Coffee pods vs ground coffee vs instant coffee – what’s your cup?

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Coffee pods vs ground coffee vs instant coffee – what’s your cup?

As a coffee drinker, you no doubt have a preference for the type of coffee you enjoy, It might be ground coffee, brewed and freshly made, It might be coffee pods or capsules, with all the flavour and convenience they offer, Or it might be the simplicity, taste and cost of instant coffee.

That’s what makes it interesting. Every coffee drinker is unique, with their own preferences for how they like to enjoy their coffee. Let’s find out more about instant coffee vs ground coffee vs coffee pods.

Coffee Pods

Coffee pods or coffee capsules

Think of capsule or pod coffee and the first word that often springs to mind is Nespresso. As the market leader, Nespresso has developed a range of coffee machines and capsules designed to deliver incredible flavours, aromas and convenience to coffee drinkers.

The process of making your coffee can be relaxing and part of the reason for choosing a Nespresso coffee machine. Nespresso takes care of it all for you. Being able to choose the capsule flavour, add it to your machine and then steam or froth milk is all part of the coffee experience. It’s also about bringing the café experience into your home, with all the ease, cost-effectiveness and convenience that offers.

Did you know there are less steps in making a capsule coffee than an instant coffee?

Capsule coffee comes out of the machine at the perfect temperature for drinking, allowing you to enjoy it straight away, all with the press of a button. Nespresso’s coffee machines have a number of preferred temperature settings, allowing you to Choose the perfect drinking temperature for you.

There’s a definite difference in taste between capsule, ground and instant coffee. Nespresso’s hermetically sealed aluminium capsules are the optimal way to lock in freshness once the coffee is harvested and processed in its country of origin. The aluminium capsules prevent oxidation and guarantee optimal freshness for every cup of coffee.

Nespresso’s coffee is pulped, fermented, washed and dried in its country of origin. The seed of the coffee cherry is transported to roasting facilities in Switzerland, where it is blended and roasted to perfection. Only then is it ground and encapsulated.

A capsule cup of coffee is just like having a barista made coffee, offering a variety of flavours and blends. With so many options, you can’t go wrong with capsule coffee. There really is a flavour to suit everyone.

Capsule coffee is higher in antioxidants and the many benefits they offer.

Instant and ground coffee

Instant coffee

Instant coffee is the simplest, quickest and most cost-effective coffee option. It’s been around for a long time and it was the choice of coffee for many Australians before ground coffee and capsules were introduced and became more mainstream.

If you’re in a hurry to get out the door in the morning or after a quick coffee in the office kitchen, then instant coffee is usually the first choice.

It’s granulated coffee; it’s been brewed into a concentrate and then either been through a quick dry or freeze drying process with the end result of powdered coffee extract.

To make a cup, all you need to do is boil the kettle, add a teaspoon or two (depending on how strong you like your coffee) to a cup, add boiling water and milk and sugar if you choose.

The types of beans and skills used to make instant coffee are different to those used for other types of coffee. Instant coffee often uses Robusta beans, which can produce a bitter flavour. There are also differences in flavour and cost and no need for equipment, other than a kettle, making it a cost-effective solution.

Ground coffee

What type of coffee beans will you grind? What’s the best type of equipment to grind the coffee beans? How will you brew your coffee beans? What suits your flavour preferences? What do you enjoy? These are all questions to consider when choosing ground coffee.

Ground coffee often delivers a variety of flavours, like coffee pods. Aromatic Arabica beans are often used and can make a difference to the flavour.

While it’s fresh coffee, the life of the ground coffee is limited once it’s exposed to air. You do have the option to customise your cup of coffee according to your preferences by choosing a light roast, medium or dark as well as the caffeine content.

One of the challenges of ground coffee is knowing how to properly grind, tamp and brew your coffee beans. It takes practice and some knowledge of coffee.

Explore Nespresso

Discover Nespresso coffee machines and capsules to suit your unique coffee preferences. Learn more about the types of capsules and pods available.

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