Can I use coffee pods in a Keurig brewer?
by Deb Leone
(Boston Ma USA)
Can I use coffee pods in the Keurig machine? I have seen a little bit of information claiming that you can use the pods in the Keurig machine. I am wondering how you can do this? The pods are on sale in my local store and they have an espresso with froth I wanted to try. Any suggestions?
The answer is no. As you know, Keurig brewers take K-Cups, whereas coffee pod brewers use pods.
The thing is, the brewing chambers in each kind of brewer are totally different.
In your Keurig brewer, both the top and bottom of each K-cup is pierced when you use it, and the water is pumped, under pressure, into the K-Cup itself. The K-cup contains both the ground coffee and the filter.
In a coffee pod brewer the water is sprayed over the full surface of the coffee pod.
So...if you did stick a coffee pod in your Keurig brewing chamber (don't), the water wouldn't be sprayed across the surface of the pod in the same way. So you would end up with a weak, yukky brew.
Update: See comments below for information on using the Perfect Pod Holster, which does enable you to use coffee pods in a K-Cup brewer.
As for the espresso with froth…unless you are using a single serve espresso machine, rather than a single serve coffee maker, the best you will get is a "faux espresso", with a froth and not a crema.
You can learn more about this on our single cup coffee brewers page.