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Title: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Rebecca on February 03, 2008, 22:32:47 pm
I think my coffee machine isn't heating the coffee to the correct temperature so was wondering whether anyone could recommend a good one?

My only thing it must have is a metal jug as I break glass ones because I'm so heavy handed. I do like the Gaggia ones and saw a Krupps one but wondered whether they were more fashionable ones or are actually very good?

Any ideas?
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Dixkot on February 03, 2008, 22:44:36 pm

I have this one, a Gaggia Cubika and it's great.

(http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/234-0502962A68UC431072X.jpg)

Available from Argos for  (http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/0502962/Trail/searchtext%3EGAGGIA.htm)
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: RobertELee on September 25, 2008, 19:07:07 pm
I have a Dolce Gusto Krups  it make a great cup. Mocha and  Latte Macchiatto are favs though I prefer an espresso to wake me up in the morning
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Norwegian on September 26, 2008, 08:55:42 am
My Bialetti rules ;)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PItHlO3wL._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on December 15, 2008, 16:51:40 pm
I just got a Bialetti 9 cup - and at a great price.  Fantastic bit of gear.

John Lewis (in store) wanted Ã,£34.00
Cheapest on t'internet I could find was Ã,£24.99.
Walked into Whittard (tea + coffee suppliers), and there it was on the shelf for Ã,£18.90.

And yes, this is a genuine Bialetti, not some own-branded dodgy copy.

Bargain.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Slim on December 16, 2008, 09:20:28 am
I must confess I normally buy cheap coffee makers - the current one is a Haden, wasn't more than Ã,£20 I don't think - but it makes a cracking cup of coffee. I warm the milk in a large mug in a microwave then stick it straight under the spout; I don't bother with the jug.

They usually last about three years although this one's lasted about five, now. Probably because I don't spend as much time in the house these days.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on January 07, 2009, 17:02:44 pm
I've got a 3 cup Bialetti as well now - for when I just want to make something for myself.

They are so easy to use and clean.  And there is something very satisfying about the aroma and noise they make as they gurgle away.

Admittedly, there is no crema produced, but apart from that, 'tis ace.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on January 07, 2009, 18:08:06 pm
i bougth one of these at the weekend -
(http://www.appliancist.com/bialetti-mukka-express-cappuccino-maker.jpg)
bialetti cappuccino / latte maker, much easier and quicker than my big gaggia.
having made half a dozen lots now the taste is getting better.
i thought the bialettis made a crema reg ?
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on January 08, 2009, 11:54:53 am
Quote from: Pricey on January 07, 2009, 18:08:06 pmi thought the bialettis made a crema reg ?

They do - 'tis called the Brikka.

But it is limited in that it only comes in 2 cup and 4 cup varieties priced at around Ã,£40 and Ã,£45 pounds.  I might get me one someday.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on January 08, 2009, 14:24:10 pm
ah - sorry i got confused over the models, must admit the gaggia i have makes a lovely big mug of coffee, but the bialetti mokka express goes from nowt to cappuccino in 4 mins, really handy if im doing  a solo brew.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on January 21, 2009, 12:20:14 pm
ive had the mukka espresso machine for a few weeks now and i love it, got a good grind on my beans, which i grind fresh, got the quants of milk and water right, 4 mins on the hob and its ready, i am struggling with the latte though, cant seem to get a milky coffee..
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Red Star on January 22, 2009, 17:31:53 pm
Quote from: Reg on January 07, 2009, 17:02:44 pm
Admittedly, there is no crema produced, but apart from that, 'tis ace.


Why is that then Reg? For me it's the best part so a machine that produces crema would be a must.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on January 23, 2009, 10:38:23 am
are you using single origin or estate beans reg ? give blended beans a try..

drop theseguysan email - they are the ones i use - they are importers they`ll advise you whats best.

WWW.e-coffee.co.uk
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Red Star on January 23, 2009, 12:45:24 pm
Hi Pricey, does your machine produce a nice Crema? How much was it mate?
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on January 23, 2009, 13:31:35 pm
Quote from: Red Star on January 22, 2009, 17:31:53 pm
Why is that then Reg? For me it's the best part so a machine that produces crema would be a must.
The Moka Express valve doesn't produce enough pressure to generate the crema, but as most of the espresso I make goes into latte / capuccino / americano it doesn't matter that much.

The Brikka has a special valve which generates more pressure and produces a crema - but only available in 2 and 4 cup varieties.  I will almost certainly get one someday.

The thing about the Bialettis (Moka Express anyway) are their ease of use.  Put water in the bottom.  Coffee in the middle.  Screw top on.  Put over low/medium heat on the cooker.  A few minutes later espresso is ready.  When cool, dismantle, empty coffee grounds and rinse in warm/hot water - don't use any washing up liquid or scrubbers or anything - just water and perhaps a dishcloth - nothing abrasive.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on January 23, 2009, 13:51:58 pm
Quote from: Red Star on January 23, 2009, 12:45:24 pm
Hi Pricey, does your machine produce a nice Crema? How much was it mate?

the bialetti mukka espresso was Ã,£46 i think, it produces 2 cups of cappunccino, or latte, but i can`t seem to get what i would call a nice latte from it, as reg said its very easy and quick - 4mins or so on a gas hob, it doesnt do espresso, though i imagine using water intsead of milk in the top might give you a decent americano; if im doing espresso or indeed big milky lattes i use my gaggia classic, that always gives a good crema, thing is its a lot slower, needs time to warm up etc, and its a lot dearer - around Ã,£200 -Ã,£250.

on another subject - soon be carp time mate !!
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on January 27, 2009, 18:41:45 pm
Just ordered myself a 2-cup Brikka.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on February 23, 2009, 23:43:01 pm
made an espresso on my gaggia tonight the crema was like a pint of guiness
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Norwegian on March 05, 2009, 20:58:16 pm
ordered this today

(http://www.espressomania.se/images/nespresso_essenza_d90_alu.jpg)
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on March 06, 2009, 09:40:37 am
I put some Monsoon Malabar through my Brikka last night.  Very nice.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on March 06, 2009, 14:39:41 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on March 05, 2009, 20:58:16 pm
ordered this today

(http://www.espressomania.se/images/nespresso_essenza_d90_alu.jpg)
its a gadget ! id get laughed out of the coffee club if i owned up to having one of those.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Slim on March 07, 2009, 00:08:52 am
Quote from: Reg on March 06, 2009, 09:40:37 am
I put some Monsoon Malabar through my Brikka last night.  Very nice.


Where did you get it, Reg? The Monsooned Malabar, I mean? I haven't seen it at Sainsbury's for weeks.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Norwegian on March 08, 2009, 09:27:30 am
Quote from: Pricey on March 06, 2009, 14:39:41 pm
its a gadget ! id get laughed out of the coffee club if i owned up to having one of those.
coffee club? Get a life!












::) ;)
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on March 10, 2009, 10:27:47 am
Quote from: Slim on March 07, 2009, 00:08:52 am
Where did you get it, Reg? The Monsooned Malabar, I mean? I haven't seen it at Sainsbury's for weeks.
From a Whittard coffee selection box I purchased just before Christmas - 9 x 75g packets - 3 mild, 3 medium, and 3 strong.  Is there a Whittard store near you James?  Failing that, you can get it mail order from various suppliers if you are particularly keen.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Stewart on March 11, 2009, 00:10:41 am
Mrs, bought Monsoon Malabar, we normally get Guatemala elephant, though the hard core After Dinner is what we've been testing on the new Krupps espresso machine, she just bought! (Knocked it down from Ã,£150 to Ã,£75)

The Mocha is good from Whittards as well.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on April 19, 2010, 18:13:48 pm
Quote from: Slim on March 07, 2009, 00:08:52 am
Where did you get it, Reg? The Monsooned Malabar, I mean? I haven't seen it at Sainsbury's for weeks.
James.  I just remembered that I've also seen it in Waitrose.  Don't know if that helps you at all.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: rascal houdi on April 19, 2010, 23:58:40 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on March 05, 2009, 20:58:16 pm
ordered this today

(http://www.espressomania.se/images/nespresso_essenza_d90_alu.jpg)


I've got one of those, love it. Big range of coffees to choose from & they do limited edition specials every now & then that are always worth stocking up on as they're not around for long. My current favourite is the Chesnut Cream one that came out just before Christmas, lovely. :)
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on September 27, 2010, 17:48:58 pm
This looks quite tempting . . . .

http://www.johnlewis.com/230843332/Product.aspx?source=14798
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on September 28, 2010, 17:53:21 pm
Ooh.  Getting close to biting.  Might be saying goodbye to the cash I got for the Wii stuff!
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on September 28, 2010, 23:47:00 pm
I bit.  Not the DeLonghi though.  When I looked at the real deal, it felt like a toy.

It was a toss up between the Gaggia Classic, which I believe Mr. Pricey has, and the new style Gaggia Baby.  I went for the Baby in the end.  If anyone is interested btw, the Gaggia Classic has £50 off in-store in Currys at the moment, down from £299.99 to £249.99.

Here be my new 'Baby':



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Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Slim on September 29, 2010, 19:11:56 pm
Quote from: Slim on December 16, 2008, 09:20:28 am
I must confess I normally buy cheap coffee makers - the current one is a Haden, wasn't more than Ã,£20 I don't think - but it makes a cracking cup of coffee. I warm the milk in a large mug in a microwave then stick it straight under the spout; I don't bother with the jug.

They usually last about three years although this one's lasted about five, now. Probably because I don't spend as much time in the house these days.


Seven now, blimey.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on September 29, 2010, 21:49:30 pm
Right.  One word verdict on my 'Baby':

WOW.

I got it out of the box and assembled it tonight.  Went through the initial set-up of pumping one tankful of water through the steam arm and one tankful through the, er, coffee pump bit, whatever its called.

Then I made my first single espresso - very easy to do, and a fantastic result on the first go, crema and all.

Right, thought I, let's try the steam wand - so I put some milk in my jug, and followed the instructions and hey presto, I had hot, foamed milk about a minute later.  Poured this over the espresso, and, voila, one tasty latte.  Oh yes - I didn't expect great results as I used UHT milk, but it worked fine.

So top marks for my first bash.  I deliberately didn't use any sugar or syrups this time - just coffee, water and milk.

Excellent.  Very happy punter here.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on October 06, 2010, 00:20:40 am
Made a cappuccino tonight.  Double espresso, + steamed milk + dense froth on top.

Dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Yumbly bumbly.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on October 06, 2010, 10:43:38 am
Bit of a disaster this morning.  Made a caramel latte to go with a double espresso - but frothed the milk too quickly, ending up with a luke warm latte.  Nice tasting, but not hot enough - should have popped it in the microwave!
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on October 10, 2010, 22:50:11 pm
I've definitely got the hang of steaming now.  As well as lattes, cappuccinos and mochas, I also use it for straight hot chocolate - even using skimmed milk, it comes out rich and smooth.  Much better than microwaving!

Very pleased indeed with my Baby.

Couple of things I still need to get  - a proper 57mm tamper as the plastic one you get with the machine is plastic and has no weight, and eventually a grinder so I can grind my own beans rather than being stuck with limited ready ground espresso options.  Having said that, I picked up some Whittard Espresso last weekend, and that's nice.  More expensive than my usual Lavazza though.  And I bought some really cheap espresso from Ikea last weekend which I don't hold out much hope for - 'twas only about £1.30 still I'll give it a chance.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on October 23, 2010, 00:34:15 am
Quote from: Reg on October 10, 2010, 22:50:11 pmI bought some really cheap espresso from Ikea last weekend which I don't hold out much hope for - 'twas only about £1.30 still I'll give it a chance.
Good job I wasn't expecting a lot.  I won't be buying it again!
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on October 26, 2010, 22:20:42 pm
i brought 6 packs of my favourite Segafredo 100 pc Arabica ground coffee fom Spain last week, cant seem to find it here
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on October 28, 2010, 16:23:24 pm
I've treated myself to the grinder that Pricey has - John Lewis had it knocked down to £35.95 from £39.99.

Also bagged a selection of beans from various places.  I even bought some Illy beans, which Waitrose had on offer at 20% off.  Along with some Monsooned Malabar, and some Pico Daurte (iiirc).  Oh yes, and the bean version of LaVazza Espresso - one of my favourite ground coffees, so it should be even better freshly ground.

On the lookout for a nice tamper now (will probably get a stand too) - currently using the bottom of a chocolate shaker, as it is a perfect fit for the Gaggia baskets.  The plastic one supplied with the Gaggia is a) too small and b) plastic!  I understand why they supply a plastic one - to keep costs down.  But why not make it the right size?
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on November 10, 2010, 10:08:47 am
Ground my first beans using the new grinder last night and brewed up some Fair Trade Peaberry.

Yum.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Pricey on November 10, 2010, 15:16:21 pm
i got a metal tamper from whittards, much more effective than the plastic one which got skimmed, another good thing Reg is Gaggia do a cleaning mix, which you dissolve in the water tank and pump through the machine every 6 months or so, depending on use, i cleaned mine first time last week and its made a big difference i think...if you pass Cheshire Oaks try the Whittards ashop there, thats were mine came from.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on November 10, 2010, 15:45:17 pm
Quote from: Pricey on November 10, 2010, 15:16:21 pmif you pass Cheshire Oaks try the Whittards ashop there, thats were mine came from.

I did pop in there last time I was up, but the Whittards has shrunk considerably there.  They no longer sell machines, or tampers.  I know, cos I was looking for a tamper.

A tamper will be my next purchase, along with a tamper stand I think, if you know what I mean.  Just had a look on Amazon, and I may just get this kit:





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Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on November 15, 2010, 10:45:38 am
Quote from: Pricey on November 10, 2010, 15:16:21 pm
i got a metal tamper from whittards

On the way to Sutton-in-Ashfield on Friday, I spotted one of those outlet village things, so I popped in, and they've got a Whittards there.  Lo and behold, they had one and one only of their metal tampers left, no box, for £2.50, so I grabbed it.  Sorted.  I'd like to get a really nice one some day, but this will do nicely for now.

Discovered that I don't need to tamp my freshly ground coffee anywhere near as firmly as I do pre-ground coffee.  Am quite impressed with the grinder, definitely grinds fine enough for espresso.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Reg on November 25, 2011, 12:12:59 pm
I forgot to mention, I got a 'proper' tamper a while back.  A Motta, and it is gr-r-r-reat.  Wooden handle, quite weighty (stainless steel business end) and fits my basket well.

I tried a new combination last weekend - I had a latte with toffee nut syrup, and sprinkled some nutmeg on top.   Very nice.

Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on December 05, 2011, 11:05:30 am
Im becoming addicted to Neros latte with hazlenut syrup. I worked out I spent over 40 quid on them last month alone :o I can't really justify that kind of expense and Im supposed to be cutting down....yeah right... Free wifi in Neros at least ;D
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Chris Quartly on June 07, 2012, 22:14:49 pm
Bought one of those tassimo machines (the T20) that read the pods with the barcodes. Very happy with the quality! The pods run a little expensive but I managed to snag a couple of the variety packs which are hard to come by (46 pods for $26). Usually a box of 16 pods run about $10.

(http://www.quick-cupcoffee.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Tassimo-T20.jpg)

At work we just got a $300 Keurig machine, just had a cup and it's also very good.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Slim on June 20, 2012, 13:15:11 pm
Quote from: Slim on September 29, 2010, 19:11:56 pm
Seven now, blimey.


Nine! I can't believe it. might get a new one.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Slim on January 14, 2019, 23:15:58 pm
I think it lasted until about 2014. Have a pump-driven Espresso now, but I miss that old Halden.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: Nick on January 15, 2019, 18:57:07 pm
I have an nespresso which I really enjoy for long black coffees but the plastic pod waste is terrible.
Title: Re: New Coffee machine!
Post by: döm on January 15, 2019, 19:58:30 pm
Quote from: Nick on January 15, 2019, 18:57:07 pm
I have an nespresso which I really enjoy for long black coffees but the plastic pod waste is terrible.



I love mine that my sister got me as a Christmas present. Try not to think about the long term environmental impact. There only small after all!