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Published on December 19th, 2005 | by Greg


Simplehuman: Simple Coffee

We’ve reviewed pod coffee makers in the past, and we will in the future. Easy to brew, nothing to clean, fast and convenient- the only real tradeoffs are flexibility and price- which is where the different competing standards of “pods” can make a real difference. Today, we’re looking at perhaps the most popular type of “pod”- the disc. And our favorite disc-type coffeemaker: the fairly new Simplehuman brewer.

Simplehuman is best known for their clever, functional kitchen accessories (garbage cans, etc). This is their first appliance, and let’s hope they continue making them- their design is effective, practical, and attractive. As with all pod brewers, the coffee (or tea) is consistently excellent. Like many, you can make a super-strong cup, or select a more normal strength version. But this machine stands apart not only because of it’s compact size but because of it’s nice, bright LCD display. In addition, it comes with two pod holders, one for coffee and one for tea. We were surprised at this inclusion, as most companies don’t bother- but the small hassle can be worth the better flavor. In practice, we used only one, but we appreciate the thought!

The brewer can use all 60 and 61mm pods, which are increasingly common- we have even seen them in grocery stores. Plenty of variety available, in both coffee and tea- the brand Simplehuman recommends is Molto, which is pricy but excellent.

The Simplehuman single serve brewer is priced at $130- comparable to other models. It doesn’t heat up quite as fast as some others, but is easier to use and more solidly constructed than most. If you’re looking for something that will do cappuccino, lattes, froth your milk- you need a full-featured brewer. For everyone else who wants excellent coffee, fast and simple- pods are the way to go.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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