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empitness Thu 06-Jul-17 21:25:54

Hi all, posting here for traffic. Me and DH are occasional coffee drinkers and like the idea of having a coffee machine. I want to buy a coffee machine, within a reasonable budget upto £170. My problem is that there is so much variety and I don't know what to pick. Some of them are very reasonable but the replacement pods costs a lot, some are filtered and so on. Please help me select a machine , which is not expensive to run in longer term ( like buying pods and all).
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance


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SmileEachDay Thu 06-Jul-17 21:28:12

Just get a cafetière. Domestic pressure machines are shit.

ElleDubloo Thu 06-Jul-17 21:31:26

I vote for cafetière, and a bean grinder if you're serious. Shouldn't cost you more than £50 altogether.

Wetcappuccino Thu 06-Jul-17 21:45:17

We have a machine (grounds - not pods). But if I was buying again I would get an Aeropress and milk frother.

cheapskatemum Thu 06-Jul-17 21:48:01

Another vote for a cafetière. Pods will come & go, but ground coffee beans, a cafetière and freshly boiled water will always be available (I hope!)

DandySeaLioness Thu 06-Jul-17 21:49:03

I have a Delonghi Primadonna S, the coffee it makes is amazing, high street coffee shops don't come close. You should be able to get a Delonghi Magnifica for not much more than your budget and you will not look back, promise.

OwlinaTree Thu 06-Jul-17 21:51:55

We've got a Nespresso, it's great.

magoria Thu 06-Jul-17 21:53:33

I got a Delonghi Magnifica about six months ago.

Best thing ever!

I watched amazon for the prices and got it when it was pretty cheap.

Smeaton Thu 06-Jul-17 21:54:55

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BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 06-Jul-17 21:55:08

We I have a cafetière & bean grinder, a coffee pot & a tassimo as dh fancied one & was only £30 on the local fb for sale site & had a good £20 of pods included. We also have a milk frother. I've become rather fond of the tassimo as I'm pregnant (so can't have too much of my normal jugged coffee) & the Costa Americano pods aren't bad. I agree with pps start with cafetière & frother, see how it goes, then go from there.

NannyR Thu 06-Jul-17 21:59:30

I bought a nesspresso a couple of years ago and I used to love it, it does make very nice coffee, but the pods are expensive and not that environmentally friendly and I haven't bought any for ages. I use an aeropress now, easy to use an coffee tastes great.

LakeFlyPie Thu 06-Jul-17 22:01:38

We've got a 2nd hand Gaggia machine. I don't like all of the plastic associated with pod machines and actually enjoy the ritual of making a coffee and frothing the milk etc

pickachuselectricattack Thu 06-Jul-17 22:05:01

I have a Nespresso but I honestly think I use my cafetière as much. I do use both of them daily though so not really an 'occasional' coffee drinker

FrancisCrawford Thu 06-Jul-17 22:08:33

Another vote for Gaggias. Fabulous machines. Get a good grinder with the ability to grind to different consistencies and just grind the beans as you need them. Much more economical than a pod machine.

I strongly dislike cafetière coffee.

LeannePerrins Thu 06-Jul-17 22:10:01

Aeropress or cafetière and burr grinder.

It's grinding the beans that makes the difference. The coffee in pods can be incredibly stale, as well as the fact that disposing of them is an environmental nightmare.

Ethylred Thu 06-Jul-17 22:12:34

Nespresso pods are designed to be hostile to the environment; there is no other explanation, since the coffee they produce is thin and bitter.

ethelfleda Thu 06-Jul-17 22:12:52

Definitely Nespresso. Bloody good coffee... even better than the well known chain coffee shops. And their after sales service is fantastic. We got a 2 year guarantee on our machine. It was leaking slightly after 18 months so I called them. They arranged to collect it, fixed it for free and then returned it as well as loaning us a machine in the interim so we didn't miss out on our daily java!

Bellossom Thu 06-Jul-17 22:17:04

I work in a coffee shop and agree it's the pressure that makes espresso nice. we've tried a couple of home ones and I can't make coffee with them like I do at work so just settle for cafetiere as the rest arn't worth kitchen space

LeannePerrins Thu 06-Jul-17 22:21:58

Bellossom have you tried an aeropress?

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Thu 06-Jul-17 22:23:12

i mostly use a cafetiere....I keep breaking them though so I just got an insulated made at eight is still piping hot at 10!!

when not using that i have a Bodum Pebo (used to be called Santos) vacuum coffee maker...and that's great fun to watch...have a google.
I have also been through about four of those. I am clumsy.

I have a very retro pyrex vacuum coffee doodah too, but the filter on that is a bit iffy...although now I have my burr grinder I could probably sort that with a coarser gind!

AlternativeTentacle Thu 06-Jul-17 22:23:52

We've had quite a few machines over the years and the Aeropress makes the best coffee of all. We have a milk frother as well.

pengymum Thu 06-Jul-17 22:28:29

Nespresso pods can be recycled- just ask for a recycling bag with your next delivery & when full, take to nearest Nespresso bar/shop or ask them to pick up when you get your next delivery. Can also use Doddle or Collect+

My vote goes to Bean-to-Cup machines though - you can get reasonably priced ones from Amazon (check prices with camelcamelcamel)

This is £180 on Amazon Warehouse Deals

ShakeShakeTheMuffin Thu 06-Jul-17 22:32:41

I have a Tassimo which I love but as others have said, pod machines are not good for the environment and it costs about 50p a cup. To save both money and the environment I'd get an aeropress. Makes really good coffee, much better than a cafetiere and much easier to clean. smile

ethelfleda Thu 06-Jul-17 22:37:33

I think the Nespresso pods work out at around 35pence per cup. Can end up being an expensive habit!

OwlinaTree Thu 06-Jul-17 22:41:30

Thing is Nespresso is easy if you only have the odd coffee as you are not having any mess from grinding etc, it's dead easy to use.

We worked it out as 30p a cup which is a lot cheaper than the coffee shop!

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