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    The future of coffee?

    Single-serve pod machines and coffee pods have just hit the Canadian market


    There's a battle brewing for control of your morning coffee. Millions have been spent, PR salvos have been fired, yet one question remains: Are Canadians ready for the pod?

    This new-wave type of coffeemaker - which is just hitting retail shelves - is the first major innovation in the java-brewing industry since the advent of the drip coffeemaker 40 years ago.

    The tea bag-like pods, packed with ground coffee, are definitely the most convenient way to make coffee at home. Just fill the coffeemaker's reservoir with water, slip in a pod, close the lid and press a button. Within a minute, you'll have one steaming hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee for under 50 cents a cup.

    There are no filters, no messy grounds to toss and no leftover coffee to pour down the sink. Simply pitch the used pod in the compost bucket and you're ready to rock and roll.

    The low-pressure brewing system in these machines is designed to infuse the water with more coffee than a conventional drip coffeemaker. Manufacturers claim these produce a taste similar to coffee made by professional machines. (A similar technology has been used in some Canadian hotel restaurants and the food service industry for several years.)

    As well as offering convenience, the pod system is a boon to families where there are several coffee drinkers with different tastes, notes Bill VandenBygaart, director of coffee development for Kraft Canada, which plans to launch Maxwell House and Nabob pods in November.

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    Learn from the mistakes of others, you won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.
    Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

    Jim, you can get these at Target now. Remember though, you're not really going to get fresh coffee using these, It's like canned coffee. But, on the other hand, maybe easy to use.

    This is spoken with the bias of a coffee bean roaster! Deb