Today I have something a little bit different for you! While on Vacation, Amazon had it’s Prime Day! I wasn’t going to let 5,000 miles keep me from doing a little shopping! I’ve been using a Mr Coffee Latte machine for several years now. I love that it heats and froths my milk and then adds delicious espresso roast to my mug. Sadly, it’s been discontinued and I am worried what I will use when mine kicks the bucket.
Amazon Prime Day solved that problem for me, The Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Machine was on a fabulous Deal! But I do enjoy my Starbucks Espresso Roast, and have been stock piling bags each time they are on sale. I knew there HAD to be a hack out in the universe on how to recycle/reuse the PODS. Honestly, the PODS are a bit pricey, but more than that, because the PODS have a bar code that tells the machine what its brewing, and 1.75 oz of Espresso wasn’t going to do it for me, I did a little bit of research. There is a company that makes the foil lids, they are adhesive and you can just keep using old PODS.
Well, the crafty in me said, maybe I can do something similar but use foil instead. Good Old Dollar Tree has foil sheets, 25 or 30 to a package. Perfect!
Carefully remove the foil top from your used POD. Start with knife then scissor, tweezers or fingers to get most of the “plastic/foil off) Clean and Dry POD Place POD in a shot glass for stability Grab a foil sheet, double it by folding approximately 3 inches wide. Run through Big Shot using the 2nd largest circle framelit.
Fill POD with coffee of your choice. Tap and fill some more being careful not to get any in the “lip” of the POD · Place your 2-ply foil circle over the POD (while still in the shot glass and crimp the edges. Try not to cover the bar code, but if you use the Die I suggested you should be fine. With the back of a spoon, gently run it along the top edge.
Once the foil is secure around your POD place in your Nespresso Machine. ***Note: I am using the larger POD with Starbucks Espresso Roast. I like to start my morning with a large Latte.
Place your cup under the spout. I’ve added my steamed milk and sugar before adding the espresso. The main difference between the Espresso size POD and the Coffee Size POD is that the bar code tells the machine how much water to run thru for the type coffee you are using. Like I said earlier, I prefer a nice large latte so this method is perfect for me. If you are a die hard Espresso drinker, by all means, use the same method for making the foil tops, just use the Espresso POD instead.
I know what you are thinking, “But Liza I see grounds are they floating in the coffee too?”
Nope, not a single grind settled to the bottom, because they all stayed in the POD! Score! Now, I do realize the craze of 1-2-3 quick coffee is the reasoning for buying a Keurig or Nespresso, but I have lots of time on my hand and will be saving lots of money not going to the actual Starbucks…until the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back that is! It’s my guilty pleasure for sure!
Addendum: after using my new machine for a week I have an additional suggestion. I don’t know about you, but my eyes aren’t always open at 6 am! I discovered by inserting the pod you just filled and foiled just drop it into a 2nd Empty Pod! Voila! Makes it even easier to get that first brew in the morning (just in case you covered the barcode on the full one). Enjoy!