Coffee Capsule Compatibility Testing

Our coffee capsule compatibility testing helps you ensure your coffee capsule products are functional with a variety of different coffee machines on the market. Leverage our testing expertise to ensure your coffee capsules work consistently over time and across coffee machine manufacturers.

Importance of Coffee Capsule Compatibility Testing

Coffee capsule compatibility testing helps you get ahead of the competition by ensuring a versatile, functional, and dependable product for consumers. The number of coffee capsules and machines on the market is still increasing, as many specialty coffee brands are just beginning to put coffee into capsules. In 2020, 40% of U.S. consumers owned a coffee capsule machine. In Europe, the coffee capsules market will grow at 6.8% from now until 2025. Making sure your capsules are compatible is critical.

Our testing helps you guarantee that your coffee capsules are compatible with popular machines on the market today. Gain retailer and consumer trust by ensuring functionality that is consistent across different manufacturers. As the coffee machine market grows, our testing allows you to rest assured that your coffee capsule products will work consistently over time, in a variety of coffee machines.


We can help answer your coffee pod compatibility questions. With 40 years of experience in the testing industry, QIMA can support you by ensuring that your coffee pods are compatible with the most common machines on the market.

Our team of experts has developed a detailed testing matrix to test your product based on a list of pre-defined requirements. We run a large sample of your product through several different machines and identify any abnormalities. 

Coffee capsules testing includes:

  • Checking capsules for deformity or cracks
  • Checking for conspicuous noises when brewing
  • Determining whether slider / lever is difficult to close, does not close completely, or pops up automatically during brewing
  • Evaluating the amount of coffee brewed with the capsule
  • Ensuring product safety for consumers


QIMA can offer certification service for coffee capsule compatibility. Products with no or minimum abnormalities discovered in testing can obtain a QIMA certification mark. This internationally recognized mark serves as proof that your products are compatible with most consumers’ coffee pod machines.

For more information about this service, please contact us.