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Thread: Specialty coffee pods

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    Specialty coffee pods

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    I live in Sydney and have found a few coffee roasters here who do their own coffee pods (double roasters, brew haha and killer coffee). Just wanted to know if anyone knows any other roasters who are doing coffee pods so I can try something different.

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    Personally I've never quite understood the concept of specialty grade, high quality stale coffee
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    Touche D'Artagnan.
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    Mad Roasters in Melbourne looks interesting if it is pods you desire.

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    liquidcoffee in melbourne also do pods if they are your thing

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    Just make sure they flush the pods with artisanal nitrogen
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnafunk View Post
    Just make sure they flush the pods with artisanal nitrogen
    "Artisanal nitrogen"! Really?!!!

    Nitrogen is an inert gas and it really doesn't matter if it's artisanal or bogan
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    Indeed mate....

    I know you can get Dry N2 as compared to normal compressed N2 but I've not come across Artisanal before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Indeed mate....

    I know you can get Dry N2 as compared to normal compressed N2 but I've not come across Artisanal before...

    Mal.
    Maybe it's prettier than boring old regular Nitrogen
    Alternately one could always flush their pods with a dash of Flamboyant Argon or Cheeky CO2
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    Whilst we are on the Nespresso track, or off it...can I ask why when I went to the Nespresso shop today and they made me an espresso ( research purposes ) It appears to have an amazing crema, do they use a pressurised system?
    I thought the crema was a reflection of bean freshness, which the Forum says Nespresso certainly isn't. Or is there something I am missing? any comments welcome.

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    Oops, I mean't to post to the Nespesso Thread but I guess talking about pods it brings up the same issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeedreamer View Post
    Whilst we are on the Nespresso track, or off it...can I ask why when I went to the Nespresso shop today and they made me an espresso ( research purposes ) It appears to have an amazing crema, do they use a pressurised system?
    I thought the crema was a reflection of bean freshness, which the Forum says Nespresso certainly isn't. Or is there something I am missing? any comments welcome.
    Your right CD, the crema looks OK, certainly not "amazing" but tastes like crap.

    How do they do it, don't know and really don't care, for all I know they may add a drop of dish washing detergent to the pod.
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    Well I certainly wasn't going to ask the staff member there after she told me that the pods don't have a use by date ( actually they do ,12 months) and she was still drinking some of her pods from 6 years ago " ...they are sealed in nitrogen, no oxygen so the coffee doesn't deteriorate"
    hmmm ok whatever you say Miss Nespresso.
    And I did buy some pods for Christmas day as it is the only option I have to make lots of coffees in a row at Christmas...for other people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    Alternately one could always flush their pods
    This is probably the best solution.

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    Back to the point of the OP.
    Not a pod person either, but my local roaster Arrosto Coffee in Renmark SA does pods. Available on his website.

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    Oomph coffee in Tasmania also does their own pods, Nespresso compatible.

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    Doesn't the Nespresso use Capsules, rather than Pods?

    Di Bella do a line of their own Capsules for the Nespresso I think...

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    I spent 18 months as one of the tasters for Caffissimo W Perth in the hunt to find a type of pod that didn't taste of plastic: success after 50+ fails, the winner also meets the EU food grade standards. They now make freshly roasted pods. Their all stainless machine makes a fairly convincing cuppa with plenty of good tasting crema. Their cheap plastic machine doesn't. Grinding immediately after roasting means that the degassing happens after packaging. Use of a one way valve minimises staling. I still wouldn't want to try any pod after a week - by then they should / would need pallbearers.

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    And I assume you are talking about both the machine being made of stainless, and also the reusable pod being made of stainless.

    Thank you for that.
    Don't want my customers eating plastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawill View Post
    And I assume you are talking about both the machine being made of stainless, and also the reusable pod being made of stainless.

    Thank you for that.
    Don't want my customers eating plastic!
    Hey Robin

    Actually, the successful pod (actually it is a capsule, but it is called a pod by the maker) is a theoretical "one shot"* 7g to 10g capacity in EU food grade plastic. Tastes of nothing, and even after 50 refills it has not lost any weight or thickness, so any coffee shot must have no dissolved "extras". Virtually all the metal pods tasted of metal and/or plastic and/or chemicals (some are coated with something truly weird tasting, esp. one "only available with a blended roast" we tested... shudder).

    It remains the only pod to make a drinkable "nearpresso coffee"** out of my beloved lightly roasted (barely first crack) high altitude Colombian coffee: it is a very subtle tasting cuppa, so any taint is really obvious. It is also truly cantankerous: a number of commercial grinders cannot handle that coffee either, so the "tasting standard" was set pretty high.

    Finding a stainless machine these days may be a challenge - good luck with that search. IF you can find a new "all stainless" pod machine, please PM the details to me as some friends could benefit.

    Enjoy the new year in NZ mate, all the best


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    * Yep, give some "non-refillable pods" to us and we can usually refill them when we need to for testing purposes. Far too much of a pain for "normal use" and the pod cost is minimal in bulk quantities. Hint: the machine does 1000 pods an hour in the saleman's brochure, about half that in real operation. I do mean bulk... For the record, my only involvement was the tasting process - nothing to do with the commercial production side.

    ** Reminds me of an mp3 "nearly as good as a CD" (it isn't even close unless your hearing is shot at high frequencies). The best coffees were better than most cafes but any decent home CSr would trounce it convincingly. As for the plastic machines (i.e. most new ones, even high end ones)... YUK is my only comment.

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    If your drinking from a POD its not up to Speciality grade in my opinion.

    Pod's are for consumer looking for convenience & keeping up with the unending expansion of capitalism.

    Buy from a micro roaster, grind by hand, brew with a basic brewer such as an aeropress, taste the difference, feel free!
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    ESE PODs 7g can make quite nice little shot / small milk drink. I bought a family member a delonghi dedica to use with PODs and was very surprised by the quality when using fresh PODs from well know Melb specialty roaster.

    In terms of what the collective here class as being close to REAL espresso, they are much closer than nespresso style (wasteful) CAPSULES and what most super autos put out.

    Makes a much nicer little milk drink than one would find in most non specialty cafes serving stale pre ground from a doser, producing dishwater with burnt milk.

    These machines have there place, some people are just not up to learning the ins / outs of grinding their own beans and the subsequent process to brew a decent cup, no matter the method. ESE PODs produce the same shot every time, no mess no fuss and I would not hesitate to down a couple of shots pulled short to get me through were nothing else available.

    With the heavy marketing of the CLOONEY caps and knock offs, most people do not even know that ESE PODs exist and that they are much better value, produce superior quality and have far less impact on the environment.
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