Monday, September 10, 2007

Espresso - Coca Tea - Shot
Coca tea pods for Senseo machine

I took this idea from where you can see the whole procedure, pictures included (I just changed the coffee for the coca tea) I have at home a small Walmart - cheap espresso machine that brews 2 cups only and uses regular espresso coffee and does not need pods because it has a colander built-in, but ... some of our customers mentioned the Senseo machine and for me, Senseo pads sound like expensive, no-reason waste of money and maybe that's why I never got one. I generally open 3 or 4 coca tea bags ( sometimes more, when I am working over night or have tons of stuff to do) just fill the espresso machine with water and let it run, the flavor is strong and I get a coca- shot with a similar strength to the double espresso I love.... but without the stomach cramps and jitters; after the machine cools down, I can refill with no need to change the coca tea to get a second milder shot.
So.... Let's make our coca tea pods!

Do you really like your pod coffee maker, but wish you could use your favorite coca tea in -- just because it is shaped like a pod? Why not make your own?

What You'll Need

  • Most of what you'll need is probably already in your kitchen. Look for a stainless steel measuring scoop that fits into the pod holder on your maker. For a Senseo brand maker and a 1/3 cup measure fits perfectly.
  • Next, look for a jar or a glass that fits nicely into the measuring scoop. I found a vitamin jar that worked very well. Finally, see if you have any Mr. Coffee style filters that fit the really small 4 to 5 cup machine.
  • Set the jar into the scoop and the scoop into your pod holder, just to make sure everything fits together. The better they fit, the better your finished pods will be.
  • Next, take a single Mr. Coffee styled filter and shape it evenly over the end of your jar or glass or whatever you are using. Try to center it pretty good -- but it doesn't have to be perfect. Next, invert the jar and filter and press it into the measuring scoop. Press and spin the jar around a little bit to get nice tight edge in the filter paper at the bottom of the measuring cup.
  • Remove the jar, leaving a cup-shaped filter in the measuring scoop. Add 3 or 4 content of coca tea bags to this paper-filter-cup -- more or less to taste. The typical coffee scoops that come with makers hold about 7 grams of coffee which is just about right.
  • Give the cup a slight shake to evenly spread the grounds across the bottom of the filter, and then use your finger to gently fold over the extra filter material, completely covering the ground coffee.
  • For a really well-formed pod, you can place the jar into the scoop one last time and press down really hard with the palm of your hand.
  • Be Sure To Place SMOOTH-SIDE-DOWN In Your Machine
  • Finally, invert the scoop and pop out your home-made pod. They cost a lot less, work just as well as the real thing and you can use your favorite coca tea instead of the standard fare.
  • I found that the coca tea to use with this method is MacMate because not only is a great coca tea excellent, but the larger flakes makes a strong espresso-coca-shot.
  • Be careful not to use too big of filter or to make sloppy folds. If you plug up your machine the pressure build up will either spray hot water all over the place or will engage the safety locks which prevent the lid from being re-opened.
  • If this happens you'll have to wait until the pressure subsides so that the locks release and you can remove the faulty pod. Clean your pod holder frequently and check to make sure nothing is blocking the hole(s) before each brewing cycle.

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