About Senseo Coffee Pods
The Senseo coffee machine was a joint venture between two international Dutch companies, Philips and Douwe Egberts. Purveyors of fine coffees to households and caterers, Douwe Egberts had noticed the smaller modern household, while more keen than ever on quality coffee, often only wanted one cup at a time.
The Senseo was created by award-winning Dutch designers WeLL Design to supply solo coffee drinkers with appealing design and quality, potential for individualisation and convenience. Philips launched it in the Netherlands in 2001, and its popularity soon spread to neighbouring countries, then the UK, USA and Australia. By 2008 there were Senseos in one-in-two Dutch or Belgian homes, and more than 20 million worldwide.
Several generations of Senseo machine including Latte Select, Quadrante and Twist, and single and two-cup models, all use the disposable ground coffee pod. Original variants made by Douwe Egberts include Medium or Dark Roast and Decaffeinated, and other ranges include strong, characterful varieties, milky classics like cappuccino or latte, and popular blends in mug-sized pods.
In 2011, Douwe Egberts, owned by American food giant Sara Lee, re-established an autonomous international base in the Netherlands as D.E. Master Blenders 1753. Sara Lee stopped marketing their Senseo pods in the USA in 2012, following unsuccessful attempts to retain exclusive rights to the pod patent, but the new D.E. continues to produce superior pods for the Senseo in many countries in and outside Europe including, more recently, Brazil.
Anyone is legally free to produce Senseo-compatible coffee pods for the UK, and there are economical or Fair Trade disposable alternatives available. Another option is the refillable pod which allows you to use loose ground coffee with your Senseo machine. Other Senseo-compatible coffee machines are also available.