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Started by TrouserFreak on Apr 15, 2019 6:45:52 PM
Recommend a Coffee Maker

I'm considering buying a coffee maker as a gift. Looking to pay £2-300 and want it to be faff free.

Which are the best & do the best coffee?

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Winner - 15 Apr 2019 19:37:24 (#1 of 177)

What sort? Pod?

HouseOfLametta - 15 Apr 2019 19:38:02 (#2 of 177)

Janice at the Dairy Maid.

TrouserFreak - 15 Apr 2019 19:45:24 (#3 of 177)

Yeah I think pod but if there are others which dont require grinding beans or connecting to the water mains then I'll consider those too.

tasselhoff - 15 Apr 2019 19:59:40 (#4 of 177)

The best faff-free is Nespresso. But the cost of the pods is pretty steep.

surferboogiewhatever - 15 Apr 2019 20:00:28 (#5 of 177)

Haha, HOL, I was about to suggest my niece!

Dayraven - 15 Apr 2019 20:02:02 (#6 of 177)

The best faff-free is Nespresso.

Yes, definitely higher-grade stuff than Tassimo.

For pod machines, the pod type is probably rather more important than the particular model of machine.

Arjuna - 15 Apr 2019 20:04:54 (#7 of 177)

This is the dog's bollocks, bargain price too

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DeLonghi-Magnifica-ESAM-4200-S-Silver/dp/B001EOMZ5E/ref

mememe - 15 Apr 2019 20:05:44 (#8 of 177)

But you don’t need to use the Nestlé ones these days.

TrouserFreak - 15 Apr 2019 20:07:19 (#9 of 177)

Arjuna, have you used that before?

Arjuna - 15 Apr 2019 20:10:02 (#10 of 177)

I own one, use it every day.

Arjuna - 15 Apr 2019 20:18:13 (#11 of 177)

I am a bit of a coffee machine junky, bought four in the last few years, all from gumtree, sold three on and kept that one. The best coffee was from a Gaggia classic but that was too much hassle first thing in the morning. Pods are less hassle but don't make great coffee, are expensive and an environmental nightmare. Bean2cup is definitely the goldilocks option, put beans in top then press button. Admittedly it's not always plain sailing, grinders can occasionally jam but generally I just wake up, press button and get pretty decent coffee.

TrouserFreak - 15 Apr 2019 20:27:30 (#12 of 177)

Hmm that sounds good. How easy is it to unjam a bean blockage?

Arjuna - 15 Apr 2019 20:32:35 (#13 of 177)

It can be a bit of a faff, have to take the beans out, remove water tank, turn it upside down and shake it. It has moving parts so never going to be totally trouble free.

TrouserFreak - 15 Apr 2019 20:37:39 (#14 of 177)

Ok! I think the intended recipient could handle that procedure. Caffeine city here we come!

popstar7 - 15 Apr 2019 20:40:35 (#15 of 177)

I got a De Longhi espresso maker half price (£70) from Sainsbury's at Christmas. The coffee is great, the milk frother bit could be better. I might just get a separate for that.

The one in #7 does look a bargain, though.

JohnIlly - 15 Apr 2019 20:41:57 (#16 of 177)

Daft, I call it.

CarlosFandango - 15 Apr 2019 21:39:05 (#17 of 177)

Been using a Delonghi Magnifica bean-to-cup thingmy for well over 10 years now.

I've had to free-up the grinder feed all of once, in all that time - and that was done from above - no big deal.

About a year ago it seemed to be 'straining' a bit during the press, so got a service kit from amazon and replaced the important seals. All of about 8 quid and 10 minutes work, and thereafter all working perfectly again.

In my opinion - pods and pads are all shite and/or expensive, and a fucking nightmare in terms of wasteful packaging.

Also, you can buy whatever brand of beans (or ground coffee) you want, or get all poncy and blend your own. Endless fun.

Arjuna - 15 Apr 2019 22:42:09 (#18 of 177)

Maybe I am grinding mine too fine

Beans are about a third of the price of pods.

CarlosFandango - 15 Apr 2019 23:28:16 (#19 of 177)

Maybe I am grinding mine too fine

Ah - maybe.

I don't think it's necessary - even 10-15 seconds of press time is enough for the stuff to run clear, without a particularly fine grind. The water quantity is usually set to more than I want (for reasons of marital bliss), and I just stop the thing once the coffee runs pale. Coffeeus interruptus.

I haven't directly tested it, but my finely-honed process engineering intuition tells me that the extraction of whatever needs to extracted is essentially complete.

Arjuna - 15 Apr 2019 23:38:41 (#20 of 177)

I always have it on the finest grind, smallest amount of water and strongest brew

I just realised the offer on that machine runs out at midnight, may go up a fair whack.

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