Im thinking of buying a coffee machine for xmas and am wondering what you all think is a good one.
We are on a budget so for around the $200 mark.
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10-11-2013 09:08 #1Senior Member
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Best coffee machines
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10-11-2013 09:30 #3
I am very particular about my coffee and am not a fan at all of the quality of coffee from the pods.
Im also not a fan of the fully automatic ones that do it for you.
I like my manual coffee machine as I have maximum control of how my coffee is made.
I have a saeco via venezia.
Oh and my advice is Google what u are thinking of buying for reviews and
More $ doesn't mean better
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10-11-2013 10:18 #4
I second pod coffee machines not being great. It honestly depends what you are after. I got an expresso machine first (could make 2 cups and had the milk steamer attatched) but honestly didn't use it because it was annoying to use- fiddly and took forever when you had guests!
We now have just a drip coffee maker and we LOVE it. Use it every single day with freshly ground vanilla beans. Omg=best. Can make up to 10 cups, you choose how many, and you can set it the night before so you wake up to that fabulous freshly brewed coffee smell.
This is basically ours (we've had ours for about 4 years so this is a newer model!) if the link works.
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10-11-2013 10:47 #5
Call me a heathen, but I love my Nespresso machine. We got the basic model with the milk frother. Think its called a U? 3 minutes for the milk to froth and I'm sitting down to a lovely cap.
If you're thinking of getting one, I'd suggest going to the Nespresso shop and trying the coffee first. That way you can see if you like the coffee or not. There's so many different strengths and flavours which is great for us as DH likes strong bitter coffee, and I like a smoother blend, so we each have our own pods for the one machine.
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10-11-2013 11:03 #6
What u have to remember with pod machines is that you can't interchange between coffee brands. Some others ate compatible woth certain machines but you mainly have to stick to that brand of coffee
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10-11-2013 11:04 #7
We have a MAP Bella pod machine which we got on sale at target for about $130 + bought a milk frother jug for about $30. I love a pod machine, I completely lack the ability to tamp coffee properly and know I'd be endlessly cleaning up grounds spilt by DH. Target and Good Guys were the only places we could get the pods but now Woolworths have started a range and also stock the Gloria Jean's ones that fit. If you want to try the coffee the Good Guys usually do demos of all the machines including MAP, Nespresso etc
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10-11-2013 11:20 #8
I have a manual breville coffee machine but found it too much work.
Hubby bought me a nespresso and I love it. The only downside is if you use a mug you need 2 pods to get a good taste.
10-11-2013 11:37 #9
I had the manual breville machine and I loved it except it was loud and messy... We ended up upgrading to an automatic machine (internal grinder) "spidem villa" on the recommendation of a cafe owner friend and I HATE it and I'm tempted to buy another breville!
It's just as loud, the shots are half the size of a manual machine, and you can't switch from
Frothing milk back to the shots, so when making multiple coffees you have to do all the shots first or if someone decides they want one (shows up late) after you've made coffees you have to wait 20 minutes for the machine to reset
10-11-2013 11:42 #10
We have a Sunbeam manual coffee maker and it's been great. It's better than the Breville one we had previously.
I can't remember the price but it was definitely under $200.
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