If you’re looking for one-cup coffee makers, you’ve got options. In particular, there are two major competitors—the Pepsi and Coke of the one-cup coffee maker world, so to speak. One is K-Cups. The other: individual coffee pods. Let’s talk about their differences.
K-Cups, along with their coffee makers, are manufactured by a company called Keurig. A K-Cup is essentially a plastic container with ground coffee beans and a coffee filter inside. A brewer punctures the container’s lid and bottom and forces hot water through the K-Cup, which becomes coffee.
Coffee pods are simpler. Coffee pods, sometimes called coffee pads in other parts of the world, are ground coffee beans inside of their own filter. They look very much like tea bags. Coffee pod makers run hot water through the single-serve coffee pods, and that’s all it takes. Senseo is one of the manufacturers of coffee pod brewers, although there are others as well, such as Melitta and Wolfgang Puck.
Both K-Cups and coffee pods are popular for their convenience. For example, Melitta and Wolfgang Puck coffee makers will make a cup in under a minute with only the touch of one button. You don’t need to worry about grinding coffee beans, measuring them, throwing in a filter, or cleaning up the subsequent mess. You just need one coffee pod.
Basically, it’s as easy as instant coffee, but as delicious as brewed.
While both K-Cups and coffee pods are easy to use, there are a few things to keep in kind when deciding which is for you. K-Cups do cost more than coffee pods, unfortunately. Also, coffee pods have a wider variety of coffees to pick from. You can even buy decaf coffee pods. And aside from having more flavors of coffee to pick from, some one-cup, single-serve coffee makers are also capable of brewing cappuccino and tea. They’re very versatile, indeed.
In fact, one of the more advanced one-cup, single-serve coffee makers is capable of making cups of coffee in multiple sizes. You can pick between having a 3 oz, 4 oz, 5 oz, 6 oz or 10 oz coffee - whatever you’re in the mood for. Some even have an interactive LCD display, which highlights water levels. Needless to say, luxury is an option for coffee pod consumers.
And for the economical consumer, coffee pod prices are also very reasonable, as we’ve mentioned. It is the cheaper option. On the other hand, consumers of coffee pods can pick between the standard, very affordable single-serve coffee maker, and the more expensive, but more luxurious, option. Also, because other manufacturers make one-cup coffee makers, going with coffee pods will mean that you will have more selection with regards to purchasing a coffee maker than you would with K-Cups.
Of course, as a smart consumer, you know that a little research should precede any significant purchase. And while the prices of coffee pod coffee makers aren’t too significant, keep in mind that the one you purchase will make your coffee every morning, and that will make a difference in your day!
Ultimately, both K-Cups and coffee pods provide delicious, convenient coffee. However, we think that you’ll appreciate the better selection—for both coffee makers and flavors—that coffee pods provide.