If you’re like me, then when it’s coffee time you want the quickest way to get that liquid java into your cup. That’s why I recently stopped making my coffee with a traditional coffee machine. Sure, fresh ground coffee that you crew in a drip coffee maker or French press has the best flavour, but it’s not always the most practical coffee making method. That’s why I suggest you get a good coffee pod machine for home coffee brewing.
Top 5 Best Coffee Pod & Capsule Machines (2018) - Our Picks!
Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine
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Lavazza A Modo Mio Magia Coffee Machine
Nescafé Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine Jovia Manual Coffee by De'Longhi EDG250.B
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Magimix Nespresso Inissia Coffee Machine with Aeroccino
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De'Longhi Nespresso EN550.B Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
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Coffee Pods vs Coffee Capsules
Once you start to shop for one of these quick coffee makers, you’ll notice that there are two different options mentioned out there: pods and capsules. So, you might be wondering what’s the difference and if one is better than the other for a quick cuppa in the morning.
They are basically the same thing. The pods tend to look like small discs made of a coffee filter and there is ground coffee inside this disc. The capsules are little plastic coffee holders – you’ve likely seen the Nespresso pods, but not all pods look exactly like those ones.
Which is better? Well, if you’re environmentally conscious and want to reduce waste, then choose the capsules. If you want a wee bit less mess to clean up, and don’t really mind the extra plastics on the packaging, then go with pods.
Another benefit of the pods is that you can often find more variety and flavours of the coffees in pod form compared to capsule form.
Why Use A Coffee Pod Machine?
Personally, I think there are a lot of benefits of coffee pod machines, with the most important being speed. In around 30 seconds, you can have a piping hot cup of coffee when you need it most (those early mornings!). You get a quick and easy way to have your morning cuppa, which might give you a few more minutes to sleep in!
Another reason to use one of these machines is that the coffees you can buy are actually good. I’m talking about good quality and good variety. Sure, it’s not quite on the same level as your fresh ground and brewed cup, but it sure does take a lot less time!
I also like how easy the clean-up is with one of these. It’s practically no mess and hassle-free. You don’t have to worry about faffing around with ground coffee and having to clean up a spill on the counter.
One of my favourite things though is that using one of these gives me a lot more variety in the types of coffee drinks that I can make – all with just one machine! If I fancy a cappuccino, then I can make it easily. Or, I can have an Americano, or something completely different. Some brands even offer teas and hot chocolate as options, which is perfect for the children.
What About Milk?
If you’re anything like me, then you definitely need some milk in your coffee. So, how do you accomplish that with one of these coffee pod makers? Well, you can always add it to your cup once it’s all brewed up in your cup. Of course, then you have cold milk in the hot coffee and that’s no good. Of course, if you have a heated milk frother, then you’e all set for this milk-to-coffee delivery method.
But here’s the thing, some of these machines actually take powdered milk pods or capsules so that you don’t have to worry about doing anything else. Other models have a milk container where you put your fresh milk before brewing up a cuppa. But not all models have a milk container or even take the powdered milk pods, so if this is important to you, do pay close attention to what your preferred machine offers in this respect. Generally speaking, you can find fresh milk containers on Nespresso machines. Tassimo machines tend to use UHT milk and Dolce Gusto use powdered milk.
On a personal note, I think you’ll find that the milkier drinks that come from one of these machines aren’t as good as what you get from the local coffee shop or even if you make it completely on your how. However, they are still passable and you can drink them down without so much as a grimace. I find that the speed of drinking making is worth the experience of less than perfect milky coffee drinks.
How Much Does A Coffee Pod Machine Cost?
As you start to do your comparison shopping, you will notice that one of these costs a bit more than your normal coffee maker or home espresso machine. That being said, you can still buy an affordable coffee pod machine. If you’ll be using it primarily for espresso, then you’ll easily find a good option under £100, in fact there are even some good espresso pod machines under £50!
However, if you prefer milky drinks like cappuccinos then you’ll have to spend a bit more. On average, I’d say expect to spend between £100 and £150 for something basic. Of course, if you want something a bit more high end with more options then you’re looking at a price range that tops out on average to just under £500 (though you can certainly find more expensive options out there).
You also have to factor in the cost of the coffee pods or capsules. On average, this cost ranges between 23p to 50p per capsule, compared to less than 10p for a cup made from ground coffee or espresso. But that is the cost of convenience.
Coffee Pod Machine Reviews
As a bit of a coffee connoisseur, I will say that I am very picky about my coffee. Nothing is worse than a bad cup of coffee (or ‘brain fuel’ as I like to call it), so it’s nothing but the best for me. With that in mind, below you can find my thoughts on some of my favourite coffee pod machines on the market.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Magia Coffee Espresso Pod Machine Review
If you want something that offers the ability to make a variety of espresso drinks at a low cost, then I recommend this Lavazza model for the budget-conscious. It is a good option when it comes to a cheap coffee pod machine because it offers some good espresso drink versatility for the money. Plus, it is made by one of the most well known espresso brands in the world.
The Lavazza Magia Espresso pod machine lets you choose from espresso, espresso lungo and caffe crema when you’re ready for your morning caffeine jolt. You can also choose your size from 30ml, 60ml and 100ml options.
The stainless steel drip tray and high quality plastic exterior means that this little machine looks great sitting on your kitchen countertop. It is easy to use and the empty pod collection container easily slides out for mess-free maintenance.
Bosch Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine Review
If you want to make coffee, espresso and tea drinks at a low cost, then you should buy this Tassimo coffee capsule machine. Right now I think that it is the best coffee capsule machine for the money because it has a low price and can make over 35 different types of drinks. It is also perfect for the family or couple who don’t link to drink the same types of hot drinks.
It is very easy to use with a mess-free cleanup of the empty coffee capsules. Plus, it has a very compact design, which means that it doesn’t take up much space in your kitchen.
This thing really does make a good cup of coffee and I like that I can also use it to make some hot chocolate for the kids.