Keurig® took the world by storm when they introduced single-serve coffee brewers and coffee pods in 1998. Their initial round of coffee pods specifically targeted the office market bringing convenience and quality to the job sites around the world. Fast forward a few years and K cups® and coffee pods have made their way into the homes of millions of coffee lovers around the world. However, despite the wild success of Keurig's® single service coffee pods, there remained a void in the market that desperately needed to be filled. Customers were searching for the best espresso K cups® only to discover there were none.
In 2012, the espresso coffee pod was introduced and to the overwhelming joy of espresso drinkers around the world, the market was inundated with some of the best espresso K cups® the market had ever seen. Considering the sales figures of 7.37 million Keurig machine sales in 2011 versus a jump to 10.1 million sales in 2013, there's little doubt that the introduction of convenient espresso pods played a critical role in the popularity of K cups®.
Nowadays, however, the coffee pod and capsule game is so rife with competition that it can be a challenge finding the best espresso k cup that fits your particular palette. Sure, you could spend hours sifting through reviews yourself or put together a flow chart of personal recommendations from friends and colleagues. We've taken some of the legwork out of the searching process and compiled a convenient list of our top 4 favorite espresso K cups® and capsules. As a note, these aren't in any particular order. They all have qualities that make them exceptional.
Anyone who is familiar with the espresso K cup® world knows that it's all about achieving that perfect balance of body, strength, and flavor. Timothy's Rainforest Espresso K Cup teems with flavor and richness without the bitterness you might expect from an extra dark roast. This coffee offers a deep body and texture that satisfies even though most discerning espresso drinkers. At day's end, Timothy's espresso k cup makes an espresso that's worthy of a cafe in Paris. It packs the extra punch that espresso drinkers routinely seek while balancing it with a rich flavor that's as smooth as it is tasty. Espresso drinkers will also appreciate the subtle yet undeniable hints of crema.
If you have a Nespresso machine, chances are you're in love with the style and ease of the system. However, there are equal chances that you're not a fan of the limited brand-based capsule selections. Fortunately, many manufacturers play the hero card by producing Nespresso-compatible pod or capsule options, and Maud is one of the best on the market. But why choose a single flavor when you can order Maud's Espresso Variety Pack with the click of a button?
Although Maud's espresso capsules are fair trade certified, organic, and fully recyclable. They are also very attractively priced. As far as the espresso itself, Maud's Espresso are gentler than many of other competing brands such as Nespresso, they are no less flavorful. Believe it or not, not espresso drinker likes a strength that will knock you on your rear. Maud's espresso is unquestionably smooth and are perfect for espresso drinkers who prefer their espresso on the mild side.
This 80-count pack includes four different flavors and strengths of Maud's best-selling espresso. Enjoy 20 capsules, each, of Aromatico, Decaffienato, Dolcetto, and Intenso espresso. Medium and dark roast selections allow individual taste and texture preferences. And with 20% more coffee per pod, you can enjoy a regular or lungo size without sacrificing flavor.
I can't say it's a huge surprise to find Gevalia on a list of the best espresso K cups® on the market. Known for their decadently-smooth and impeccably-balanced coffee, Gevalia starts off with to grade 100% arabica coffee and adds just enough flavor to provide a exquisite treat without overwhelming the taste buds. It's for this reason that the Gevalia Cappuccina Espresso K Cup® is a customer favorite time and time again. Gevalia has done a brilliant job with creating a luxurious cafe-quality beverage that comes from a simple k cup and powdered packet. The end product is impressive to behold and even more impressive to taste. This specialty pack includes 6 pods of deliciously-flavored espresso and 6 froth packets made with real milk.
The two-part treat costs more than the average Keurig pod, but “treat” is the operative word here. Even at an average of $1.50 per serving, it's still cheaper than name-brand coffee house options of similar quality at best. All Gevalia pods are compatible with Keurig machines, so why even bother leaving the house again for a hot, caffeinated treat when you can enjoy some of the best espresso K cups® in your favorite fluffy slippers?
No list of best espresso K cups® and capsules would complete without illy being on the list. Illy is one of the top espresso manufacturers in the world. Caffeine addicts who prefer single brewing methods for their daily perks and pick-me-ups can also experience the quality and true commitment from this Italian brand thanks to their Illy Dark Roast Espresso Capsules. The tin container has an air-pressured lid to keep the contents fresh until you need them. Inside, 5 ounces of high-quality arabica blend iperEspresso is expertly measured throughout 21 capsules that deliver an intense, robust, fully flavored experience when brewed.
True espresso aficionados can expect a rich, velvety crema found in some of the most luxurious European cafes. And as for compatibility, Illy iperEspresso capsule system lets you prepare extraordinary espresso and cappuccino at home with ease. IperEspresso capsules work with multiple machines including Cuisinart for Illy, Gaga for Illy, and Francis Francis Espresso machines (X1 through X9 models and Y1 through Y5 models).
This list was created for specifically espresso lovers. If espresso isn't your thing, check out our list of some of the best K cups® on the market that aren't espresso.