Capsule system coffee machines are some of the most common home or office coffee and espresso machines used today. These machines are used for producing quality espresso and other beverages such as tea and milk based beverages. In a nutshell, the capsules of each type of capsule system contain a premeasured amount of sealed ground coffee. Those single use capsules are inserted into the machines, which when operated, pierce the top part of the capsules to allow the hot water to flow through with high pressure. The hot water flow extracts the beverage to the cup. Each capsule is used once and then disposed of. The most famous capsule system is the Nespresso capsule system, developed by Nestle. Other well known capsule systems include Caffitaly, Tassimo, Keurig, Lavazza and Senseo.
A bunch of capsule systems are marketed worldwide, with their own unique capsule technology. This means that capsules of each system (Tassimo T-Discs, Keurig K-Cups, Nespresso capsules, etc.) have unique shapes and structures. But the idea is the same for all capsules. The consequence is that for each capsule system a limited variety of coffee machines, that are able to handle the system's unique capsules, are available. For example, a Magimix Nespresso M100 Coffee Maker is a coffee maker, made by Magimix, for the Nespresso capsules system. This coffee machine is great for producing quality espresso from Nespresso capsules, but has no use if one only has a capsule from the Caffitaly capsule system.
So capsules are sold in many shapes and flavors. This is why I wanted to put together this article, to make some things a little clearer for those of you who are thinking about buying a coffee maker for your home. Here is a summary of the most popular capsules systems:
The Caffitaly System (or Caffita System) - A capsule system for making espresso and other coffee, and tea drinks in home espresso machines designed for the Caffitaly system. The system was developed by the Italian company Gaggia. The Caffitaly capsule has two small filters. The coffee is extracted as the high pressure water passes through the grounded coffee and the filters in the capsule. Caffitaly capsules are found in the world though different manufacturers, which brand the capsules in a different ways, but the capsules are always the same.
Among the Gaggia coffee makers which use the Caffitaly system you can find the K111d Gaggia Caffitaly, L'Amante Gaggia Caffitaly and the new Caffitaly Nautilus.
The Nespresso System – The capsules of the Nespresso System are made of pressed aluminum foil. The top and sides are made of a thick layer, and the base is covered with a thinner layer. After the top is pierced and the machine activated, pressurized hot water runs into the top of the capsule, which in turn causes the bottom of the capsule (thinner layer) to bow out, and finally be pierced by the machine. This way the brewed coffee can flow into the cup.
Among the popular coffee makers which use the Nespresso system are the Magimix Nespresso M100, Siemens Nespresso TK911 and many more.
The Tassimo System - This system's pods have drinks that include milk, such as cappuccino. The capsules are called T-Discs and have a bar code printed on their label. The Tassimo machine read the bar code to calculate the amount of water, brewing time, and temperature for the specific beverage. The brewing process takes between 30-60 seconds. Discs containing milk use UHT milk, not powdered milk.
The newer coffee makers which use the Tassimo system include the Bosch Tassimo TAS4011GB Multi-Beverage Machine and other models by Bosch.
The Senseo System - Another capsule system for coffee makers made by Philips and Douwe Egberts. , a subsidiary of Sara Lee Corporation. The three main characteristics of the system are its coffee pods (called pads in some countries), its design and its easy to use system.
Models that utilize this system include the Philips HD7816/50.
There are more systems, like the Keurig system with it's K-Cup portion cups, Flavia with it's filter packs, and more.
You should definately check locally to see which company has better service for ordering capsules online or buying them at local shops. You are welcome to my blog to ask any questions you may have about capsule system coffee machines, or about any other coffee related subjects.
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