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    Pod question

    Hoping to get some opinions, I am currently using a Bezzera BZ02 and a rancillio rocky for everyday use, I love the coffee we get from this combo, my husband & I are both milk coffee drinkers. My question is we have a beach house and I do not want to be without my coffee so have been considering my options. Just due to convenience and our intermittent use of the house I've been wondering if I could be content with a pod machine
    I cannot imagine buying another setup like I'm using for my beach house so hoping to find out if anyone on here has found pod machines are tolerable or not路*♀️

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    I don't think we can answer that for you. Do you have a friend with a pod machine? Perhaps you could invite yourself over for a test.
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    You could also buy one from a shop that has a generous returns policy (e.g ALDI) try it, and return if you're not satisfied.
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    Geral have you considered an Aeropress? - CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Other Stuff - Aeropress Coffee Maker - FREE FREIGHT - worth having a quick look on youtube at them or searching here for thoughts. Small and light, I use one travelling all the time and could be teamed with a hand grinder or a cheap second hand grinder left at the holiday house. It means you can use the same beans as at home, nothing special needed and keeping everything fresh. Also can double for when actually travelling. The cost is very low to try.
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    I agree with 338, there are better options. Aeropress is a good choice paired with a poralex/hario or similar hand grinder. There are also other options like the ROK, handpresso, nanopresso etc etc which can make great coffee and espresso. Pair it with a milk frother or look up the technique to make frothed milk from a french press. You can still use your favorite beans from home and they are all light enough to travel for camping or a the holiday house.

    Aside from sometimes questionable quality coffee from pods, they can get expensive quickly. ALDI machine/pods is an okay alternative if you want to give it a try, but it's really not the same.

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    The POD "coffee" is a completely different tasting beverage. You can go to a Nespresso shop and go crazy doing free samples.

    Or as above choose an alternative method and brew fresh coffee.

    Another option might be something cheap that can still produce a decent shot, like sunbeam 6910?

    Partly depends on what you want taste wise in the cup.

    Aeropress and hand grinder is awesome and cheap, and can take with you everywhere.

    Cheers

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    I have Nespresso at work, and usually do an Espresso shot, and then fill the rest with milk and then bang it in the microwave for 40sec. I don't mind it for my afternoon cuppa. (it's that or International Roast instant aka hot Vegemite)

    For a weekend away you could do worse. I get the pods from Costco or use originals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geral78 View Post
    Hoping to get some opinions, I am currently using a Bezzera BZ02 and a rancillio rocky for everyday use, I love the coffee we get from this combo, my husband & I are both milk coffee drinkers. My question is we have a beach house and I do not want to be without my coffee so have been considering my options. Just due to convenience and our intermittent use of the house I've been wondering if I could be content with a pod machine
    I cannot imagine buying another setup like I'm using for my beach house so hoping to find out if anyone on here has found pod machines are tolerable or not路*♀️
    Evening Geral78, they say fools rush in so here goes.

    If your enjoying the espresso from your BZ02, you will be very disappointed with the results you get with a pod machine, not even close to good espresso.

    We are in a similar position, travel quite a bit, and have tried a number of options over the years, like you don't want to have to buy a second espresso setup.

    What we've settled on is a plunger/French press, no it's not espresso but with good fresh beans certainly provides a very acceptable brew.

    I have a decent hand grinder, however find it a chore to stand there winding whilst still half comatose, electric grinder for me every time.

    Perhaps a plunger and taking Rocky with you is an option.

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    Thanks for all those points folks, Yelta I get what yr saying about being disappointed as the pod machine will be less than impressive but I'm hoping I can tolerate what it has to offer, I cannot drink instant coffee at all, if desperate like when we go camping I can put up with those coffee bags so I figure Nespresso pods surely must be better than those ����
    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Evening Geral78, they say fools rush in so here goes.

    If your enjoying the espresso from your BZ02, you will be very disappointed with the results you get with a pod machine, not even close to good espresso.

    We are in a similar position, travel quite a bit, and have tried a number of options over the years, like you don't want to have to buy a second espresso setup.

    What we've settled on is a plunger/French press, no it's not espresso but with good fresh beans certainly provides a very acceptable brew.

    I have a decent hand grinder, however find it a chore to stand there winding whilst still half comatose, electric grinder for me every time.

    Perhaps a plunger and taking Rocky with you is an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geral78 View Post
    Thanks for all those points folks, Yelta I get what yr saying about being disappointed as the pod machine will be less than impressive but I'm hoping I can tolerate what it has to offer, I cannot drink instant coffee at all, if desperate like when we go camping I can put up with those coffee bags so I figure Nespresso pods surely must be better than those 🤞🏼
    I think you've answered your own question Geral73, buy a pod machine and give it a go, nothing much to lose.
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    Hi Geral78 I'd try the aldi machine and frother as cheap and pods are reasonable compared to Nespresso. I had Nespresso and tried all the others and not much in it really. Found more was in finding the flavour / 'intensity' the the pod format.
    I found for a larger coffee (150ml+) I needed two pods.
    I have a hand grinder so will look to buy a Aeropress when I start traveling for work again, figure the $50 is worth the 12 crap coffees I'd buy when in a lot of places.

    happy pod shopping
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    You could also try the Aldi italian pump espresso machine $150 and grinder $80 instead of a pod machine. Likewise return it in money back satisfaction guarantee period if it is not up to the task. Would be interested in outcome.

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    Cost and waste

    Quote Originally Posted by WarrenK View Post
    You could also try the Aldi italian pump espresso machine $150 and grinder $80 instead of a pod machine. Likewise return it in money back satisfaction guarantee period if it is not up to the task. Would be interested in outcome.
    I was looking at a web site that sell europods packed fresh in Melbourne and claim it is as good as any freshly ground coffee. I think the machines are costly which sort of defeats the idea.

    I was looking at the same thing as you but can't get past the plastic waste and cost issues.
    A friend just got some pods claimed to be invented in Australia that are compostable. I have looked at them and put one in my worm bin as a trial. It appears to be plastic so I am skeptical it will compost any time soon.

    I have the little hand pumped one cup device and a $2 Ikea frother for camping but haven't tried the milk version yet.

    If you find something that works well let us know.

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    I get my roasted coffee packed in compostable/biodegradable pods, they are packed on the gold coast and sent back to me within a week of roasting.

    The pods look plastic, but are made of plant based material and will break down in "industrial" compost in 180 days, a bit longer in home environments.

    As far as pods go, they taste fresher than nespresso! but they are still pods..... however some people love the convenience, at least this way your not filling landfill with plastic from them!

    I'm not sure if any sponsors sell them to be honest otherwise id point you to them.

    Quote Originally Posted by nutfarmer View Post
    I was looking at a web site that sell europods packed fresh in Melbourne and claim it is as good as any freshly ground coffee. I think the machines are costly which sort of defeats the idea.

    I was looking at the same thing as you but can't get past the plastic waste and cost issues.
    A friend just got some pods claimed to be invented in Australia that are compostable. I have looked at them and put one in my worm bin as a trial. It appears to be plastic so I am skeptical it will compost any time soon.

    I have the little hand pumped one cup device and a $2 Ikea frother for camping but haven't tried the milk version yet.

    If you find something that works well let us know.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Colonna is another Pod mob to try in the UK. They are getting good reviews/feedback. They do deliver to Australia (https://colonnacoffee.com/) and do a compostable capsule. Not cheap though once you factor in delivery.

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