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Best pod coffee machine

For coffee that comes with a push button convenience that rivals even that of instant coffee, pod based coffee machines certainly are an attractive option. Coffee pods, or capsules as they are otherwise known, are a conveniently packed form of coffee, with each pod containing a single serve of coffee.

It should be noted that the term coffee pod originally referred to the single serve of coffee contained in its own filter, much like a tea bag.  These pods are designed to be used in espresso machines, or regular coffee machines, and are in fact a better option than a coffee capsule if you want a full strength espresso. Coffee capsules on the other hand, are single serves of coffee contained in a plastic or aluminum capsule.

A ‘real’ coffee pod will contain 7g of coffee blend (the bare minimum for a full strength espresso), while capsules are sold in between 5 and 5.8 gram sizes. Needless to say, a capsule of this size will fail to produce a full flavored espresso. These days the term ‘pod’ has become interchangeable with the more popular ‘capsule.’

Coffee pods (or capsules) have been exploding in popularity of late due to their extreme convenience. Never before has such a wide range of flavors been available with the convenience of an almost instant cup of coffee, but when you’re on the hunt for the best coffee machine with pods you will still need to do a little research before settling on a model.

Many coffee pod machines are brand specific, meaning you may be locked into buying that brand of coffee, so you will want to make sure that there are plenty of flavors to choose from. Some brands have as little as 3 flavors, while Nespresso, the brand which kicked off the whole craze, has 16 flavors available at the time of writing. You should also be aware that what flavors are available will depend on the company’s bottom line. If a flavor isn’t performing in the marketplace, it’s highly like it may be dropped, never to be seen again.

As the war for coffee pod profits heats up a few manufacturers have entered the fray with their own versions of coffee pod machines. These often come with the ability to use pods from a number of different companies, thereby freeing you from being forced to use only one particular brand. This is a great option if you want to maximize the amount of flavors available to you. Due to the fact they are manufactured by third parties these off brand coffee pod machines are usually a little cheaper as well.

The best pod coffee machine that we have found on the market is the DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System pictured below.



Best coffee machine for home

If you really enjoy your coffee and like to experiment with the wide variety of unique flavors which are available today, then your passion for this aromatic beverage will be better served by having your very own coffee machine at home. Having your own coffee machine allows you to try a wide range of flavors which all taste so much better than any of the instant varieties. Plus, just think about how much you will be saving by making your own quality brews at home, rather than sacrificing wads of your hard earned at the Starbucks counter every morning.

The coffee machine which eventually finds its home on your kitchen counter will ultimately depend on just how far your indulgence goes. The coffee industry is booming and it seems like there is a new flavor coming out every week. Add to that the sheer variety of coffees on offer and you have quite the job of deciding on a coffee machine that can earn its place in your kitchen.

You will have an easier time of it if your enjoyment of coffee focuses on a particular type and flavor of coffee such as a cappuccino or espresso, as machines which specialize are generally at the cheaper end of the price brackets. For those who really can’t settle on a favorite and need something different then there are plenty of coffee machines designed for the home which can make a wide variety of coffees. The more your taste varies the more cash you will probably have to cough up to indulge such a wide ranging fancy.

If you are just after a great coffee every morning and need the convenience of instant with the flavor of your local gourmet coffee shop, then a coffee machine which uses pods may be right up your alley. These machines vary in price but can be very affordable and are a great way to have a no mess no fuss cup of coffee every morning. You’re usually locked into a particular brand by going this route but the ease and convenience more than makes up for it.

There are nearly as many coffee machines on the market today as there are brands and flavors of coffee, but if you take the time to analyze the needs of your indulgence then the pay off in flavor and convenience will definitely be worth it.

We recommend the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker as being the best value for money for your everyday home coffee machine.