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jps

posted on 24/12/19 at 10:45 AM Reply With Quote
One of these 'pod' coffee machine things...

Given there are plenty on here keen to adopt a frugal approach - i thought it worth asking on this topic.

I am thinking to buy my dad one of these Nespresso type coffee machines, and keep him in stock with the pods, but can see that could rapidly become super expensive. Does anyone have experience/tips?

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David Jenkins

posted on 24/12/19 at 10:54 AM Reply With Quote
I'm sure I saw refillable pods somewhere the other day - might be worth a google...





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Ugg10

posted on 24/12/19 at 10:57 AM Reply With Quote
I have nespresso and use the Aldi restretto pods at around 1.70 for 10 which is almost half the price of proper ones. Aldi also had vanilla and caramel flavoured ones for a while but not been in stock for a couple of months. Also picked up some amazon ones for 7 for 100 in Black Friday, not as strong but certainly drinkable. Also keep looking on amazon, LOr are often on sale.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solimo-Nespresso-Compatible-Ristretto-capsules/dp/B07C78MCQX/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Nespresso+pods+solimo&qid=1577184924& ;sr=8-5

As far as I can tell you can get sale/Aldi for 15-20p per cup, nespresso are around 30p iirc. Really depends on how fussy he is. Worth also noting that if you get the machine with the frother you dont need extra pods for latte/cappuccino like other types, I had a dolce gusto before and the milky coffee pods were very expensive.





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Ugg10

posted on 24/12/19 at 11:02 AM Reply With Quote
I also saw the refillable pods, they were around 20 iirc, but reports seem to suggest it takes quite a bit of experimentation to get the right coffee and the right packing to creat a decent cup and quite hard to get it strong enough. Happy to be educated but this is what the reviews said.

Example - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cafilas-Stainless-Nespresso-Machines-Refillable/dp/B07MR5PHNS/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?crid=3T5ML9UBKHVN1&keywords=nespresso+refil lable+capsules&qid=1577185353&sprefix=Nespresso+refill%2Caps%2C149&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzVjVWQTE1Nkt BVlFXJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjEzMTk1M0RQNUxBWjhPWUlTNiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNTUyMDU5MjRLQ1VEUktINjFZUyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjd CZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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big_wasa

posted on 24/12/19 at 11:10 AM Reply With Quote
The novelty soon wore off and they produce a lot of single use plastic waste.

But they do make a nice cup and quickly.

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Slimy38

posted on 24/12/19 at 11:28 AM Reply With Quote
I have a Tassimo, mainly because it had a licence for Costa which is my preferred high street coffee. Unfortunately it turned out that the Costa Tassimo is absolutely foul, so I ended up just going for Kenco.

For me it's all about convenience, especially when guests are round. Being able to dish out half a dozen coffees without having to refill and boil the kettle is brilliant. And when I'm in a rush in the morning, I can still get a caffeine fix.

It's not that expensive to run, I bought a large box of pods from Amazon and I think it worked out to be about 20p each. There's not as much choice as the Nespresso, and no option for refillable ones. And I am concerned about the amount of plastic waste it creates, with no mention on the packaging about whether it's biodegradable or not.

I also have an Aeropress for work, and while it's nowhere near as convenient, the coffee it makes is just amazing. A lot less faff than a normal french press, and with it just using regular coffee there's no waste or extra cost. For people who want to get into 'coffee' but don't want to spend too much I would really recommend it.

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Mr Whippy

posted on 24/12/19 at 11:36 AM Reply With Quote
Yeah I have one, does end up costing quite a bit but do taste better. I've given up on it and switched to decaff coffee these days. I agree about the single use waste, especially the plastic cartridge type.
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peter030371

posted on 24/12/19 at 12:11 PM Reply With Quote
I've had a Nespresso machine (plus the separate milky frothy thing) for a couple of years now. I use it 2-3 times a day. Other than a bean to cup machine nothing else is close for home made coffee from what I have tasted.

It costs more than instant but as others have said you can shop around to save a bit of money. For the first 18+ months I only used Nespresso capsules which they take back for recycling with the next delivery but they do cost between 0.34 and 0.44 each. Six month ago I switched to buying the capsules from our regular supermarket which always has deals on so they are normally 0.20 to 0.25 each, unfortunately these are not recyclable though.

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ceebmoj

posted on 24/12/19 at 01:24 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by peter030371
I've had a Nespresso machine (plus the separate milky frothy thing) for a couple of years now. I use it 2-3 times a day. Other than a bean to cup machine nothing else is close for home made coffee from what I have tasted.

It costs more than instant but as others have said you can shop around to save a bit of money. For the first 18+ months I only used Nespresso capsules which they take back for recycling with the next delivery but they do cost between 0.34 and 0.44 each. Six month ago I switched to buying the capsules from our regular supermarket which always has deals on so they are normally 0.20 to 0.25 each, unfortunately these are not recyclable though.


Exactly the same for me.

But i have stuck to the Nespresso pods which are made from foil and 100% recyclable, the service included in the price of the pod to return them to base and recycle the pod and all packaging for this service is also recycled.

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JC

posted on 25/12/19 at 06:57 AM Reply With Quote
Quite a lot of the non-branded nespresso pods are aluminium now - we use Lor ones from Tesco which vary from 1.50 for 10 on special offer, usually around 2.50 and sometimes 3.00.

The wife scoops the leftover grains out (goes to the worm composter) and squashes the capsules together to recycle.


I drink tea!

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BenB

posted on 25/12/19 at 10:45 AM Reply With Quote
I'd go for a bean to cup job personally. The only advantage of Nespresso type machines is if it's a family who all like different beans. We blew a wodge on a Jura bean to cup which is an amazing bit of kit (should be for the price!)- only issue is when I decide I don't like my wife's taste in beans- impossible to empty the bean container. And she dislikes my strong/bitter beans. You can probably guess what the machine is full of...... Oh well, I'm more of a tea person to be honest!!!!
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peter030371

posted on 25/12/19 at 07:10 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BenB
I'd go for a bean to cup job personally. The only advantage of Nespresso type machines is if it's a family who all like different beans. We blew a wodge on a Jura bean to cup which is an amazing bit of kit (should be for the price!)- only issue is when I decide I don't like my wife's taste in beans- impossible to empty the bean container. And she dislikes my strong/bitter beans. You can probably guess what the machine is full of...... Oh well, I'm more of a tea person to be honest!!!!


If money was no object you can get twin hopper bean to cup machines..... Or for the same price a new set of decent tyres for your 7

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steve m

posted on 25/12/19 at 09:52 PM Reply With Quote
I know nothing about coffee, as I don't like it, T for me

Friends of ours get a coffee machine from a local " place that sells indian food " and take out the warranty,
And every year, take it back, as its bust, and get a new one,

wether it doesn't work or not, irrelevant, as they never check it





Thats was probably spelt wrong, or had some grammer, that the "grammer police have to have a moan at




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coyoteboy

posted on 26/12/19 at 02:52 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by big_wasa
The novelty soon wore off and they produce a lot of single use plastic waste.

But they do make a nice cup and quickly.


Nespresso pods are aluminium and fully recyclable. I tried plastic reusable pods but never got a decent cup from any of them.

I find I don't make any more or less coffee now, and while I probably spend more per cup, I'm a coffee addict so I don't really notice, I also have 5 or 6 other bean types on the go, 4 other methods of making coffee and I rotate them. I also drink 4 to 5 double shot coffees from the work bean to cup machines every day.





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JonBowden

posted on 28/12/19 at 03:06 PM Reply With Quote
we use a sage espresso machine with grinder:
https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/small-kitchen-appliances/coffee-machines-and-accessories/coffee-machines/sage-barista-express-bes87 5uk-bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-silver-10174955-pdt.html

It has worked for a few years now making several cups every day, so not bad value.
It's a bit of a fiddle to use and takes some experimentation but worth it if you like good coffee.
It beats nespresso by a big margin for coffee quality.





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