Most people seem to get confused between Espresso Pods and Espresso Capsules, or actually don’t realize there’s quite a difference between them. They’re two different ways to make a shot of espresso with a pre-measured amount of coffee. So what’s the difference? Read on…
Espresso Pods (Also known as ESE Pods or Easy Serving Espresso):
ESE Pods look like pictured above, they’re a round pod that you place inside a special filter in your espresso machine’s portafilter to have your machine brew a perfectly measured shot of espresso.
Almost all espresso machines that use a portafilter have the option to brew coffee using either ground coffee or use an ESE pod. The pods are available from many major coffee brands like Illy, Lavazza and many other European brands.
An example of a machine that uses ESE Pods: Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL.
Espresso capsules are another way to create a single shot of perfectly measured espresso, however, an espresso capsule requires a single-serve espresso machine that is compatible with the capsule.
Each single-serve espresso machine has its own line of espresso capsules that is only compatible with it. For example, a Nespresso capsule would only work on a Nesprsso machine.
Click here to learn more about single-serve espresso machines and the capsules they use.