What are the pads for a coffee machine: advantages and disadvantages, tips for choosing

A true gourmet knows a lot about real coffee, it must be brewed. Thanks to the progress and the advent of the coffee machine, this process has been simplified, but the coffee grinder needs to be set up well and be able to properly compact the grains in the holder. It can be difficult for a beginner to cope with a coffee machine, and the pads used for a coffee machine, quickly gaining authority and recognition, come to his aid.

Pads for coffee machines.

Pods make working with a coffee machine easy.

What are pads?

Italy is considered the main consumer of coffee, and it is not surprising that the very name “chalds” is Hispanic and translates as “tablet”, they were invented there. In 1974, Illycaffe produced circle-shaped packs containing 7–9 grams of roasted, ground, and pressed coffee beans, which they have remained to this day.

Creation of pads.

The first pads were created in Italy.

With their appearance, the process of making coffee is reduced to the simplest possible level; you need to put the chalda in the coffee machine and press the start button.


When issuing the pods, the companies adhere to standard parameters, an insignificant difference is the quality of the paper used and the modified forms. They are divided according to the diameter of the filter bag, depending on the type of coffee machine in which it will be used. Filters with a diameter of 44 mm are designed for a classic serving of espresso, using 60 ml of water in the preparation. Pads of 55 mm diameter are used to prepare a large number of coffee drinks, which may also include milk foam, the required volume of water is 150 ml. Thanks to individual foil and sealed packaging, each filter bag retains the taste and aroma of coffee beans.

Diameter of pads.

Pads come in different diameters.

Advantages and disadvantages

Coffee made in pods for a coffee machine has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Its advantages include:

  • ease of use and preparation;
  • sealed packaging retains the aroma of freshly ground coffee;
  • the cost of pads is lower than coffee in capsules;
  • it’s more convenient to dispose of the used filter bag than coffee grounds;
  • there is no need to clean the filter holder from the thick;
  • no chemical additives are used in the manufacture of pads;
  • possesses high and steady tastes;
  • economical consumption, one sachet per cup.
The aroma of the pads.

Thanks to a special filter, coffee does not lose its natural taste and aroma.

The disadvantages inherent in this product include:

  • the cost is higher than ground coffee;
  • in production, grains of not the highest grade are used, and the taste is not original;
  • it is difficult to change the taste or strength of the drink.
Chelda for coffee price.

A minus the pads can be considered a high price.

What kind of coffee is packaged in pads?

Typically, several varieties of coffee are used in the production of pods, which are mixed, ground and subsequently packaged. Elite coffee varieties are not involved in production in this case, because premium coffee is sold exclusively in grain form. Despite this, the filter bags include coffee beans of the best varieties, collected from plantations in different corners of the globe.

Chelds for coffee machines.

The pads do not include elite coffee.

Preparation method

The manufacturing process of pads goes through several stages. First, the green grains of Arabica and Robusta are mixed, the use of various varieties allows you to achieve a variety of taste shades. Then they are subjected to heat treatment, which is divided into medium or strong degree of frying. After that, for two days, the grains settle in the fresh air, in order to start and safely complete the organic reactions, allowing to preserve the aroma of coffee. At the end, the grains are pressed or pulverized, and immediately packaged in pads. Carbon dioxide, pumped into packages with aluminum foil in the middle layer, allows you to maintain the freshness and aroma of coffee for a long time.

how to prepare the pod.

The manufacture of pads takes place in several stages.

Types of coffee

The presented assortment of coffee in pods manufacturers seek to expand and create new combinations. Typically, each company strives to provide the buyer with a choice of 15-20 taste solutions. In addition to coffee, tea has also begun to be produced in pods, which by its taste is many times superior to tea bags.

coffee in pads.

coffee in pads is superior in taste to other types.

Leading brands are as follows:

  1. Buscaglione. They produce three flavors for making espresso, americano or cappuccino, and also have a selection of Decaffeinato, prepared using technology that allows you to extract caffeine.
  2. San Giusto makes pads from Brazilian Arabica and Indonesian robusta, used for strong drinks.
  3. Italco comes in two flavors, Assolo with a minimal concentration of caffeine, and an invigorating Concerto rich in caffeine.
  4. Bristot is suitable for classic espresso, it contains a quarter of alpine robusta, and everything else - Brazilian arabica
  5. ILLY high-quality brand using highland arabica
Packing pads of coffee.

Natural coffee is used for packaging coffee.

How to choose the pads

When purchasing the pads for a coffee machine, in order not to be disappointed in your choice, it is worth following the following tips.

  • The main role in the taste is played by the place where coffee beans grow, the best varieties are those brought from Ethiopia, Colombia and Costa Rica. Brazilian varieties are notable for their strength, and Haiti's coffee beans have a sweet flavor.
  • It is recommended to choose pods of medium or fine grinding; they have higher quality of water passage and taste return.
  • Do not save when buying. The higher the quality of the coffee, the higher the price. The best tablets are those with a minimum content of robusta, which is about 20%.
  • The product must be purchased based on the technical requirements and recommendations of the coffee machine manufacturer. Failure to comply with this rule can lead to tasteless and poor-quality coffee as a result, as well as damage to the equipment.
Making coffee pads.

Making coffee with the pads will seem like a real pleasure.

Place of growth

The process of growing a coffee tree is laborious, in order to obtain high-quality beans, work on coffee plantations is mainly done manually. The birthplace of coffee is Ethiopia, it has been used there since the 9th century. Over time, the places where coffee trees grew grew to reach Central and South America, Ethiopia, and Southeast Asia. In the manufacture of pods it is involved, like Arabica from Ethiopia, which has a chocolate flavor, and from India and Haiti, which have a sweet taste, coffee beans from Brazil are slightly acidic. Invariably the most popular are grains grown in Colombia and Costa Rica, they are distinguished by high quality taste.

Coffee machine on pods.

To make coffee you just need a pendant machine and coffee in pads.

Degree of grinding

One compressed tablet of fine grinding in 30 seconds of preparing a cup of espresso will give the drink the whole taste and aroma of coffee beans.Ideal drinks are also made from medium-ground grains, the filter bag allows water to pass through well and gives up a maximum of nutrients, suitable for both carob and pod coffee makers.

Tea in pads.

In addition to coffee, you can find tea in pads.

Type of coffee maker

To prepare coffee from tablets, carob or pod coffee makers are used.

Carob, or also called holder coffee makers, are the most common type, besides the classic espresso, with their help you can make latte, cappuccino, macchiato. They are divided into two types:

  1. Pressure boilers 2 - 4 bar
  2. Pump action up to 15 bar
Coffee pads.

Coffin coffee machine.

In the holder of the carob coffee maker there is a filter, the finest grinding coffee is poured into it, or you can put one bag of coffee pods. For these machines, a pouch with the marking E. S. E. (Easy Serving Espresso), having a diameter of 44 mm, weighing 7 grams, is suitable.

Pod coffee makers only work with filter bags that are loaded into a special tank, and you can enjoy coffee in less than a minute. After preparation, there is no need to clean the machine thanks to a filter bag that does not leak coffee and the tank remains clean.

How does a pod coffee machine work.

Most pod coffee machines work completely silently.

Note! Unpacked ground coffee should not be poured into the horn of a pod coffee maker.

Coffee Maker Pads

Nespresso was the first company to invent coffee pods, and its own line of pods was launched along with the machine. In Russia, the Kuppo company took up this in 2004. At present, the range of coffee machines is extensive, Philips, ARIETE, Tassimo and other companies are engaged in their production. The pricing policy for these coffee makers is extensive, you can purchase a budget option for one and two pads for 3000 rubles, or you can please yourself with a model with a built-in cappuccino machine in the amount of 20,000 rubles.

Making coffee in pads.

making coffee using pod coffee machines takes only a few minutes.

Selection tips

Choosing a coffee maker for the home according to reviews on various sites is quite difficult. It is necessary to consider what characteristics of quality, functionality and reliability are needed, and what amount you are willing to pay for them.

Considering that the pod coffee machine does not give room for making coffee, both taste and quality depend on the “tablet” used, so when choosing, you can rely on a set of additional functions, the manufacturer’s brand and the technical capabilities of the machine.

Types of coffee in pads.

There are more than 15 types of coffee in pads on the market.

Having examined in detail what pods for a coffee maker are, one can come to the conclusion that this invention of perspicacious Italians is indispensable for those coffee connoisseurs who plan their time, because the preparation process does not require special skills, does not take much time.

Video: Pod coffee machine

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