Following my earlier review of the Caf?Pod Nespresso-compatible coffee pod system, Caf?Pod Director Peter Grainger got in touch to express his concern over the problems I had been having.
It turns out I was one of a small percentage of Nespresso owners whose machines were slightly incompatible with the Caf?Pod capsules and Peter and his team were already in the process of launching a new design of capsule. When Peter offered to send me a few capsules for me to try, I of course said yes (who in their right mind would say no to free coffee?!) and I’m happy to say these ones worked perfectly.
Being inquisitive I compared the two capsules to try and discern the changes but I couldn’t see anything, yet the new capsules fitted better to give a full measure of espresso coffee. The taste issue I had before was also resolved, with the bitterness gone. I raised this with Peter but he assured me that the coffee recipe was identical so I presume the lack of water in my first capsules was to blame.
The cost of the Caf?Pod system is still a bit of a negative for me, when I feel the cost should be slightly less than the equivalent Nespresso pod. Unfortunately the shelf price is dictated by the retailer so it’s a case of hunting around for the cheapest price – so far Sainsbury’s at ?2.99 for 10 capsules, but Morrisons are now stocking the Caf?Pod range so we might see some better pricing in the near future. Another option would be to sign up to Amazon’s Subscribe and Save service to get the price down to ?2.69 for 10.
So, with the new capsule design due to hit the shelves soon I’m a lot more confident in the quality and convenience of the Caf?Pod range!