General Discussion: The Coffee Thread!


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themistake
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10837 posts since 20/2/06

11 Nov 2020 10:10
We might have solved the riddle of why they are snobbish to you Rira
swiftus
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1499 posts since 1/7/09

11 Nov 2020 10:22
Laughing out loud
Rirawin
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9537 posts since 17/7/05

11 Nov 2020 10:31
Cry Laughing out loud
Birdman
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1559 posts since 10/3/10

posted 11 Nov 2020 21:45, edited 11 Nov 2020 21:45
Mark wrote:
Birdman wrote: Best Nespresso machine? Not sure I want something as fancy as the Creatista as looks a bit fiddly/too many things could go wrong.

I’ve had the Pixie for the last 5 years in the US and it worked well, so might just go for one of them, but wondering if there is something better out there? Cheers.
and to answer your question, they also sell this:
https://colonnacoffee.com/pages/opal

(no shill)

Cheers - assuming it’s a decent? Have you tried it?
jacko198
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546 posts since 23/10/09

12 Nov 2020 14:25
Rirawin wrote:
Mark wrote:
stoney wrote: Just inherited a machine that takes the nespresso capsules. Any decent alternative capsules that will fit out there to try?

Bit late to the party but these guys are great for beans. i'm sure their capsules are up to par too.
https://colonnacoffee.com/

Can confirm they are proper coffee snobs, having been their cafe in Bath a few times myself. Tend not to go that often as I feel intimidated every time I go in asking for a simple espresso Laughing out loud

This^ Bought 100g of their beans, used 90% of it just trying to get the grind size right. £15 for the pleasure Laughing out loud
wembly
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572 posts since 15/1/13

12 Nov 2020 17:11
got my delivery from Monmouth today. find theire espresso roast the best yet
stoney
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17757 posts since 22/1/05

12 Nov 2020 17:47
Mark wrote:
stoney wrote: Just inherited a machine that takes the nespresso capsules. Any decent alternative capsules that will fit out there to try?

Bit late to the party but these guys are great for beans. i'm sure their capsules are up to par too.
https://colonnacoffee.com/

Cher’s I’ll check it. And to whoever recommended Starbucks thanks. Great selection and loads cheaper than the nespresso ones
pentonville
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950 posts since 12/3/12

12 Nov 2020 20:33
jacko198 wrote: Bought 100g of their beans, used 90% of it just trying to get the grind size right

How are you brewing it? The staff should be able to save you a bit of trouble and give you a steer on the grind sizes they´re using.
MrW
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3015 posts since 1/8/11

12 Nov 2020 20:51
Birdman wrote: Best Nespresso machine? Not sure I want something as fancy as the Creatista as looks a bit fiddly/too many things could go wrong.

Been using one of these for the past 6 months, can't fault it. Still buy beans and grind fresh from time to time but like the convenience. Makes a decent coffee as well imo.

Tried maybe half the range and have got 5 or 6 favourites we keep stocked up on. Also got one of these so I can use my own freshly ground if I'm feeling slack.
Mark
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1024 posts since 24/5/08

12 Nov 2020 21:05
Birdman wrote:
Mark wrote:
Birdman wrote: Best Nespresso machine? Not sure I want something as fancy as the Creatista as looks a bit fiddly/too many things could go wrong.

I’ve had the Pixie for the last 5 years in the US and it worked well, so might just go for one of them, but wondering if there is something better out there? Cheers.
and to answer your question, they also sell this:
https://colonnacoffee.com/pages/opal

(no shill)

Cheers - assuming it’s a decent? Have you tried it?
nope, haven't tried. i just like their whole beansSmiling
illwill
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4137 posts since 17/5/04

12 Nov 2020 21:37
https://www.decadentdecaf.com/

Rate this gear for the caffeine deniers. Been guzzling day and night.
Birdman
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1559 posts since 10/3/10

12 Nov 2020 22:21
MrW wrote:
Birdman wrote: Best Nespresso machine? Not sure I want something as fancy as the Creatista as looks a bit fiddly/too many things could go wrong.

Been using one of these for the past 6 months, can't fault it. Still buy beans and grind fresh from time to time but like the convenience. Makes a decent coffee as well imo.

Tried maybe half the range and have got 5 or 6 favourites we keep stocked up on. Also got one of these so I can use my own freshly ground if I'm feeling slack.

Cheers - looks decent but I was planning to stick to the classic pods but might make the move.
jacko198
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546 posts since 23/10/09

13 Nov 2020 16:40
pentonville wrote:
jacko198 wrote: Bought 100g of their beans, used 90% of it just trying to get the grind size right

How are you brewing it? The staff should be able to save you a bit of trouble and give you a steer on the grind sizes they´re using.

That was on the Sage Barista Express so took a few goes to dial it in!
CArlW
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115 posts since 21/2/10

21 Dec 2020 11:00
The price of used Gaggia Classics have gone through the roof recently. Good used ones going for around £250

Are they still worth it or would you go for new/warranty
blackham
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1857 posts since 17/7/13

21 Dec 2020 12:07
CArlW wrote: The price of used Gaggia Classics have gone through the roof recently. Good used ones going for around £250

Are they still worth it or would you go for new/warranty

I brought a 'faulty' classic for £80 on ebay, realised the water pump was broken and fixed it myself for a score. The online gaggia team will help you if you have any problems with the product via zoom. So takes seconds.

Don't think i'd have been able to do lockdown without it.
toin
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2067 posts since 1/4/13

26 Dec 2020 21:07
Those colonna nespresso cups are great.
Just tried their foundation and rare ‘long’ and both are very good imho.
jacko198
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546 posts since 23/10/09

27 Dec 2020 13:49
Some of the best coffee I have had was at their Colonna & Smalls shop in Bath
Fuzzyduck121
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1623 posts since 14/12/12

27 Dec 2020 20:04
Not sure these have ever been mentioned but great for a single user for filter coffee
Very decent alternative when you don’t want an espresso

https://www.melitta.co.uk/products/coffee-machines/filter-coffee-machines/aromaboy-filter-coffee-machine-retro/?number=6707231&gclid;=Cj0KCQiA_qD_BRDiARIsANjZ2LD0qVTDkAhZIXJVrGh_boUD0TPUix9i92x4nl1vNJaxZ_q5chSmACsaAkzWEALw_wcB
TheTiger
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4150 posts since 23/2/03

27 Dec 2020 20:15
I've always found the illy capsules to be the most consistently decent of all the supermarket sold pods and I include Nespresso in that too. I've just ordered a tin from Grind to try, can get 30 for £9.95 shipped using code BOXINGDAY.

Anyone else have that Opal machine? Looking to upgrade mine too.
Fuzzyduck121
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1623 posts since 14/12/12

27 Dec 2020 20:41
I’ve never had a decent coffee from a capsule I mean yeah it’s drinkable but it’s all shite compared to any ground beans even in a relatively cheap machine like a gaggia