My coffee drinking habits are a guilty pleasure. A coffee or two a day is necessary fuel for a freelancer and parent, but I know my way of getting a caffeine fix is far from eco-friendly.
We were given a Nespresso and whilst we do recycle the pods, it is a horrifying amount of waste for one cuppa. Not to mention the ongoing expense. At 30p per cup, a two a day habit is going to set you back nearly £220 a year.
I was interested in finding a reusable option, to take the bitter taste of guilt out of my coffee.
The premise is simple – Sealpod makes reusable plastic pods that you simply fill with ground coffee and cover with a little lid – either aluminium or paper filter (if you don’t mind losing a little of the crema).
I find the Nespresso range limited and I also prefer my coffee at little milder, so being able to step away from their enforced selection is appealing. There’s nothing quite like grinding your own beans either.
The pods themselves are very neat and the sticker lids are easy to use – it was time to give it a go.
So did it work?
Not at first. My first couple of attempts yielded dirty dishwater, with zero crema. Given that Seapod advertise themselves as the only resusable option that still gives crema, I knew it wasn’t working properly. Attempts #1 and #2 went straight down the sink and I tried a different coffee: Lavazza’s espresso blend. From reviews, this was the option that seemed to work well for lots of people who’d been down the dishwater route.
After a few more attempts – varying the amount of coffee and tamping it down differing amounts, I got it working. It made a decent coffee. Still less crema than the Nespresso pods, and a slightly less intense flavour, but one that suited me perfectly.
I tend to use one espresso shot for my latte. I also discovered that for lungho coffee, you need to use two pods.
And that I suppose is the delight of this; there is no ‘one size fits all’ you can vary your bean, the grind, and your intensity and play around with it until you get it just right for you. In short, this is coffee with a ritual. Coffee that you need to work a bit for.
Mind you, the pods themselves are very neat, the stickers are easy to use and they are quick to clean too.
If you currently get your fix from a cafetiere or stove top pot, then I wouldn’t swap, but if you have a Nespresso or similar and feel the eco-guilt, these are well worth a bit of fiddling around.
For more info, check out the Sealpod website: www.sealpod.com
I was sent these products for free in exchange for an honest review.