A steak sandwich is obviously superior to a burger, but many people consider a burger an acceptable compromise if they're short of time, money or energy. Pod machines have their place, and users of those machines should not be looked down on by coffee snobs simply because they sacrifice flavour for convenience. I love good coffee. I went as far as looking into importing sacks of green beans and making a machine to roast beans myself on demand. I spent a month trying to get a decent brew out of an Aeropress. But you know what? after hundreds of dollars of outlay on grinders, espresso machines, special filters for aeropresses, I bought a pod machine. And I've been happy. You know why? It's just coffee. Yes, you should indulge yourselves in something that makes you happy. Yes, many people can taste the difference between coffee ground at 9am and coffee ground at 10am. If you have the funds, go for it, you're helping the economy. But for most people a burger is good enough. Sure, they would prefer a steak sandwich, obviously it's the superior option, but who wants to get up an hour early during a weekday morning to get the sous vide up to temp and defrost your breakfast steak? So all the advice in this thread so far, the question I have to ask OP is how important coffee is to him, and how much cash he wants to invest. To get good coffee with minimal effort is $megabucks. To get good coffee on a budget is a lot of work. To get not bad coffee with no effort and minimal outlay there are pods.