Folks, I havent been to this site in uhhhm....what 4 years or so?? I havent even been into the single serve coffee scene anymore since I have simply been enjoying fresh ground Illy beans and a Bunn BX drip brewer. ....
However, I was in Dunkin Donuts this morning getting my usual Pumpkin Spice medium coffee and I notice a little impulse rack of various Single Serve POD boxes of D&D coffees (8pods per box) for $3.99 (equating to .50 cents a cup) So I figured, let me give these little suckers a shot for shiits and giggles. I took home a box of the Original Blend, went down to my basement and looked at my shelf of dusty Single Serve units. Glancing at the Senseo, then the Cuisinart SS-1, then the OPod (generation 2)....wait, the Opod I gave away to someone...LOL. (I must have been halucinating)
Decisions, Decisions....I reached for the original, ole reliable....the Senseo.
Took it upstairs, dusted it off, plugged it in, filled it with water, primed it, ran a few cycles to clean it out (and heat my cup...aahhh I remember those days) Opened up the pod holder, ripped open a single pod ( they are individually wrapped...excellent deciscion...are you listening Douge and Euberts?) Popped it in, closed the clamp and hit the small cup button, with my mothers finest china porcelain tea cup underneath...(the wonderful delicate flavors these Tea cups seem to yield) It was music to my ears hearing that old gurgling, grinding brewing cycle as I watched those glorious coffee streams come trickling down into my cup.....
Long story short (if its even possible at this stage)....this was a wonderfully flavorful and intense cup of coffee Senseo Style. I say Senseo style because its brews a very unique and frothy cup of intense coffee that is almost a hybrid of a cup of joe and a cappuccino due to the intense pressure of the brewing cycle. However, this works to your advantage because it will produce a seemingly hotter cup of coffee...i say seemingly because it wont require as much milk to create a creaminess because of the auto froth of the brewer. So you only need a drop of milk to a cup of hot coffee which will minimize the cooling off of the cup.
All in all I tried it both ways....a single Pod with the 5 ounce cup and the single cup brew which provided the most intense jolt of D&D coffee experience.
And I tried it with a single Pod with a 12 ounce cup and the Large Cup brew which gave about a 10oz cup of D&D on the same single pod. This cup was a bit on the watery side but certainly drinkable with milk and still very good. However, even the packaging, which I agree, recommends an 8oz cup per single Pod ( Which Im not really sure how I can achieve on the Senseo). Either way, very good cup...and Im glad I found these.
My next test will be to try one of these pods in the ole' Cusinart SS-1 which will simulate a more traditional drip style single serve cup...cant wait.
Any questions folks?.............All I can say is GO GET these! Next stop will be to try the Dunkin Dark box!