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Pod People

Posted December 22, 2006
A couple of years ago I bought a Melitta coffeemaker, one of those ultraconvenient machines that use single-serve pods of coffee. At the time I liked it better than other competing models I'd tested, including the Senseo coffeemaker, which looked relatively cheap and plastic to me. But just in time for Christmas comes a vastly improved model, the Senseo Supreme, which not only has a sleek chrome exterior, but a new LCD display and controls that let you vary the amount of hot water that powers its way through your pod (e.g., you can set the eight-ounce-cup option to actually use six or ten ounces, for a stronger or weaker cup). My Melitta recently died (post-warranty, of course), and I've since happily traded up to the new Senseo. And I actually like the coffee better. There are plenty of varieties, and most of them work out to less than a quarter per serving. Sorry, Starbucks!

$130 at J&R, 15 Park Row, nr. Ann St.; 212-238-9000.

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