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First I should say that the definition of "Coffee Pod" varies. A traditional coffee pod is a very simple round paper pouch filled with fresh ground coffee. What makes things confusing is that Keurig® recently renamed their K-cup® capsule a "K-cup® Pod". For the sake of this discussion we are reffering to paper coffee pods and not K-cups®.
Back when coffee pods were put on the market in the late 90's early 2000's, there was no standard size for coffee pods. Manufacturers produced pods in many various sizes, usually to fit a specific brewer, which made finding compatible pods confusing for the consumer. Today, most coffee pods are standard at approximately 61 millimeters in diameter, however pods may vary in weight (or amount of coffee in each pod). Standard coffee pods contain between 7 - 12 grams of coffee, while tea pods contain less because less tea is required for a good cup of tea. The heavier weight pods will typically produce a bolder flavor. The reason for the lighter weight pods is that some brewers use gravity instead of a pressurized pump to force the water through the pod. The light weight pods or "Soft Pods" contain only 7 or 8 grams and are loose (not packed tight) which allows the water to pass through the pod easily. The heavier weights 9-12 gram pods are firm and require pressure to push the water through the pod. The Bunn My Cafe and Suncana brewers are examples of pressurized brewers. The Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach brewers are examples of gravity brewers.
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Generally, coffee pods are NOT reusable. Coffee pods are exactly like using scoopable coffee grounds except without the mess. The only way coffee pods are reusable is if you buy specially marked coffee pods that specifically state they are reusable.
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Soft pods are specifically designed for compatibility with select single cup pod brewers. Soft pods are lighter in weight (about 7 grams) and are obviously soft, meaning that they are not firm like most pods. This gives more flexibility when using in brewers with tight clearance and will result in a better extraction.
Here is a list of the coffee brewers that are compatible with universal soft pods:
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No K-cups and Coffee Pods are NOT the same and are NOT interchangeable. K-cups are specifically designed to be used in the Keurig single cup coffee maker only. Keurig has recently changed the name of their "K-CUP" to "K-CUP PODS" but they are very different than actual paper coffee pods. Standard coffee pods look like a round sealed pouch made of filter paper that is filled with coffee. Pods are used in brewers like the Bunn My Cafe MCU / MCP.
While it is not recommended, K-Cups can technically be reused. However, every time you reuse a K-Cup, the flavor of your coffee will be even more diminished. To avoid a stale or sour tasting cup of coffee, only use a K-Cup one time.
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Keurig coffee brewing systems generally allow you to make three different sizes of coffee: 6 oz., 8 oz., and 10 oz. For any of these settings, the use of only one K-Cup is required. This means that you can make any of these perfectly sized cups of coffee with the use of only one precious K-Cup!
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