As we have got more into writing about the home coffee market we are getting more use to the terminology, if has a language of its own, and the many conventions that have been built up over time. For example do you know what a Keurig Pod is? Well we didn’t either until recently. If you would like to know then why don’t you pop over to this article, the first on our site, and have a read through; we’ll wait until your back.
Another term that came up during the writing of that article was ESE. And we are thinking what is an ESE? Well ESE stands for easy shot espresso … and is normally followed by the word pod. So it is pretty much as the name suggests; it is a small pod or capsule that contains a single or double shot of coffee to make your favorite coffee drink with. Now of course they are not just for coffee, although this is the biggest market for them. Also available on the market is a wide range of teas and hot chocolates.
The pods themselves measure about 1.7 inches in diameter and hold about seven grams of coffee, tea or chocolate. The double shot coffee pods, measure the same as they have to fit into the same brewer, but will have double the weight coming in at around 14 grams.
The pod is normally made from a hardened plastic with a foil seal on top. Within the pod the coffee is held inside a paper filter, which then sits against the pod’s plastic walls. When placed in a brewer hot water is forced into the pod at high pressure after the foil is punctured with a small hole. The water then filers through the coffee and paper and pours into the coffee cup placed below.
The market has grown continually in the home coffee market and the pod systems are no exception to that. There are a wide range of flavors and brands out there now days that really must cater to every taste bid out there. Some of the major brands in the European and North American markets include illy, Baronet, Lavazza and of course Starbucks. If you would like to know more about the brands available then why not check out a great website over at esepods.net.
Looking at the convenience the ESE pods bring and consistent results they produce we can see why they have become so popular. Since their introduction by illy in the 1970s the pods have gone from strength to strength – which in turn has meant the range and quality has too. What we like about them the most is their lack of fuss in preparation and cleaning up afterwards. There is no washing out of coffee granules down the sink and the time from starting to having a good coffee waiting is less than a minute.
Of course the pods do have some disadvantages too, including: the purchase of a machine to put them in; somewhere to store them so they don’t just all roll around; and perhaps the biggest one for us the wastage from them. At this stage we don’t know of any recycling that takes place of the pods once they are used.