As nice as these appliances are, they have a couple drawbacks. One is that they take up precious space on the counter. Another is, they aren't cheap. And I have no idea what the pods cost.
On the plus side, there is nothing like a cup of coffee anytime you want one.
Here's an easy, inexpensive way to enjoy that cup of coffee anytime you want it. All you need is very hot water and a few things you probably have around.
This method works best at home, unless you have a way to make hot water at work.
Bonus: if you live with a hot tea drinker, there is usually hot water available. (Make sure you refill the tea kettle, though)
Extra bonus tip: This method travels well. Put your favorite coffee in a ziplock plastic bag, pack a few coffee filters and the strainer and say goodbye to stale hotel room coffee. Just use the hot water pot that is usually provided.
Step 1: The tools you'll need for the job
A tea kettle, a stainless steel sink strainer, coffee filter, coffee mug and 2 tablespoons of coffee.
The sink strainer can be had at a dollar store for, that's right, a dollar. They're usually in the housewares section.
There are a couple sizes available. If you're in doubt about the size, take one over to the coffee mugs they have for sale there and see
if it fits.
Make sure you wash it before you use it.
Step 2: Let's make coffee
Place the sink strainer on the mug and insert a paper coffee filter. You'll have to play around with the filter to get it to fit well.
I'll leave you up to your own devices on this part.