Costa X partners with Caffitaly to launch coffee pod machine

Nov. 8, 2023
Costa X and Caffitaly have joined forces to introduce Podio – a complete suite of coffee machines engineered to provide barista-quality coffee with the convenience of a pod machine.

Costa X and Caffitaly announced the newest business-to-business proposition of Costa Coffee, a comprehensive new range of patented coffee pod machines tailored for hotels, workplaces and leisure businesses of all sizes. 

Launched at HostMilano, the new Podio range uses Caffitaly’s innovative “Flexicup” pod system to ensure optimal extraction and aroma due to a unique double filtration method and a pre-infusion technology. The Caffitaly system combines machine and pod technology to deliver a superior coffee experience. Alongside espresso extraction, the Podio range also delivers filter-coffee and non-coffee drinks, including hot chocolate. Available in three models with different specifications, Costa X has drawn on Caffitaly’s expertise to help launch a bespoke range of end-to-end coffee solutions.

Costa X’s new Podio range is manufactured with a simple plug-and-play set up to fit within any business operation. Each machine model offers minimal downtime and maintenance due to a telemetry system providing real-time insights and smart prompts from the Costa X Cloud.

The Podio X2 model, available within the range, delivers high-quality milk foam, with a quick dispense time, and requires minimal daily cleaning. In partnership with Lattiz, specialists in milk foaming, the Podio X2 has a zero contact design solution, meaning no contact between the user, machine and milk.

Philippe Schaillee, CEO of Costa Coffee, said in the announcement: “The launch of our new Podio range marks the next chapter of our existing long-standing partnership with Caffitaly.  Caffitaly’s expertise in pod design and machine manufacturing has been instrumental in the development of the Podio range and has enhanced the taste and aroma of our Costa Coffee Mocha Italia Signature Blend. Under the leadership of Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of Caffitaly, we have huge confidence in our partnership with Caffitaly and our joint plans for the future. We truly believe the range of propositions available from Costa X will revolutionize how and where barista-quality coffee can be served.” 

Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of Caffitaly, added in the announcement: “We are immensely proud to strengthen our bond with Costa X. This collaboration is not just a testament to Caffitaly’s unwavering commitment to Research & Development, but also a reflection of our shared vision to redefine the global coffee landscape. By coupling our ‘Flexicup’ capsule system with a machine tailored exclusively for Costa X, we aim to delight coffee aficionados worldwide. This long-term partnership heralds a new era of excellence, innovation, and shared passion.” 

With a soft launch in markets across Eastern Europe, the Podio machine range will propel Costa X’s reach within the U.K., Western Europe and other international markets. According to the announcement, the partnership between Costa X and Caffitaly will continue to grow, and more innovation is expected as both brands move into a new way of coffee, powered by global real-time data and scale from Costa X’s network, underpinned by Caffitaly’s industry-leading machine manufacturing technology. 


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