 double pods for $7, received the shipment in about 4 days along with 4 free samples, 2 Kenya and 2 Milano. Bought the Colombian, Arabica Mix, Brasil, Kenya, and Mexico. The pods are a little small, 55mm, an included note informs you that for best results you should run some water through the large pod holder before inserting the pod. They're a little loose in the large holder, but I haven't had any problems with weak coffee. I've also wet the pod and used the small holder with good results, takes a little extra force to close it, but it works. Each variety was very good, the Brasil was my personal favorite, Arabica Mix my least favorite.
Baronet and JavaOne Thoughts
Since I was starting to run low, I ordered some JavaOne Kona(12 pods) and Costa Rican(14 pods) for $4.99 each, and Baronet Izzy's Blend(18 pods) for $6.29 from acsjava.com on Monday night. Came home Thursday night and they were waiting for me on my doorstep. The Kona is very good, nice light flavor, thick crema layer, pod is a little thicker than the Senseo pods, one pod in the small holder for an 8oz cup. Haven't tried the Costa Rican yet. The Baronet pods seem to be single pods, about the same size as the Senseo pods. No instructions on the box or their website as to how many to use. Again, a very good cup of coffee, nice crema layer. But since you need 2 pods per cup, I think they're a little on the expensive side.
Update: Why would you need 2 pods when our pods our 10 grams each? Writes in Joe Smalley from Baronet coffee. Good question! If Baronet pods are indeed 10g each - that should brew up a very nice cup of coffee with a single pod. Anyone else tried these?
The podhead pods contain 10gr of coffee, JavaOne are 9gr, and no idea about the Baronet. Also noticed that Maxwell House and Yuban are now making pods, although I haven't seen any in stores yet.
- Later. AndyJ"
Cafepods.co.uk sent us this crazy new site about a Melitta machine with SQUARE COFFEE PODS!!!! SQUARE???? ARE YOU NUTS? Apparently Melitta thinks they can stand out with square pods versus round - and I bet they get around the patent issues as well. The problem is - I think it makes me think of tea and not coffee. Oh well - maybe square pods make a better cup of single serve cofffee.
MyCup - Kaffeezubereitungssystem
Finally! A resueable filter made for the Senseo and sold in the the US! No overseas shipping! It's very much like the Cafe Filter - we reviewed it and thought well - very nice addition.
"I'm pleased to say - this thing rocks! It not only allows you to make a cup of coffee with whatever coffee you choose - it totally makes the Senseo the only single serve coffee machine that takes pods (I'm going to see if this works in the Home Café this week) and regular coffee. "
Check it out!
- Dishwasher safe
- Use any ground coffee
- Preserves the rich creamy foam
Scott writes in:
"Received of the coffee yesterday and had to try a cup of each... Here is what I found:
Java One Costa Rican - Excellent coffee, very smooth fresh taste. I highly recommend it for the Senseo and would definitely purchase again. I might be a little biased because Costa Rican coffee is my absolute favorite. The crema layer was better then the actual Senseo pods by DE.
Java One Hazelnut Decaf - Bad news, stay away. Thought it might of been me so I had my wife try it as well. There is a bitter aftertaste, not much better then you would get at the local Circle-K. I will give it one more shot and report back.
Green Mountain French Roast - Very good, would also highly recommend. Makes a bold cup of coffee with a bright sweet finish. You have to use the double pod holder and make sure that the pod is positioned correctly.
All of the above mentioned pods fit well in the Senseo.. I would definitely go with the Java One Costa Rican as my top choice. I found the prices and service to be excellent at coffeegiant.com, order was shipped the same day it was received.
Check out more coffees at JavaOne!