Costa X and Caffitaly jointly developed the Podio range – The only coffee pod machine range on the market capable of espresso and filter coffee

Costa X and Caffitaly jointly developed the Podio range - The only coffee pod machine range on the market capable of espresso and filter coffee

November 05 - 2023

Coffee Geography Magazine

Costa X and Caffitaly jointly launched 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. 

 The new Podio range uses Caffitaly’s innovative “Flexicup” pod system to ensure optimal extraction and aroma with the unique double filtration method and a pre-infusion technology. 

The unique Caffitaly system perfectly 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 to cater to individual business’s needs, Costa X have 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 seamlessly within any business operation. Each machine model offers minimal downtime and maintenance thanks to a unique telemetry system providing real-time insights and smart prompts from the Costa X Cloud. The Podio X2 model, available within the range delivers the highest quality milk foam, with the quickest dispense time and requires minimal daily cleaning reducing both labour and cost. 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 achieving optimal hygiene.

Philippe Schaillee, CEO of Costa Coffee

Philippe Schaillee, CEO of Costa Coffee

Commenting on the launch of the range with Caffitaly, Philippe Schaillee, CEO of Costa Coffee, said: “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 revolutionise how and where barista-quality coffee can be served.”

Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of Caffitaly

Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of Caffitaly

Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of Caffitaly, said: “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.”

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa Coffee is currently present in 45 countries around the world, with 2,800+ coffee shops in the UK & Ireland and 1,300+ globally. 

In 2011, Costa Coffee purchased Coffee Nation, which is now Costa X. Today, Costa Express operates in 20 international markets, with over 13,400+ coffee machines in the UK and more than 1,600+ globally. Costa Coffee’s Proud to Serve offer enables our corporate partners to serve a range of Costa Coffee beverages for customers and employees, without the need of a full Costa Coffee store. With presence across 22 international markets, Costa Coffee proudly supports over 18,000+ Proud to Serve sites across the UK and globally.  

With a deep-rooted presence in more than 70 countries around the world and about 450 employees, Caffitaly is a company in the booming single-serve coffee market. In 2022, the company consolidated its growth path with its innovative and unique extraction system that combines high-tech machine and capsule technology, offering customers a unique taste experience. Present in Italy in the 1,000 multi-brand network, and with more than 100 single-brand outlets in the territory, the company focuses on internationalization, with 71 percent of its capsule sales coming from the foreign market.