Keurig machines are hard to beat in terms of convenience, but can you get truly exquisite coffee from a pod? Yes. Specialty coffee makers all over the globe have adopted the pod as an efficient vehicle for bringing their brews to your mugs. If making a french press or pour over in the morning slows you down, opt for a high quality first fix at the push of a button. If you have concerns about K-cups due to their carbon footprint, you can take solace in the fact that many coffee producers are now making biodegradable, compostable pods. Here are some of our favorite K-cup alternatives on the market today.