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Wolfpo9 A Make reader sent in a cheap way to make pods of his favorite coffees instead of being stuck with “proprietary” coffee – “Do you really like your pod coffee maker, but wish you could use your favorite brand of coffee instead of paying a premium price for a mediocre blend — just because it is shaped like a pod? Why not make your own? Most of what you’ll need is probably already in your kitchen.” Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Chief_Fascist says:

    I gotta tell you, this does not work. And when it doesn’t work you are going to end up with a coffee machine that is useless for up to 24 hours. When you jam it with a little grain of loose coffee it locks up, and that is just what this method guarantees, sooner or later.

    The pods need to be sealed. If you must make your own pods, there’s a much better technique over at ePinions, although I’ve never found a local source for tea bag paper anywhere anyway, which both techniques require.

    I don’t think indeedcoffee.com is the original source of this web page. The page is very nice, don’t you think? Almost too nice for the kind of person who would make their own coffee pods to save a few cents, don’t you think? I’m not saying the Philips company would deliberately foul the pool so people don’t try to make their own pods, certainly not.

  2. Chief_Fascist says:

    I gotta tell you, this does not work. And when it doesn’t work you are going to end up with a coffee machine that is useless for up to 24 hours. When you jam it with a little grain of loose coffee it locks up, and that is just what this method guarantees, sooner or later.

    The pods need to be sealed. If you must make your own pods, there’s a much better technique over at ePinions, although I’ve never found a local source for tea bag paper anywhere anyway, which both techniques require.

    I don’t think indeedcoffee.com is the original source of this web page. The page is very nice, don’t you think? Almost too nice for the kind of person who would make their own coffee pods to save a few cents, don’t you think? I’m not saying the Philips company would deliberately foul the pool so people don’t try to make their own pods, certainly not.

  3. nap70 says:

    I tried this last night and this morning and have had no problems.

    But to continue in the Chief Fascist’s conspiratorial tone, my wife wondered if the more complicated method described on ePinions was a Philips plant. She thought maybe they wanted to make it look so complicated that no one would try.

    My reply to your questions would be: 1) Yes it is a nice web page. 2) I don’t think you can really correlate frugality with html skills. And further, the point of making your own pods goes beyond trying to save a few cents. For someone like my wife who really enjoys coffee, the goal is to use the Senseo machine with a higher quality coffee of her own choice.

    Of course I can see why the Philips company would not want customers to do this. I imagine the business model with these machines is generate continued revenue by insuring you purchase their brand of pods. Similar to the model for razor blades that is usually cited.

  4. DGary says:

    Or you could just elarn how to properly make coffee.

    I have yet to understand people’s obsession with hastily made, very VERY poor tasting coffee (Starbucks included mind you, they couldn’t make a real cup of coffee to save their collective lives)

    I have yet to see a single coffee shop in the US that has that nice layer of crema ontop (crema is a light foam formed from the brewing of good quality coffee, not foamed cream or milk, just coffee)

    But then again, I brew my own tea from leaves instead of those goofy packages with the string on them.

    Something to be said about quality over quantity.

  5. swag says:

    LOL @ “ghetto pods”. You know your format is doomed when coffee preparation takes a page out of the inkjet printer playbook.

  6. CARLOS says:

    Great guide. Something similar here for the Juan Valdez pods machine: http://ideastosave.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-juan-valdez-coffee-pods.html

  7. CARLOS says:

    Great guide. Something similar here for the Juan Valdez pods machine: http://ideastosave.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-juan-valdez-coffee-pods.html

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