Peet’s Coffee Variety Assortment Espresso Pods, 40 Count

Last updated date: November 19, 2021

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9.1

Peet’s Coffee Variety Assortment Espresso Pods, 40 Count

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We looked at the top Espresso Pods and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Espresso Pod you should buy.

Update as November 24, 2021:
Checkout The Best Espresso Pods for a detailed review of all the top espresso pods.

Overall Take

Fans of Peet's signature California coffee will love these capsules. The pack comes with four of the more robust flavors, all packaged with care. Each pod fits snugly into the original line of Nespresso machines.


In our analysis, the Peet's Coffee Peet's Coffee Variety Assortment Espresso Pods, 40 Count placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Delve into a deeper kind of dark with the complexity and nuances of Peet’s signature dark espresso with our Peet's Espresso Capsules Variety Pack. Try all four blends including Ricchezza (Intensity 8, Medium Roast) which appeals with richness rather than power. A plush, complex espresso that slips seamlessly into the malty sweetness of steamed milk. Crema Scura (Intensity 9, Medium Roast) is a thick and luxurious espresso with full bodied, earthy, nutty notes balanced by a creamy, enduring finish. Ristretto (Intensity 10, Dark Roast), like a concentrated “short pull” espresso made by one of our baristas, delivers a sumptuous truffle of flavor. Notes of crushed spice and rich fruit with chocolate smoothness. Finally, Nerissimo (Intensity 11, Dark Roast) is espresso’s bittersweet, pleasantly biting answer to those who say you can't have dessert all day. Black as night, sweet as a brûlée topping. Made with 100% Arabica coffee, each capsule delivers the rich, high-quality coffee experience that you expect from Peet’s. Plus, the aluminum capsules are fully recyclable through our mail-back program. Each capsule is sealed to preserve aromas and deliver a more intense espresso experience and a richer, smoother, and creamier foam. They offer stable brewing, an exact pull, and more consistent interaction with Nespresso brewers. Peet’s Espresso Capsules are compatible with the Essenza Mini, Essenza Plus, Pixie, CitiZ, Lattissima, KitchenAid, and Creatista Nespresso Original machines. Our capsules are not compatible with Nespresso Vertuo machines.

An Overview On Espresso Pods

There is a great deal of care that goes into the cultivation and roasting of coffee beans. And while the final step of actually brewing that coffee is fairly straightforward, there have been a number of methods for doing it. True aficionados might have tried quite a few to satisfy their java jones, to the point where their coffee nook starts to resemble a mad scientist’s lab.

But when it comes to the most elegant combination of taste and simplicity, the art of coffee making may have reached its apex with the advent of single-serve pod-style machines. Even if you don’t already have one in your home, you’ve probably seen them at department stores under brand names like Nespresso or Keurig. With these machines, there’s no need to measure and pour coffee into a filter, or even water for every cup. You simply pop in a coffee pod in your choice of flavors and within seconds you’ve got a fresh cup of coffee or espresso.

The choice of coffee makers is a tough one, but there are only so many brands to choose from. Choosing the right espresso pods, however, can be much trickier. There are hundreds of flavors and intensity levels offered by the companies that make those machines, and that’s before you even look through the many off-brand compatible pods on the market.

The first thing that will narrow down your search is compatibility. You’ll want to make sure the pods you buy will fit into the machine you own. Buy the wrong pods, and you won’t just end up with an undrinkable mess — you might actually harm your machine.

The two major brands are Keurig and Nespresso, and of the two, Keurig has kept things relatively simple. Their K-Cups are a standard in all Keurig machines, and they’re even used by other coffee pod makers like Mueller and Hamilton Beach.

Nespresso has a wide variety of machines to suit every budget and taste, but their pods are not one-size-fits-all. The “original” line of Nespresso makers use a larger, cup-shaped pod where water jets through the top and forces coffee out through the foil covering at the bottom. The newer “vertuo” makers use a smaller, bowl-shaped pod that allows water to swirl around before flowing out openings at the edge.

The material of the coffee pod is another big consideration, both in terms of taste and the ability to recycle. The first generation of coffee pods got a lot of flak for how quickly they filled up garbage bins with non-biodegradable containers. Today, most companies have responded with kinder, gentler pods that can still produce a quality cup.

The most prevalent material is PBT, a thermoplastic that’s FDA-approved for use with food. It can also be recycled simply by rinsing out the container after use. A slightly pricier option is aluminum. These cups are a little thinner but more durable, allowing more coffee to be packed in. They can also be recycled with relative ease. These are the two main materials, but you can find pods made from a variety of compostable substances if you want to really be earth-friendly.

After you’ve made those choices, the most important one can also be the hardest: Taste. From bold darker roasts to complex light varietals to seasonal flavored blends, there’s something out there for everyone. Variety packs are a good way to go until you find a coffee that suits you. Here, the joy is truly in the journey. Happy tasting!

The Espresso Pod Buying Guide

One of the great things about coffee pods is that they’re airtight. Light and oxygen can degrade the taste of ground coffee, so that does wonders for the taste even months after you buy the pods. Even so, you should know that coffee pods can and do expire. Make sure to check the expiration date on the pod if it has one. If it doesn’t, most pods should be good for a year or so after their date of manufacture. And while the smell of coffee is generally a good thing, you don’t want it coming from your pods until after they’ve been used. Odors of any kind mean that the seal has been broken and the pod should be discarded.