Just put the OPOD on a HD appliance timer. So when I wake up the OPOD is ready to go. To save money POD is the way to go. I agree that you'd think that with the patent expiration the prices would go down. But now that everyone's starting to make K-cup or clones the price is about the same (for clones) and k-cups has gone up. It's like when a company outsources, the work goes to some 2nd or 3rd world country but the price stays the same and the company keeps the difference. So really the only thing the patent expiration is got us is some (most, but not all) rather bad k-cup clone coffee. Look at what people are willing to pay for their k-cup (5 buck)starbucks coffee.
Lavazza Blue LB 2312, Grindmaster OPOD, Nespresso Le Cube,
Breville "The milk Cafe" frother, Cuisinart SS-700C