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coffee machines/ cappuccino makers - recommendations please?

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LetThemEatCake Sat 17-Oct-09 20:17:14

need to start depriving our local Starbucks of our hefty financial contributions by indulging our caffeine addiction at home - can anyone recommend a machine they have and love? many thanks

strawberrycornetto Sat 17-Oct-09 20:18:59

Love my nespresso machine. I didn't really drink coffee until we got it and use it all the time now smile

zebramummy Sat 17-Oct-09 20:47:10

krupps - they also design war tanks apparently so watch out coffee beans!!!

messageinabottle Sat 17-Oct-09 20:55:34

do you have a budget in mind?

I lurve coffee
I've just bought a machine
and I am subscribed to which

LetThemEatCake Sat 17-Oct-09 21:27:48

we were just looking at which? and wondering whether to subscribe - is it worthwhile?

which machine have you bought? we're looking up to about £300. Both coffee fiends!

YouLukaAmazing Sat 17-Oct-09 21:33:28

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messageinabottle Sat 17-Oct-09 22:22:16

oh yes you have found a fellow fiend here!

hmm is which? worthwhile? not really to be honest. But you can sign up for a month's trial for free, so why don't you do that? I signed up for reviews (coffee machines I think!) and didn't cancel the subscription. I think it's very expensive at £10 a month; having said that I love receiving the magazines every month and even reading reviews of the best instant coffee!

I have this machine v expensive at £750ish BUT I would say the thing to try to put your money into (in my opinion) would be to get a bean to cup machine (you know, one where you chuck the beans in, click the button and out comes the coffee). For me looks etc are not too important but I would try my best to afford a bean to cup machine.

messageinabottle Sat 17-Oct-09 22:23:09

top 16 from which?

Magimix 11300UK CitiZ & Milk £162.00 81%

DeLonghi Perfecta Espresso ESAM 5400 £330.00 79%

Dualit Espressivo 84202 £159.99 78%

Argos Cookworks Signature espresso maker 423/0560 £39.00 77%

Siemens TK30N01GB Nespresso Essenza Automatic £116.00 77%

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3200 £270.25 77%

Jura ENA5 £649.00 77%

Magimix M100 Nespresso £105.97 76%

DeLonghi EC330 Coffee Maker £78.89 76%

DeLonghi EC270 Coffee Maker £75.95 75%

Krups XN2100 Aeroccino Essenza £106.00 74%

Magimix L'Expresso 11401 £139.00 74%

Lavazza A Modo Mio black £119.00 72%

Lavazza A Modo Mio £119.00 72%

Krups Espresseria XP4020 £64.69 71%

Krups Le Cube £169.99 70%

messageinabottle Sat 17-Oct-09 22:24:40

feel free to ask any more questions

a coffee machine is an important purchase for a coffee fiend!

messageinabottle Sat 17-Oct-09 22:29:37

no. 2 and no.6 (delonghi) are both bean to cup machines

both best buys and both around £300

MilaMae Sun 18-Oct-09 23:10:36

We have a Gaggia Classic.

Think it was under £300,everybody who drinks my coffee raves about it.

We love it, had it 2 years and couldn't live without it,have most definitely made it pay for itself. grin

The only problem is I now know of only one cafe that makes coffee equal to or better than my own so drinking coffee out now is a bit of a disappointment. Have resorted to taking my own out,even when I go to other people's houses blush

invlanderen Mon 19-Oct-09 17:09:52

A bean to cup machine is the way to go..

If you like cappucino style then you need a machine with a milk steamer.

Nespresso is nice but costs a fortune. I wouldn´t go there, maybe enjoy it at your friends house ; )

Our expensive machine has easily paid for itself and like Mila, I don´t like coffee anywhere other than home now ; )

If you´re a realy coffee fiend and have a lot of sleepless nights don´t hesitate to spend a lot of money on a coffee machine. You´ll really enjoy it!

geordieminx Mon 19-Oct-09 17:19:16

((((((eyes up the JL vouchers she got as a wedding present))))))))

Kitchenaid looks amazing...

JetSetWilly Mon 19-Oct-09 20:51:38

Yes and the thing I don't like about a Nespresso is that the pods are expensive (actually, I'm unsure how they compare to beans pricewise) and your choice is obviously limited to the pods they offer for sale but also beans start losing their freshness once they are ground - you obviously don't have this problem when you buy a bean to cup machine

Bleh Tue 20-Oct-09 13:22:33

I have a Senseo one (just makes long espressos) which I love dearly and couldn't live without (I have it in my room so I just need to reach across the bed to have coffee in the morning - bliss!). I would recommend a bean machine, rather than one with pods, because:
- you can choose your own coffee beans, rather than rely on their choices
- don't have to go into a blind panic when your local store stops stocking your pods/runs out (has happened to me. Was not pretty).

Bleh Tue 20-Oct-09 13:24:12

Here is an article comparing the different coffee machines.

Duritzfan Tue 20-Oct-09 13:40:28

Hi .. we have a Nespresso ..we have had so many different coffee machines I cant count - all of them top makes, hubby is a coffee obsessive...we havent found on to top the Nespresso yet ..the pods work out at around 23p per cup - which I really dont think is much if you are replacing a Starbucks habit ...

we have the Latissima at the moment - it makes the best Lattes.... x〈=en

nappyzonecantrunfortoffee Tue 20-Oct-09 13:46:27

we have a krupps - it takes pods and i love em - am currently nursing a latte as i type.

NorbertDentressangle Tue 20-Oct-09 13:53:51

Personally I really wouldn't go for the pod ones as you're limited to what they sell, nearest stockist etc also I'd be concerned that they'll suddenly stop making them.

We recently bought this De Longhi one -great for the price!

We happened to be in John Lewis where I was collared by a woman demonstrating a pod one -I saw the opportunity for a free coffee so she made me a latte which was foul. Admitedly I'm a bit fussy about my coffee but it really was bad. Anyway whilst I was drinking it DP was wandering around the other coffee machines and we bought the De Longhi one.

The children love hot chocolates with the steamed milk too

poshtottie Tue 20-Oct-09 13:55:02

My boss has a jura coffee machine and it makes fab coffee. Not sure how much they are though. I have a feeling it might be expensive.

NorkyButNice Tue 20-Oct-09 13:57:27

We have the DeLonghi Magnifica.

It does the lot for you - grinds beans, froths milk from a detachable jug you keep in the fridge - makes great espresso, cappucino or Americano.

Wasn't cheap (I think we paid 350 a year ago) but I love it!

invlanderen Tue 20-Oct-09 14:01:54

OP, I know you´re looking at the WHICH report, bear in mind that in other markets/countries, different brands are king. Jura, DeLonghi, Saeco are the most popular here..

NorbertDentressangle Tue 20-Oct-09 14:02:35

Just in case you're interested in a Gaggia read this first.

I remembered seeing this last month -not sure if its all resolved now but might be worth bearing in mind.

(sorry its a DM link but it was the first one I found when googling to find the info)

MrsJohnDeere Tue 20-Oct-09 14:10:17

We've got the Dualit Espressivo one. Very happy with it, but have only used it for espresso.

Good grinder is crucial too - makes all the difference.

shopalot Tue 20-Oct-09 16:05:28

I love my nespresso machine. So easy and perfect everytime.

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