In recent years, coffee pod machines have grown in popularity among those purchasing personal coffeemakers. Traditionally, the pods have contained just enough coffee for a single serving and benefits consumers by decreasing the amount of time and effort required to produce the small cup. In addition to cutting out much of the hassle associated with brewing one’s own cup o’ Joe, coffee pods offer an extensive variety of flavors, textures, and roasts.
Coffee Pod Machines are Taking Over!
In the Australia, where coffee shops exist on seemingly every street corner, pod machines have become kings of the personal coffee machine market with exponential growth and sales expected in the coming years. While the coffee pod machines are generally more expensive than economy versions of traditional coffee machine models, price tags remain reasonable, especially when accounting for time and effort saved.
Western Europe’s Ode to Tradition
Does the rise of appropriately priced pod machines suggest an overall shift in widespread preferences for the home coffee market? Not necessarily as reports out of Western Europe suggest that consumers of personally brewed java still prefer traditional brewing machines. The stereotypical penchant for a high-quality product appears to hold true in this circumstance as higher-priced models continue to sell well in the region with perceived quality trumping price, convenience, and effort.
Pod Machine Environmentalists?
In addition to the differing preferences for the actual production of personal coffee come questions about the long-term viability of alternative brewing methods. Recently, the construction of coffee pods have drawn critical attention as the sheer number of units and suspect biodegradable quality have risen concerns about environmental problems that could arise from ever-increasing pod use. While coffee pod machine manufacturers have launched ambitious plans to modernize the construction of their products, the negative stigma that such accusations have roused may have lasting impacts on the sector, clouding the future of coffee machine technology.
Coffee Machine – 007
Luckily, not all of the news involving coffee machines and their future evolution can be considered inconclusive or controversial. Some creative manufacturers have developed plans for including features such as Wi-Fi technology into their machines. What could be more convenient than to wake up, start brewing a pot from the bedroom, stepping in the shower, and being welcomed into the kitchen by a fresh, steaming pot?
Other technologically innovative machine prototypes enable users to feel like and truly become their own barista. Coffee machines with adjustable temperature control and features that allow for user input at each stage of the brewing process have created a new realm of interactive personal coffeemakers. Will such products take off in an era where many devices and gadgets are designed to lessen effort and simplify the user experience or will the increased control and engagement in the process be too much of a novelty for connoisseurs to pass up?
The (Coffee) Consumer is King!
The future for the personal coffee maker market should be very exciting and active. Moving forward, consumers should ask themselves a few questions as they think about their own coffee brewing preferences and upgrading their existing machines:
- Do I prefer the traditional or classic approach to brewing, along with my Western European brethren, or is the convenience of a pod just too much to pass up?
- Do the environmental concerns of modern coffee brewing technology concern me? What should I expect out of manufacturers in this regard?
- How much control do I want to the coffee brewing process? How much am I willing to pay for the most extravagant conveniences?
Hopefully, future trends in the sector will answer all of these questions!