Last updated: August 7, 2021

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Welcome to our big coffee pad test 2021. Here we present all the coffee pods we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best coffee pads for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy coffee pods.




Summary

  • Using coffee pods is the right choice if you value consistent coffee quality and strength. When buying, make sure you get the right size for your machine.
  • You have a wide choice of different types of coffee in the form of pods, such as espresso, cappuccino or Caffee Crema.
  • A cup of coffee with a coffee pod machine will cost you an average of ten to fifteen cents. You should try out the pods beforehand to find the right coffee for your taste.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying coffee pads

What exactly is a coffee pod?

A coffee pod is a portion pack of coffee powder that is exactly enough to brew one cup of coffee. A coffee pod can only be used in a coffee pod machine.

Coffee pods usually contain seven grams of coffee powder, which, surrounded by a sleeve of filter fleece, makes a single-serving dose. The fleece is not glued but merely pressed and is therefore compostable.

What are the advantages of coffee pods?

Using coffee pods has several advantages over using conventional loose coffee powder. Brewing with coffee pods is time-saving, simple and clean.

Whereas when brewing coffee with a normal filter machine, the water and the amount of coffee powder have to be remeasured for each process, this is already predefined when using coffee pods.

The coffee pod machine always brews the same amount of water and the amount of coffee powder does not vary due to the prefabricated pods. This ensures a constant coffee quality and strength.

Since you simply place the pods in the machine and don't have to measure anything, you save time. But not only because of the portioned coffee powder, but also because of the avoidance of dirt, you can look forward to more minutes in the morning. With coffee pods, you will never again have crumbs of coffee powder or drops from the coffee filter on your work surfaces.

Did you know that coffee pads were invented by an Italian on a walk?

Antonio Di Leva from Naples is the inventor of the first coffee pod. The vision came to him one day during a walk: why can't coffee be sold in portions? And so pre-portioned coffee pods were invented. Today, he could probably have become a multi-millionaire with this idea.

What are the different types of coffee pads?

After the great success of coffee pod machines, manufacturers now offer different types of coffee pods. Apart from the normal pods for filter coffee, special varieties such as Caffe Crema, Espresso and Decaffeinated can also be purchased. There are also special pod s with milk foam for making cappuccino or caffe latte.

With a coffee pod machine, you can even enjoy completely different hot drinks. You can also buy suitable pods for drinking chocolate and various types of tea.

What are the alternatives to using coffee pods?

For all those who have already found their favourite coffee, there is another solution than buying pre-made coffee pods.

Some manufacturers offer so-called pad filters for their coffee pad machines. Pad filters are similar to tea infusers. They are shaped sieves into which the coffee powder can be poured. You then place them in the pad machine and can use a special type of coffee.

How much do coffee pads cost?

The prices of coffee pods vary depending on the supplier and the type of coffee pod. Coffee pods for normal filter coffee are priced at around 13 cents per cup of coffee. Special varieties with milk foam, Caffe Crema or drinking chocolate cost between 50 cents and one euro.

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Start the day well with a fresh cup of coffee - whether filter coffee, cappuccino or espresso. (Photo: acekreations / pixabay.com)

Decision: What types of coffee pads are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, coffee pods are divided into four different types:

  • Coffee pods with Arabica beans
  • Coffee pods with Robusta beans
  • Coffee pods with a coffee blend
  • Flavoured coffee pods

The following section explains the differences between the individual types of coffee pads so that you can decide for yourself which coffee best suits your taste.

What distinguishes coffee pods with Arabica beans and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Arabica beans make up the majority of the world's coffee harvest, accounting for about 75 percent. Coffee pods filled exclusively with Arabica beans are of particularly high quality. They are characterised above all by their mild and aromatic taste

The reason for this is that they go through a longer and more demanding maturing process. As a result, Arabica coffee is more digestible, but has comparatively less caffeine.

Advantages
  • More aromatic
  • Mild taste
  • More digestible
Disadvantages
  • Less caffeine
  • Relatively expensive

Arabica beans in coffee pods are also the right choice if you want to drink your coffee in the morning on an empty stomach. The full-bodied taste is rounded off by the fine acids. These characteristics justify the higher price of coffee pods with Arabica coffee.

What distinguishes coffee pads with Robusta beans and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Coffee pods with Robusta beans differ significantly in taste from Arabica beans. While Arabica beans have a mild taste, Robusta varieties are characterised by an astringent and bitter taste.

Even after dilution with milk, the beans retain their own flavour. The intensity of the coffee is stronger, as these beans usually contain more caffeine than Arabica beans.

Robusta coffee is much easier to grow, as the advantage is resistance to adverse climate and parasites. This increases the yield, which makes these coffee pods with Robusta coffee cheaper for you in the end.

Advantages
  • Contains more caffeine
  • Good value
Disadvantages
  • Bitter taste
  • Less digestible

One disadvantage that Robusta varieties bring with them is the higher proportion of acids that are intolerable to the stomach. If the beans are heated strongly and very briefly during roasting, these acids cannot be broken down.

It is worth considering this aspect in advance. You should therefore also pay attention to the manufacturer's specifications so that you experience the full pleasure when drinking coffee.

What distinguishes coffee pads with coffee blends and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

For coffee blends, which are also called blends, different varieties from different growing regions are mixed. The aim of this blend is to improve the aromas and taste of the coffee pods.

This allows you to identify your own preferences and choose from many different products. Your advantage: These blends are often cheaper because not only expensive Arabica beans are used.

Advantages
  • Contains more caffeine
  • More intense taste
Disadvantages
  • Stronger and bitter taste possible

On the other hand, the mild taste can be lost. Milk or sugar can't help either, because the body of the coffee is too strong.

What distinguishes flavoured coffee pads and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

An additional aroma can perfect your coffee pod and round off the enjoyment. For example, you can add typical scents to your coffee on holidays. The selection of aroma coffee pods is almost limitless: from aromas such as vanilla or caramel to liquorice aroma, the choice is huge.

Advantages
  • Suitable for occasions
  • Large selection
Disadvantages
  • Quality not always recognisable
  • Strong aroma can cloud the taste

The added flavour, on the other hand, can mask the original taste from the coffee beans. This can not only mask the actual taste, but also disguise the taste of low-quality beans.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate coffee pads

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate coffee pods. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Flavour
  • Size of pods
  • Pack

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Taste

The most important thing when enjoying coffee is, of course, the taste. This varies greatly between pad suppliers. You can recognise good coffee pods by their full aroma and mild acidity. A light cream should form during brewing. If the taste is burnt or the coffee leaves a furry feeling on the tongue, it is poor quality.

In addition, different types of coffee differ in taste. The following table gives an overview of the different flavours and how much caffeine and milk they contain:

Flavour Milk contained Caffeine content
Café Latte Yes Light
Mild No Light
Classic No Medium
Strong/extra Strong No Strong
Decaf No Light
Cappuccino Yes Light
Espresso No Strong
Choco Cappuccino Yes Light

Size of the pods

The size of the pods is crucial for the proper brewing process of your coffee pod machine. Since there are many different manufacturers, the sizes of the coffee pods also vary. However, most normal coffee pods fit into any coffee pod machine.

Caution is only advised with the special pods. Coffee pods with extra milk foam, drinking chocolate or tea are usually manufacturer-specific and sometimes even machine-specific.

Package

The packaging of the coffee pods can also be a purchase criterion. This contributes to the environmental aspect and the freshness of the coffee. As mentioned, coffee pods are compostable.

If you value environmentally friendly coffee consumption, you should look for recyclable packaging or packaging made of cardboard.

If you don't drink coffee regularly, it will lose its aroma if stored incorrectly. You can remedy this with resealable packaging or individually wrapped pods.

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