Best-Rated Coffee Pods

Canstar Blue’s 2021 coffee pods review has seen L’OR, Starbucks by Nespresso, ALDI Expressi, Nespresso and Nescafe compared and rated on their taste, texture, aroma, packaging, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Aussies have rated L’OR best in Canstar Blue’s 2021 coffee pods review. It received five stars in most categories, including taste, texture, variety, packaging and overall satisfaction.

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While some might be dedicated home brewers who grind up coffee beans fresh each morning, others prefer the extra sleep in and use quick and easy coffee pods instead. While your current coffee machine might dictate what brands of pods you buy, there are still a number of options to consider. Or perhaps you’ve always been an instant coffee drinker and are now ready to upgrade to a machine? If that’s the case, you may want to give coffee pods a go.

But first, which coffee pod brand do Aussie coffee lovers enjoy most? To find out, we’ve surveyed more than 370 Aussie shoppers for their feedback on the coffee pods they’ve bought and used within the last three months. Respondents were asked to score on taste, texture, aroma, variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction. Coffee brands that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.

Want the scoop? This year’s ratings found Aussie consumers wanted more of L’OR, which received five-star reviews in five out of seven research categories ─ including overall satisfaction.

Best Coffee Pods

Best coffee pods to buy

Here are the best brands of coffee pods in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. L’OR
  2. Starbucks by Nespresso
  3. ALDI Expressi
  4. Nespresso
  5. Nescafe

Our research found many Aussies are pouring their money into L’OR, which achieved the only five-star rating for overall satisfaction. Meanwhile, Starbucks by Nespresso and ALDI Expresso picked up four stars, while Nespresso and Nescafe each settled the scores on three stars for overall satisfaction.

It’s worth mentioning ALDI Expressi rated best for value for money, earning five stars, before receiving extra full marks for variety. Starbucks by Nespresso got the same result for aroma, taste and texture.

About the Winner – L’OR

L'OR Coffee Pods review

L’OR gives Aussies the opportunity to create a café experience at home with its range of coffee capsules that serve a mix of floral, spicy (intense), and nutty flavours, at different intensity levels. Decaffeinated blends are alternatively available for when you need a caffeine hit without the ‘kick’, thanks to options like Ristretto Decaffeinato.

Other types of coffee pods to expect from L’OR include:

  • L’OR Espresso ─ Colombia
  • L’OR Espresso ─ Guatemala
  • L’OR Espresso ─ Organic
  • L’OR Espresso ─ India
  • L’OR Espresso ─ Or Absolu

Prices for L’OR coffee pods are usually $10 for a 10-pack or $11 for a box of 20.

  • L’OR rated five stars for taste, texture, variety, packaging design, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for aroma and value for money.

Other things to consider when buying coffee pods

While some of us will simply be after something that will get us going in the morning, there’s a few other areas that you may like to consider before heading to the checkout, including:

  • Do coffee pods fit in all machines?
  • How much caffeine is in a coffee pod?
  • Where can you recycle coffee pods?

Do coffee pods fit in all machines?

Coffee pod machine

While there’s plenty to consider when it comes to picking a brand of coffee pod, one area that’s more important than the rest is whether your coffee pod of choice can actually fit in your machine. And with so many options of pods and coffee machines out there, are they all compatible? The short answer is no.

While most brands of coffee machines are compatible with the majority of coffee pods available, not every coffee pod will fit in every machine, as some coffee pods have different dimensions and sizes, meaning not all will slot into your machine properly. To avoid any issues, always read the packaging on the pods, or visit the website of your coffee machine brand to see which pods are compatible with your model.

How much caffeine is in a coffee pod?

How much caffeine is in a coffee pod will depend on the brand, flavour and type of pod that you choose, with some pods designed to pack more of a caffeine punch than others. Some coffee pods contain between 50mg and 90mg of caffeine, while some of the more-caffeine intense coffee pods can have over 150mg. If you’re looking to cut back on your caffeine intake, or you’re just looking to get the biggest caffeine hit as possible, it’s best to read the nutritional information of your coffee pods to see how much caffeine is in each pod.

Where can you recycle coffee pods?

Where you can recycle coffee pods will depend on what brand of coffee pod you use, and your location, as you can’t simply throw coffee pods in the recycling bin. Some brands like Nespresso allow you to drop off your used coffee pods at their stores to be properly disposed of, while third-party initiatives like Terracycle have drop-off locations around Australia. However, with most brands looking to limit their environmental impact, it’s best to check with the brand’s website as to whether they have drop off or collections points for your used coffee pods.

Aussies’ coffee habits and attitudes

Wondering how Aussies buy and drink their coffee? Well, takeaway coffee seems to remain a strong favourite for many people. However, our survey revealed that one in three (30%) make coffee at home to avoid having to buy one from a café. Of those who do make their morning brew at home with pods or capsules, 31% said they prefer to use biodegradable and environmentally friendly pods when possible. Interestingly, nearly one in ten respondents (9%) worry they drink too much coffee and 11% even said they get withdrawals if they don’t have a cuppa. Here are more interesting facts from our survey below:

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased coffee pods to consume at home in the last three months – in this case, 371 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

Below are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s Coffee Pod reviews:

  • 2020: ALDI Expressi
  • 2019: L’Or