How do Single Serve “Pod” Coffee Makers Work?

Are you a big-time coffee aficionado? Can’t get on with your day without your daily fix of caffeine? The only option that coffee lovers have apart from brewing their own cups at home is doling out a considerable amount every day at a local coffee shop. To avoid the expenditure, more and more people are switching to new and modern ways of preparing their coffee in the comfort of their own homes.

Single serve or “pod” coffee makers took the markets by rage when they were introduced by Nespresso about 20 years ago. Owing to their unique and compact design, these machines have now found a permanent place in many kitchens. Read on to know how exactly these brewers work, and how they match up against regular, freshly roasted and ground coffee.

What are coffee pods?

A coffee pod is a round paper or aluminium bound pellet that contains enough ground coffee to prepare a single cup. When used with a pod coffee maker, you can brew a variety of types, roasts and flavours with these pods. Sized at a standard 44mm, and containing about 7 grams of pre-roasted coffee, these pods have revolutionized the way we make coffee at home.

An Easy Serving Espresso or ESE is a special kind of coffee pod that makes a single cup of steaming hot and strong espresso.

What exactly are single serve coffee makers?

Pod brewers are an answer to simplifying the coffee brewing process. The machine does away with the need to measure exact portions of coffee and water and keeping accurate time. For this, it has two major components, the water tank area and the coffee pod area – and by forcing hot water through the attachable and removable pod, it makes a great cup of coffee in surprisingly less time and leaves little to no mess.

How does it work?

This is the basic process of how a single serve coffee maker works. Though the components and machinery in different models and brands may vary, the principle remains the same. Here’s how a small capsule of coffee power and a little water turns into that amazing drink that keeps more of us sane and alive.


  • At the back of machine is the water tank. You load a cup of water into it.
  • A small pump at the bottom of the tank pushes the water into the front of the machine.
  • As it does this, the water is made to pass through a series of heating coils. These heat it to the required temperature as per the setting.
  • The hot water is pumped through a constriction right above the coffee pod to increase the pressure.
  • The small jet of water now goes into the coffee pod, which is attached at the end of this tunnel of sorts to release the flavour. A piece of paper in the pod acts as a sieve to stop the coffee power from falling into the cup.
  • Finally, hot coffee drips down the pod and into your cup.

Some precautions to keep in mind

Though making a cup of coffee using a pod brewer is the simplest thing ever, there are still some basic pointers you should keep in mind to make sure that it tastes great and use your machine carefully.

  • Filling the tank – Make sure to only use cool, clean water to fill the tank. You should ideally use filtered water to prevent the build-up of minerals in the tanks that can ruin you machine in the long run
  • Opening the pod – The coffee pod, especially the paper kind, are quite delicate so you must take care not to accidentally rip one open while removing it from the packaging. Ensure that you cute carefully along the perforated seam to avoid damaging the pod
  • Choosing the right setting – Your coffee maker will have a few different settings that it can brew which vary according to the amount of water, temperature and time required. A light cup of coffee will have a lot of water and will take lesser amount of time to brew. On the other hand, a strong cup will have much less water heated to a very high temperature. If you don’t adjust the setting, the coffee maker will automatically make a medium cup, so make sure to enter your preferred kind before to hit start.
  • Picking the correct pod – Not all coffee pods available in the shops are compatible with all models and brands of single serve coffee makers. So, take care to stock up only on pods that work with your machine. You can, however, work around this constraint by using a “pod holster” to secure non-compatible pods into place.

Why should you use a pod coffee maker?

Coffee pods are very handy and convenient because each pod comes with its individual packaging that makes sure that the whole lot doesn’t get exposed to air and light, as with regular coffee beans. There is also no wastage when you use a pod to make your coffee. Single serve coffee makers are super easy to use and clean and barely take up any space. You don’t have to weigh the coffee each time, tamp it down, keep an eye on the temperature and all that. So, they are definitely an economical and functional alternative to large, and difficult to handle regular coffee machines.

There are some drawbacks to this great invention, however. Firstly, the range of coffees that you can brew is limited and won’t quite measure up to the authentic feel of freshly roasted and ground beans. Secondly, some aluminium-wrapped coffee pods generate a lot of non-reclyable waste that is not eco-friendly at all. So, we suggest that you opt for paper or cloth bound pods to reduce pollution.

All in all, the single serve coffee maker is ideal for those coffee lovers who don’t want to splurge on the local Starbucks every single day. If you’re not extremely picky about the taste, this is definitely the machine for you.…

New England’s Finest Dispensaries and Best Strains

New England is a large place. Consequently, that means there are many amazing marijuana dispensaries to choose from and a lot of good strains of marijuana to find and try. To select the best of the best there are many things to consider.

First and foremost, the number of strains and products a particular establishment has usually pushed it to the forefront of consideration. The more products an establishment has available, the more people they can help and serve.

The quality of the staff really sells an establishment. This has to be a place people will want to go for their supplies and to get information. If the staff that runs the establishment are not approachable and knowledgeable, the establishment will lose a lot of business.

Best Strains in the Region

Out of all of New England, some of the finest establishments are listed below along with some of the best strains in the region.

1. Berkshire Roots

501 Dalton Avenue
Pittsfield MA 01201

Berkshire Roots is known by its patrons as one of the largest growers of Cannabis in Western Massachusetts. It also has an extensive selection of strains for medical purposes and for adult recreational purposes. Their grow establishment is the largest in the Berkshires and have been proudly serving the region with quality products since 2018. They have over a dozen different strains of cannabis sourced from around the country and grown in-house to perfection.

2. Compassionate Care Foundation

100 Century Drive
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Compassionate Care Foundation is a very good place to find knowledgeable staff and a host of strains of marijuana to help treat the patients that seek them out. They truly live up to their name of Compassionate Care because the people that work there make this establishment and they do care.

3. Full Bloom Cannabis

258 W Main St. #101
For Kent, ME 04743
[email protected]

Full Bloom Cannabis is known for the extremely large supply of cannabis products that are considered top-quality and for the amazingly friendly and knowledgeable staff. They are worth a visit for anyone who loves a comfortable atmosphere and good conversation.

4. Summit Medical Compassion Center

380 Jefferson Blvd. E2
Warwick, RI 02886

Summit Medical Center is a caring place where the patients come first. They are dedicated to improving their patient’s lives through safe alternative medicines. They are a good place to find the marijuana you need as well as make sure it is tailored to your illness as specifically as it can be. They have a wide of selection of medicines to try until you find what works for you.

When it comes to the strains of marijuana, what works best for one person does not necessarily work best for another. There many strains to try and forms with different amounts of marijuana in them. The below items are some of the best on the market and are highly rated for the enjoyable as well as what you get from it medically:

1. Chocolate Thai


This is a rare and delicious treat to enjoy. It is the Sativa landrace strain. It contains 15% of THC so while it is strong, it shouldn’t be too much to affect most people. It has a distinct taste of coffee and dark chocolate.

2. Trainwreck

This treat tastes of fresh lemons and pine combined with the same earthy aroma. It’s a powerful combination that comes on abruptly over the mind and body. It is a popular choice for treating pain, anxiety and other conditions.

3. Gorilla Glue #4

Gorilla Glue #4 is a hybrid of flower strains that is one of the most in-demand on the market. It induces feelings of relaxation and euphoria. It is largely covered in crystalline resin and tastes of spicy pine and smoke.

4. Bubba Kush

This big and chunky treat is sweet in flavor and colorful. It quickly causes heavy sedation over the body and helps relieve stress.

5. Jack here

Jack Herer (named after the cannabis activist) has flavors of wood, spices, and pine. If can cause a person who consumes it to feel blissful euphoria or bring on clear-headed creativity.

6. Critical Mass CBD


Critical Mass CBD is a specially-bred strain (Dinaefem Seeds) which gives the patient earthy flavors of menthol. It is used to treat pain, insomnia, depression, and anorexia.

7. Tangie


Tangie tastes of tangerines and oranges and is just as sweet. It provides a happy and relaxed feeling when consumed.

Marijuana dispensaries are there to help people get their medical relief. They provided the medicines many people need to treat their disorders and the strains or marijuana are growing and with each new one to hit the market more disorders are being treated by it. What makes all of this work for the individual is how well the strains treat the illness and the quality of the dispensary that dispenses it. You can read the full article of Veriheal here.

Hunt & Darton Cafe Symposium

Studio 3, Artsadmin
Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial St London
E1 6AB

Hunt & Darton Cafe is an award winning pop-up performance installation and fully functioning cafe- where everything is considered as art.

Touring the UK for the past 3 years, Hunt & Darton Cafe as visited up to 10 different city’s and opened for business for a month in each location taking over empty shops, programming local and national artists and open for all. Artist Jenny Hunt & Holly Darton along with invited guest speakers will share the story of the cafe and knowledge of some of its key elements including Artist-led initiative, pop ups, working in empty shops, participatory arts and developing a real community.

The symposium aims to encourage more activity to happen in spaces that people can stumble upon and will equip artists, venue promoters and local councils with the tools, knowledge and confidence necessary to make this happen.

A free toolkit about the logistics of setting up off-site live events, working in empty shops and creatively facilitating a pop up project will be available on the day.

Supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England.…

Manchester here we come…2015 Tour

So, it’s finally time for the build up to our Manchester leg! We are beyond excited as it has been such an amazing tour so far. Colchester blew us away with the amount of people that visited at the Opening Party and then in the first weekend. We have never been so run off our feet! Thanks to everyone who has attended so far and Manchester you are in for a treat.

The Cafe location is incredible. What better location more than Piccadilly? We are so central that you can pop in on your way back from work, on the way to your weekend escape? Or even travel in from further afield and roll out of the station and we will catch you!

So we hope to see you all from the 4th – 25th March 12noon – 7.30pm.


Hunt & Darton Cafe comes to Colchester in January!

Come visit us on the Essex leg of our tour in Colchester!

Visiting seven locations over two years, Hunt & Darton Cafe is on tour!
Collaborating with Colchester Arts Centre Hunt & Darton Cafe is coming to Colchester for the month of January.

Launching on the 7th January and running until 31st January, the cafe will open its doors from 10am until 5pm with late night opening on Fridays, providing the perfect warm welcome to chase away those winter blues!

A fully functioning cafe that blends art with the everyday, Hunt & Darton Cafe is a social and artistic hub where spontaneity and performance meet great food and drink.

We are excited for this, the Essex leg of our tour, where for the first time, we put Toad in the Hole central to our menu alongside our infamous roast dinner sandwich.

At Hunt & Darton Cafe we are proud to satisfy appetites in more ways than one.

  • ‘A pop up establishment of disarming eccentricity’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian
  • ‘A must-visit Fringe experience’ **** Scotsman
  • ‘A living breathing baking art project’ Cambridge Journal
  • ‘Great work’ The Guardian
  • ‘A uniquely delicious art installation’ Varsity

Book now for Owning the Arts Conference

Owning the Arts Conference: Making Things Happen

Thurs 5 Jun, 9am – 5.30pm,
The Rocket Entrance, London Metropolitan University
166 – 220 Holloway Road N7 8DB
Nearest tube: Holloway Road

‘This year’s ‘Owning the Arts’ conference focuses on ‘Making Things Happen” and sustainability in the arts in the 21st century. It is aimed at artists, arts managers, producers, educators, and community activists who want to share experiences and best practice. Keynote speakers will be Phelim McDermott, Co-Founder of Improbable theatre company and of Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space events and Bobby Baker, Artist.

Keynote speakers are Bobby Baker, Artist and Artistic Director, Daily Life Ltd and Phelim McDermott, Co-Artistic Director, Improbable theatre company and Founder, Devoted & Disgruntled. Breakout session leaders include: Hunt & Darton, Creators of Interactive Performance Installations, Lois Keidan, Co-Founder and Director, Live Art Development Agency, Sian Thomas, Dramaturg and Director of Outdoor Performance, Russell Thompson, London Programme Coordinator, Apples and Snakes, Natalie Wade, Director, Small Green Shoots music consultancy, Shelagh Wright & John Kieffer (ThreeJohnsandShelagh).…