Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated October 19, 2020)
One of the great draws of coffee pods is the convenience and the appearance of lack of waste by making the coffee by the single cup rather than by the pot. For those who live alone, or you and the other members of your household are unable to agree on your coffee, and you drink only a single cup of coffee at a time, then the coffee pod is for you! You will find that you waste less coffee, and it doesn't really cost more than buying a cup from your local coffee shop.
You will also notice that the cost savings comparisons are all made versus the single cup of coffee that you can purchase from a coffee shop. When compared to premium coffee at home though, you find that you are actually paying a rather significant premium, even if you pour out all of a pot except the single cup. If you drink more than a single cup, or more people in your household drink from the same pot, then any so-called savings are truly illusory. However, if you are planning to actually replace purchases made at your local coffee shop with the coffee pods then you will in fact generate a real savings per cup; and once you amortize the cost of the machine, those savings should continue well into the future.
While there are some down sides to using a coffee pod system, there are some great things about it as well. For instance, as stated earlier, if you someone in your home has already made some coffee, and you find that you don't like their brand, well you can make your own single cup. Perhaps you need a quick pick me up on your way to work, but don't have the time to stop and purchase a cup of Joe from your local coffee shop then you can pop in a pod, and have your coffee ready in as little as five minutes.
Almost all small convenience appliances have a trade-off, which usually comes down to a higher overall cost, versus the convenience provided by the appliance. One final point—any claims of being more environmentally friendly, or being waste reducing are somewhat misleading, strictly speaking. This is due to the individual cup packaging used generally creates far more waste, higher shipping costs, and so on than you could possibly save.
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