Coffee pod

"Coffee-pod" is also a name for the Chinese Senna, Senna obtusifolia.
A Senseo coffee pod, upside down
A coffee pod by another manufacturer

Coffee pods (also called coffee pads) are pre-packaged ground coffee beans in their own filter. In certain non-English speaking countries, such as Germany and The Netherlands, the word "pad" is used instead of "pod", for semantic reasons.[1]

A variation, coffee bags, were developed to provide the convenience of instant coffee but maintain the flavor of brewed coffee. Modeled after tea bags, they consist of a gauze bag containing a mixture of instant coffee and finely ground roast coffee, which is to be steeped in hot water for approximately five minutes.

A coffee capsule differs from a coffee pod in that the coffee is packed in a plastic or aluminum package instead of a paper filter, and it is usually designed for use with a single brand or system and is therefore not interchangeable with other systems.[2]

Comparison of single-cup systems

Different single-cup systems are not interchangeable; some systems force machine owners to buy capsules from a single company (usually the patent owner), locking the machine owner into a single source of coffee. Coffee pods are made by a variety of manufacturers and are interchangeable between brand of pod and model of pod brewer most of the time. Last updated: 25 September 2010.

System Owned by Vintage Machine manufacturers Capsule/Pod manufacturers Markets Notes of interest
A Modo Mio Lavazza 2007 Saeco (Philips) branded as Lavazza/Gaggia Lavazza Italy, Europe Lavazza vertical
Caffitaly (Caffita) Caffita System SPA  ??? Various inc. Princess of Netherlands, Tchibo, Gaggia until recently Various, inc. Gaggia, Ecaffe Italy Widespread Italian user base
Dolce Gusto Nestle 2008 Krups, branded Nescafe Nescafe (Nestle) UK, US Nestle vertical
Easy Serving Espresso Pod (ESE) Italian ESE Consortium for Development 1998 (standard) and previous Various (Delonghi, FrancisFrancis, Handpresso, Kitchenaid, Krups, Saeco...) Various Worldwide Open, generic standard not tied to particular vendors, pods fit most traditional espresso machines. Not all pods are 45mm (the standard diameter).
Flavia Mars, Inc. 1984 Flavia (Mars) Flavia (Mars) UK, US The "fresh pack" (the capsule) is the brewing vessel, so that the drink is not tainted by previous user. Controlled by Mars.
K-Cup (Keurig) Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 1992 Keurig, Breville, Cuisinart Many, primarily Green Mountain Mainly US My K-Cup available as a reusable filter for using any filter coffee.
Nespresso Nestle 1986 Eugster/Frismag branded as Krups, Magimix, Siemens; Delonghi make Latissima model Nespresso US, UK Nestle-controlled system
Coffee Pods None  ??? Bunn, Philips, Melitta, Grindmaster, Cuisinart, CafeXpress, etc. Douwe Egberts, Reunion Island, Wolfgang Puck, Melitta, Fratello Coffee Roasters, etc. Worldwide Not owned by a specific corporation. Many more manufacturers of pods and brewers exist. Also biodegradable.
T-Discs (Tassimo) Kraft 2004 Bosch branded as TASSIMO Various, inc. Starbucks, Maxwell House. Mostly subsidiaries of Kraft. (see T-Discs) North America, Europe


  1. ^ The German and Dutch pronunciation of English "pod" would not have evoked a particularly fashionable product, in German this would be a "Kaffeepott" 'coffee mug', while in Dutch, it would remind customers of "koffiepot" 'coffee pot'.
  2. ^ "What Are Coffee Pods?", from the page Pod Pack. Retrieved 10 June 2011.

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