In a world where state of the art machinery is used to brew excellent coffee consistently; in cosmopolitan cities where it is now a rarity to receive a bad cup of coffee or espresso at a cafe.
In households that can afford to have top-class espresso machines on the bench tops of their domestic kitchens, I ask the question: why on earth would you bother with the inferior, i.e. the coffee pod?
In the course of a time far-gone, coffee was once regarded as precious and as delicate as a fine wine. Also, it definitely wasn't freely available like todays various flavored coffee pods.
Coffee beans were even smuggled over borders and made their way through trade routes inconspicuously, so that people in remote places could also discover the rich flavours and energising effects of coffee.
There were no coffee machines to process the beans or create your beverage. There weren't any espresso machines. Espresso in itself had not even been coined as a phrase, or even a noun. Coffee was far more unusual than they may even imagine in todays society.
In order to make a cup of coffee, there was a whole process of steps and stages that had to be taken and worked through, and naturally with the world being far wider and broader than people realized, coffee came in various forms as well, according to the process with which it was prepared.
Today coffee drinking, coffee making, coffee makers, coffee machines and coffee beans are a whole different story. Coffee rules the world. It definitely isn't a rarity. A number of the world's leading manufacturers are responsible for the development of coffee machines that truly are strange pieces of machinery. With all this progress then, why are people seemingly suddenly making a flurry towards the pod option?
Let's shed some light on the phenomena of the coffee pod for those who are unfamiliar with it. The coffee pod is much like a tea bag for coffee drinkers. So, in the event you are having trouble imagining, think of your favourite tea bag - perhaps a Lipton's Earl Grey, a Twinning's Peppermint, a Tetley's Black Tea, whatever takes your fancy. As with a tea bag, a coffee pod requires water in order to be activated.
Yet unlike a tea bag, it is not directly dangled in to a cup of boiling hot water - it is placed in to a pod machine. I say pod machine, because much to the dismay of some readers, it is not an espresso machine that has a pod option. Espresso machines that have pod options are not on the list of top-class coffee machines & therefore are not on my list of coffee machines. & in the event you are going to drink a cup of nice coffee I would insist that it's to be made using a top-class coffee machine for it to be worthy of comparison with a cup of pod coffee.
Back to the tea bag comparison. Now a tea bag could as basically be dangled straight in to a tea pot & left to stand for a couple of minutes to brew. You, as tea drinker, could then pour your cup of tea straight from your tea cup, giving you the sense that you are drinking actual tea. Actual tea, I describe, is fresh leaf tea. It is often only available from specialty shops, delis & markets. As with actual coffee, tea lovers know the difference & won't accept the instant stuff. So a coffee pod, using the coffee pod machine to mask its inferiority, makes the drinker think falsely that they are drinking a actual cup of coffee when in fact- how could they be?
They say there is no time like the present, & that time is of the essence. Time is so precious that one time gone it can never be had again in the same way. & time is so precious, that some people pick to save it by skimping on their coffee. Enter the coffee pod. Coffee pods save time. Using a coffee pod in lieu of fresh ground coffee to make your cup of coffee means that you do not must do any grinding, any measuring, any filling, any packing; any worrying about the coffee cake. Coffee pods mean no mess to neat up afterwards. Coffee pods mean that coffee making can become a breezy pastime of the ignoramus, who needn't know a thing about coffee machines. Ideal. ?
Coffee pods can never be freshly ground. Coffee pods are pre-packaged. Coffee pods are synthetic. A coffee pod is instant coffee with a fancy jacket on.
I say this: Give it a try. See what you think. However bear in mind that one time you have passed the threshold - one time you have tried & loved actual coffee made using a top-class coffee machine, there is no turning back. With my experience plenty of venture away to try other things & save a minute or here & there - but only a few stay away.