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Good news if you’re a tea drinker, because the encapsulated coffee machines can now make tea with specialised tea pods. But with teabags being dirt cheap, are these capsules even worth it?

New in stores, and available online, Dilmah is experimenting with the idea of tea in a coffee pod, engineering what is essentially a teabag for Nespresso machines.

Nespresso’s range of automatic instant espresso machines are among the most popular in the world, competing in this country with offerings from Lavazza, Nescafe, and even Woolworths, the latter of which is also doing quite well (likely because of the inexpensive price) and supports pods under the MAP system which can be found from numerous retailers.

In general, the Nespresso machines have been designed, built, and engineered for coffee, and Nespresso’s several Grand Cru coffees at that, but in the past year or so, we’ve seen at least one third-party brand release compatible coffee capsules into supermarket chains across the country.

Now it’s time for Dilmah to try its hand with something different: tea pods.

Yes, these are exactly what they sound like, with plastic Nespresso compatible pods filled with tea, designed to be used with a Nespresso machine so that instead of coffee, you get a nice cup of black tea in under 20 seconds.

Two types of tea have been made available, with English Breakfast and Earl Grey made into these tea pods. Dilmah says the tea is “hand-picked and artisanally made in Dimbula region renowned for strong, full-bodied, flavoursome tea” which puts it in its “Single Region Selection” range of teas, which can be found for around $5 for 50 teabags normally.

Opening the pod up against that of a teabag, there’s not a lot of difference here, though the smell of the tea is certainly strong.

The amount of tea inside the pods equates to three grams (3g) of tea, and while we weren’t able to find Dilmah’s equivalent tea bags, we did compare it to that of Dilmah’s Premium Quality Ceylon Tea which has two gram (2g) teabags, as well as the Twinings English Breakfast teabags which have two grams (2g) of tea inside them, too.

Before we bought the pods, we had our doubts that the short period for water passing through the pod wouldn’t be enough to create a strong cup, but after getting a whiff, we suspect Dilmah has specifically gone with stronger tea to make sure that the resulting tea is just that: strong.

Now it’s important to note that these pods are only designed for Nespresso machines, and Nespresso compatible machines. Other systems, like those in the MAP system, will not run these pods, and neither will Nescafe units.

The pod styles are just a little too different, and if you try to run them in an incompatible machine, it’s at your own risk.