Introduction: How to Make Your Own Coffee Pods
If you have a coffee maker that works with pods, this is a great Instructable for you whether you need coffee in a pinch or need a money-saving method for creating your morning cup of java. In my case, this was totally free using some cheap coffee an old roommate left and some coffee filters left over from long-ago, but you could easily adjust this to any budget. Also with this, you can use your pod coffee maker to make any kind of coffee you want!
I love using a pod coffee maker because it's portion-controlled, and I know I'm not going to put any coffee to waste like I would if I was making a pot. Plus, they use less energy because they don't keep a hot plate on under a glass pot for hours on end. Making your own pods for your coffee maker is an ideal way to save money, time, and the energy of going to the store to buy more. With one large container of coffee and one box of coffee filters, you could easily make 100 pods for a fraction of the price of buying commercially produced ones.
Step 1: Materials
Materials for this are extremely simple. As I said, I found these lying around, unused in the kitchen from past roommates. All you need is:
-the cup from your pod coffee maker
-a small measuring cup that fits inside this cup
-regular round coffee filters
-any kind of coffee
Optional: a container to store these in. I found a great cylindrical container to perfectly fit my pods, but traditionally I've always kept mine in a ziplock bag.
Step 2: Step 1: Form the Paper Cup
This part is pretty straightforward. Take the measuring cup you found to fit inside your coffee maker's pod holder cup, and place the coffee filter over it, getting it as centered as you can. Then, just use your hand to pull it gently down over the cup and form the paper to the outside. Place the measuring cup paper-side down into the coffee pod cup and take it out. The paper will hold the shape of the cup, and the pod holder cup provides the shape and stability you need to fill it with coffee.
Step 3: Step 2: Add the Coffee
Spoon the coffee of your choice into the paper. Ideally, the coffee should be espresso-ground for maximum flavor, but the regular cheap folgers stuff I used works just fine. How much to put in is at your discretion, but be sure not to go over the top rim of the coffee pod holder, or it may not fit correctly!
If you are using the folgers that comes with the measuring spoon, it's 1 spoonful + a bit less than half for the perfect size.
Step 4: Step 4: Folding the Pod
This is the trickiest part, but I promise it's easier than it sounds at first.
Take an edge of the coffee filter and fold it just to the opposite edge of the pod holder, leaving just the tiniest gap (you can barely see a line of coffee in the picture). From there, grab the corner you just created on the right and fold it inward until the outer edge of the filter has a slight gap. Continue taking the far right corner and folding it inward all the way around until you have no more of the filter hanging off the outside. At this point, you should be left with a little sail on top of the pod.
Take the measuring cup one last time, place it on top of the pod with the folds, and press down (don't be afraid to use some pressure). This will help to seal all the folds as well as compact the coffee within the pod to create a more perfect fit for the coffee maker.
Now, you will still have a little fold left on top. You can choose to leave it be, like I did (it doesn't affect the performance of the machine just to leave it there), or you can tuck it under the folds, or you can trim it down if you like. If you choose the latter option, be very careful so as not to cut too much or pierce the rest of the filter, or you will end up with a big mess!
After this, you can simply turn the cup over in your hand and pick it up to remove the pod.
Step 5: Congratulations!
You should now be holding a coffee pod in your hands, ready to go into the storage container of your choice. A coolaide pod container worked for me, but a ziptop bag works fine as well. Just keep in mind that because these are folded and not sealed, it is possible for them to fall apart if tossed around too much. To keep them safe, I stack mine on the lid and place the container over top. It is best to keep them in something airtight so the coffee stays fresh, and you can even save these in the freezer.
(A fun note: Take your used coffee pods and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, place them over your eyes to relieve dark circles and/or swelling!)
Step 6: Enjoy!
Of course, if this is just an emergency I NEED COFFEE NOW situation, you can omit the removal step and just put it right into your machine for instant gratification. Great results every time!