A single-serve pod brews a beverage and drains the beverage from the pod without being obstructed by the brewing mechanism to substantially avoid contaminating the beverage and brewing mechanism. The pod has a proximal end and a distal end, where the heated water enters the pod in the proximal end to extract the beverage from the beverage ingredient within the filter and the beverage exits through the distal end of filter where the flow of the beverage is controlled by one or more retainer walls to slow the flow of beverage along the distal end of the pod, and the beverage is redirected to flow towards the proximal end of the pod where it drains between a gap formed during the brewing process.

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