Top 10 Coffee Pods
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
|About 10 varieties|
|Compatible with Starbucks Verismo brewing system|
|Smaller size means they are not compatible with Keurig|
10. Keurig K-Cups
|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.
|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|
|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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