Coffee pods are the simplest of all the single serve coffee formats.
Their simplicity also makes them less expensive than K-Cups (for the Keurig) and T-Discs (for the Tassimo).
In addition, a coffee pod is what is termed an “open format”. In other words, any coffee roaster or distributor can put their coffee into pods.
As a result, coffee pod brewers offer the widest range of coffees, at the most competitive prices.
So why doesn’t everyone just buy a pod coffee maker and buy coffee pods instead of one of the other single serve formats?
One of the main reasons is concern over the quality of the coffee. These concerns may or may not be well founded. But fans of the Keurig brewers, for instance, point to the fact that there is a great deal more control over who roasts the coffee that end up in K-Cups.
Proponents of K-Cups and T-Discs will also tell you that those formats do a better job of ensuring the coffee remains well sealed and stays fresh.
All that said, we can find no proof or compelling evidence to suggest that coffee pods are inferior to K-Cups or T-Discs.
Of course, if you choose to buy a pod brewer, you are then faced with trying to figure out WHICH brewer to choose.
Only Keurig makes K-Cup brewers. Only Braun makes Tassimo brewers. But there are a whole host of manufacturers who make coffee pod brewers.
And to complicate things further, not all coffee pods are the same size.
The three pod diameters are 44mm, 55mm and 62mm. The 44m pods fit the Melitta brewers. The 55mm pods fit the Juan Valdez brewer. And the 62mm pods fit the Senseo, Krups, Black & Decker and Mr. Coffee brewers.
So when you come to buy coffee pods, read the descriptions carefully to ensure you are buying pods which fit your brewer.
Senseo Douwe Egberts Dark Roast Coffee Pods
Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods
Black Mountain Gold Gourmet Coffee Pods