TIME-SAVING coffee pods are a quick and simple solution to making a tasty cup of coffee at the touch of a button.

But when it comes to buying the best coffee pods, it can be pretty overwhelming – there are so many choices, blends, strengths, and origins that it can be mind-boggling.

Apparently, Brits now glug around 95 million cups of coffee every day, or four cups of coffee daily per person.

In 2016, 30 per cent of UK households owned an espresso pod machine, according to trade magazine The Grocer.

This – with some help from a smooth-talking George Clooney – means coffee pods have become so popular they were added to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) typical basket of goods, used to calculate inflation that same year.

Whether you need a back-up for when you're running late or you're looking for a convenient solution for your guests, a coffee pod machine can be a handy kitchen appliance – so we don't blame the whopping number of Brits who are lucky enough to own them.

But how do they work? Are all coffee pods the same and are there any recyclable pods out there for a guilt-free brew?

Here's all you need to know about the best coffee pods on the market, available to buy right now.

Best coffee pods for espressos: Nespresso Firenze Arpeggio

  • Firenze Arpeggio, £3.60 for 10 capsules from Nespresso – buy now

A favourite among espresso enthusiasts, Nespresso's Firenze Arpeggio is part of the brand's original line, launched back in 1993, and remains one of its most popular flavours.

According to the coffee-giant, the fabled Arpeggio gets its intense flavour from a blend of pure Arabica beans and is structured on the back of a classic, tasty Costa Rican coffee.

The result is a full-bodied and rich tasting espresso with subtle cocoa notes and woody hints – it's light in bitterness but a nine on the intensity scale, so make this your first choice if you're a fan of the stronger stuff.

Don't forget to take your used coffee pods in store to be recycled, rather than chucking them in the bin.

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