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coco2coco2 Posts: 44
edited February 2008 in The bottom bracket
i'm looking for a coffee machine that makes an expresso like you buy in any of the decent coffee shops, mmmdon't know if starbucks qualifies for this.
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  • starbucks doesn't apply to anything that has the words 'decent coffee" attached to it. The microsoft of the convenience coffee world in my opinion. Now Costa on the other hand :D

    As for coffee machines try a Gaggia if you go the cash or have a look here

    http://www.myespresso.co.uk/

    for inspiration.

    Gats
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Gave up on the Gaggia years ago - it constantly leaked. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto is great and you can also make great cappuccino too.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • pedylanpedylan Posts: 775
    I've had a Gaggia for last seven years and whilst it isn't an everyday device it doesn't leak and makes great espresso. Capuccino is a bit more fiddly but I'd start by looking at Gaggia if it's something a bit more than just a mass produced coffee maker you want.
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  • mercsportmercsport Posts: 664
    I thought it was Gaggia that thought up the espresso machine .

    In fact after just typing in that one-liner my , interest piqued , I went to Wiki and brought up the necessary : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaggia
    It must be the best , after all , in its guise as Saeco it employed Cipollini . Style ! :P
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  • sloboysloboy Posts: 1,139
    We used to have a Gaggia but it was a bit too much fuss. Now on Nespresso and I like it.
  • Has to be a Saeco for me:


    cunego-simoni-podium.jpg
    Bet Simoni was faking that smile!

    Actually, I have a Krups coffee maker, which is pretty damn good, but fairly simple. My mother has one of those nespresso things. That is even more simple and the choices of coffee is pretty good.

    Saeco just reminds me of the good ole days!
  • But arent the sizes on the dulce gusto a bit on the mean side? Obviously for an espresso or ristretto its not that much of a problem but I like a nice big Cappuccino when I have one! DOn't the lil capsule thingys limited the sizes?

    Gats
  • Another vote for Nespresso (www.nespresso.com) - a variety of machines and stenghts/flavors. Single service size also means there is less mess than a traditional expresso machine. I have had mine for four years and it gets used nearly every day.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    https://secure.nespresso.com/precom/sim ... e&lang=en#

    another one for the nespresso had mine for about a year, even took it on holiday (2 weeks self catering).

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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    Braun.
  • I have the previous generation of this model - Magimix L'Expresso
    It's been making great espresso for me for a couple of years with no leaks or other probs. Even bought one for the mother-in-law.

    I would happily recommend it.
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,890
    Don't drink coffee. Disgusting stuff. Buy a teapot and get a decent drink.
  • andyrrandyrr Posts: 1,521
    Gaggia Classic, good quality freshly roasted beans (none of the months old stuff you buy in the shops), ground with a burr grinder - proper espresso.
    Costa - yeuch, burnt-flavour horribleness.
  • claashclaash Posts: 145
    It has to be a nespresso (see all the comments above) AND I keep hoping to bump into Mr Clooney at my local nespresso shop..........

    We can all dream!!
    :roll: :lol:
  • protoproto Posts: 1,475
    Nespresso for me too. Couldn't live without it. We have even been known to take it holiday with us. :)
  • Gav2000Gav2000 Posts: 408
    I have a Tassimo which is made by Braun. The pods are available in all supermarkets and there is virtually no cleaning. After trying most of the pods I now stick to the Cafe Creme ones. It's not as flashy as a Gaggia unit but it costs a lot less, doesn't take up too much surface space and, like I said, needs very little cleaning.

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  • coco2coco2 Posts: 44
    took the plunge and got myself a gaggia...after all it's italian just like campag.
  • coco2coco2 Posts: 44
    mmm my fiirst expresso...lovely
  • It's not just about the drink, its the making of it too. My brother in law has a Dura? which cost about £1500 and you just press the buttons and it does it all for you. I much prefer my gaggia Classic where you have to do something - put in the coffer, heat the milk etc. Nespresso's etc = no soul :wink:
  • NuggsNuggs Posts: 1,804
    Nespresso is the way to go.

    I had a Gaggia manual machine for ages. Good fun making the coffee when I had time but it was messy and time consuming.

    Coffee goes past its best quickly. As the Nespresso capsules are individually sealed, it's a perfect, fresh cup every time. :)
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    andyrr wrote:
    Gaggia Classic, good quality freshly roasted beans (none of the months old stuff you buy in the shops), ground with a burr grinder - proper espresso.

    yes this.

    I bought a Gaggia Classic the other week and it's amazing, getting the right grind level takes a little time but once it's sorted... bam amazing coffee

    fresh beans are vital too. I use Monmothcoffee.com but that's a london thing, I suspect other less civilised :wink: parts of the country have good quality coffee distributors as well

    EDIT: WRT the nespresso and that kinda thing I suspect the pods will be very tricky to get hold of in about 2-3 years and it'll be another 10 or so before the next set of machines come out. I think while they're better than instant, it's just a poor excuse for the real thing.
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  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    Nuggs wrote:
    Nespresso is the way to go.

    Coffee goes past its best quickly. As the Nespresso capsules are individually sealed, it's a perfect, fresh cup every time. :)

    As long as Nestle make the pods and continue to support the machines!
    M.Rushton
  • holy cow you lot have too much time on your hands

    what's wrong with a jar of nescafe
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  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    holy cow you lot have too much time on your hands

    what's wrong with a jar of nescafe

    If you have to ask that question i suggest you contact the nearest person to you on this forum who can enlighten you as to why nespresso or gaggia coffee is better than the product you mention - it's not coffee even tho' Nestle make that and the Nespresso stuff.
    M.Rushton
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    mrushton wrote:
    Nuggs wrote:
    Nespresso is the way to go.

    Coffee goes past its best quickly. As the Nespresso capsules are individually sealed, it's a perfect, fresh cup every time. :)

    As long as Nestle make the pods and continue to support the machines!
    well as you can only buy the pods online from them i would think there will be no problems with that.
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  • spen666spen666 Posts: 17,709
    I saved money and avoided all the problems by buying myself a teapot and loads of green tea
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  • Clever Pun wrote:
    andyrr wrote:

    EDIT: WRT the nespresso and that kinda thing I suspect the pods will be very tricky to get hold of in about 2-3 years and it'll be another 10 or so before the next set of machines come out.

    I doubt this, I first came across Nespresso at the Geneva office of the company I was working for- they have a large installed base of corporate uses, alongside the retail customers such as those on this forum!

    Ed
  • CraigHCraigH Posts: 321
    Had a Krups Orchestra.. but am saving for a pavoni..


    i like the look of the pipes and guages..

    c
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    CraigH wrote:
    Had a Krups Orchestra.. but am saving for a pavoni..


    i like the look of the pipes and guages..

    c

    is that the manual one? you'll need an arm like He-Man by all accounts... a beautiful piece of kit though
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  • Don't drink coffee. Disgusting stuff. Buy a teapot and get a decent drink.
    Good point well made :lol:

    I had a De Longhi thing for years until I chucked it recently. It took about 156 hours to make a filter coffee and then you had to divert some of the water to make the steam to froth the milk... I would have been dead from old age (or thirst) before it produced a drop.

    Tea is the future and the king of all brownish coloured beverages.
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