The difference between coffee capsules, coffee pads and coffee pods?

Coffee pods, pads and coffee capsules are undeniably, certifiably NOT the same thing, but too many companies are marketing them as one and the same. We’re here to debunk the myth that coffee pods and coffee capsules are the same, and explain what the differences are.

Coffee Capsules

Coffee capsules are the plastic containers with an aluminium foil seal, with ground coffee contained inside. These are also available as aluminium capsules with an aluminium seal as produced by Nespresso.

The capsule is either part of an open or closed system; open systems allow for a broader range of product to be use in the machine. Closed-system capsules simply mean you can only use one brand of compatible capsule sin your machine.

ESE Coffee Pods

Coffee pods look precisely the same as a teabag, except for that they are round in shape.

ESE is an international standard that fits every ESE pod machine world-wide. With a 44-45mm diameter, standardized 7 grams of ground espresso is compressed inside a two sided disk shaped paper pod.

Think of a puffy teabag. To use these pods you will need a machine that is either specifically designed for ESE pods, or a conventional machine that is versatile – meaning it can use both grinds or ESE pods.

Coffee Pads

Phillips Senseo ™  – which we stock here at Emozione – is probably the best known of these and as with the capsules they are designed to fit into the Phillips Senseo machines ™. The pad is bigger than a pod with a diameter for 70mm, but made with 7 – 10 g of coffee and not packed as tightly.

Environmental Impact

With a global market of $17 billion, coffee capsules are contributing to a global environmental disaster.

Made from a combination of plastics and aluminium with organic matter inside, the coffee pods are not biodegradable. It takes 150 to 500 years for aluminium and plastic capsules to breakdown in landfill.

In comparison, the beauty of the waste from ESE Coffee Pods is that they are completely compostable. The Biodegradable paper that the coffee is packed in and the coffee grounds fully compost.

Which are you going to choose?

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