Inside were 15 "single serve" pods each wrapped in air-sealed plastic. There were no written instructions on how to proceed to prepare the coffee for drinking.
"Oh, well how hard can it be," I asked myself.
I had seen pods like this in motels. Typically you tossed one into a small coffee maker, added water to the indicated level, turned the machine on and in a couple of minutes you had two small cups of coffee.
By analogous reasoning I came up with WORKAROUND NUMBER ONE: I tossed four paper pods of Marley ITAL ONE LOVE coffee into my faithful Mr. Coffee CG12 12-Cup Switch Coffeemaker, added enough water to make eight cups (daily ration of my wife and me) and turned on the switch. Six or seven minutes later out came coffee with a fascinating taste unlike anything I had ever had: a sense of three or four ingredients in it beyond the coffee. It was good. It was also far too weak. Conclusion: one pod, one cup; not one pod, two cups!
WORKAROUND NUMBER TWO: So next day I tossed one pod into Mr. Coffee and enough water for one cup. Result: good taste, still too weak.
WORKAROUND NUMBER THREE: Same procedure as NUMBER TWO except that I first inserted a paper filter into Mr. Coffee thinking that would slow down the runthrough of hot water and strengthen the coffee. It still seemed tasty but weak.
Since then my wife and I have introduced and stayed with WORKAROUND NUMBER FOUR: put one pod in one coffee mug, pour hot water over same. Five minutes later return with teaspoon, stir, fish out the water drenched pod and drink the coffee. We still wish the coffee were stronger, still like the taste but wonder what fraction of a cup one pod can make to our taste: 3/4? 1/2?
On the periphery of our preparing and tasting experience to date three things are worth mentioning:
(1) The absence of instructions in or on the outside of the box containing the 15 pods is inexcusable. Later, on another amazon.com website, regarding the same package I found the following instruction: "Directions -- For Use only in Single Serve Home Coffee Pod Brewers."
I don't have such a contraption. The best I can do is WORKAROUND NUMBER FOUR above. I find it baffling and inexcusable that the very handsome cardboard outer box did not contain preparation instruction.
(2) The plastic box containing the 15 pods of ground coffee has a total of six outside flat surfaces. Five of them (all except the bottom) are covered with words, logos, symbols and a photograph of (I presume) Jamaican musician Bob Marley. We are referred to marleycoffee.com. We read of ITAL, which seems to be a brand within a brand or perhaps the name of the manufacturer who makes the coffee for Marley. We read of kicksforcause.org, a youth soccer program dear to Bob Marley. Some of his coffee profits go to this cause. There is an Ethiopian lion depicted on three sides, representing, I think, the Rastafarian religion's beloved Emperor Haile Selassie the First. We learn that Bob Marley intends his coffee operations to honor his father. Fascinating and informative. But I would replace half a side with preparation instructions!
(3) One peculiarity of this ONE LOVE "Ethically Farmed-Artisan Roasted" Ethiopian coffee is the aroma of the ground coffee beans in its pods before soaking in water. It is distinctly acidic. It brings back pleasant memories of my first encounter over 30 years ago in a rural Irish B&B with breakfast kidneys -- a smell which over time grew less and less pleasant. That faintly urine smell from the unmoistened coffee pods has always been gone by the time the coffee is ready to drink. I don't know whether all Ethiopia Virgacheffe beans or powder or ground coffee have that smell. But some people might find it offputting.
Bottom Line: a pleasantly different tasting coffee, conveying a sense of multiple high quality organic ingredients.It might prove expensive to immerse one pod in as little as 1/2 cup of hot water to make it strong enough.
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