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L’or Barista vs Keurig – Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?

L'or Coffee Machines Jun 27, 2023

When deciding on a single-serve pod coffee maker, there are several things you have to keep in mind:

  • What coffee drinks you want to make the most? Is it espresso based drinks? Or long (regular) coffee cups?
  • Which coffee pods do you prefer? Do you want to stick to a specific brand or have multiple brand options?

Answering these questions is a great start to understand the difference between L’or Barista vs Keurig, which I’ll explain to you in details. But here’s a quick takeaway to answer your question:

  • L’or Barista is a pump espresso machine that uses Nespresso OriginalLine espresso capsules. It can also make long coffee servings using Coffee pods from L’or.
  • Keurig is a single-serve drip coffee maker that uses K-Cup pods. It makes several servings of coffee, but you can also find other beverages in the form of a k-cup like hot chocolate or tea. Keurig doesn’t make Espresso, even though there are some ‘espresso style’ k-cup pods. It’s mostly a coffee maker.

Now you have an idea of the main difference between L’or and Keurig, let’s dig into the details of this comparison.

L’or Barista vs Keurig – Top Differences

Top differences between L’or Barista and Keurig coffee makers are in:

  • Coffee drinks and servings
  • Pod compatibility

They are totally different coffee machines in what they can prepare, so it’s really important that you know what type of coffee you like to help you with your decision between these coffee machines.

L’or Barista vs Keurig Coffee Drinks

L’or Barista Coffee Drinks and Serving Sizes

L’or Barista is a Nespresso-OriginalLine compatible espresso and coffee machine. Because it’s a pump espresso machine, it can make all kinds of authentic espresso and espresso based drinks like Latte or Cappuccino (you’ll need an external milk device).

It does espresso in three servings: 1.4 oz, 2.7 oz and 3.7 oz

L’or Barista can also make regular drip-like coffee in three serving sizes: 5 oz, 8 oz and 12 oz.

So total coffee drinks you can make using L’or Barista are:

  • Espresso in 3 serving sizes
  • Coffee in 3 serving sizes
  • Any espresso based drinks like Latte or Cappuccino, but you’ll need to get a separate milk frother since it’s not provided with the L’or Barista.

Keurig Coffee Drinks and Serving Sizes

L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?

Keurig is a drip coffee machine that uses pods to make single servings of coffee. It works a lot like a traditional drip coffee machine, but without the hassle of preparing a coffee filter, adding and measuring ground coffee and all that.

The serving sizes of Keurig coffee depends on which model you pick, but let’s look at the Keurig K-Supreme as an example, since it’s one of Keurig’s newer machines and it’s quite popular.

Keurig K-Supreme can make coffee in these sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz and 12 oz.

Can Keurig Make Espresso, Latte or Cappuccino?

No, Keurig is not an espresso machine. There are several Espresso-style K-Cup pods or even Cappuccino or Latte K-Cup pods, but they’re not authentic espresso. These are comparable to flavored instant coffee mixes and include a lot of artificial flavors.

L’or Barista vs Keurig Coffee Pod Compatibility

L’or Barista Pod Compatibility

L’or Barista uses two type of pods:

Espresso Pods

L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?
L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?

You can use any Nespresso OriginalLine pods that you can buy from L’or, Nespresso, Starbucks, Illy, Lavazza… pretty much any espresso pod that says ‘Nespresso Original Compatible’ on its label. When it comes to Espresso, you are not limited to L’or own pods.

These small OriginalLine espresso pods can also be used in any OriginalLine machine by Nespresso. So when it comes to espresso pods, Nespresso OriginalLine and L’or Barista can use the same pods.

Coffee Pods

L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?

To make coffee (serving sizes 5, 8 and 12 oz), L’or uses coffee pods that are exclusive to L’or. L’or has these coffee pods in several blends and intensities, and they’ll keep adding to their line of coffee pods to expand their variety.

Keurig Pod Compatibility

L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?

Keurig coffee makers are compatible with K-Cup pods only. But here’s the great part:

K-Cup pods have a huge variety!

K-Cup pods are manufactured by almost every coffee company in the world:

Starbucks, Dunkin’, Maxwell House, Green Mountain, Donut Shop, McCafe… so many other brands.

You’ll also find variety of other non-coffee beverages like tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and more.

K-Cup Refillable Pods

Keurig machines are also compatible with refillable pods that are available from Keurig or other 3rd party brands. You can use these refillable pods to fill your own coffee grounds instead of buying pods.

L’or Barista vs Keurig Brewing Style

Like I mentioned, L’or Barista and Keurig are different type of coffee machines.

  • L’or is an espresso machine that uses pump pressure to make espresso and coffee
  • Keurig uses drip style to saturate the coffee pod and extract the coffee, in the same way a drip coffee maker would.

L’or Barista Brewing Technology

L’or Barista works a lot like any espresso machine would. It uses high pressure to force water through the capsule to create a shot of espresso with a nice thick crema.

But L’or also has a cool technology called Dual Capsule Recognition Technology. This technology allows it to recognize the pod you have inserted and adjust the available serving sizes:

L’or Barista has three serving buttons...

When an Espresso capsule is inserted, you can use these serving buttons as following:

Small: 1.7 oz – Medium: 2.7 oz – Large: 3.7 oz

But when you insert a large coffee capsule from L’or, these same three buttons will adjust to these serving sizes:

Small: 5 oz – Medium: 8 oz and Large – 12 oz.

All you have to do is press the button for the serving size you want to brew. Just make sure you are using the correct capsule for the coffee drink you want to brew.

Keurig Brewing Technology

Keurig coffee machines are simple and straightforward. Insert a capsule and select brew size to brew!

All Keurig K-Cup pods are coffee pods, so there’s no need to recognize or adjust anything.

Most Keurig machines have a dedicated button for each serving size. So it’s a matter of selecting a pod and a serving size, then hit brew and enjoy!

L’or Barista vs Keurig – Which Is The Right One For You?

The question here is: do you want a coffee maker that makes drip coffee using single serve pods? Or do you want an espresso machine that can also make long coffee?

1- If you drink more coffee than espresso: Pick Keurig

2- If you drink a lot of espresso or espresso based drinks, and enjoy longer cups of coffee: L’or Barista is a great pick.

What To Expect from Keurig

If you want coffee that tastes a lot like drip coffee, but want the convenience of using pods, you’ll like Keurig coffee machines. Drinks you can make with a Keurig machine are:

  • Black coffee in several sizes and from many famous coffee brands.
  • Flavored coffee.
  • Hot Chocolate, tea.
  • Use refillable K-Cup pods with your own coffee grounds.

Using a Keurig, you can’t make these following drinks:

  • Authentic espresso or espresso drinks (latte, Cappuccino…)

Instead, you can use Latte or cappuccino style pods that make coffee drinks similar to instant mixed. These pods will contain powdered milk or sugar/artificial flavors. Espresso K-Cup pods are basically dark roasted coffee pods, they don’t make real espresso, but real strong coffee that can emulate espresso in taste.

What to Expect from L’or Barista

If you want to make real, authentic espresso shots, you’ll want to buy L’or Barista. The high pressure machine makes a true espresso shot. But what about the coffee, then?

L’or Barista will still use pump pressure to make the coffee, which makes it taste different to coffee that is made drip-style. The coffee is strong and robust, but can taste more like espresso based Americano’s than traditional drip coffee.

L’or Barista doesn’t have the same variety of pods that Keurig has. But you’re also not limited in choices, especially when it comes to espresso pods. You are limited in choices when it comes to coffee pods, which are still exclusive to L’or.

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Features of L’or the Barista System

  • Brew coffee pods and espresso with the L’OR BARISTA system one-cup coffee maker
  • 19 bars of pressure: The L’OR BARISTA system pod coffee maker makes a shot of espresso with nice level of crema.
  • 6 serving sizes: The L’OR BARISTA system creates 6 different beverage sizes through Dual-Capsule Recognition Technology.
  • The L’OR BARISTA system is compatible with LOR single-serve coffee and espresso capsules and is also compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
LOR Barista System vs Nespresso

The L’OR Barista System is a revolutionary single-serve coffee and espresso maker that offers a perfect in-home cafe experience. The machine uses 19 bars of high pressure to produce a layer of smooth crema on top of each cup. It has Dual-Capsule Recognition Technology which enables it to brew 6 different beverage sizes. This feature is what sets it apart from any other Nespresso-compatible brewer, including Nespresso’s own machines.

This machine is a collaboration between L’OR Coffee and Philips.

Serving Sizes

L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?

Here’s what makes L’OR Barista System special, the serving sizes. To start, it makes both espresso and coffee, yes, that’s a full 12 oz cup of coffee!

The machine has three buttons for small, medium and large serving. Here’s how it works:

The Dual Capsule Recognition technology can recognize whether you have inserted an espresso capsule or coffee capsule, because coffee capsule are actually larger in size.

Then, it will activate the menu for said capsule type:

For Espresso, the serving sizes are:

  • Small: 1.4 oz,
  • Medium: 2.7 oz
  • Large: 3.7 oz

As for coffee, the serving sizes are:

  • Small: 5 oz
  • Medium: 8 oz
  • Large: 12 oz

Pod Compatibility

L'or Barista vs Keurig - Which Coffee Maker Is Best For You?
Difference in size between the L’OR Espresso pod and coffee coffee pod


L’OR Barista System is a Nespresso-Compatible brewer, so it can brew any OriginalLine pod for espresso or other drinks like tea or hot chocolate. L’OR makes their own range of pods with many options of intensity and flavors. So when it comes to Espresso, you have a wide selection of pods to choose from. That includes that ever popular Starbucks capsules.


When it comes to coffee, these pods are EXCLUSIVE to the L’OR Barista System. Coffee pods look like the espresso pods, but they are larger in size as they contain more ground coffee.

Other features:

  • 40 oz removable water reservoir
  • 25-second heat up time
  • Automatic used pod ejection.
  • Double spout design allows you to serve two cups at the same time.

L’or Coffee Pods

The large coffee pod has two uses thanks to the machine’s double-spout design. One, is making a single-serve of coffee sized anywhere from 5oz to 12 oz. Or, you can use one single coffee pod to serve two cups of espresso or Lungo, simple two cups instead of one under each spout to get two servings.

The coffee pod excels in the 5 oz and 8 oz servings, but for some people, the 12 oz feels like a lighter brew that they don’t enjoy much.

How To Use L’or Coffee Pods

There is no special way to use these larger pods. All you have to do is lift the lid and insert them. The L’OR Barista will automatically recognize that you’ve inserted a coffee pod and the three serving size buttons will dispense 5 oz for the small size, 8 oz for the medium size or 12 oz for the large size.

To fill up two cups instead of one, all you have to do is place two cups under each spout and that way you split the dispensed amount of coffee and enjoy smaller serving of coffee without using more pods.

Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker Features

Keurig Multi-Stream Technology

The Keurig K-Supreme features Multi-Stream Technology, which allows for a more even and thorough saturation of coffee grounds during the brewing process. This technology ensures that each cup of coffee is brewed to perfection with a rich and full flavor.

Keurig Customizable Settings

With the Keurig K-Supreme, you have the ability to customize your coffee experience to your liking. You can choose from three different cup sizes (6, 8, 10 and 12 oz) and adjust the strength of your coffee with the Strong Brew feature.

Dimensions and Weight

The Keurig K-Supreme is a compact and lightweight coffee maker that won’t take up too much space on your countertop. It measures 12.1 inches in height, 8.3 inches in width, and 13.3 inches in depth. The machine weighs just under 8 pounds, making it easy to move around if needed.

Material Quality

The main body of the machine is made of durable plastic, while the water reservoir is made of clear plastic that allows you to easily see the water level. The drip tray and K-cup holder are both removable and easy to clean.

Brewing Time

The Keurig K-Supreme is designed to brew a cup of coffee in under a minute, and it delivers on that promise. You won’t have to wait long for your coffee to be ready, which is great for busy mornings. The brewing time is consistent and reliable, so you can expect your coffee to be ready quickly every time you use the machine.

Taste Quality

The taste quality of the Keurig K-Supreme is impressive, thanks in part to its multi-stream technology. This technology uses a five-hole needle instead of the old single-hole needle, that ensures that the coffee is evenly saturated during the brewing process, resulting in a rich and flavorful cup of coffee. The machine also features a strong brew setting, which is perfect for those who like their coffee with a little extra kick. Overall, the taste quality of the Keurig K-Supreme is excellent, and it’s sure to please even the most discerning coffee drinkers.

Your coffee quality will also depend on which brand of K-Cup pod you use. And this is where Keurig excels…. when it comes to k-cup pods, your options are almost endless! So make sure to buy from a reputable brand that you know and love.

User Interface

The Keurig K-Supreme features simple button controls on top, with a dedicated button for each serving size and customizable setting. It’s very easy to use and operate. Select your desired serving size and hit the brew button.. it’s that quick and simple.


The K-Supreme is easy to maintain and requires minimal effort. The machine has a removable water reservoir and drip tray, making it easy to clean and refill. The machine also has a descaling feature that helps remove mineral buildup, ensuring that your coffee tastes fresh and delicious every time.


Cleaning the K-Supreme is a straightforward process. You can run a hot water cycle to help clean the machine and keep it running smoothly.

Overall, the Keurig K-Supreme is a user-friendly and low-maintenance coffee maker. Its easy-to-use interface, minimal maintenance requirements, and straightforward cleaning process make it an excellent choice for coffee lovers of all levels of expertise.

Value for Money

When it comes to value for money, the Keurig K-Supreme is a great option. While it may be pricier than some other coffee makers on the market, its features make it worth the investment.

Firstly, the K-Supreme has a customizable cup size feature, allowing you to choose between 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces of coffee. This means you can make the perfect cup of coffee for your specific needs, without wasting any extra coffee.

Additionally, the K-Supreme has a strong brew setting, which allows you to make a stronger cup of coffee if desired. This feature is especially useful for those who like their coffee to have a bold flavor.

Another great feature of the K-Supreme is its compatibility with both K-Cups and ground coffee (using refillable k-cup pods). This means you can use your favorite coffee grounds if you prefer, which can save you money in the long run.

Overall, the Keurig K-Supreme is a great investment for those who want a customizable and convenient coffee maker.

Pros and Cons of Keurig K-Supreme


When it comes to the Keurig K-Supreme, there are several pros to consider. First and foremost, this coffee maker is incredibly easy to use. With a simple button interface and clear instructions, you’ll be able to brew the perfect cup of coffee in no time.

The K-Supreme also features a strong brew setting, which is perfect for those who like their coffee with a little extra kick. Additionally, the machine has a large water reservoir, which means you won’t have to refill it as often.

Another benefit of the K-Supreme is its compatibility with a wide range of K-Cup pods, including those from popular brands like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. This means you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to choosing your favorite coffee flavors.


While there are certainly many benefits to the Keurig K-Supreme, there are also a few potential drawbacks to consider.

A potential issue is the cost of the K-Cup pods. While there are many different flavors and brands to choose from, the pods themselves can get expensive, especially if you drink multiple cups of coffee each day.

Finally, some users have reported issues with the durability of the K-Supreme. While the machine is generally well-built, there have been reports of parts breaking or malfunctioning over time.