K-Cups vs. Pods: The Difference In Your Office Coffee Service

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K-Cups vs. Pods: The Difference In Your Office Coffee Service


Before you decide which type of office coffee service you want to provide your hard working employees, you should consider the options available to you and which is the better fit.

K Cups Coffee

K-Cups Coffee

The majority of people at home and in the office use k-cups for convenience and It’s a plastic container with a small paper filter inside. Ground coffee is packed in the K-Cup and sealed air-tight with a combination plastic and foil lid. When the K-Cup is placed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer punctures both the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into a mug.

The K-Cup is placed in a receptacle on the brewer. K-Cups have an outer ring or rim that stays dry during use, allowing for removal and disposal after use without getting the user’s hands wet or sticky.

Most manually discarded pod machines require you to lift out the wet pod before your next brewing cycle. The pod is not really that wet nor is it too hot to handle. There may be an occasional drip of water from either one of the systems coffee device so be careful when discarding!

However the K-cup is not easily recyclable. It needs to be broken down to sort what is and is not recyclable. Not many people actually recycle K-Cups, sadly.

Coffee Pods

Coffee Pods

Coffee Pods are pre-packaged ground coffee beans in their own filter. Coffee pods are pre-packaged ground coffee beans in their own round filter. When the pod is placed in a pod brewer, the brewer seals the filter packet in a small brewing chamber then forces hot water under pressure through the chamber and into a mug. There are some machines that use gravity instead of air pressure to steep the coffee. The upside to coffee pods is they have the benefit of being a fully biodegradable.

There are 2 different types of single cup brewers in all models. They are either a self-ejecting system into an onboard trash receptacle or you have to remove the device manually before your next brewing cycle.

So Who’s the Winner?

Both the K-Cup system & Pod system can make a great, consistent cup of coffee. The pod systems is usually less expensive per cup than the K-Cup. The cost per cup difference is usually around 10 cents per cup in favor of the pod.

Both systems offer a wide variety of flavors & strengths to choose from. So which machine is right for you?

If it’s all about price then the pod machine wins!

If it’s all about helping the environment the pod machine wins!

If it’s about convenience and perceived cleanliness than the K-Cup wins!

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