Yep, I was going to say ground beans all the way- then you can try lots of different brands and you aren't limited by pods. Also, much more economical. I have a Delongi expresso style one where you pack the ground beans into the thingy like cafes do, turn it on and the coffee comes out into the cup. It come with 2 sizes of dispenser. There is a spout to warm up milk too. Ours is 8 years old and has been used for at least 4 coffees a day. I think you can get one for around $200-250. I love it so much... Great idea for Fathers' Day gift.