By Darin (hubbie)

My brother-in-law introduced me to the art of coffee making several years ago and we’ve been using his french-press method ever since.  When the folks at Senseo came along and offered us a coffee maker to review that would automate our coffee making experience, I was a bit skeptical.   But, I must say, if you enjoy coffee, this makes a fine cup for your one-at-time needs.

You’ll need to stock up on the little coffee pods and always have some on hand.  If this will be your main source of java for your morning wake-up and you like your coffee strong bodied (like we do), then you might be using 2 pods per cup of joe.  Here’s how it breaks down using some numbers:

Senseo Coffee Maker:  $64.99 – one time purchase . ( link)

Senseo Coffee Pods (Breakfast Blend) = $27.84 / 108 pods @ 2 pods/cup = $0.52 / cup.  ( link)

So if you’re on the go and need a single cup for the road, 50 cents brews you a very fine cup of coffee.  My favourite is the Breakfast Blend.

Now, there’s a caveat here. I checked out the reviews on and there’s lots of 5 and 4 star reviews on this coffee, and plenty of tips and techniques to make that big cup out of just one pod, so do some reading up on other coffee junkie’s methods there too as you might be able to get it down to just $0.25 a cup with some practice.

The nice folks at Senseo are sponsoring a giveaway here on IW and offering up a Senseo Coffee Maker to one of our readers.

Here’s what you need to do to have a chance at winning:

1. ‘Like’ us on Facebook (already a fan? no prob.)

2. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling us about your favourite at-home coffee making method. Remember, it’s how you make your coffee at home, not what your favourite coffee shop brew happens to be.

3. Cross your fingers and wait until I announce the winners on August 15, 2010!

You have until 11:59 p.m. August 13, 2010  to enter. This contest is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. only. Winners will be selected by random number generator.

Good luck!

Full Disclosure: I love coffee. Senseo gave me a coffee maker for free to try. I like their coffee. I have provided links in this post to the coffee maker and the coffee pods via my amazon affiliates account and if you make a purchase when you get there, amazon gives me a cut. That’s what keeps this website going. That seems to be how a lot of other bloggers do it too. Some are up front about it like us, others aren’t. We hope you find this site helpful and see that we’re not all fluff-n-buff and full of fake rah-rah-rah-siss-boom-bah about the stuff we get to review.