A great day begins with a cup of freshly roasted coffee. And that you get from an excellent coffee pod. Pods or coffee pods or espresso pods are a simple way to get a perfect espresso and with excellent results. But for the beginers let's answer a simple question first i.e. what are coffee pods?
Coffee pods are freshly roasted coffee, ground perfect, tampered to the correct pressure and then encapsulated in a paper. It is the beginning of a rich experience of the way you drink coffee. The original pod was first designed by Illy Caffe around 13 years ago. It was the year 1996 when Illy opened its idea to the coffee industry to bring a standard pod size to the market.
Many coffee machine makers now offer adaptors with their machines to accept pods. By using pods in your machine not only can you guarantee perfect results, there is no mess and pods help to look after your machine. In fact used pods can even be used as fertilizer for your garden as well. That is why a rich coffee taste is always benefiting. If you are an espresso connoisseur by heart you can find a great relief with the coffee pods. As an espresso lover you understand that there are many ways of preparation where the espresso can get wrong, the grind, the measurement, freshness, the roast, tampering, temperature, water pressure are some areas which one has to watch out to make that special cup of coffee.
Now if you wonder what the best kind of coffee pod is, the answer is the home made one. Don't be shocked, it is true to the last drop of espresso. You can actually make the coffee pods of your freshly roasted coffee beans. Although it is not that easy but it is sheer fun and a little adventure to make a coffee pod in your kitchen itself. What you need is your favourite freshly roasted coffee beans perfectly grounded to fine powder, a sheet of filter paper and some kitchen tools.
The first step to get a home made coffee pod is to get the correct measuring scoop for the size of the pod. Take the coffee style filter paper sheet and put it in the scoop. The next step is to find a glass bottle or something similar which can be used to pressure the paper in that scoop. If you have found the right size of glass jar (in most cases you will) center the filter around the jar and do it by putting the combination back in the scoop leaving a cup shaped filter paper in the scoop. Add one scoop, or about 2 teaspoons of your favorite ground coffee to this paper-filter-cup more or less to taste. The typical coffee scoops that come with makers hold about 7 grams of coffee which is just about right. Give the cup a slight shake to evenly spread the grounds across the bottom of the filter, and then use your finger to gently fold over the extra filter material, completely covering the ground coffee.
For a really well-formed pod, you can place the jar into the scoop one last time and press down really hard with the palm of your hand. At last your favourite coffee pod is now ready to be put into the espresso machine to enjoy that rich taste of coffee. And who said coffee is not about fun?