As a lover of freshly ground and brewed coffee I was sceptical at first of these 'Coffee Pod' machines but was attracted by the ease of use and sheer convenience afforded by this system. The other potential downfall was the freshness of the brew having come from a vacuum sealed powder.
Much to my suprise and delight my sceptiscism was unfounded and the quality of the brewed coffee, to my taste, is more than acceptable, and given the range of 'Coffee Pods' available one would have to be very hard to please to not find something that satisfied ones taste buds.
Additionally if you buy the empty or refillable capsules (admittedly not as convenient) you do have the option of using your favourite freshly ground beans.
Cost wise you do pay somewhat of a premium for the Nespresso or Nespresso compatible pre-filled pods but if you shop around you can get pods for as little as 17p per pod and given the sheer convienience and simplicity is a price worth paying in my eyes.
Shop around for a refurbished unit and grab a machine for less than half price to save even more.
As a bonus the machine also makes very good Hot Chocolate.
Try one and I think you will be pleasantly suprised (the Krups machine - not the Hot Chocolate!)