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Which coffee machine do you use ?

Discussion in 'Book and Product Reviews' started by pamK, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    If you like a big mugful of coffee I’d recommend the newer Vertuo. I have friends who have the original with the smaller capsules but need two capsules each time to get a decent volume. The only snag is you have to buy genuine Nespresso capsules as you can’t get cheaper copies like the original machines. The Vertuo creates a lovely thick Crema layer.
    Nespresso have a very efficient recycling scheme for the capsules, they provide recycling bags which when full you can get them collected when you have a delivery ordered, take them to a boutique or take them to a Collect + shop.
     
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  2. Honeyend

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    I love my coffee and now use a whole bean machine, https://electrical.coop.co.uk/Delon...BX4C6VQuSUWznsCvriRoC9tYQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
    which although the outlay is not cheap its far better that an Nespresso, I have a second hand one, and you are not stuck to brands. I drink about six cups a day, and most of the time the coffee it makes is far better than what you can buy from Costa or Starbucks. I buy Aldi beans which are really good and compare well with the higher priced brands. I bought one as a treat to myself off ebay and I would never go back, but the noise from grinder drove the kids made when they were at home.
     
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  3. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek I reversed my Type 2 · Expert

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    I always had instant; can't stand it these days, as my tastebuds have changed. So mostly drink tea, but will have the occasional double/triple espresso as a treat. A few years ago there was a Nespresso machine in a lovely little Parisian appartment my husband and I stayed at for 2 nights. He hates coffee, so allllll the pods were for me to try! Needless to say, I got a simple (don't need a milk-processing one) machine for my birthday a few months later. Right now I'm trying out cheaper (Dutch) supermarket cups, but so far nothing has mached my beloved Volutto. Search is on though!
     
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    Oh coffee my last vice left. I’ve tried pods capsules grounds beans and instant , but I eventually plumped for a stove top percolator. I’m like my coffee black and very strong , ( I have 3 extra shots of espresso in an Americano in costa.)
    I like Lidl’s Kenyan ground coffee .
     
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  6. Choosehappy

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    What cream do you use?
     
  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    I put double cream in mine from Waitrose (simply because that's where we shop).
     
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  8. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I have a cheap filter coffee maker from Lidl - it was marked down and ridiculously cheap so I got two, and have just swapped to the second one due to the first one springing a leak, I use the Lidl coffee grounds which look like a gold brick, and use my Bamix to mix in extra thick cream and make it frothy.
     
  9. LaoDan

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    Delonghi ECP33.21 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine

    I use the double shot attachment, usually with coconut cream, unless I’m running late, I mix in a scoop of whey protein. Some sort of sludgy mixture to start off the day
     
  10. Oldvatr

    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    The coffee machine I use is my daughter, and what she uses is a kettle,

    We do have a newfangled pod-muncher, but it never gets used unless we have important visitors. Plebs like me get the instant,
     
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  11. TeddyTottie

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    I have used lots of coffee machines over the years - I have had a couple of Nespresso machines but was always put off by the limited coffee selection and the cost when you need at least 2 pods for a mug, so I went through phases of just using a cafetière.

    Then I had an excellent bean-to-cup machine for a good few years til it died.

    Now I have an espresso grinder and a little Sage Bambino to make proper espresso (modded to use non-pressurised baskets) and which also automatically makes beautiful steamed milk, or in my case, double cream diluted with water and steamed.

    And because this is a lot of faff for every day and I went through 6 months post-diagnosis when I didn’t use it much because milk does Bad Things to my BG (before I tried cream-and-water), I have a Technivorm filter machine and a different grinder which I use on work day mornings.

    Yep, I am a bit geeky about it, but not that discerning really. I don’t use posh coffee, just ordinary Lavazza beans.
     
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    I use a kettle and a teaspoon. Though I am pretty fussy when it comes to brand.
     
  13. mymuk

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    IMG_20201213_160739_648.jpg Expobar Brewtus IV (though I use my Aeropress just as often) and a Baratza Vario* grinder. I get my beans from Compass Coffee in Sussex. Excellent people and they specialise in darker roasts.

    This thread has prompted me to fix myself a cappuccino..

    *In general, the quality of grinder is more important than the quality of espresso machine (in that a good consistent grinder used with an entry level machine machine will taste better than a mediocre inconsistent grinder used with a top end machine).
     
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  14. LaoDan

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    Oh yes! I totally need a Expobar Brewtus IV! I’m afraid I would need a cup of coffee before I could operate one though. The IV of course has me thinking of setting up a continuous drip
     
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    I have two (yeah, I’m too lazy to be fiddling with dialling them in every other day) Eureka mignon grinders which do an excellent job, one for espresso and one with a different burr set for a coarser grind. I love them, they are so fast and quiet. My thinking was to get a great mid-price (well, low price really, given what the pro ones cost!) grinder and a basic espresso machine, to see if I liked the messing about - the grinder would bring the best out of the little machine and still be up to the job for a posher, shiny one later if I wanted!

    And then 3 months later the diabetes happened and latte was off the menu for a bit, so more kit arrived....

    Now, fortunately, I can enjoy them both.
     
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  16. Mr_Pot

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    I have my coffee specially ground for me in Harrogate by a nice Mr Taylor. He also makes quite reasonable coffee bags which are very useful on holiday when the only alternative is a nasty little sachet of Nescafé. I don't like espresso without sugar so I normally make mugs of coffee with an AeroPress.
     
  17. bulkbiker

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    Wow.. ok you win!
     
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  18. mymuk

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    We all have our interests :)

    At least this is one the diabetes has not crippled (unlike my sourdough habit)!
     
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    The best constant variety and quality guaranteed coffee I have been using for 10+ years is Nespresso
     
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    An old bean to cup Gaggia machine but I use ground Illy decaffinated. I also use an Aeropress. Double cream makes it surprisingly delicious.
     
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