Single serve brewing systems were originally created to save coffee lovers huge amounts of time and money. This multi-billion dollar market has given birth to limitless options when it comes to choosing the best coffee pod machine. But out of all the systems on the market, there are few options that come as close to being as flexible, efficient, and quality-oriented as Senseo coffee maker. Check out our Senseo review below to learn about what makes it so special and why it's a cut of above many other available coffee machines.
Brief Senseo History and Evolution
Since 2001, Senseo has focused on single-cup brewing techniques in the Netherlands. Shortly after its introduction there, it branched out across Europe, to America, and then to Australia. Senseo utilizes a special type of pod that produces a rich and creamy beverage similar to the consistency and quality of high-end baristas. By 2005, 10 billion Senseo machines had been sold globally and by 2008, sales doubled. Part of the unexpected sales surge was undoubtedly due to the release of the Senseo New Generation in 2007.
Improvements included a height mechanism which allowed different sized cups, a low water indicator light, three coffee strength options, and three different coffee style options to allow the brew selection of Café Latte, Cappucino, or Latte macchiato. Of course, the machines only brewed coffee as opposed to espresso, so those weren't “true brews”. Nonetheless, for the untrained palate, they were more than enough to meet home needs. The year 2009 was greeted with a Senseo system design upgrade which provided a new, brick-like structure and an overall more aesthetically pleasing appeal to the counter appliance.
What Products Are Available with Senseo?
Senseo uses pods which can be loaded directly into the Senseo or multiple compatible systems. Senseo pods come in various flavors and blend options which differ based on taste and geographical location. Mild, regular, dark roast, decaffeinated, Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Kona, and Sumatra are the main blends; while Breakfast blend, Vanilla, Hazelnut, and a new Espresso blend round out the flavor options. If you're looking for rich flavor without the caffeine jolt, check out Senseo decaf pods. As any decaf drinker knows, decaf versions can often be watered down and lack the same taste as their caffeinated counterparts. Fortunately, Senseo decaf pods are true to their original taste.
Available accessories include reusable pod holders or replacements such as Coffeeduck permanent pod replacements or Eco Pad Coffee Filters. Permanent solutions such as Solofill V1 Gold, or K3 Gold replacement filters also work with Senseo products as well as compatible brewers, including many Keurig® systems.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Owning a Senseo Brewer?
To say that the Senseo Brewer is easy to use would be an understatement. Everything is completely automated so you need not worry about setting strength or temperature. The machines takes care of all of that. With the simple press of a button, you can enjoy a deliciously fragrant and tasty cup of quality Joe in no time.
No Senseo review would be complete without at least discussing the quality of coffee found in the actual Senseo pods. These pods are produced by Douwe Egberts, a company with a 250-year heritage known for its impeccable standards when it comes to coffee. That being the case, Senseo pods are priced accordingly and ultimately land somewhere in the middle range. These are not bargain coffee pods nor do they taste like them. While we think the slightly increased cost per pod is more than justified, it's still something that any first time home brew buyer should consider before making the investment. The current Senseo model that brews for two simultaneously costs around $200. But if you opt for a Hamilton Beach personal brewer that's completely compatible with Senseo products, you can start brewing at home for less than $30.
Solofill permanent pod replacements do wonders for the environment, but they don't work with all Keurig® systems. The Solofill K3 Gold is compatible with the Keurig® 2 model. Solofill K1 Gold is compatible with the Keurig Vue. And Solofill K1 Chrome works with Keurig systems prior to the Keurig® 2 release. As the permanent replacement pods are plastic, they may wear out relatively quickly. Pay attention to the wear and replace as necessary to ensure continued enjoyment.
Senseo pods are also compatible with other brands besides Keurig®. Love the ease and luxury of your Tassimo, Nespresso, Flavia, or Caffitaly brewer? Senseo products work with those. Surprisingly, Senseo also is compatible with PerfectDraft systems. Anyone up for coffee-flavored beer?
Where Can You Purchase a Senseo System?
In 2001, Sara Lee discontinued selling Senseo products in North America. Fortunately, however, they're still available online if you know where to go. Follow the links in this Senseo Review to discover the joys of owning your own Senseo brewing system or stock up on your favorite blends and Senseo-compatible products. Happy brewing!
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