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    Grinding/Packing for pods?

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    Hi all,

    I roast my own coffee and don't have a pod machine.

    I'm curious on how to pack for nespresso type pod machines. Does anyone know an easy way to do so?

    I'm just hoping to be able to pack and send some to my family by mail (who owns pod machines.)

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    Coffee Newbie okitoki's Avatar
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    I tried using those DIY pod kit that has the sticker to cover the ground in the pod.

    I bought it from a major coffee store (so it must be good )

    Turned out the pods kept getting jammed inside the nespresso machine.
    And they didnt taste good either.

    I probably suggest sending whole beans and get them to grind it for other method of coffee to appreciate your fresh roast beans.

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    I have to agree i bought some reuseable POD's and found the required amount of coffee was hard enough to pack inside. Having too much or not enough inside both played apart in producing a less than desirable shot of coffee.

    It may come down to how much your family cares about producing a good or bad shot and even sometimes not at all.

    regards,

    Chris

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    As I recall when someone here opened up some pods they discovered that they contain instant coffee along with ground beans. Hence their ability to get a cup of brew from such a small pod/container.


    Java "Better death to pods than death from pods!" phile
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    I recycle the pods before for my worm bins and the grinds do come out as a solid'ish mass in the nespresso range.

    But I haven't done a comparison of before and after soaking in water though to see if it does reduce in mass from dissolved coffee

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    Have you cut open an unused pod? As I recall in the ones that were looked at the instant coffee was obvious.


    Java "Holding up crossed portafilters to keep the pods at bay" phile
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    thats what i meant about the soaking before and after bit... since nespresso pods were "expensive" when I first started using it, I thought it would be wasteful to cut it open...

    ... I might sneak off to my mates place and "borrow" one of his pod to have a look see... since I have already made enough espresso to "pay" it off by now

    will report back when I have a chance to do so

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    Thanks for the feedback so far people! Okitoki I'm looking forward to see your results!

    I often wondered if they had instant coffee in those little capsules or if pods just had normal ground coffee in them.

    So does the reuseable pods come with instructions about using fresh coffee or instant coffee?

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    The DIY ones I bought comes with empty pods. A tamper holder plastic thingy that you use one end with a hole to hold the pod while you scoop the grinds in. The other end of the plastic spoon has a "tamper" on it.

    It also comes with a roll of stickers for you to seal the pods. Not much instruction on how to fill it but you can pretty much guess how to do it.

    They do suggest using fresh grind but Only thing it doesn't tell you is how fine you need to grind it. But I guess it's all trial and error.

    But having the used pods getting jammed up was a deal breaker for me



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