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Coffee Pods: The Espresso Killer?

Coffee Pods: The Espresso Killer?

Update: 2021-11-09


Pods promise the seductive smoothness of an espresso, just minus the faff! But is this for real? And should you buy a pod machine for your relatives this Christmas?

We look at the case for pods from every possible angle. We cut them up, time them, try to recycle them and taste them!

Jools is open to the idea of pods, but can she convince Scott, the planet’s biggest pod-hater, that pods might actually have a place in our kitchens?

To help settle the bickering, James speaks to Nathan McCarley-O'Neill (Assistant Food and Beverage Director and co-author of Claridge's The Cocktail Book) and carries out a taste-test experiment between a pulled shot vs pod coffee.

We pick up the phone with sustainability journalist David Burrows and try to untangle the massive recycling mess us poor consumers face every time we puncture one of these small capsules.

And to cap things off, we decamp to Casa Bentley for an especially ridiculous espresso drag race!


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Coffee Pods: The Espresso Killer?

Coffee Pods: The Espresso Killer?

Jools Walker, Scott Bentley, James Harper