Since the coffee pod/capsule market has expanded over the past few years there are now so many different brands that create pods and machines. It can all get a bit confusing. However, there is no need to stress as we have made this easy to follow infographic and blog post to help clear things up.
Is it called a Coffee Pod, Capsule or Pad?
Firstly, are they pods or capsules? Well coffee pods are also known as coffee pads and are made from a material like a teabag. The most commonly used coffee pad is the ESE or Easy Serving Espresso pod/pad. Pod is more synonymous with coffee capsules. They are made from aluminum or plastic and were popularized by Nespresso. We chose to use the term pod.
Nespresso Original vs. Vertuo
Now many different brands produce coffee pods/capsules and many of them have different designs which work on different machines. The most common design of pod is the Nespresso Original or classic pod. Many third party manufactures like us here at Urban Brew produce compatible pods for this style of system. Nespresso have recently created a new system with the Vertuo line of pods. These come in different sizes. These pods are barcoded, which means other manufacturers are unable to produce compatible pods that will work on this machine.
Nespresso Compatible producers
There is a wide range of other brands that produce Nespresso compatible pods. Two prominent ones are Vittoria and LOR. However, both of these brands have their own machines. Although Vittoria produces Nespresso Compatible pods, they also have their own pod design and brand Espressotoria. These pods are a different shape to the Nespresso pods they produce and only work in their Espressotoria machine. Lor produces the Original Nespresso Compataible pods and it has recently released a machine that works with the Original Nespresso shape but also a larger unique LOR design.
Other Pod design producers
The Caffitaly or Map style of pod is very similar to Aldis’ Expressi system which uses K-fee pods. Caffitaly and K-fee pods are usually interchangeable, however there are sometimes difference depending on who produces them. Our Caffitaly and K-fee compatible pods work on both systems . Another brand that has moved into coffee pods is Nescafe. They have the Dolce Gusto style of pod which only works on their variety of machines.