Filter Packs vs Portion Packs

Filter Packs vs Portion Packs

Filter Packs vs. Pillow Packs: What's the Difference Between the Two?

You might have seen something confusing in the world of coffee.   Coffee Filter Packs and coffee Pillow Packs are two products that sound extremely similar.

You might be thinking to yourself:

What's the difference between the two? Is it possible that they are the same thing? Which should I get for my home, office, or business?

This is a common question, and we're here to assist you on your java journey. In a world where K-cups, pods, and single-cup packages abound, it appears as if there's a packet for every type of coffee user. With so much choice, it's difficult to determine exactly what you require, let alone what you desire.

We are in the business of giving solutions at Coffee USA. Consider us to be your own personal coffee guides. Nothing should stand in your way when it comes to your morning cup(s) of joe.

Before we go any further, consider the following:

You should be aware that both of these products are intended for use with a standard coffee machine and these products will produce a pot of coffee.

These packets are for those of us who get up every morning, put ground coffee in a filter, and pour the first of many cups from a freshly brewed pot of coffee.

Here's what you need to know about filter packs:


A Filter Pack is a combination of coffee grinds and a filter. It's completely sealed on both sides with filter material, so all you have to do is drop it into your brew basket for your coffee machine. You don't have to measure anything because it's already been done for you. Every time, the strength will be the same. There's no need to scoop or spill coffee grounds on the counter, resulting in a continual layer of renegade grounds covering the break room/hotel room/kitchen. Everyone likes coffee, but no one likes that person.

A Filter Pack is a tidy pouch. Self-contained. It's simple to use. Efficient. It's the iPad of the coffee industry. Other choices are available, but why fool with them?

You may throw the whole thing away once the coffee has finished brewing. That is all there is to it. You dodge a potential disaster when the grounds flow out of the filter and the stench seeps into the trash can, scaring you for a second every time you glance in there because the little grounds seem like ants all over the trash... Trust us when we say that the filter pack can save you from the disaster of grounds everywhere.

You might be thinking to yourself:

So, what exactly is a Pillow Pack? Isn't that a bargain-bin bundled bag of throw pillows?

Haha, not at all.

Another technique to ensure a consistent pot of coffee is to use Pillow Packs also known as Portion Packs. A Pillow Pack is essentially a bag of coffee grinds that has been pre-measured and placed into a bag.

That is all there is to it.



These Pillow Packs are ideal for folks who don't like to measure out their coffee.  Because you're assured the same amount of grounds in every brew cycle, these packages keep your coffee constant. Employees don't have to put up with them. They also prevent the one person in the company who doesn't enjoy strong coffee from disrupting everyone else's morning jolt.

On a related note:

You should be aware that you can get Pillow Packs and Filter Packs with different amounts of coffee grounds to fit 4-cup, 10-cup, 12-cup, and most other coffee pot sizes. But who's to say you can't make a stronger pot by using a larger Pillow Pack of coffee? We're not going to tell.

So, then what is the difference?

A filter is still required for pillow packs. So the difference is the number of steps required to go from an empty to a full coffee pot. When utilizing a Pillow Pack, the brewing procedure is as follows:

  1. Place filter in coffee maker
  2. Rip open Pillow Pack package
  3. Dump contents onto filter
  4. Press Brew, or Go, or Start, or whatever command you normally give your coffee maker to ensure your authority over it.
  5. Remove filter and contents when the brewing is over

The Filter Pack procedure, on the other hand, looks more like this:

  1. Place Filter Pack in coffee maker
  2. Press Brew
  3. Trash it.

(That’s fewer steps)

So, what's the bottom line?

Pillow packs or Portion Packs tend to make a little bit better cup of coffee because the grounds will get full dispersion from the water coming out of the spray head on the coffee brewer.  However, there's an extra step with the pillow packs and it could get a little messy if you're not careful dumping out the used grounds.

Filter Packs are a no mess solution because the grounds are contained inside the pre-built filter however because they are contained within the filter the dispersion or wetting of the grinds aren't quite as good as the pillow packs.

So the choice is up to you however you really can't go wrong with either of these.  It beats measuring out your coffee from a big can every-time you make it.  Plus it cuts back on people using too much or too less or just making a big ol mess.