We get a lot of questions about our coffee pods, capsules and cartridges so we are devoting this week to try to clear up any confusion.
Let’s start with some key dates in Europe’s single-serve coffee history.
1988 – The first single serve coffee machine, the Nespresso system, becomes a business success. Within a couple years, Nespresso machines are sold in Europe; other contracts with Krups, Phillips, Siemens and De’Longhi were soon signed.
1989 – Lavazza sells the Espresso Point machine using capsules.
2001 – Senseo obtains a patent for coffee pods that can be used in multiple machines.
2003 – Lavazza debuts the BLUE machine (“Best Lavazza Ultimate Espresso”), mostly used in business and vending machines initially.
(NOTE: K-Cups are not included in this list as the product is for US distribution only.)
As you can see, the single-serve coffee machines have been around for a while. It is only in this last decade that the market exploded with choices and flavors and styles.
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What goes where?
Coffee Pods: Neat and Biodegradable
You can find a huge selection of our Senseo pods from the left menu on our home page. Try Medium roast or Dark roast, Brazil or Columbian roast or espresso or decaf. We have other brands of coffee in pods that can be used in Senseo machines. Check out our selection of Dallmayr and Carte Noire coffee pods. All our different pods are listed under the Coffee Pods page under Coffee By Type on the bottom left side menu of our website.
Capsules: Coffee the Easy Way!
Coffee machines that use capsules of ground coffee have been around since Nespresso debuted its innovative coffee maker in the 80’s. The earliest systems were considered closed, so that only one brand of capsule worked in brand’s machines. More recently, Lavazza, Espresso Point and others have created open systems, which mean that the coffee machines use generic capsules that are not tied to any single company.
Coffee Capsules are usually single-serve coffee packed into either plastic or aluminum packages. We have several different sorts of capsules:
- Nespresso – We have a large selection of coffee in Nespresso-compatible capsules
- Lavazza Espresso Point – We have Caffe Vergnano, Lavazza and Pellini coffees available for this machine
- Lavazza Blue (“Best Lavazza Ultimate Espresso”) – We have 6 espresso versions for this machine
- Segafredo – We have 3 types of Segafredo espresso capsules plus a decaffeinated version
These capsules are not interchangeable! Be sure to read the capsule descriptions to make sure that you are ordering the capsules you need for the type of machine you have. We know that coffee capsules can be confusing! Remember that coffee pods are different from, and are not interchangeable with, any sort of capsule. Just take a deep breath – and double check your order. Please call if you want us to help you figure out what you need.
All our different capsules are listed under the Coffee Capsules page under Coffee By Type on the bottom left side menu of our website.
Espresso: Just For Espresso Machines
We have another type of coffee pod designed for certain espresso machines. The coffee in these pods is specifically selected, roasted and packaged for espresso machines, so the pods are somewhat smaller and the coffee is pressed tightly in the pod.
We have several brands of these pods/capsules including Hausbrandt Espresso Pods, Caffe Vergnano 1882 Espresso Capsules as well as a variety of their extremely popular Nespresso capsules and Kimbo and Segafredo roasts in pods or capsules.