Making Your Own Portable Coffee Pods (7 Steps)

Single-serve coffee machines have revolutionised the way millions of people prepare their coffee in the morning. It’s quick and easy, but many coffee enthusiasts agree that pre-ground coffee isn’t as flavorful or robust as freshly ground coffee. When you consider that you may not always be able to find your favourite coffee in pods, homemade coffee pods may sound like the best idea you’ve ever heard!

That’s why, in this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to make your own coffee pods. By the end, you’ll be able to put any freshly ground coffee into a simple, portable, and portable pod. Let’s get this party started!

What’s The Point Of Making My Own Coffee Pods?

There are two main reasons why you’ll never buy store-bought coffee pods again after making your own. The first is flavor, and there’s a lot of it!

Coffee quickly loses its freshness, flavour, and complexity after being roasted. While whole beans can remain fresh for up to a month, ground coffee loses flavour in as little as a few days. When you buy a week’s worth of commercial coffee pods, you’re probably getting coffee that was roasted months ago and is already stale, and it’ll probably get even staleter by the time you finish the pods.

You’re in for a treat if you’ve never ground your own coffee before! Grinding your coffee right before brewing is one of the best ways to improve the flavour of your coffee, and with homemade pods, you can enjoy fresh coffee without sacrificing much convenience.

Second, making your own coffee pods will almost certainly save you a lot of money. Store-bought pods can sometimes cost close to $1 per cup of coffee, but depending on the coffee you choose, each homemade pod could cost less than 20 cents. That small amount saved quickly adds up, especially if you drink several cups per day.

What Is The Process For Making Coffee Pods?

We figured the improved flavour and cost savings would be enough to persuade you! Let’s get started on making coffee pods so you can start drinking better coffee for less right away.


  • 7 grams of freshly ground coffee — you can increase or decrease to taste


  • Round measuring scoop that fits in your coffee machine’s pod holder
  • Cylindrical object that fits snugly inside your measuring scoop
  • (Optional) Food-safe stainless steel clips

Place The Filter Over The Scoop.

Begin by placing your scoop on the counter and then laying the filter flat over it.

With A Small Glass, Press The Filter Down.

Push the filter down into the scoop with a cylindrical object, such as a shot glass or pill bottle. The goal here is to have the filter take on the exact shape of the scoop. At this point, make sure there are no large wrinkles or folds.

Take Out The Glass And Double-Check Your Work.

Remove the glass or pill bottle with care and check that the filter has taken the exact shape of the scoop.

Add Coffee.

Fill the filter halfway with coffee grounds.

Fold The Filter Closed.

To enclose the grounds, crease and fold the overhanging portions of the filter. If necessary, use the food-safe stainless steel clips to keep it closed, but proper folding should suffice.

Insert Your Coffee Pod Into The Brewer.

Remove the folded pod from the scoop with care and place it directly in your single-serve coffee maker, folded side up.

Brew As Usual.

Brew and enjoy!

What Should I Use As A Filter?

You can use any type of paper coffee filter you want, but we’ve found that flat bottom coffee basket filters work best. Make sure the filters aren’t too big, as this will necessitate multiple folds. Large, bulky filters can cause pressure build-up in your machine, causing a shambles on your counter.

For the best results, use a flat-bottomed filter designed for a 4- or 6-cup coffee maker.

Do I Really Need Stainless Steel Clips?

Certainly not! We’ve had excellent results simply by creasing and folding the filter over the coffee grounds. If your pod isn’t compact enough or holding its shape well, use your shot glass or pill bottle to tamp down the folded portions of the filter before removing it from the scoop.

If you do use clips to help your pod keep its shape, make sure they are stainless steel and food-safe. Never use staples, paper clips, glue, tape, or any other type of adhesive because they can all leech potentially harmful chemicals into your coffee.

How Do I Keep My Pods?

You may want to make multiple pods at the same time for added convenience. Stocking up is a great way to make your mornings go more smoothly, but keep in mind that the fresh taste of freshly ground coffee is part of the benefit of making your own coffee pods. We recommend making no more than a week’s worth of pods at a time.

Keep your pods in an airtight container on your counter or in a cabinet. Wherever you keep your commercial coffee pods will suffice for homemade ones.


That’s all there is to it! Homemade coffee pods for convenience and a better coffee taste than store-bought pods. This is a simple tutorial, but we’re confident that the results will have you smiling from the first sip of coffee from your homemade pods. Have fun brewing!

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