There’s a relatively new trend in home coffee machines – Coffee pods. These containers have a pre-measured amount of ground beans in them, which the hot water is forced through at a high pressure – just like the coffee houses.
The advantages of using one of these pod systems to get your coffee is that it’s frequently a case of inserting the pod, then waiting for around thirty seconds (less than it takes to boil a mug of water!), but it’s limited to producing just one cup at a time – not a problem if you’re the only coffee fan, or living on your own! Also, have a look at the shops nearby. See what the most readily available pod is – no point getting an amazing machine, if they only have a basic range of choices on offer.
Before you jump into buying a machine, have a look around the market. See what size drink you can produce from a pod – sometimes they’ll only provide four ounces (a mug is eight ounces, so two pods would be needed), are you sure that the taste of the coffee is what you like? Even two same varieties may taste slightly differently, so check if there is a strength setting available to adjust this slightly. Of course, have a look at the different colours and styles that are on offer, and chances are it’ll be on show all the time, so make sure you get a model and style that suits where it’ll be – no point getting a shiny chrome model, if you have a rustic country-style kitchen!