I’ve written previously about my single serve coffee maker and where to buy coffee pods from Canada. In the past few months, I’ve tried a lot of coffee pods, searching for the best ones. I’ve tried coffee pods from Timothy’s (Canadian vendor), Better Coffee (a U.S. vendor) and Cultured Coffee Bean (Canadian vendor) and many of the varieties they carry.
If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that I definitely prefer the medium to dark roast varieties. I’ve also learned to live with a smaller cup of coffee, as many of the pods only really shine at 7oz. and some at only 6oz (in my Bunn My Cafe).
I’ve had a lot of cups of coffee in search of the best (yeah, somebody had to do it ;), so I thought I might as well share my thoughts, in case it might help anyone else new to coffee pods. Of course, your taste may vary, but if you are a medium to darker roast lover, this should certainly give you a head start.
My favourites – Rainforest Espresso, Parisian Nights, Italian Blend
Didn’t Wow Me – Columbian Dorado and Breakfast Blend. They were just too weak for my taste.
My favourites – CafeJo Adreneline Explosion, CafeJo Espresso Italiano Gold, both of which will give you an 8 oz. cup full of flavour.
Nice at a 5 or 6 oz cup – any of the Gourmet Cafe Pods. All were good but only at small sizes. I found the Fratello and Black Mountain Gold pods were the same – good but only at small cup sizes. (Maybe it’s a Canadian thing … do we just like our coffee stronger?)
Didn’t Wow Me: Fratello Dixie Voodoo
Cultured Coffee Bean:
My favourites: Reunion Island’s Privateer Dark and French Roast.
Didn’t Wow me – Peru Organic
So I’m at the point now where I want to stop the mad sampling and settle in with 4 or 5 of my favourites. At this point, hese would be my 5 top coffee pods:
CafeJo Adreneline Explosion (available from BetterCoffee.com)
Timothy’s Rainforest Espresso (available from Timothys.ca or BetterCoffee.com)
Timothys Parisian Nights (available from Timothys.ca or BetterCoffee.com)
Reunion Island Privateer Dark (available from CulturedCoffeeBean.com or BetterCoffee.com)
Reunion Island French Roast (available from CulturedCoffeeBean.com or BetterCoffee.com)
It’s a bonus that 4 of the 5 of my favourite coffee pods are available from Canadian vendors (Timothys.ca or CulturedCoffeeBean.com), as it avoids the border hassles/duties and high shipping costs.