E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) is an open standard system for espresso pods, known as E.S.E. pods. It allows any roaster or machine manufacturer to participate in this system and use the pads. The pads are specially designed for espresso machines with portafilters and consist of small two-layer filter bags containing a single portion of pressed espresso powder. They have a diameter of 44 mm and are often equipped with a tab for easy insertion and removal. These pods are available in various sales channels, including specialty shops and online retailers.
The main advantages of E.S.E. pads are their simplicity and convenience. With just one pad, you can easily make an espresso by inserting it into the portafilter and removing it after brewing. Cleaning is minimal and the pre-portioned pods ensure the right amount of espresso powder with an optimal grind. The standardisation of E.S.E. pods means that products from different roasters and manufacturers can be used in the same machine, offering a wide range of customisation options.