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Coffee Maker

CaptivePhotons 14 1.7k 2 England
21 Jul 2011 6:31PM
Can anybody recommend a good coffee maker?

I'm not after the type that just makes the filter variety, I'm looking for something that makes a more 'continental' type. Must be reasonably priced, I looked at the Nespresso and although very nice it was a tad pricey.

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User_Removed 15 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 6:39PM
My misses makes really good coffee. Her prices are very reasonable + travel expenses.
She can do Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Thursday is a training day and she usually has a wrestling competition at the weekends.
She drives a hard bargain. I have to scrub the leotards to get all the mud out. It gets everywhere.

Oh, by the way, washing up is extra and for god's sake, don't upset her, she performs a mean half nelson.

Let me know if you wish to make a booking. Sad oops sorry, I meant Smile (I just can't get the hang of these smillies.)
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 6:53PM
This reminds me of threads on recommendations for ND filters... I could recommend the different brands I tried, but I still reckon that Nespresso are the best & worth the money.
JJGEE 13 7.1k 18 England
21 Jul 2011 6:54PM

Quote:good coffee maker

Do Nikon make them.... D3S perhaps ! !

Is this the sort of thing, from Argos

They have other coffee machines as well.
Snapper Plus
13 4.3k 3 United States Outlying Islands
21 Jul 2011 7:54PM
The DeLonghi EC152 at the Argos link in JJGee's post is the cheapest Which best buy, with the next one being the DeLonghi EC270 at £75 then the EC330 at £88 being better still.
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
21 Jul 2011 8:10PM
It all depends on what you're after. Do you want a 'do-it-all' type espresso machine or perhaps something a bit simpler? I just use a caffétière jobbie which makes excellent coffee. Nespresso machines make good coffee but, like inkjet printers, all the profit is in the consumables.

And then there's the coffee-nerd's solution: a true espresso machine where you have to grind the beans to a fine dust, fill the holder and tamp to perfection and then let the machine pour for precisely 27"? Got one of those too. Makes amazing coffee when you get everything right but what a faff!!
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 8:19PM
The Nespresso machines make really good coffee with virtually no cleaning up required afterwards. If it wasn't for the fact that (a) I tend towards being a coffee snob and (b) I like trying different coffees from round the world I would get one. I agree that the 'proper' espresso machines are a faff but I think the end result is worth it.

What do you call 'reasonably priced'? I think that quality machines start at about £150 and the DeLonghis are well reviewed. And pay a bit more and the can take the 'coffee pods' - not the Nespresso sort but the ones with the coffee in what looks like a disc-shaped tea bag so you can have the best of both worlds fro everyday use (though the selection of coffees in the pods is not huge).

I have recently been googling 'espresso machines UK' and there are heaps of guides with reviews and recommendations.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
21 Jul 2011 8:31PM
Nespresso works for me...does everything I want and they have a large selection of coffee pods to suit many a taste (No, I don't work for them), but I have had one of their machines for 6 years)
CaptivePhotons 14 1.7k 2 England
21 Jul 2011 8:48PM
Thanks all.
Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
21 Jul 2011 9:33PM
Coffee machines tend to be pretty crap, the cheaper ones especially.

Quote:I just use a caffétière jobbie which makes excellent coffee

I find them so much better, and easier to clean as well Smile

Added a couple of links, ignore the prices, they vary enormously, and depending on size they can really be quite cheap.



You could even go the hole hog and grind your own.

RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
21 Jul 2011 11:11PM
A simple cafetiere & Aldi's Columbian coffee. Superb. We had one of these fancy machines a while ago - a Krupp I think it was. Quite expensive. Trouble is the coffee was just like drinking hot water - no taste whatever.
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 11:44PM
Can you get third-party compatible inks (coffee pod efforts) for the Nespresso machines?
22 Jul 2011 1:19AM
Yes. since recently in belgium ( Tongue ) you can buy capsules from Douwe Egberts (a dutch brand I believe), so I suppose others will follow soon, if they haven't already already : http://www.lorespresso.douwe-egberts.be/nl/#/nl/espresso/assortiment

I bought the strongest one (forza), but to be fair, tast-wise it doesn't match up to the ristretto from nespresso quality wise. it's not that much cheaper either : 3.09 € for 10 cups from DE compared to (I think) 3.35 € for 10 nespresso cups.
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
22 Jul 2011 5:46AM

Quote:Yes. since recently in belgium ( ) you can buy capsules from Douwe Egberts (a dutch brand I believe), so I suppose others will follow soon, if they haven't already already : http://www.lorespresso.douwe-egberts.be/nl/#/nl/espresso/assortiment

Interesting. Here in Switzerland one of the big supermarkets started selling their own capsules and Nestlé jumped on them from a great height. Perhaps Douwe Egberts are doing theirs under licence? If not, they should be expecting a visit from Nestlé's lawyers very soon... Wink
stomp 16 203 England
22 Jul 2011 6:31AM
I use a Tassimo and love it. Similar to the Nespresso I believe. The machines are made by Braun and on top of coffee there are also capsule for Twinings tea, Suchards Hot chocolate and other brands I can't recall as I tend to stick with Kenko Columbian coffee but here are many more to choose from.


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