Pod Packaging Preserves Freshness
A coffee pod consists of roasted, ground coffee that is self-contained, usually with perforated filter paper and ready for brewing coffee, or pre-pressed into a puck shape that fits into a pod portafilter for brewing an espresso. Pods are often individually packaged to help preserve each pod's freshness.
Pros and Cons of Coffee Pod Systems
The advantages of the pod system include faster, neater, and more convenient preparation of brewed coffee or espresso as well as less waste. Due to the consistency of the pod preparation and brewing, a consistent taste is provided.
Disadvantages of the pod system in regards to espresso include a higher cost per serving, and also questions about quality as compared to freshly ground and tamped coffee. Another problem is the waste associated with the extensive packaging (e.g., mylar film pouches used to individually wrap each pod).
Easy Serving Espresso Pods
In 1998 the Illy Company developed the Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E.) design and standards as an open design with the goal of encouraging compatibility and adaptation so as to make home espresso preparation more convenient.
Standardized Pod Systems
Manufacturers of Coffee Pods
Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of coffee see our section on coffee brewing. You can also read detailed coffee flavor profiles of gourmet coffee and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.