Coffee from ESE pods approaches the taste of really fresh coffee. These pads are similar to Senseo pads but are of much better quality. Each pad is packed airtight. The taste is often experienced as very good. However, the ESE pads or servings are expensive to use. The price of the machines is between the fully automatic bean machine and a Nespresso or Dolce Gusto machine.
The ESE pods were invented by Illy and are also known as E.S.E (Easy Serving Espresso Pod). These are small compressed coffee pods that contain 7 grams of coffee. The pad is used in special espresso machines where these pads fit. You cannot compare the pads with Senseo pads because the quality is many times higher. Not only Illy offers the pads. Also for example Lavazza but also various house brands offer the pads. Some E.S.E. machines also contain a piston into which you can put freshly ground coffee. That is very affordable and you can choose how you want to make coffee.