What is an E.S.E. Pod?

by Brian Clerk
(Salinas, CA)

An E.S.E. espresso pod and portafilter.

An E.S.E. espresso pod and portafilter.


A few times now I have come across the term 'E.S.E. pods'. What is this? What's an ESE pod?


E.S.E. Pods are sealed coffee pods designed specifically for use in E.S.E.-compatible espresso machines.

E.S.E. stands for Easy Serving Espresso.

The principle is the same as the coffee pods made for use in single serve coffee makers.

With an E.S.E. pod, 7 grams of coffee are pre-packaged between two layers of filter paper. When you want a shot of espresso, you simply add the pod to your espresso machine and you're ready to go.

No grinding, no mess, no fuss.

Before you buy any E.S.E. pods, be sure that they are compatible with your espresso machine. That is to say, make sure there is an E.S.E. filter basket for your machine's portafilter that is specially shaped to accept an E.S.E. pod.

And if you are yet to buy an espresso machine, you might want to choose a model that accepts both loose coffee and E.S.E. pods.

A good example of an espresso machine that gives you the choice of using either loose coffee or pods is the DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker.

Comments for What is an E.S.E. Pod?

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Nov 18, 2014
using Pods with Delognhi ec155
by: Anonymous

My expresso come out VERY slowly ( drips) when using pods with this machine. I use the single basket.
I wonder if I am doing something wrong.
Using coffee grounds works great.

Editor's Note: Are you using an ESE pod holder in your portafilter?

Nov 26, 2009
ese pods
by: eric

Do you think ese pods will be around for sometime? Or just a limited time?. The reason I ask, I have noticed a few machines are now just ese pod usable. no loose ground coffee.

Jan 02, 2009
You're right! : )
by: Nick (The Coffee Detective)

Thanks Bob, I'll correct it right away.


Jan 02, 2009
Seven ounces?
by: Bob in Blacksburg

I think you mean ESE pods hold 7 grams of coffee (big difference from 7 ounces!).

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