The average working American cannot usually start a good working day without that first morning cup of coffee. It has taken priority for some over fixing school lunch, finding lost keys or giving the dog drinking water for the day. There has been one glitch in the morning coffee program, however: you usually have to brew a whole pot in order to get your single cup. With the marketing of coffee pods and single cup coffee makers, you no longer have to worry about being wasteful with the extra grinds.

Coffee pods often come in small, compact prepackaged round pouches that resemble tea bags. There are coffee grounds instead of tea leaves inside the pouch, though. Most coffee pods come with a coffee filter already including in the sealed pouch to prevent grains from getting to your cup and to keep freshness. You simply place a coffee pod into a single cup coffee maker, allow the water drip to brew through the pod and watch your coffee collect below the drip in a cup.

If you are an equal opportunity flavor taster, coffee pods give you a practical way to try lots of different kinds of coffee. The single cup coffee maker has already removed the act of having to brew an entire pot of coffee when you only want one cup. You can sip on a new flavor, and, if you do not like it, move swiftly to your next flavorful cup. All you have to do is simply take the coffee pod out of its special compartment in the coffee maker, throw it away and wipe away the residue. Then you are ready for a new flavor.

Environmentalists have been up in arms about the idea of having to throw away coffee pods and not reuse them. Single cup brewing has, for that reason, has not been labeled as a green act. Budget weary drinkers also worry sometimes about the cost per pod to drink coffee made in single cup coffee makers. Coffee pods are sold in 18 or 25-pack quantities and end up (after all the math) costing about 20 to 40 cents per cup. This is far more than the full pot costs per cup.

Single cup coffee makers have not become a phenomenon among manufacturers either. Not every coffee maker packages its flavors in pod quantities. Single-cup drinkers have to settle for the brands and flavors that are on the coffee pods market rather than the brands they want.

Single-cup drinkers tend to praise the arrival of coffee pods. They no longer have the feel the pressure of continuous drinking created by a whole pot of coffee. All they have to do is focus on enjoying the sip of their own brew.