Keurig K-Cups vs. Tassimo T-Discs (Brands Comparison Chart)

K-Cups vs. T-Discs

Trying to decide between K-Cups and T-Discs? We have both types of single serve coffee systems. Read our K-Cup vs. T-Disc comparison charts here.

When my wife and I decided to get a single serve coffee maker we were pretty clueless as to the options.

All we had heard about were Keurig and the popular K-Cups.

We had no idea there were other options such as Tassimo T-Discs, Nespresso, Senseo Pods, etc.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that the single serve coffee machine we chose should be based on what type of coffee “pod” we wanted to use (i.e. K-Cup, T-Disc, Nespress capsule or Senseo Pod).

BUT, how does one go about choosing between K-Cups, T-Discs, Senseo Pods or Nespress capsules?

Our criteria were two-fold:

1. Had to be widely available:  We didn’t want to be forced to order more coffee online only or go to a specialty retail store. Instead we wanted to be able to buy the coffee in our local grocery store or from Amazon (we’re Amazon Prime members and order frequently from Amazon).

2. We had to like at least one of the coffee brands available:  The thing is not all coffee brands create all of the single serve options. For example, Starbucks comes in K-Cups but not T-Discs.

What we did was check out the coffee brands available in our local grocery store. It turned out K-Cups and T-Discs had the most offerings.

Our grocery store did not offer every brand in K-Cups and T-Discs. Therefore, we had to choose on limited selection. It turned out T-Discs offered a wide selection of Gevalia, a brand of coffee we both love (I also like Starbucks and ended up buying a K-Cup compatible coffee machine for my office, but our home machine is a Tassimo T55 and we drink Gevalia House Dark Blend).

Personal Choice

Please keep in mind that our choosing T-Discs was a personal choice based on taste and availability in our local grocery store.

You can also do what I did and get both a Tassimo machine and K-Cup compatible machine so you can have both K-Cups and T-Discs.

However, when I started researching the single serve coffee lifestyle, I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of brands for both K-Cups and T-Discs. Hence I’m publishing this post.

K-Cup and T-Disc Comparison Chart

Below is a K-Cup and T-Disc comparison chart that includes a full list of beverage and coffee brands for both K-Cups and T-Discs. We hope this chart helps you decide on which single serve coffee maker to buy or which coffee to try next.

K-Cup vs T-Disc Comparison Chart

 K-CupsTassimo T-DiscsNotes
AvailabilityHighHighGrocery stores and Amazon
TechnologySimple - punctures cupSuperior - barcode dictates brewT-Disc barcode technology is superior
Brand SelectionHighModerateFar more brands with K-Cups
Coffee Maker SelectionHighLowFar more coffee maker options that brew with K-Cups
TasteDepends on BrandDepends on BrandOverall, I prefer T-Disc coffee
Brew SpeedModerate - depends on coffee makerFastTassimo coffee makers brew very, very quickly
Reusable Filter OptionYes - often comes with coffee makerYes - purchase from 3rd party
DesignFairly largeCompactPackaging for both is excessive and not environmental

K-Cup and T-Disc Brand Comparison Chart (Alphabetical Order)

 K-Cup BrandsT-Disc Brands
CoffeeBarista Prima CoffeehouseCarte Noir
Caza TrailKing of Joe Dark Roast
Chock full o' NutsMaxwell House
Dunkin DonutsMcCafe
Eight O'Clock CoffeeNabob
EldoradoSecond Cup
FolgersTim Hortons
Green Mountain
Laura Secord
Mad Monkey
Marley Coffee
Maxwell House
Newman's Own
Peets Coffee
San Francisco Bay OneCup
Van Houtte
DecafEmeril'sMaxwell House
Green Mountain CoffeeMcCafe
Van Houtte
Cappuccino/LatteDonut HouseCorner Coffeehouse
Green Moutain (Hot Apple Cider)Costa
Second Cup
Tim Hortons
Hot ChocolateCafe EscapesCadbury
Grove SquareGevalia
Laura SecordSecond Cup
Swiss MissSuchard
BigelowTim Hortons
Celestial SeasoningsTwinings
Red Rose

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