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Reusable coffee pods.

tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
So, while I do have an aeropress, french press, siphon brewer, and grind my own coffee... I still use single serve units because in the end they're convenient, and I don't have time to wash out the gear or clean grinds out of my grinder every day.

For the longest time I used a Keurig, but the plastic waste kind of bothers me, and I had the "use your own" pod things for that and life was good. Currently I have a Melitta One pod brewer where the pod is the filter and everything gets discarded, no plastic. However I cannot find a physical store that sells those type of pods. It's all K-cups. No Senseo pods either. Nor can I find a "use your own" type reusable filter, and I can't use my keurig reusable pods because I don't think the brewer would generate the pressure required to brew in the pod. Best I've found are these:
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But I'm hesitant to buy because it looks like you have to use an iron on the pods to seal them and that seems to run afoul of the convenience aspect of the brewer. If you've used them, are they good? Does anyone know of/where I can actually get a reusable filter for a pod brewer of the Senseo/Melitta variety?




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    DidgeridooDidgeridoo Flighty Dame Registered User regular
    The plastic pods are recyclable if you remove the filter portion, and there are a few products that have twisty blade things to do just that.

    I actually use the product below for this:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B017XLW7I6/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490991271&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=k+cup+recycling+tool&psc=1

    It works pretty well! Still relatively convenient, and I don't have to seek out special k cups.

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    tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    That's actually pretty neat, and beats going at the cups with a knife before deciding "let's just not buy k-cups anymore," lol...

    I don't own a k-cup brewer though, requested a non k-cup for housewarming and I don't want to buy/get another brewer just yet. I think I will order one of those for my folks though.

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    wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    Just throwing you another option, buy ground coffee (or grind a bunch on your own ahead of time when you have the stamina for cleanup) and then use a Clever Coffee Dripper

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    You brew it just like you would with a French press, but when the coffee is done you just set the thing on top of your coffee cup and it drains through a standard cone paper filter. It's 90% of the taste of French press, but cleanup is as easy as tossing out the filter and giving the main thingie a rinse.

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    tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    Hmm... that's a fancy looking pour-over dripper! :P

    Only problem with those is the cup I use at home has a top diameter wider than 4"... I'm thinking that's the top for that device too?

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    lynn8577lynn8577 Registered User regular
    Check eBay

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    wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    Hmm... that's a fancy looking pour-over dripper! :P

    Only problem with those is the cup I use at home has a top diameter wider than 4"... I'm thinking that's the top for that device too?

    I just did some measurements and testing in the name of science coffee. Ideally you'd want a cup with a top diameter of 3 3/4" or less, which will let you place the thing on top when it's time to drain and have the doohickey open the valve properly. I just tested it with a larger mug, and I could make it work by resting the device on one edge of the rim and triggering the valve doohickey with my finger, but it wasn't as easy and there's a bit of a risk of burny finger.

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    djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    I measured a standard V60 and it's is almost exactly 4" across, which won't help. https://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Ready-Single-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B0014CVEH6 is apparently 4.5" across according to https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx3BDRM7OT3Y419/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza?asin=B0014CVEH6, which might be big enough?

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    tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited April 2017
    Ah, the cup I use is actually 5.5" because it's 20-22oz. I don't actually fill it to that extent, but the size makes it less likely to spill, and I can use it for other things too.

    Interestingly, there are reusable pods for Senseo devices that may fit on ebay, but they are from international sellers. They also seem to lean toward specific models of Senseo brewers.

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    wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    I measured a standard V60 and it's is almost exactly 4" across, which won't help. https://www.amazon.com/Melitta-Ready-Single-Coffee-Brewer/dp/B0014CVEH6 is apparently 4.5" across according to https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx3BDRM7OT3Y419/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza?asin=B0014CVEH6, which might be big enough?

    FYI, the Clever Coffee Thingie isn't a pour-over method. You put the ground coffee in, fill it with hot water, (stir or let it bloom or bless it or whatever your favorite press pot ritual is), then you let it just sit there for 4 minutes or however long you prefer like with a press pot. When you're done, you set it on top of a cup so it'll drain through the filter.

    The filter takes out the delicious oils you get at the top when you use a real press pot, but the taste still comes close for when you're not in the mood for press pot cleanup.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    edited April 2017
    I couldn't find any useful info about the Melitto One (including Melitto's own website) when I went looking yesterday, so I just dropped it. Pics on Amazon seemed to hint that it uses a Senseo-type cartridge (i.e. only like a 1/2" thick "pod" instead of a 2" thick "K-cup"). Comments on Amazon were useless, as always.

    Amazon DOES have these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Ecopad-Refillable-Coffee-Filter-Classic/dp/B0007INM5A

    https://www.amazon.com/Coffeeduck-Classic-Permanent-Refillable-HD7810-HD7812/dp/B00295RASY

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    tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    edited April 2017
    Yeah, it is my assumption that Melitta may be the up-brand version of the Senseo product or they have some kind of relationship, because Amazon UK actually sells reusable Melitta-branded pods for the Senseo machine:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Genuine-Original-Melitta-Padfilter-Machine/dp/B00QIW1QKW

    It's weird that when I pulled those up on Amazon after finding them on Ebay, I only saw the french sellers but your listings have the Amazon-fulfilled ones. But the duck one might work?

    edit: I see a few people asked that question on the listing for the duck but none got a confirmation, heh.

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    tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    I did buy the coffeeduck, unfortunately it didn't fit. The condition of the box was... pretty bad too. Plus they shipped it in a soft envelope, so I can't return it. Only 14 but still.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    Welp. I found one of those K-cup pod cutters for $10 (for a pair), so I'm giving them a shot. (slightly off topic)

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