Senseo Coffee Makers

The Senseo coffee pod system was developed by two Dutch companies: Philips and Douwe Egberts. The first Senseo coffee maker was introduced in 2001 and it has become one of the most popular single serve coffee brewers around. What people love most about Senseo single serve coffee maker is the ease with which you make a cup of coffee. You simply fill in the water reservoir, turn the machine on, put in a coffee pod and press a button to brew your coffee. It is very easy to use. And the clean up does not take any time as well - you just throw away the used coffee pod.

What's the coffee like?

Most people really like Senseo coffee. It has got a nice layer of foam at the top of each cup and is full of aroma and flavor. If what you drink is mostly coffee from a drip coffee machine, then you are very likely to love Senseo coffee. If you are using mostly French press or a Moka pot, you may find that you would like a little bit more body in the Senseo coffee and you may prefer some of the third party coffee pods.

Many different companies make coffee pods for the Senseo coffee maker. The choice is very good both for regular and flavored coffees. You can also get the Perfect Pod Maker and make your own pods using your favorite coffee blend.

How do you use it?

Cannot be simpler really:
  1. Fill the water reservoir.
  2. Press the button in the middle to heat up the water. A red light will flash for about a minute while the water is being heated up. Once the red light stops flashing and stays on, you are ready to brew.
  3. Open the lid, put the coffee pod in the slot, close the lid.
  4. Put your cup onto the drip tray.
  5. Press the either the 1 cup or 2 cups button.
  6. That's it - your coffee will be ready in about half a minute or so.

When you want to brew another cup you skip the first two steps.

The good points ...

The Senseo coffee maker is easy to use and it is very practical. The water reservoir is removable - that makes refilling it very easy. Cleaning up is simple too - just check the used coffee pod away. All the removable parts like the water reservoir, pod holder or drip tray are dishwasher safe but you don't really need to wash them very often. The machine will warn you when you need to refill the water and it switches itself off automatically if it has not been used for an hour.

It looks pretty stylish and it does not take up much space on your counter (13.5 x 12 x 8.5 inches). It makes a nice cup of coffee and it makes it quickly. There is good selection of compatible coffee pods - so you should be able to find something that suits your taste.

.. and drawbacks

For a lot of people the main drawback of the Senseo coffee maker is the cost of the coffee pods. The price of coffee per cup starts at about $0.20- $0.25 and can be much more expensive for some of the premium coffees. Now that's a price per a 4 oz cup which is much smaller than what most people drink. Some people make an 8 oz cup using just one pod and are happy with it when they use some of the darker roasts. But if you like strong coffee, you are likely to use 2 pods per 8 oz cup. That's half a dollar - that's not cheap if you drink a lot of coffee. If this is an issue, you can use your own coffee - it will save you a lot of money.

Some people find the brewing process too noisy. That can be a problem if you want to make a cup of coffee while your kids are still sleeping. Another thing is that you need to use quite short cups - a tall cup will not fit under the spout.

What models are there?

The most common models are Senseo Coffee Machine (Model 7810), Senseo Deluxe Coffee Machine (Model 7820) and Senseo Supreme Coffee Machine (Model 7832).

Senseo Coffee Machine (Model 7810) is the original Senseo single serve coffee maker. It comes in several different colors: black, white, read and blue. The water reservoir is a bit small - it lasts for about five 4oz cups. If you are planning to get this model then it's best to get the gift pack version. That comes with some additional coffee pods, tins for storing the coffee pods and a thermal travel mug - and the price is almost the same as if you buy only the coffee maker.

Deluxe Senseo Coffee Machine (Model 7820) is very similar to the original version, but it has a larger water reservoir (32 oz) and an adjustable spout to accommodate various cup sizes. It comes in a black finish.

Supreme Senseo Coffee Machine (Model 7832) is the top of the range product. With it's chrome color and LCD display it looks sleeker that the other Senseo models. The main feature is that you can select the size of your brew. With the lower end models you get either 4oz or 8oz of coffee, so adjusting the coffee strength is difficult. With the Supreme Senseo coffee maker you can brew 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, or 10 oz at one time - so you can make the coffee as strong or weak as you like. It also has a 32 oz water tank and height adjustable spout just like the Deluxe version.

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