Single-serve coffee container

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A single-serve coffee container is a method for coffee brewing that prepares only enough coffee for a single portion.

Single-serve coffee containers can both reduce the time needed to brew coffee and simplify the brewing process by eliminating the need to measure out portions, flavorings, and additives from large bulk containers. They can also help to keep the unused product fresher by individually packaging portions separately without exposing the entire supply batch to air and light. Paper coffee pods can be functionally identical to plastic and metal coffee capsules, if the paper pods are individually sealed in separate bags.

Variations

Several different systems exist:

  1. Coffee pods or coffee pads are pre-packaged ground coffee beans in their own filter.
  2. 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. A patent on the Nespresso system expired at the end of 2012, and there are now rival capsules available for the Nespresso system.[1]
  3. 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 three minutes.

Comparison of systems

The plastic and metal coffee capsules typically are used in a non-removable receptacle on the brewing device. The capsules have an outer ring or rim that stays dry during use, allowing for removal and disposal after use without getting the user’s hands wet or sticky. Handling of a used moist coffee pod is not necessary if the brewing device has a removable filter tray. This tray is removed after brewing and inverted to eject the used coffee pod.

Coffee pods, bags, and capsules can be sized for individual or multi-serving portions. In food service businesses, pods and capsules used with automatic brewing can help to provide consistency of product strength and flavor for customers.

Paper coffee pods such as those used in Easy Serving Espresso Pod or Senseo machines have the benefit of being a fully biodegradable product that can decompose naturally, while plastic and metal capsules such as those used in Keurig or Nespresso machines either aren’t recyclable, or require additional processing to separate the plastic/metal container from the organic waste products.

Many capsule machines specifically warn the user to not disassemble the machine or put their fingers inside the capsule receptacle, as the devices commonly use sharp razor-edge tubes or prongs for piercing the coffee capsule during use.

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.

Single-Serve-Coffee-Container

SystemOwned byYear inventedMachine manufacturersCapsule / pod manufacturersMarketsTypeNotes
Espresso Point MAXILavazza1992The ECL (Espresso e Cappuccino Lavazza)branded as 1xLavazzaWorldwideCapsuleThe ECL used a bi-dose capsule system and had a double dispensing head that could brew two coffees at the same time.
Espresso PointLavazza1983Uno Per branded as1xLavazzaWorldwideCapsuleThe single-dose capsule machine by Uno Per (Gattinara), acquired by Lavazza in 1989
A Modo MioLavazza2007Saeco (Philips) branded as Lavazza/Gaggia,ElectroluxLavazzaWorldwideCapsuleLavazza vertical
BLUELavazza2003LavazzaWorldwideCapsuleBLUE stands for “Best Lavazza Ultimate Espresso” – mostly used in business and vending machines
Bialetti DivaBialetti2013BialettiCaff dÕItaliaWorldwideCapsules
Bodecker BrewerBodecker Brewed2005TBDBodecker BrewedCanadaCups
Caffitaly(Caffita)Caffita System SPA2004Various inc. Princess of Netherlands, Tchibo,

Gaggia until recently

Various, inc. Dualit, Gaggia, Ecaffe, CBTL, Gloria Jeans, MAP, WoolworthsCentral

Northern Europe

Australia

CapsulePhysically compatible with K-Fee machines/pods
Delta QDelta Cafés2007Flama, branded Delta Cafés, Brasilia S.p.A, Casa BugattiDelta Cafés

Tetley

Portugal,

Spain,

Angola,

Brazil,

Luxembourg Canada

Capsule
Dolce GustoNestle2008Krups, Delonghi, branded Nescafe.Nescafe

(Nestle)

WorldwideCapsuleNestle vertical. Also brews cold beverages. Limited Edition machine designs also available. Rewards program.Capsule recycling programs exist in some countries.
Easy Serving Espresso Pod(ESE)Italian ESE Consortium for Development1998Various includingDelonghi, Dualit,FrancisFrancis

Handpresso,Kitchenaid, Krups and Saeco

VariousWorldwidePodOpen, generic standard not tied to particular vendors, pods fit most traditional espresso machines. Not all pods are 45mm (the standard diameter).
Flavia Beverage SystemsMars, Inc.1984Flavia (Mars)Flavia

(Mars)

UK, USCapsuleThe “fresh pack” (the capsule) is the brewing vessel, so that the drink is not tainted by previous user. Controlled by Mars.
FolgersFolgersunknownNone neededThe J.M. Smucker Co.USBagFolgers coffee singles, instant coffee
iperEspressoIlly2007FrancisFrancis(Illy), Gaggia(Saeco),CuisinartIllyWorldwideCapsuleRecyclable[4]
K-Cup(Keurig)Green Mountain Coffee Roasters1992Many: Keurig,Breville, Cuisinart, Insignia, etc.Many, including Green MountainUS, CanadaCapsuleMy K-Cup available as a reusable filter for using any filter coffee prior to the Keurig 2.0 system.
K-FeeKRÜGER Group2010Aldi Expressi, K Systems GMBH PreferenzaK-Fee, Paulig Cupsolo,Starbucks VerismoEurope, US,AustraliaCapsulePhysically compatible with CaffeItaly machines/pods
Nespresso
(Original Line)
Nestle1976Eugster/Frismagbranded as Krups,Magimix, Siemens;Delonghi make Latissima modelNespressoWorldwideCapsule (Pod in bars[5])In 1976, Eric Favre, an employee of Nestlé, invented, patented and introduced the Nespresso system[6][7] Nestle-controlled system
Nespresso VertuoLineNestle2014NespressoCanada, United StatesCapsuleNestle-controlled system
Coffee PodsNone2001 (Senseopatent)Bunn, Philips,Melitta, Grindmaster,Cuisinart, CafeXpress, etc.Douwe Egberts, Café Liégeois, Reunion Island, Wolfgang Puck,Melitta, Fratello Coffee Roasters, etc.WorldwidePodNot owned by a specific corporation. Many more manufacturers of pods and brewers exist. Also biodegradable.
T-Discs(Tassimo)Kraft2004Bosch branded as TASSIMOVarious subsidiaries of Kraft. (see T-Discs)North America, EuropeCapsule

Environmental impact

Environmental activists have said that single-use coffee pods are harmful, as they are often composed of a mix of plastic, aluminium, and organic material (the used coffee). This makes them difficult to recycle. In early 2016 the German city of Hamburg banned coffee capsules from state-run buildings on environmental grounds. Now, some manufacture start to use biodegradable coffee capsules.

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