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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).
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.
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.
|Availability||High||High||Grocery stores and Amazon|
|Technology||Simple - punctures cup||Superior - barcode dictates brew||T-Disc barcode technology is superior|
|Brand Selection||High||Moderate||Far more brands with K-Cups|
|Coffee Maker Selection||High||Low||Far more coffee maker options that brew with K-Cups|
|Taste||Depends on Brand||Depends on Brand||Overall, I prefer T-Disc coffee|
|Brew Speed||Moderate - depends on coffee maker||Fast||Tassimo coffee makers brew very, very quickly|
|Reusable Filter Option||Yes - often comes with coffee maker||Yes - purchase from 3rd party|
|Design||Fairly large||Compact||Packaging for both is excessive and not environmental|
|K-Cup Brands||T-Disc Brands|
|Coffee||Barista Prima Coffeehouse||Carte Noir|
|Caza Trail||King of Joe Dark Roast|
|Chock full o' Nuts||Maxwell House|
|Eight O'Clock Coffee||Nabob|
|San Francisco Bay OneCup|
|Green Mountain Coffee||McCafe|
|Cappuccino/Latte||Donut House||Corner Coffeehouse|
|Green Moutain (Hot Apple Cider)||Costa|
|Hot Chocolate||Cafe Escapes||Cadbury|
|Laura Secord||Second Cup|
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