We recommend a minimum of 2 capsules. The capsules hold slightly less coffee than disposable capsules and for a good strong coffee, using 2 filled capsules is best. The Pod Star Double pack is cheaper than buying two Pod Star Single packs.
Our coffee is commercially supplied as fine-to-medium grind. We recommend buying our ground coffee first so that you get to use your Pod Star capsules right away, or buy a Pod Star grinder when you get your Pod Star capsules so that you can grind any coffee beans you buy.
Remember, too coarse and the water will flow too fast through the pod, too fine and it will flow too slowly. Coffee sold as 'Espresso' grind, which is most of the ground coffee sold in supermarkets and cafes is too fine for a capsule machine.
It will take a few attempts before you perfect the Pod Star, but hang in there, when you get it worked out you will love making your Pod Star coffee, and you will be saving money, drinking your best coffee, and helping to save the environment with every coffee you drink.
If the water flows too quickly it means you packed Pod Star too lightly or the grind on your coffee is too course. We recommend grinding your beans to a fine-to-medium coarseness if you're using a grinder. If the grind is correct and water is still flowing too quickly, then pack your Pod Star tighter. Don't forget you can buy your Pod Star ground coffee from us, and we have ground it to the perfect capsule machine grind for you.
If it flows very slowly to the point of dripping, the pod is packed too tight or the coffee is too fine. If you have packed it really tight it may stop the flow altogether. We recommend grinding your beans on to a fine-to-medium grind if you're using a grinder. If you're using the correct grind and the water still slowly drips out, pack your Pod Star capsule a little lighter. Don't forget we sell Pod Star coffee which we have ground to the perfect capsule grind for you.
Depending how you like your coffee, you may need a second shot, especially if you have milk. You can also try a stronger coffee blend, but we prefer to fill 2 capsules per coffee and run each one a little shorter than normal.
Absolutely. If you are buying from your local cafe ask them to grind their beans to a fine-to-medium grind, which is a little coarser than the fine grind of espresso coffee they would use through their commercial espresso machine. The coffee from the supermarket should be bought as whole beans and ground yourself to a fine-to-medium grind. If you find a pre-ground, supermarket coffee that works well in Pod Star please let us know so we can list it here.
You can also buy fresh roasted coffee ground to Pod Star perfection through our website.
If you pull
the grinder away from the metal coffee catcher there is a black 5 star dial on
the base of the top half. If you turn it clockwise this will make it finer,
turn it counter clockwise and it becomes coarser. Grinders are set roughly at
the correct position when they are packed but sometimes move when being
shipped. Only move
the dial slightly in each direction until you have the correct grind. Do a few
test coffees until you have the grind right. Once it is set it rarely needs
readjusting again. You will know when you have the correct grind by watching
our video https://youtu.be/CqCuahICdNI