The search for an espresso coffee pod that stays true to the rich flavor of an authentic espresso can be challenging. There are companies out there that claim a true Italian experience, but despite their efforts fall short. Fortunately, an Italian coffee brand known as Segafredo has made the search much easier for all of us. With the introduction of their Segafredo espresso pods, they've produced a product that's deeply true to the bold, smooth, and “never bitter” qualities of the quintessential espresso.
Segafredo espresso pods are an example of convenience without compromise. They deliver a rich espresso experience that most surprise The convenience of having no cleanup is a huge incentive for many of us. The use of these pods requires an Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E) coffee machine which adheres to the E.S.E standards established by Illy in 1971. (Consequently, they too make excellent real-deal espresso.) These Segafredo espresso pods use a blend of Arabica coffee compressed in an air-tight package to give you a cup of genuine full-flavored espresso along with excellent crema.
Note: These pods are compatible with E.S.E-compatible machines only which means no Keurig machines or single serve coffee pod machines.
If you're not in the market to buy an E.S.E espresso machine, you can certainly still enjoy the flavor of Segafredo coffee in its whole bean or pre-ground form.
Beyond Segafredo Espresso Pods: Other Recommendations
Of all of their flavors, the Segafredo Massimo blend is the one you're most likely to see being served in coffee shops as it was tailored to be the perfect partner to more milky coffees, especially lattes and mochas. It is an authentic Italian espresso blend which is full-bodied and has sweet chocolate notes which offsets any potential bitterness in your brew.
If you're after a darker roast with bolder and richer flavors, then look to the Segafredo Enzo. Available as either whole bean or ground, this blend has smoky and nutty overtones accentuated with a hint of caramel to create a smooth finish. This bean deserves to be served as an espresso to fully appreciate it's boldness.
Segafredo Company History
Call me old-fashioned, but I find it interesting to learn about the actual brands I drink. Perhaps in my own world it makes the coffee taste better 🙂 Having said that, let's talk a little about Segafredo's history. An Italian company started by Massimo Zanetti, Segafredo is the only company in the coffee industry that directly controls all aspects of its coffee production, from the growing to the roasting of the beans. In an age of outsourcing, it's always refreshing to see a company aim to keep things internal as much as possible. Again, old-fashioned perhaps. They manage plantations in Brazil, Hawaii and Costa Rica and ensure only the use of the best quality beans to get their renowned blends. Segafredo is also known within the industry for their innovation especially when it comes to roasting their beans, toasting them to exact temperatures in their state of the art machines to create consistent flavor. As a testament to how good their coffee is, Segafredo is sold in over 30'000 cafes and bars around the world.