The pod is self-contained with perforated filter paper, pre-pressed into a puck shape that fits into a pod portafilter for brewing an espresso. Pods are individually packaged to help preserve each pod's freshness.
Espresso Pod Standards is An Open Design
The Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E.) design and standards was developed by the Illy Company in 1998 as an open design to encourage adaptation and compatibility with the goal of making home espresso preparation more convenient.
Pod Adapters and Pod Coffee Makers
Pros and Cons of the Pod System
Another problem is the waste associated with the extensive packaging including the mylar film pouches that are used to individually wrap each pod.
The pod market is still evolving. Today many espresso machines (espresso makers), including espresso machine brands other than Illy, accommodate the use of either a 45 mm, 7 gram pod or hand tamped coffee grounds.
Espresso and Coffee Brewing Tips
For more espresso tips see our detailed coffee flavor profiles of gourmet coffee and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes. For step-by-step instructions see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as How to make Lattes and Cappuccinos.