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Coffee Madness, Part II

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When it comes to single serve coffee, Philips proves that it's all about the crema!

In my last post on this subject, I praised the convenience of the Melitta One:One coffeemaker, but noted that the coffee Melitta made for it was mediocre, at best. I ordered some gourmet pods from PODhead; their dark roast approached the minimum taste requirement of my regular drip coffee, but still wasn't worth the hassle and expense of mail-ordering it from the States.

Not so with the Philips Senseo, I'm happy to report. I picked one up across the border last week, and have been hooked on it ever since!

It isn't fair to compare Senseo with espresso or french press coffee — what comes out of the Senseo is really a new kind of coffee beverage. The frothy layer of crema on top is as thick as the head on a pint of Guinness, and the black stuff underneath is silky-smooth in flavour, rather than bitter.

So far I've tried the dark and mild roasts; the only difference I can see is in their strength, making the dark perfect for a morning wake-me-up, and the mild a nice after-dinner treat.

Some Senseo users have complained that one pod yields only half a cup of coffee. I'm actually okay with this, as I can get through a serving at my own leisurely pace, without using a mug warmer or being left with a tepid pool of sludge at the bottom of my cup. And who cares if I go through six pods of coffee per day — it's only about three doses of caffeine proper!

I'm so enamoured with Senseo coffee that I find myself pooh-poohing regular java in restaurants where I can get Americano or something with froth on it instead. And for now, I'm more than willing to import pods for my Senseo from the States; I've even found a site that offers European-only brands and flavours!

According to this Toronto Star article, Philips will start selling the Senseo in Canada sometime in 2005. Be warned: Once you try it, you may never go back to drip coffee again!

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  • Brenda

    I bought my Senseo on Ebay two months ago. I love it. Cannot go back to ordinary drip coffee and I even own a Tim Hortons bunn type brewer. My favorite coffee is the Folgers 100% Columbian which I can only find at IGA or Zellers. I tried a few of the Senseo flavors and don’t care for any of them. My daughter’s second cousin from Holland sends them to her. You might have tried the Folgers. It is by far my favorite so far. Hopefully the Senseo will come to Canada soon. I love it

  • Dan

    We’ve had the Senseo coffee machine for a few years now and have always stocked up with new pods with every visit to our neighbors south of the border. So far, I haven’t been able to find a site that allows for import to Canada as the Senseo store only ships within the US. Does anyone know how we can import the pods without having to travel to get them each time?

  • AC

    Hi Dan,

    I’m the original authour of this piece — for some reason I’ve been locked out of my Blogcritics account…?

    I can wholeheartedly recommend to you the eBay seller I’ve been using for almost as long as I’ve had my Senseo.

    He’s based in The Netherlands so the coffee comes straight from the source!

    Hope that helps…

  • Christopher Rose

    Andrew, I have no idea what you mean by “locked out of your Blogcritics account” but can assure you it is not true. If you are having a problem logging in to BC. maybe you have lost your password or something. The thing to do is to send an email through the Yahoo Group and I’m sure someone will help you.