This is exactly what I wanted out of the thing. It is rare that a purchase meets every lofty goal I had for it, so I'm happy about this. Average coffee, drunk too rarely to avoid going stale, in a cheap machine wasn't enough to be a palatable alternative to obscene amounts of diet soda, but admitting defeat and switching to coffee pods makes a difference- the sealed coffee goes stale quite a lot less quickly. It doesn't last forever, but it's enough of an improvement.
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