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I'm always amazed at the diverse interests watch enthusiasts have, and knowledge in the most unusual subjects. I love nice watches and great coffee. Currently I'm enjoying the lockdown whilst wearing a 1971 Seiko Bellmatic on the original coffin link bracelet, sipping on espressos made using a Gaggia Classic. Tastes amazing! I've only owned one other coffee machine apart from this so don't have loads to compare it with so I was wondering what coffee machines other forum members have and are there any you'd recommend. 

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My wife favours a nespresso machine and I have a modest gaggia with a separate ceramic bladed grinder for beans - the gaggia delivers a better cup of coffee but the nespresso is easier, cleaner but heavily dependent on the quality of capsule you buy. 

Some of the bean to cup machines have eye watering price tags :wacko:

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My daily brew machine, using regular grounds and filter paper. (not that I ever use both carafes.

Bravilor Mondo Coffee Machine

for a treat or a top -up this.

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Occasionally this (when I have the right coffee).

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...and finally one of these for the odd muddy coffee.

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If I use instant, which is very rare I'll use Kenco Millicano or a Percol coffee bag.

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I’ve got a couple of stovetop expresso pots and really like them, but unfortunately I don’t really drink that much coffee so the beans or ground coffee seems to get bitter before I even get halfway through. I got a dolce gusto machine and find it great as the pods stay fresh and are consistently good every time. I only drink expresso or ristretto coffee so never any milk 

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9 hours ago, wrenny1969 said:

My wife favours a nespresso machine and I have a modest gaggia with a separate ceramic bladed grinder for beans - the gaggia delivers a better cup of coffee but the nespresso is easier, cleaner but heavily dependent on the quality of capsule you buy. 

Some of the bean to cup machines have eye watering price tags :wacko:

For the nespresso machine try some Jamaican Blue Mountain or Hawaii Kona - not cheap but really tasty.

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I have. Gaggia Classic which I quiet like but most days I used my Atomic. I initially purchased it to use in my old camper van but it has become my favourite. Easy to use and froths milk rather well.


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Have had dolce gusto for ages. Mainly bought originally as my other half likes white coffee but we don’t use much milk otherwise, so the milk capsules they have were better than wasting cartons of fresh milk. Some of their black coffee is decent enough, the capsules are now all recyclable and the machines look quite cool.
 

Next purchase, likely at the expense of a new watch (don’t tell anyone!), probably a proper bean grinder one.

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Used to have a modo mio but the plastic waste was getting to me. I've reverted to an induction friendly stovetop and am enjoying the ritual of making coffee again. Bean grinder highly recommended, mine was relatively cheap at c50 quid but it is excellent. 

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I had a girlfriend who used to make great coffee..

No, I'm being serious. She worked at/for one of the specialist coffee roasters supply chains in New York. They sold coffee to the expensive restaurants. The coffee was so expensive they would supply the large machines for free.

Anyway, I got sidetracked there by sounding sexist.. she swore by the use of a simple french press for roasted coffee saying something technical like "the steam produced by the machines gives more from the beans and that's cost effective for such expensive coffee but it brings out the wrong flavors, a simple french press with lower temperature releases the best flavours". She was correct, I can't really enjoy drinking coffee from anywhere now because they all don't taste as good as hers. 

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I'm outing myself as a huge coffelover (especially espresso) over here too :). To be honest: at the moment I use a nespresso machine - it makes really good coffee and I got it as a birthday present. At my parents home we had a high quality portafilter espresso machine which made the best coffee. While traveling or when I am out for adventures (sailing, camping whatever) I also use a french press, but I have never thought, that this would make the best coffee... I should maybe try it with high quality beans :)

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