November 2, 2010

What is an ESE Espresso Pod?

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Sure I know it's a basic question, but I thought we'd take a crack at offering a bit of information for our readers to know what these great little pods are.

The ESE Pod, or Easy Serving Espresso pod, is made under agreement to fit certain specifications and thus fit the ESE certified machines to brew up a high quality shot of espresso. It is intended to be standardized and single use so that pods of all manufacturers will fit in all machines that are made to take an ESE Pod.

The ESE pod is 44-45 millimeters in diameter, and usually comes in a "single" that contains approximately 7 grams of finely ground espresso coffee. The sometimes seen "double" is approximately 14 grams of coffee and must use special modified holders to accommodate the larger pod.

The ESE pods do NOT fit in a "Single Serve Coffee" machine like a Senseo that take 55 millimeter pods and do not brew under high pressure (usually 15 bars) like an espresso machine.

The hope is that the ESE Pod offers convenience and higher quality results when users brew espresso across machines and different brands of espresso. The pod approach eliminates grind size issues, mess, dose issues and sometimes a lot of mess. The downside of a pre-dosed pod is that it does not offer the freshness of a locally roasted coffee that is ground for each brew.

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 2, 2010 8:30 AM
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