Several years ago I bought a Senseo machine because I liked this idea of not only having a cup of coffee quicly in the morning, but quickly and without wasting, because I rarely have time for more than one cup on my way out the door. I selected the Senseo over the more popular Keurig machine because I liked having the ability to dump the pods right into my composter rather than adding thousands (Why, Yes, I do drink a lot of coffee) of little plastic cups to the landfill.
What could be better, right? Well, recently Senseo, because the company has been sold and spun off a couple of times, they ran into some production problems with their coffee. What the heck was one supposed to do? Well, I knew there were a few products out there for this sort of thing, and after researching and reading on several products, I decided to give the Coffeeduck a try.
What is Coffeeduck? Coffeeduck is a product that allows you to use your own coffee and their replacement filter to brew your own coffee in your Senseo or Nespresso machine. It allows you to use your own ground coffee to make a single cup of coffee. That makes it less expensive than buying the pods (though also a tad less conveninent, but I will get to that in a moment), with nothing but the grounds to dispose of into the trash (or in my case composter). It also gives me a much wider variety of coffee to use; Since Senseo didn’t take off in the US like it did in Europe, the coffee selection is less than stellar. Now, however, with the Coffeeduck, I can make any coffee I like.
It is not without its trade-offs however. First, if you are a fan of the whipped crema that tops your coffee from Senseo, you will find that the amount generated through the Coffeeduck is considerably less and dissipates fairly quickly. Sencondly, you need to take care when filling it for the Senseo (the style for the Nespresso is slightly different and requires far less care when filling), if you get coffee on the rim where the cap sits, you will find you may not be able to close the machine properly, and if you overpack the coffee, it will cause the machine to malfuction and spew hot water onto your countertop. But with reasonable care and a little practice, you will find it is not difficult. These extra steps also obviously take a minute or two of time that you do not need when you are just dropping the pods into the machine which isn’t a big deal, but when you consider it only takes a minute to brew a cup to begin with, this is essentially doubling the time it takes to make a cup. But, then again, if you are the time of person that can’t wait one extra minute for your coffee… you just might want to lighten up that schedule a little bit.
The Coffeeduck runs about $20. But it won’t take long to recover that in the money you will save using normal coffee over the pods. I like it, and recommend it for any Senseo user.