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  1. #1
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    Senseo coffee system = cool!

    I just got ahold of a new Philips Senseo (I'll be honest, it was free as part of a marketing promotion), and I really like it. In fact, my Braun has been out of duty since the Senseo came along.

    It uses pods to make hot, single serving coffee with a nice crema on top. Coffee ranges in strength from mild to dark roast, I prefer the medium myself. The system is nice because it's easy to keep clean and quick, and very tasty. I thought I would miss the extra coffee in the pot, but it's simple to just make more!

    http://senseo.com

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    Senseo = bad!

    Sorry to say, I cannot agree with you. The senseo doesn't even come close to reaching proper brewing temps. And that so-called crema? It's merely frothed coffee.

    What a terrible marketing ploy!

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    Re: Senseo coffee system = cool!

    Quote Originally Posted by beanfiend
    I just got ahold of a new Philips Senseo (I'll be honest, it was free as part of a marketing promotion), and I really like it. In fact, my Braun has been out of duty since the Senseo came along.

    It uses pods to make hot, single serving coffee with a nice crema on top. Coffee ranges in strength from mild to dark roast, I prefer the medium myself. The system is nice because it's easy to keep clean and quick, and very tasty. I thought I would miss the extra coffee in the pot, but it's simple to just make more!

    http://senseo.com
    did you do the questionairre? if so how long did it take for you to receive?

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    i'm allegedly getting it via the survey. my brother sent me this though http://www.ineedcoffee.com/04/senseo/
    -Doug

    Is it fate that the color of my car is Caffe Latte?

    Macs and a cup of joe. Two of life's pleasures.

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    I did the survey and my machine arrived yesterday. I'm going to reserve judgement until I've had a chance to try it for a few days. I can tell you quickly that I'm headed to Wal-Mart to buy the "MyPod" adapter - I want to use MY coffee in this thing. I have never liked Egbert's coffee (the machine came with 15 Douie Egbert pods). That coffee is bitter and stale tasting.

    If I can find any immediate fault with the machine it would be that you have to use their coffee and their pre-determined strength; in a traditional auto-drip you can control how much water and coffee you want in order to achieve the strength of coffee you desire. With the Senseo, the best you can do is double the pods. Egbert x 2 is nasty stuff!

    Anyway, I'm thinking it only took about three weeks maybe. I can't remember exactly when I did the survey. The only other thing I would mention is that it looks like this machine might have been a "refurbished" model. Like the company might have hundreds of referbs and rather than find a way to re-sell them, they are giving them away as a promotional. It is clear they want coffee professionals to buy into the system - they included a stack of pamphlets to give to customers.

    I'll play along - I'll hand out the pamphlets, but I'll encourage people to buy MyPod adapters and experiment with their favorite coffee. To that end, I'll probably re-work our house blend into a "Senseo blend" that is optimized for use in this machine. But so far I don't know of a single customer we've lost to pods! There is a difference between having a passion for premium coffee and just needing a cup of something in the morning.

    -BG

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    We tried the pod adaptor...and it really didn't work to well...coffee was not to the level of a press, vacuum or even a drip machine...will try to play a bit more but so far I am not very impressed
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeanGrinder
    The only other thing I would mention is that it looks like this machine might have been a "refurbished" model. Like the company might have hundreds of referbs and rather than find a way to re-sell them, they are giving them away as a promotional.
    I hope that is not the case.

    I haven't been able to try mine as it arrived with a broken reservoir. I thought that perhaps it was because of shipping to Canada as a one off case that didn't go through their normal distribution channels. The rest of the unit looks fine and didn't appear to be a refurb.

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    I got mine yesterday!! Some photos:

















    I think the coffee tastes great for what it is..perfect for the office. Wow..didn't know there was an adaptor though..

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    neat

    well its certainly neat looking. I cheated and did the survey twice so I coulde get more "pods". Wonder if there is a "pod"packer so I can put whatever coffee in it I want?
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

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    My friend Sean from Berardi's Fresh Roast in Cleveland roasts his coffee and ships it to a company to make into pods. I will call him to get the pod company's info. Sean told me it was not cheap, but it is worth it for his office coffee customers.
    Are pod brewers the way of the future? The end product is not as good as my french press by any means. But then again, you can buy frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without crusts for a premium price. I think the idea of thawing out an overpriced PB&J sandwich before eating it is absurd, but my 10 year old son loves them.
    It is more common today to buy processed lettuce in a bag than to buy a fresh head of Romaine lettuce. The processed stuff tastes like plastic, and is very limp, but still is very popular at the supermarket. Don't get me started on Easy Mac vs. regular macaroni and cheese.
    Is America ready to give up a higher quality beverage for easier preperation? Chances are, if I owned a specialty coffee roastery, I would be looking at ways to pod my coffee. America is always on the hunt for a quicker way to do something, if you help America acheive that goal with a high quality product, you will acheive financial goals as well.

 

 
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