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Shop our low prices on the new line of RealCups that are compatible for Keurig brewers! K-Cups, K Pods, and Coffee Pods are all different. Let us explain the K-Cups vs. Pods differences.

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Differences Between K-Cups, K-Pods, and Coffee Pods


K-cups and coffee pods are alike only in their purpose: a single brew coffee container. Both are frequently called "coffee pods", and that can be confusing. They are actually very different in the way they look and the machines that they are used in. Looking at the K-cups and Miss Ellie's coffee pods, you'll see that both are premeasured single brew containers of coffee. There are no loose grounds, and you simply throw away the used K-Cups or Pods after use. And, you can change from one type of coffee, tea or flavored coffee, to another quickly and easily without having to clean out the machine. 


Both are extremely easy to use and are available in many flavors, roasts, grinds, and styles of coffee and teas. However, that's where the likenesses end between the two. Coffee pods, simply put,  are single-serve doses of coffee grounds, in a disc-like round filter pack that resembles a funny shaped teabag. There are several different brands of coffee pod machines, such as the Senseo, and pod models of Melitta,SunCafe, Bunn, Krups, and Cuisinart. Pods are versatile enough to be used in different brands of coffee pod brewers, and there are several different companies that manufacture the pods at the same dimensions to be used by different brewers. This allows you to have a wide selection of pods to choose from, not being limited by one or two brands of coffee. Some machine manufacturers, such as Senseo, produces their own pods. There are many pod coffee companines out there and between them, you can find just about any possible kind of coffee in a pod form. Kona, Jamaican, Colombian, and Breakfast blends for those who prefer the natural varietals, or maybe some French Vanilla or an afternoon decaf. More coffee choices than can be listed. Most pod manufactures now offer pods for making hot tea as well.


Now, let's look at K-cups and RealCups. Obviously, they are engineered for use with the Keurig line of coffee makers and those that have the same mechanics as the Keurig machines. So, immediately we realize that they are a bit less flexible in the regard to interchanging brewers that will accept them. 


K-cups and RealCups are also available in practically every flavor, roast, blend, and, like pods, come in many choices of teas. Their tea selection is very diverse, including teas from Higgins and Burke, Bigelow, and Celestial Seasonings. Something that K-cups has that pods doesn't, is hot chocolate.There are also K-cups that have decaf and flavored coffees that come in many different types of roasts.  While the pods are simple filter pads, K-cups are a more complex package. They are made with a hard, heat resistant plastic on the sides while the filter and coffee are sealed inside with a foil-like top. The plastic container is part of the whole brewing system and works to produce the correct amount of pressurized water flow for brewing a single cup of coffee.


Is one type of single-brew system better than the other? It's hard to say. They both make excellent cups of coffee. The K-cups are a little more expensive than pods, and take up a little more space because of their plastic shells, but you also get more choices - and the Keurig machine will make hot chocolate which you can't do in a pod machine.


All in all, it comes down to personal choice. Whether you decide on the K-Cups or the Pods, let us be your supplier for all your coffee and tea needs! At Coffee.org you'll find wholesale discount prices on many products. Our Coffee Club adds additional savings to you, when you schedule deliveries on a recurring basis.