Top 10 Coffee Pods

By definition, a coffee pod is a single serving of coffee packed in its own filter (much like a tea bag). However, the term coffee pod is often used interchangeably with coffee capsules (also called K-cups), which are also single servings of coffee but are packaged in plastic or aluminum rather than paper filters. Coffee pods are designed to be used with espresso machines or regular coffee brewers, whereas coffee capsules are meant to be used with single-serving pod brewing systems such as the Keurig K-Cup system. When shopping for coffee pods, it is important to note whether the product is an actual pod or a capsule. Since there are so many options of coffee pods for consumers to choose from, here are the top 10 options for getting started.

1. Eight O’Clock Coffee Pods

Eight O'Clock Coffee Pods

Eight O’ Clock is one of the best-selling brands of coffee in the United States as well as the world. Four of their most popular varieties of coffee are available in pods that are compatible with Keurig brewing systems. At about 9 grams of coffee per pod, these coffee capsules are a better value than many others.

Features

  • Capsules
  • 4 varieties
  • About 9 grams of coffee
  • Compatible with Keurig brewing systems

2. Millstone K Cups

Millstone K Cups

Millstone is owned by the Smuckers brand. Though they aren’t as well known as many other brands, Millstone coffee pods are a good choice for people who have a Keurig but want a cheaper alternative for Keurig K-Cups. The Millstone coffee pods work with Keurig and, at 9 grams, contain more coffee per pod than most other pods. There are three varieties to choose from.

Features

  • Capsules
  • 3 varieties
  • About 9 grams of coffee
  • Compatible with Keurig brewing systems

3. Nespresso Coffee Pods

Nespresso Coffee Pods

Nespresso coffee pods are a popular choice because of the wide range of varieties and flavors. They have 16 standard choices and release Limited Edition, Special Reserve, and Variation coffee pods each year. The downside of Nespresso coffee pods is that, at about 5-6 grams per pod, they have less coffee per pod than some other options. However, it is possible to buy the coffee pods by their intensity level.

Features

  • Pods
  • About 16 varieties plus special varieties
  • About 5–6 grams of coffee
  • Compatible with Nespresso brewing systems

4. Melitta Coffee Pods

Melitta Coffee Pods

Melitta coffee pods stand out because they contain more grams of coffee than most other brands of coffee pods. There are about 9.5 to 9.7 grams of coffee in a Melitta pod, compared to just 7 grams with most others. They have four varieties, though no flavored or decaf coffees.

Features

  • Pods
  • 4 varieties
  • About 9.5–9.7 grams of coffee
  • Compatible with Melitta, Senseo, and most pod coffee brewing systems

5. Senseo Coffee Pods

Senseo Coffee Pods

Senseo is a brand of coffee brewing system and coffee pods owned by Sara Lee. The Senseo coffee podscontain 7 grams of fresh coffee. There are about a dozen varieties available, including flavored and decaffeinated coffees. Even though Senseo pods are designed for Senseo brewing systems, they will work in many other pod brewing systems.

Features

  • Pods
  • About 12 varieties
  • 45mm
  • Compatible with Senseo brewing systems and many other pod brewing systems

6. Ethical Coffee Company Coffee Pods

Ethical Coffee Company Coffee Pods

The coffee pods from Ethical Coffee Company stand out because they use a biodegradable capsule. The company also uses sustainable business practices, high-quality coffees in their pods, and technology to recreate the experience of a fresh Italian espresso.

Features

  • Capsules
  • About 10 varieties
  • 44mm
  • Compatible with Nespresso brewing systems

7. LavAzza A Mio Moda Espresso Pods

LavAzza A Mio Moda Espresso Pods

LavAzza has been operating in Italy for over 100 years and is one of the most well-known coffee companies in the world. They have their own single-serve brewing system called Favola for which they make “A Mio Moda” pods.. These pods are 44mm, which means that they will work with most pod brewing systems. Note that the A Mio Moda pods are different from the LavAzza Blue pods that are designed for commercial use.

Features

  • Pods
  • About 7 varieties
  • 44mm
  • Works with Favola coffee system and most pod brewing systems

8. Lucaffe ESE Espresso Pods

Lucaffe ESE Espresso Pods

Lucaffee is an Italian coffee roasting company that got started in 1996 and quickly grew worldwide. They are known for making high-quality coffee and are a particularly good choice for people who like strong coffee. Lucaffee has about 15 types of coffee available but only makes coffee pods for about 10 of them.

Features

  • Pods
  • About 10 varieties
  • 38mm
  • Single-original coffees available
  • Flavored coffees available
  • Works with brewing systems that come with ESE adapter
  • Are not compatible with Senseo or Melitta

9. Starbucks Verismo Coffee Capsules

Starbucks Verismo Coffee Capsules

People who have the Starbucks Verismo brewing system will have no choice but to buy Verismo coffee capsules (or find a generic version that fits the brewing system). These capsules are much smaller than those used on the Keurig brewing systems, so they won’t fit. There is a decent selection of about 10 coffee flavors available as well as some other beverages.

Features
Capsules
About 10 varieties
Compatible with Starbucks Verismo brewing system
Smaller size means they are not compatible with Keurig

10. Keurig K-Cups

Keurig K-Cups
Since Keurig is the creator of the original single-brew pod coffee maker, Keurig coffee capsules are one of the most popular and well-known choices. They aren’t the cheapest options available, but they do give coffee drinkers a very large selection when it comes to types and flavors of coffee. Keurig coffee pods, which are called K-cups, also come in blends from well-known brands like Newman’s and Green Mountain Coffee.
Features
Capsules
Over 160 varieties
Compatible with all Keurig K-Cup brewing systems
Certified kosher coffee pods available

Accessories for Coffee Pods

Unfortunately, buying coffee pods can be confusing because some are made to work only with certain models of brewing systems. Luckily, there are many products available that make it possible to use coffee pods or K cups with incompatible systems.

Adapter Description
Espresso Machine Adapter for ESE For use with espresso machines
Allows espresso machine to brew ESE coffee pods
The Green Cup Fits in Keurig K-Cup coffee brewers
Allows Keurig to brew coffee pods
Dishwasher safe
Perfect Pod Holster Fits in Keurig K-Cup coffee brewers
Allows Keurig to brew any coffee pod
Perfect Pod Maker Device for making your own coffee pods
Requires coffee pod filters
EZ Cup Fits Keurig K-Cup coffee brewers
Allows users to use their own coffee in Keurig

Depending on the brewing system, different accessories may be available. Before buying any accessory, always make sure that the accessory will be compatible with your brewing system as well as the coffee pods you plan on using.

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