Q-Cups and Pods
Is a coffee pod the same thing as a Q-cup? No, but we understand your confusion! Technically, a pod is any self-contained unit and K-cup vendors often use the words interchangeably. However, when speaking about single serve coffee options, the pod and the K-cup share little in common – they have different shapes, work in different machines, and have different pricing structures.
A pod is a pre-measured single serving of packed coffee grounds contained between two rounds of filter paper. Individual pods are generally wrapped in an aluminum envelope to preserve their freshness.
A Q-cup is a pre-measured single serving of grounds placed in a filter-lined plastic cartridge and sealed with plastic and foil. K-cups must be brewed in a K-cup machine, the most common being the Keurig machine.