November 5, 2007

Pod vs. Ground Coffee - A Couple of Opinions

Ahhh, the Pod vs. ground coffee takes on another dimension in this semi-rant by NYT author Alice Rawsthorn. As she goes on about the beautiful designs of yesteryear, you know the ones that were so painful to use that only the true die-hards could use them, she misses the point that espresso machines are a great next step in the evolution of coffee tastes in America from light roasted, robusta-based weak swill that so many outlets pass off as a good cup-a-joe to expertly roasted, full bodied cups of wonderment. It doesn’t have to be burnt like most of Starbucks’ offerings, but it can be espresso based.

So, while ESE Pods and Nespresso capsules can be a tough sell, they are also the crutch that many time pressed Americans need to get over the hump in moving from bad to good. I like ESE Pods and Nespresso capsules and I still consider myself environmentally aware with my Green Tags and recently downsized vehicle, but I see this particular area of my life worth the extra expense. I also enjoy the choice of picking ground or Pod, which I think most readers will too. While I count a Nespresso C100 Essenza in my collection of Espresso machines, I still reserve the right and the capability to use ground coffee too. I just embrace the Pod and hope that if that’s what others need to learn about great coffee, that they will enjoy the pod too.

Worth a quick read at NYT.

Thanks to Barbara for sending this in.

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 5, 2007 6:52 AM
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