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Andrux
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Posted Wed May 27, 2009, 6:52am
Subject: Espresso Pods
 

Hello!

I have just bought a Bodum Granos -and I am thrilled!! I have done some research on home espresso machines, cuz after working part time in coffee cafe for a while Ive decided I am hooked on good coffee!

But I have never used pods before.. and im struggling to understand how they're supposed to work?!  The standard ESE pods seem simply far too big.  When I place them in the "pod filter basket" i have to wrinkle it up so that it all fits inside....  The paper isnt supposed to go on the ouside of the rim of the portafilter (handlethingy that i place in machine to get espresso -  not sure of the english term)?

I hope someone can help me, as I have not yet got a proper tamper, and the one bodum provides is not all that great, so i would love to know how to use pods!

Thank you!  And thank you for an amazing site! :-)

Andrea
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Posted Wed May 27, 2009, 2:16pm
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Andrea, welcome to the site!

You will not find many here that like pods very much, the coffee in them, for the most part is very stale before you even open the package.

BUT if you insist in using them, (the stock tamper and fresh coffee from a good grinder will quickly make you forget about pods) the paper DOES go outside the basket. Think of it sort of as a gasket.

The handle thing is called a Porta Filter or PF on the boards. Illy has a video clip of using pods on the demo video for the FFX5 machine, perhaps that will help you to see how it works better.

I am short on time but here is a link to Illy on the subject of pods
Click Here (www.illyusa.com)

 
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Andrux
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Posted Wed May 27, 2009, 2:21pm
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hehe... i can imagine there arent too many who favour pods in here ;-)  Hopefully Ill be able to afford a good grinder soon, and you can prove me wrong! ;-)

Thank you for your answer!  Very helpful indeed!

Have a lovely evening.
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Posted Wed May 27, 2009, 4:23pm
Subject: Re: Espresso Pods
 

Andrux Said:

When I place them in the "pod filter basket" i have to wrinkle it up so that it all fits inside....  The paper isnt supposed to go on the ouside of the rim of the portafilter (handlethingy that i place in machine to get espresso -  not sure of the english term)?

Posted May 27, 2009 link

Hi Andrea --

No the paper should not go on the outside rim, but the pod may need to be pushed down below the rim, and may wrinkle. I use pods in my Saeco machine at work, and I need to wrinkle up the paper a bit, especially the tab that comes off to one side. I simply fold it down on top of the pod and lock the portafilter in place.

The Granos is capable of making quite good pod espresso (relative to pods, not fresh ground), because of the portafilter's pressurization system.

Have fun

 
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu May 28, 2009, 5:45am
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Hmmm,  The video on http://www.wholelattelove.com/videos.cfm?itemID=31 shows the pod going into the group head, paper as a gasket. Perhaps there is another way to do it also, I was just going by the demo video for the FF X5.

A still from another website also shows the paper out. Oh well, I guess there are many ways to do things. The big thing is to enjoy what you are drinking!

http://www.singleservecoffee.com/images/IMG_0387-tm.jpg

 
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