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Paddy_N_Murphy

16,137 posts

67 months

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From this thread


Paddy_N_Murphy said:
judas said:
We have a machine: beans in hopper, water in reservoir, press button, instant freshly-ground coffee cloud9

Picked it up on holiday in Germany several years ago for about £200. Still haven't seen any other beans-to-cup machines over here for under £500.
Almost this ^^^^



But at £259
tongue out

Great Coffee - everyday........
Doh- just seen the £200 limit...... but hey £400 to £269 is a BARGAIN. right?


Edited by Paddy_N_Murphy on Wednesday 12th September 08:46

Parsnip

2,380 posts

71 months

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Nespresso works out at 20-30p a cup (less if you buy a big bulk random selection) - not the end of the world really - 1 cup in the morning before work and maybe 1 after?

You are definatley paying for the convenience - the parents had a Baby Gaggia for years and while the coffee it made was good (no better than a Nespresso mind...) - the cleanup and faff was just too much, they swapped it for a Nespresso Pixie after using mine.

It may cost a bit more per cup, but it is a case of "ooh, I fancy a coffee" and in two minutes you are sat back down with a cup, rather than "ohh I fancy a coffee" *wait for machine to heat up* *remember that you didn't clean it last time* *spill coffee grinds everywhere* *start machine* *don't bother cleaning machine* *sit down and drink coffee 3 hours later*

Bean to cup is another story, but tbh, Nespresso is good enough for me, and the Pixie is tiny, so fits on the counter without looking like I am trying to start my own Starbucks.


cqueen

2,082 posts

103 months

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That bean to cup is a good shout actually. Put some good quality beans in there and you'll have much better coffee and cheaper in the long run thumbup

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,137 posts

67 months

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Use mine every morning biggrin

Turn7

10,756 posts

104 months

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Paddy_N_Murphy said:
Use mine every morning biggrin
Damn you and your bean to cup fervour!

You created a huge and as yet ,unfulfilled, want when you mentioned your machine in the last machine thread....



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Paddy_N_Murphy

16,137 posts

67 months

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biggrin

How do you think I ended up with mine !!!!

(bloody PH spending power strikes again !)

Deva Link

26,934 posts

128 months

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Wednesday 12th September 2012 quote quote all
Paddy_N_Murphy said:
From this thread


Paddy_N_Murphy said:
judas said:
We have a machine: beans in hopper, water in reservoir, press button, instant freshly-ground coffee cloud9

Picked it up on holiday in Germany several years ago for about £200. Still haven't seen any other beans-to-cup machines over here for under £500.
Almost this ^^^^



But at £259
tongue out

Great Coffee - everyday........
Doh- just seen the £200 limit...... but hey £400 to £269 is a BARGAIN. right?
My missus has been going on about getting one of those since seeing one at a friend's house. I just wonder whether we'd use it much in reality. I see they go on eBay (expalined as shop returns etc) for around £160 and was wondering if that was worth a punt..

Costco had a very nice one with auto-cappuccino thingy but it was £500.

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,137 posts

67 months

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Deva Link said:
My missus has been going on about getting one of those since seeing one at a friend's house. I just wonder whether we'd use it much in reality. I see they go on eBay (expalined as shop returns etc) for around £160 and was wondering if that was worth a punt..

Costco had a very nice one with auto-cappuccino thingy but it was £500.
See- thats the thing.
I "know" a Gaggia is potentially a better piece of kit.
I know also that the variety of flavours a Nespresso System (and the associated Handcuffs to the brand) is a good thing too.

£500 to spend on a coffee machine - for me - is a little mental.
£260ish is more or less £250 (right?) - and I *think* when I bought it I got it for £239.

I do use it every day a couple of times for a short coffee, and longer ones on the weekend. Occasional Latte's etc.
The stupid wife prefers Instant silly but hey ho.
You can also put ground coffee in too through a seperate hopper if a weirdo / preggers visits and wants say, Decaf.

What appeals is about once a week I pour the beans in. I take out the reservoir / drip tray / Empty bin, and refill etc in about 30sec.
Otherwise it sits there making coffee on demand. It takes 30secs to fire up from 'Off' to a hot coffee.

Good enough for me. And almost Zero faffing.

CraigVmax

12,218 posts

165 months

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curveball but these are brilliant (and ive had all the fancy schmancy ones before)

http://www.espressocrazy.com/machines/for_new_iper...

Deva Link

26,934 posts

128 months

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Paddy_N_Murphy said:
Good enough for me. And almost Zero faffing.
....
Thanks for that.

It's our 32nd anniversary next week and we usually buy something (generally that we don't need rolleyes ) for the house and my missus has been telling me that 32nd = coffee. I just looked it up and apparently it's vehicles. yikes So perhaps I better get the coffee maker before she realises!

eastsider

768 posts

106 months

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Paddy_N_Murphy said:
Doh- just seen the £200 limit...... but hey £400 to £269 is a BARGAIN. right?


Edited by Paddy_N_Murphy on Wednesday 12th September 08:46
I have one of these DeLonghi bean to cup things and in my view its great. 95% quality of manual espresso making, but consistent, and it takes 30 seconds from starting up to drinking. I got it for £269 from Amazon.

It takes a little time to set up to get the most from it but once you've done that is great. Pre-ground coffee into a gaggia classic will be ok but its the pre-ground bit that causes the problems. For good quality you need to grind, then brew.

NDA

11,178 posts

108 months

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Parsnip said:
Nespresso works out at 20-30p a cup (less if you buy a big bulk random selection) - not the end of the world really - 1 cup in the morning before work and maybe 1 after?

You are definatley paying for the convenience - the parents had a Baby Gaggia for years and while the coffee it made was good (no better than a Nespresso mind...) - the cleanup and faff was just too much, they swapped it for a Nespresso Pixie after using mine.

It may cost a bit more per cup, but it is a case of "ooh, I fancy a coffee" and in two minutes you are sat back down with a cup, rather than "ohh I fancy a coffee" *wait for machine to heat up* *remember that you didn't clean it last time* *spill coffee grinds everywhere* *start machine* *don't bother cleaning machine* *sit down and drink coffee 3 hours later*

Bean to cup is another story, but tbh, Nespresso is good enough for me, and the Pixie is tiny, so fits on the counter without looking like I am trying to start my own Starbucks.
I haven't timed how long to make a coffee with the Gaggia, but I'd say 4-5 minutes with zero mess. Pence per cup (although that's not a priority), a vast range of coffee available and, I think, a more authentic taste than a pod.

As always, there are entrenched positions.... Mine included. smile

SimonMaidenhead

1,465 posts

86 months

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Cheapest one I could find was this, http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Coffee-Makers/buy-RUSSELL...
anyone had any experience of them?
Have a Miele built in bean to cup machine at home, but looking for a cheap machine for the office.

VX Foxy

3,386 posts

126 months

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SimonMaidenhead said:
Cheapest one I could find was this, http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Coffee-Makers/buy-RUSSELL...
anyone had any experience of them?
Have a Miele built in bean to cup machine at home, but looking for a cheap machine for the office.
Filter coffee...meh.

ringerz

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128 posts

109 months

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Wow!

Cheers for you assorted opinions and reviewsļ

Have to say, initially I really wasn¡¦t keen on the idea of ¡§pods / capsules¡¨, however I am a lazy so and so - particularly in the morning so even a couple of minutes shaved off my morning routine is very welcome!

Like the look of the Gagia, although I think on balance it¡¦s going to be a nespresso one of some sort.

Will report back with a review once purchased!



Incorrigible

13,653 posts

144 months

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Nesspressso however you spell it are awful I would go with a regular espresso machine

OTOH, I have a friend who saw me getting my ground coffee out of a packet and told me that the only way to do it was roast and grind your own beans immediately before brewing.

So in short, it depends on how much of a coffee snob you are.

If you can, taste them back to back

FWIW I drink white coffee normally, and rather than use the steam milk heater (which does require cleaning and de-scaling regularly) I stick half a cup of milk in the Microwave. In the minute this takes to do bang out the old grounds quick rinse of the coffee holder, fill up with fresh coffee (from the freezer as I find it'll keep for a good fortnight that way) and ready to go before the bing

hairyben

3,321 posts

66 months

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We use a cusinart espresso thingy that was £160 IIRC... Don't know what all the fuss about time is you can make a cup in less than a couple of mins, unless you want the frothy milk thats a few mins more faffery.

Put spoonfull of coffee in pod. put pod on machine and mug under. machine has already heated (sub 1 min) so press putton, 10 sec later rinse pod under tap.

O/H mumbles on about a bean to cup but the ones I've used, every other time you use them you need to refill/empty some component of the thing anyway, so they're not really quicker or less hassle (unless like some of my well heeled customers you have a person who attends to the machine once a day!)

Plus with the more basic machine you can vary the coffee more, grind some when you have the time and inclination, used ready grinded when in a hurry, or it takes prepack pods too.

CraigVmax

12,218 posts

165 months

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ringerz said:
Wow!

Cheers for you assorted opinions and reviewsļ

Have to say, initially I really wasn¡¦t keen on the idea of ¡§pods / capsules¡¨, however I am a lazy so and so - particularly in the morning so even a couple of minutes shaved off my morning routine is very welcome!

Like the look of the Gagia, although I think on balance it¡¦s going to be a nespresso one of some sort.

Will report back with a review once purchased!

go and try the francis francis, I promise you wont look back

VX Foxy

3,386 posts

126 months

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Incorrigible said:
Nesspressso however you spell it are awful
No they're not.

cqueen

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