Coffee Pods

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

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Most Satisfied Customers | Nescafe / ALDI Expressi

Aussies have rated Nescafe and ALDI Expressi as the best brands for coffee pods in Canstar Blue’s 2020 review. Both scored five stars for overall satisfaction and more.

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Nescafe & ALDI Expressi brew up best in coffee pod ratings

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 should 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 700 Aussie shoppers for their feedback on coffee pods they’ve recently bought and used. Respondents were asked to compare and rate brands on several important factors like taste, aroma, value for money, overall satisfaction and so on, to obtain a final star rating for each category. Those which met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.

Want the scoop? This year, our coffee pod review yielded not one, but two winning brands for best coffee pods – Nescafe & ALDI Expressi! Both were rated five stars for overall satisfaction and in the majority of categories surveyed.

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Best coffee pods rating reviews Australia

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

  • 1st Nescafe / ALDI Expressi
  • 3rd Nespresso
  • 4th L’Or
  • 5th Woolworths
  • 6th Coles
  • 7th Moccona
  • 8th Starbucks by Nespresso
  • 9th Lavazza

Nescafe and ALDI Expressi were equally rated the best brands for coffee pods in Canstar Blue’s 2020 ratings. Both received top marks for overall satisfaction and texture. Nescafe additionally scored a five-star rating for taste and aroma, while ALDI Expressi top scored in value for money and variety.

Nespresso achieved five stars for taste, aroma and variety, but still landed on four stars for overall customer satisfaction. Notably, Woolworths was the only brand to rate best for packaging and also gave joint winner ALDI Expressi a nod in the value for money category with five stars.

The majority of brands featured, including favourites like Nespresso, Moccona and last year’s winner L’Or, finished on four stars for overall satisfaction. Starbucks by Nespresso and Lavazza scored three stars overall.

About the winners – Nescafe & ALDI Expressi


Best coffee pods rating reviews Australia Nescafe

Whether you’re craving a shot of espresso, a velvety latte or a cold nitro coffee, Nescafe by Nestlé has a wide range of coffee products including beans, instant sachets and pods to suit all palettes. It also sells coffee machines and accessories for those looking to play barista at home. Nescafe’s line of capsules and pods is called Dolce Gusto and features various brew blends, including:

  • Dolce Gusto Flat White
  • Dolce Gusto Colombia Sierra Nevada Lungo
  • Dolce Gusto Americano
  • Dolce Gusto Espresso
  • Dolce Gusto Cappuccino

Prices for Nescafe capsules and pods start from $8.50 for a 16-pack in most supermarkets.

ALDI Expressi

Best coffee pods rating reviews Australia ALDI Expressi

You can enjoy café-style drinks at home and on a budget with ALDI’s exclusive range of coffee capsules and machines – Expressi. The brand offers a wide range of coffee, latte and hot chocolate pods, with some organic and certified fair-trade options also available. Some coffee blends from the Expressi range include:

  • Expressi Calabrese
  • Expressi Milano
  • Expressi Reggio
  • Expressi Perugia
  • Expressi Decaffi

Prices for Expressi coffee pods start from $5.99 for a 16-pack, exclusively at ALDI.

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 two in five survey respondents (40%) 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, 34% said they prefer to use biodegradable and environmentally friendly pods when possible. Interestingly, one in ten respondents (12%) worry they drink too much coffee and 15% 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

Megan Birot

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 6,000 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, 759 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.