Everything you need to know about coffee pods
The invention of coffee pods has transformed the way this popular beverage is being consumed.
Did you know that in 2018, the global coffee pods market was valued at almost US $1.3 billion?
It’s estimated that Nespresso alone manufactures around 14 billion pods a year!
Not sure what exactly coffee pods are?
A coffee pod is essentially the pod version of a teabag: a pre-portioned serving of coffee wrapped in plastic, aluminum, or biodegradable material, ready to be infused with water.
Each capsule contains 5–7 grams of ground coffee and makes one serving of coffee. To use these pods you will need a machine that is specifically designed to brew coffee pods. You should note that there are different types of pods and machines designed specifically for each type as well.
A step-by-step guide to making coffee with a coffee pod machine
Coffee pod machines might seem like a recent development, but they were originally developed about 40 years ago by Eric Favre, who invented Nespresso for Nestlé in 1976.
The process to use these machines is very easy and user friendly. Here are a few simple steps:
- First, you need to fill the water tank at least halfway.
- Turn the machine on.
- Place a cup, it can be the size of your choice.
- Now, open the pod container, load your coffee pod in and close the lid.
- Press the right button if you have the machine with more options. If there is more than one button, you must choose the right option according to the size of your cup.
- In no time, your coffee will be pouring out of the machine, and once done, you can add milk, cream, or sugar as you like.
Once, your coffee is ready, make sure to remove the pod container and empty it into the trash. Wash the machine and tray with a damp cloth. It is also extremely important to descale your machine at least twice a year for longevity and to make sure your coffee tastes best always.
Why does everyone love coffee pods so much?
The coffee pod market has been booming over the past few years. According to the National Coffee Association, by 2019, around 40% of Americans owned a single-cup, pod-coffee machine.
So, here are some of its advantages that make coffee pods a favourite:
- Pods are time efficient
One of the most important advantages of coffee pods is that they save a lot of time. You no longer have to measure the coffee beans, grind them, set-up for brewing, and then wait until it’s complete. Pods are prepared with the right amount of everything, saving you the time for preparation. This applies not only to consumers but also to businesses. Efficiency is always appreciated.
- Pods are easy to use
Pods are also very easy to use, as all you have to do is pop the pod into the machine and click a button. That’s it! Your coffee will be ready in just a matter of seconds.
- Pods provide consistency in taste
One thing you can be certain of with coffee pods is that you will always get the same taste of your favourite blend.
Coffee capsules come in wide varieties. You can choose from the popular latte, decaf, americano, or cappuccino, to more exotic flavours such as toasted almond, turmeric latte, salted caramel, pumpkin spiced latte, and so many more.
In all these options, one thing is guaranteed and that is, your coffee will have a consistent taste every time. You don’t need to worry if you’ve put too many coffee beans in or too little water etc. This makes the process fun rather than tiring when you need that first cup in the morning.
- Pods are the perfect single-cup portion
Haven’t we all at some point made more coffee than we needed? Surely we’ve all been there. That’s exactly what coffee pods help us with.
Coffee pods are a single-serve coffee container, which helps in making just the right amount of coffee for one person which ensures there’s no excessive coffee and hence reduces wastage.
- Pods require less cleaning and are easy to dispose
An ordinary coffee maker can make cleaning a hassle after you’ve made your cup of coffee. This is not the case with Coffee Pod Machines. They are very easy to clean and handle.
All you need is a damp cloth to wipe the exteriors and to drain the water tank after use. Coffee pods are simply disposed of in the trash or returned for recycling.
Coffee is such an important part of most people’s daily lives. It really is great to have an option that is not only saving you time but also ensuring that you get the best experience and a super delicious cup of coffee to savour every day.