How To Use Coffee Pods Without The Machine

Coffee pods and capsules are all the rage in today’s coffee drinking community because they offer incredible convenience and freshness as a result of the ground coffee being sealed into a simple pod or capsule, which can then be used to make a single serve cup of coffee.

Up till recently, you still needed a compatible coffee machine which could accommodate the pod or capsule that you had, in order to pull the shot of espresso or make that cup of coffee. The question is - How else can you use coffee pods or capsules without the machine?

In recent years, there has been an influx of portable capsule coffee makers or portable pod brewers that allow the user the convenience of making coffee using a coffee pod, but without the coffee machine.

Although the pod brewing machine isn’t necessarily huge or troublesome to maintain, it still represented the need to purchase a coffee machine which had to be fixed in place with a power source attached to it.

However, with a portable capsule coffee maker, you are free to bring the maker anywhere you want and use it wherever you are, because such coffee makers do not require a power source, and rely on manually generated pressure to produce the espresso shot. 

There are a few such products that have emerged that are well received, such as the Wacaco Coffee Press and other similar products. There have recently been some new products that seem to have further elevated the convenience of the single serve coffee brewing process.

While the Wacaco allows you to fit your Nespresso compatible capsules into the device, to manually pump out a shot of espresso, the new Capressule which we came across, allows you to do the same thing, but also provides you an additional adaptor to pump out a shot of espresso using fresh coffee grounds.

What this essentially means is that, with the Capressule’s dual use mode, you can get single serve coffee from freshly ground beans or a Nespresso compatible capsule, thus not only eliminating the use of pod brewers or capsule coffee machines but all other coffee machines as well. 

The way it works is simple. The user loads in either a dose of freshly ground coffee of their choice or a Nespresso capsule of their choice (using different adaptors that are provided).

Hot water is then loaded into a separate chamber. The user then needs to press a pump that manually creates pressure and drives the water into the brewing chamber where it extracts an espresso shot from the coffee grounds.

In the case of the capsule, once you have secured the capsule in the brewing chamber, there are grooves within the adapter that punctures the seal at the top of the capsule, allowing water to flow in (exactly the same as in a capsule coffee machine).


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Once extracted, the espresso shot is collected in another separate chamber, which can then be drunk on its own as an espresso, as a long black with the addition of hot water, or a flat white with the addition or milk.

The quality of the espresso is very decent, but it is unlikely you will extract enough crema from this coffee brewing process to be able to produce good latte art with the espresso shot. 

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