The Grindmaster OPOD has been the gold standard in the world of pod brewers ever since it appeared on the market. Along side of the Bunn MCU, the OPOD is the most discussed brewer on the internet. It has achieved almost legendary status. We were a little skeptical when we first purchased this brewer, but, honestly, it lives up to all the hype. There's one major drawback that we'll mention at the outset: this brewer is no longer manufactured and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a used one for sale.
Price — $349.99 Retail
When we took this coffee brewer out of its box, the first thing we noticed was that this is truly a commercial quality machine. We had seen this machine listed as "commercial grade" but figured this was some kind of a gimmick. It definitely was not. The machine is built like a tank.
The next key thing we noticed was that this brewer has four different brewing settings: light, medium, strong, and tea.
These multiple brewing options are excellent and put a good deal of control in the hands of the user.
Another thing we really liked about this machine was that it brews using 200 degree water by default. This is one of the hottest brewing temperatures available for a one cup coffee maker, and it is evident in the quality of the coffee. The brew temperature can be adjusted down to 180 degrees.
It's almost impossible to beat the OPOD in terms of reliability. The machine is built to brew hundreds of cups of coffee a day in a corporate setting. Despite the quality of the machine, we would urge you to take great caution when buying one of these machines used. The first generation of the machine was notorious for overheating. Later generations added a fan to help with cooling, but some of the older models are still being sold online.
The Grindmaster OPOD is as good as it gets in the one cup coffee world. This machine brews tremendous coffee and gives you all the options you could want. This quality, however, comes with a price. Even a used OPOD will be significantly more expensive than any other pod brewer. If you love coffee pods and want the best brewer regardless of price, see if you can find one of these used on eBay. Honestly, though, if you're looking for a pod brewer, we'd recommend going with the Bunn MCU. It's easy to find online, is a good deal less expensive, and is virtually identical to the OPOD in terms of the quality of coffee that is produced.