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    Are there any Pod Coffee Machine that accepts all coffee pod brands?

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    I only drink Long black and I currently use Aeropress + Grinder + Beans to make them. But I sometimes don't have the time or can't be bothered to make real coffee so I'm thinking of using pod coffee machines in those situations rather than drinking instant coffee which tastes horrible. Basically, I want a secondary coffee machine that makes coffee instantly when I don't have time but still want quality coffee.

    I want to try all of the best coffee pod brands that's available on the market. e.g. Nescafe, Lavazza, L'OR etc

    I saw the Caffitaly S14 on sale for $49 and it works with Woolworths, L'OR and Lavazza coffee pods. I also want to try Nescafe pods but I'm not sure if they'd work on S14.

    I don't want to buy multiple pod coffee machine just to try different brands of coffee pods. Are there any pod coffee machine that accepts all coffee pod brands?

    I've heard about coffee bags as well which is supposed to be similar to coffee pods but I don't see them sold in Woolworths. Which tastes better and is more convenient to make, coffee pods or coffee bags?

    So which pod coffee machine would you recommend for my purpose?
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    Coffee snobs don't drink from pods

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    ^^ aaaand thread finished. ;-)
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    Wow, you guys were really helpful. Just because the majority of forum members don't use pod machines doesn't mean we should just ignore OP's question.

    OP: As far as I know there isn't a universal pod that fits all machines. There's several different pod systems which all use different sized pods. The main ones are K-Fee, Nespresso and Lavazza systems. I think there's about 10 or so different systems, some more uncommon than others.

    I think though that the Nespresso system has a reusable pod that you can fill with your own ground coffee. It's not going to be as fast as just using a pod from a box but it'll taste a hell of a lot better if you can at least put fresh ground coffee in it.

    In regards to if coffee bags or pods will taste better, there probably wont be a huge difference and they'll both taste rubbish. The reusable pod with your own coffee in it would be a good idea for you I think.
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    There are no "universal" pods.

    There are however pods being packed in Australia from fresher coffee than what you'd find in the supermarket. Not much interest in pods here and it's not much of a surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    I think though that the Nespresso system has a reusable pod that you can fill with your own ground coffee. It's not going to be as fast as just using a pod from a box but it'll taste a hell of a lot better if you can at least put fresh ground coffee in it.
    I really can't comprehend this concept - I thought people use pods because they are quick and mess free! Especially if you already have an aeropress, wouldn't it be easier to put the ground coffee in that?

    Anyway, regarding the original post, a quick search for pod machines on this site shows what response to expect. The quick and easy option is the opposite of what people here seek. The machine itself won't make much of a difference if you ask me, they generally sell em cheap and make profit off the pods (razor and blades business model). If you can get something which accepts multiple brands that is a plus, I would lean towards Lavazza over Woolworths/Aldi/Nescafe.
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    among the pods I have tried so far... I would say Nespresso is the most drinkable ones... bit more expensive compare to others though... definitely stay away from the supermarket cheaper version of the Nespresso pods too... I did get the box set that has 20 tubes of pods so you can try different blends...

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    Site sponsor Coffee Roasters Australia has also established Capsule pack.

    If I had to drink pod coffee, I'd sooner drink Mark's stuff....

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    I think going from a Aeropress to a capsule machine would be a step backwards. Another option would be to read some of the threads on making cold press coffee. Then you can pour a cup from a batch you made earlier , nuke it in the microwave for a minute and get a quick brew. My Yama cold drip set up can deliver about 800 ml or more with about 120g of coffee. if you make it stronger, you can get more out of it by adding water to the cup.

    Not many on a forum like CoffeeSnobs would be able to provide advice as the site caters more for those who seek quality over convenience. the other factor is cost. While the initial outlay is small, the ongoing costs of capsules is high. I read somewhere that the per kg cost of capsule coffee is around $46

    you might want to have a read of this:

    Price per cup for pod vs manual coffee - Gadgets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinstar View Post
    I only drink Long black and I currently use Aeropress + Grinder + Beans to make them. But I sometimes don't have the time or can't be bothered to make real coffee so I'm thinking of using pod coffee machines in those situations rather than drinking instant coffee which tastes horrible. Basically, I want a secondary coffee machine that makes coffee instantly when I don't have time but still want quality coffee.

    I want to try all of the best coffee pod brands that's available on the market. e.g. Nescafe, Lavazza, L'OR etc

    I saw the Caffitaly S14 on sale for $49 and it works with Woolworths, L'OR and Lavazza coffee pods. I also want to try Nescafe pods but I'm not sure if they'd work on S14.

    I don't want to buy multiple pod coffee machine just to try different brands of coffee pods. Are there any pod coffee machine that accepts all coffee pod brands?

    I've heard about coffee bags as well which is supposed to be similar to coffee pods but I don't see them sold in Woolworths. Which tastes better and is more convenient to make, coffee pods or coffee bags?

    So which pod coffee machine would you recommend for my purpose?
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    Hi Heinstar

    I do not own a pod machine, however I hesitate to write them off as a bad idea due to the following:-

    The most recent Caffissimo West Perth owner (daily boutique roaster, not the bulk Caffissimo / Bonissimo ones) has spent well over a year getting increasingly better results out of his pods. He has recently ordered a machine to do them as his "pod business" has exploded to the extent that he is running short of time to have a life beyond stuffing pods. He has tried dozens of different pod makes to get ones that do not taste of plastic / chemicals or anything else unwanted. That is my only involvement: he gave me a San Marco dark roast (his new personal blend) pod coffee that was way better than I expected or had previously experienced. I asked him to do a light roast Colombian pod (my "nowhere to hide" coffee for dialing in gear) and it came out quite well other than the taste of plastic courtesy of the pod. About three months ago he found a pod where neither of us can taste the plastic. End result: more drinkable than a lot of cafes, however I am not about to "make the switch" personally.

    If you are over this end of Oz, give him a call before you buy your machine (i.e. make sure it is compatible with his pods). Oh, and if you take your machine in, he will dial in some custom pods for you and note the settings for future orders. You also have a choice of the full range of his daily roasts (salivate).

    Over the other side, either Di Bella or Di Bartoli (seen it, can't remember which) are also making a lot of pods. I have no idea how they have set their business up. Worth a contact to find out!

    Hope this helps.

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    If you must do it, ..go with Nesspresso and a genuine Nes'p'o machine, not a cheap unit that takes Nes'p'o pods.
    Nesspresso have a better range of flavours ( coffee ?) to give you a better shot at finding something drinkable !
    Always run a flush shot before brewing a pod ( to fully heat the brew path)
    Also, for a long black, DO NOT use the "Long" option on the machine...it will just pump loads more water through the pod/puck and make a bad drink worse !... Do the correct thing and run the NSPO shot onto a cup of hot water.
    Nes'p'o pods contain 8gms of grinds and cost $0.7 each, do if you like a strong drink you will probably need 2 pods for a long black.

    PS: I would not bother with the refillable pods. They will cause you and the machine grief !

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    Noidle just because OP asked a question doesn't mean we shouldn't try to steer them towards a better solution!

    I have been served one pod coffee from a supposedly good pod machine. The crema was bone white, which I found odd, and what taste there was, wasn't pleasant. I did rough calcs with the owner and came up with around $110/kg.

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    i use a aldi machine at work, its makes great work coffee, and truthfully much better than any cafe in my work area

    If your a long blade drinker stick to the aeropress.

    If you are a milk based drinker, the pod machines are good, just don't expect great!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    OP: As far as I know there isn't a universal pod that fits all machines. There's several different pod systems which all use different sized pods. The main ones are K-Fee, Nespresso and Lavazza systems. I think there's about 10 or so different systems, some more uncommon than others.
    So I guess I have to choose which brands I want to drink from then. The top brands that I know in top of my head are Lavazza and Nespresso.

    Quote Originally Posted by blend52 View Post
    If you must do it, ..go with Nesspresso and a genuine Nes'p'o machine, not a cheap unit that takes Nes'p'o pods.
    Nesspresso have a better range of flavours ( coffee ?) to give you a better shot at finding something drinkable !
    Always run a flush shot before brewing a pod ( to fully heat the brew path)
    Also, for a long black, DO NOT use the "Long" option on the machine...it will just pump loads more water through the pod/puck and make a bad drink worse !... Do the correct thing and run the NSPO shot onto a cup of hot water.
    Nes'p'o pods contain 8gms of grinds and cost $0.7 each, do if you like a strong drink you will probably need 2 pods for a long black.

    PS: I would not bother with the refillable pods. They will cause you and the machine grief !
    So I should get a Nespresso Pod Coffee Machine such as the Nespresso U which costs ~$199 over Caffitaly S14 for $49?

    But then I'll only be able to use the pods sold from Nespresso.

    I'll consider it if Nespresso truly has the better tasting coffee pods and better range of flavours over Caffitaly S14. Do they?

    From what I've seen, Caffitaly S14 has good selection of brands as well such as Woolworths Select, L'OR, Gloria Jean's(for caffitaly system), Lavazza(for caffitaly system) etc.

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    as mentioned before, there are compatible pods that can be used in the Nespresso machine, and Tampit did mention there are DIY pods (and also reusable ones) that you can use for making your own Nespresso blend... however, your result may vary...

    My preference on the pods goes to Nespresso, but then some people also like the other... different tastes for different folks... we can't garantee you will like one or the other...

    another option is for you to go to places like Harvey Norman, Goodguys and even the Nespresso shops (we have one in Perth) where they have demonstrators that makes cups of coffee for you to try... then maybe you can get a taste to see if it is suitable for you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    the other factor is cost. While the initial outlay is small, the ongoing costs of capsules is high. I read somewhere that the per kg cost of capsule coffee is around $46

    you might want to have a read of this:

    Price per cup for pod vs manual coffee - Gadgets
    Choice seem to think the cost per kg in pods is closer to $120.

    "However, youíll pay a lot less per kilogram for your coffee if you make it at home on a manual coffee machine. Piazza DíOro coffee beans are $34.63/kg, and its ground coffee is $49.10/kg - but its coffee capsules work out at $118.27/kg from Coles Online in Sydney."

    They also mention compatibility issues.
    "Compatibility issues

    With the speedy growth of the market in Australia, there has been a proliferation of capsule machines and suppliers in supermarkets and online. As the vigorous discussions on online forums demonstrate, consumers can be very confused about which capsules fit which machines. For instance, the Aldi Expressi accepts Map and Woolworths Select capsules, but Aldi capsules donít work with the Map or the Woolworths Caffitaly machines.
    Mixing and matching different brands of capsules in one machine can be problematic as each has a slightly different design, which can affect the coffee-making process and hence the taste."

    Link to the complete article here http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/beverages
    /coffee-capsules/page/convenience-vs-waste.aspx

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    Cant believe this discussion is taking place on a forum that is dedicated to the making of good coffee, pretty soon we'll see a thread discussing which is the best instant coffee and a raging debate on how it should be made.
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    The margins are fantastic in this segment...

    It's like buy a laser printer for $49 but the toner is $150.

    Capsule pack allows us to roast and send it up, have it packed for Nespresso or Lavazza Blue and then sell it.... For those who don't care, maybe it's time to offer the product. Almost a license to print money.

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    It's where the bulk of that margin ends up when this market shakes down that I'd be interested to see......

    The supply of ground 'specialist' coffee is pretty much segmented, so not much power there. Anyway, no harm done, people having a go....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Cant believe this discussion is taking place on a forum that is dedicated to the making of good coffee, pretty soon we'll see a thread discussing which is the best instant coffee and a raging debate on how it should be made.

    hands down.... international roast....


    but then... its still debatable if milk first or hot water first...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Choice seem to think the cost per kg in pods is closer to $120
    That sounds more like it; I'm paying 46/kg for my whole beans...

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    I just found out that LO'R only works on Nespresso machines even though they are sold everwhere at Woolworths. That means that Nespresso machines has better brand Capsules than Caffitaly S14 since Nespresso can use LO'R and Nespresso Capsules which are one of the best.

    The only good brand that Caffitaly S14 can use is special Lavazza Capsules designed for Caffitaly Machines. But I'm not sure how good they are compared to authentic Lavazza Capsules for Lavazza Pod Machines.

    Also, I saw a $49 Pod Machine at Target which said it works with Nespresso Capsules. I thought Nespresso had patented their capsules so that it only works on their machine e.g. Nespresso U? I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinstar View Post
    I just found out that LO'R only works on Nespresso machines even though they are sold everwhere at Woolworths. That means that Nespresso machines has better brand Capsules than Caffitaly S14 since Nespresso can use LO'R and Nespresso Capsules which are one of the best.

    The only good brand that Caffitaly S14 can use is special Lavazza Capsules designed for Caffitaly Machines. But I'm not sure how good they are compared to authentic Lavazza Capsules for Lavazza Pod Machines.

    Also, I saw a $49 Pod Machine at Target which said it works with Nespresso Capsules. I thought Nespresso had patented their capsules so that it only works on their machine e.g. Nespresso U? I'm confused.
    Obviously! so am I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinstar View Post
    I just found out that LO'R only works on Nespresso machines even though they are sold everwhere at Woolworths. That means that Nespresso machines has better brand Capsules than Caffitaly S14 since Nespresso can use LO'R and Nespresso Capsules which are one of the best.

    The only good brand that Caffitaly S14 can use is special Lavazza Capsules designed for Caffitaly Machines. But I'm not sure how good they are compared to authentic Lavazza Capsules for Lavazza Pod Machines.

    Also, I saw a $49 Pod Machine at Target which said it works with Nespresso Capsules. I thought Nespresso had patented their capsules so that it only works on their machine e.g. Nespresso U? I'm confused.
    All the more reason to bypass the capsules and to stick with real coffee!

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    With all due respect to all - and Ive read the above topic from start - and I get the time issue / immediate desire issue

    But shouldn't anyone ask themselves the question
    'Why would I want to drink daily fluid that has been passed under pressure / high range heat through Plastic / and Aluminium (? yes / no ? confirm the Aluminium as part of the pod seal ?)

    It was what I immediately identified why I won't consume them. Same a super autos the machines are full of plastic so therefore the hot / heat/ pressure channel is all plastic and thats before you assess the pod holding the donor coffee.
    anyway just my thoughts?

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    Q: $120kg vs no time/can't be bothered?

    A: Find 5 minutes elsewhere / pay me to make it for you.

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    ......yeh, and seriously, long does it take to make a great long black with an Aeropress. It's not like some of the 8-stage tamping process with a triple hurdy gurdy milk stretching lattes that some fancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    like some of the 8-stage tamping process with a triple hurdy gurdy milk stretching lattes that some fancy.
    I'll have one of them thanks Barry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I'll have one of them thanks Barry.
    I'll make one and post it to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    I'll make one and post it to you
    Would ya mind emailing it, I'm hangin out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Would ya mind emailing it, I'm hangin out.
    Might be getting a touch off topic now (so Mods feel free....) but one advantage of my progressive tamping regime is that I can make a tiramisu in the filter basket (ok, I add the amaretto at the end) so I hope you're hungry.

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    To OP: I don't have a machine but I think this might help you / be a viable solution for your initial criteria. Coffeeduck have been making refillable capsules for certain Nespresso and Senseo pod machines for a number of years. (Just verify the model numbers)
    They're around AUD$25 for a pack of 4 re-usable pods. You can fill them with your choice/brand of freshly ground gourmet bean. So basically you can have a pod machine without being locked into buying pods, just use your favourite coffees.

    commercial links removed per site posting policy

    Hope this helps.
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    My advice is to get a nespresso and the newest 11/12 strength pods.

    then use 2 pods per cup but don't let the machine fully extract them (almost like a double ristretto)

    Thats the best I've found with pods for a quick coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by EspressoAdventurer View Post
    With all due respect to all - and Ive read the above topic from start - and I get the time issue / immediate desire issue

    But shouldn't anyone ask themselves the question
    'Why would I want to drink daily fluid that has been passed under pressure / high range heat through Plastic / and Aluminium (? yes / no ? confirm the Aluminium as part of the pod seal ?)

    It was what I immediately identified why I won't consume them. Same a super autos the machines are full of plastic so therefore the hot / heat/ pressure channel is all plastic and thats before you assess the pod holding the donor coffee.
    anyway just my thoughts?
    Hi EspressoAdventurer

    "'Why would I want to drink daily fluid that has been passed under pressure / high range heat through Plastic / and Aluminium": Sounds like the Nespresso original (truly horrible coffee as well as ally & vile plastic bonus flavour).

    Not all pods contain aluminium, and I defy anyone to taste genuine hi-temp food grade plastic (which is quite expensive, which is why it took the Eurozone to make them). The one pod machine I pulled apart (a $300 "better than Nespresso clone") was all stainless in the coffee path, and cost around $300. Not a bad bit of kit for the $$$'s really.

    I also have no problem with the extra cost of pods after seeing what a PITA they are to load manually. Even a cheapie pod machine is near extortion cost, probably due to the one-off nature of them: they only work with one pod type without extensive (i.e. major+) mods. Someone has to pick up the tab for that!

    FWIW, if I was back in the rat race I would have bought one of the $300 "Nespresso clone" machines the second W. Pth found a pod I could not taste. Convenience rules when you are doing 80+ hours a week and spending over $170K on phones and transport/freight alone! Still not as good as a dedicated machine (yet) but with 30 of my staff hammering the machine the labour cost saving alone would make it a no-brainer.

    I suspect pod machines will diverge into cheap plastic rubbish and genuine quality engineering, ditto the pods. I see no reason why the technology should not work in the medium term. Oh, exception: those "milk included in pods horrors...".

    To the CSr's in general: surely the idea is to get the best out of whatever technology is available rather than rubbish anything that is not espresso machine / lever / PID / HX / DB / aeropress or whatever seems to be a good idea in your personal current setup?


    Enjoy your cuppa: all is is irrelevant other than providing guidance.


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    Have you tried ESE pods my experience with them was that they are by far the best option for pod based systems and the method the manufactures use to grind and package them gives the best shelf life as well

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    [QUOTE=TampIt;522839Oh, exception: those "milk included in pods horrors...".[/QUOTE]

    Why the hell would you even mention that? I didn't know such a thing existed, and I was happy not knowing​.

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    Milk in pods.

    I think I'm going to be sick.

    Chickoree essence, anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinstar View Post

    Also, I saw a $49 Pod Machine at Target which said it works with Nespresso Capsules. I thought Nespresso had patented their capsules so that it only works on their machine e.g. Nespresso U? I'm confused.
    Their original patent expired so they came out with a new style of pod but you can now get many different manufacturers making machines to the original patent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragunov21 View Post
    Why the hell would you even mention that? I didn't know such a thing existed, and I was happy not knowing​.
    Sorry mate, a "friend" proudly served me one during the (well named) silly season because "it was so much better than instant"... that is so highly debatable. An earlier thread http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...tml#post519855 mentioned one, so I am not the only victim. If that had been my first coffee experience I would be drinking tea forever after.

    Make something decent with your HG one and contemplate human stupidity "the only infinite thing in the universe" (Richard Feynman?).

    BTW, how is the new "unwanted toy" going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    I am not the only victim. If that had been my first coffee experience I would be drinking tea forever after.

    Make something decent with your HG one and contemplate human stupidity "the only infinite thing in the universe" (Richard Feynman?).

    BTW, how is the new "unwanted toy" going?

    TampIt
    We should start a support group :P

    Haven't got the HG One yet; when I do I'll get it sent to my fiancee in the US, since I'll be there for three months. Just waiting for the exchange rate to flip back a little - at the moment it's 87c in the dollar.

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    Don't get your hopes up............... it's forecast to drop to 80c this year.

    Even the RBA says that 85c is 'fair value'.

    If it does fluctuate higher, pass-through into consumer pricing may not occur due to the strengthening USD trend.

    Like an investor hanging on to crashing shares.................

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    The issue isn't so much consumer pricing; just the exchange rate for me buying something in USD.

    You've got a point about it not necessarily getting any better, but I'm in a position to wait if necessary.

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    This post has not been very helpful as I am currently looking for a pod machine to take away in the camper trailer as I want convenience and better tasting coffee than instant when camping.
    Have been looking at Caffitaly pod machines as they seem to have the widest variety of pods available at widest range of retailers. I will only be using pods when away from home so availability is more important than branding.
    If any one has some helpful information on various system I would love to hear feedback.
    I will still be grinding my fresh beans at home and using my ever reliable Sunbeam but do not wish to unplug it in case it stops altogether I had a laugh.
    So If there are any snobs out there with feed back on these type of machines I will be very appreciative

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    Pods

    My parents have a 3 or 4 year old la vazza . A lemon. Sure the pump isn't right . Some varieties of pod, like the red one, just don't get past a very slow drip. The two tone brown one is better , but still....

    My sister has a machine from Aldi, it produces a very average shot as you would expect, but it does at least produce a recognisable shot, and I appreciate that for many people, convenience is more important in some instances.
    I have since tried a newer version of la vazza and it was somewhat better than my parents one.

    I steer clear of all nestle products and therefore nespesso owing to their moral and ethical atrocities over the years. (and I'm not talking about blend 43!)
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    I find it quite amazing that anyone remotely interested in drinking decent coffee would actually buy into all the hype and BS of this overpriced drink, but lets make the multi nationals even richer.
    George Clooney recommends it so it must be good

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    Before I bought my espresso I took a good look at the pod market. The roll-your-own seemed the best bet and there were a couple of suppliers. It is still easier than making each cup fresh because the idea is to make a given amount out of one grind - i.e. you could do 1 day's worth or a week at a sitting. I liked the idea because it meant ground fresh and sealed and I could choose the coffee I wanted.

    I chose against it because by the time I bought the outfit and the pod machine I could buy an espresso machine and grinder and I KNEW an espresso gave excellent results if done right. I didn't know that about the pod idea and didn't want to risk the money only to find out it still came out like crap from commercial pods. (I was getting pod coffees at schools where I was doing the computers and was up to 2 x strongest pods to get something that I could taste anything other than milk, and the blacks weren't worth drinking. )

    The coffee bags made me crook at night - stomach aches and lots of farts so I gave them a big miss...

    You can't go past fresh ground and made straight away, but if you want the convenience of pods I'd say get the kit and make your own.

    Another solution is buy an espresso machine and get the baskets that take pods - then when you have time you can make real coffee and if you are in a hurry, slap in a pod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    Oh, exception: those "milk included in pods horrors...".
    *SHUDDERS* Glad I'd already had my coffee...

    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    To the CSr's in general: surely the idea is to get the best out of whatever technology is available rather than rubbish anything that is not espresso machine / lever / PID / HX / DB / aeropress or whatever seems to be a good idea in your personal current setup?

    Enjoy your cuppa: all is is irrelevant other than providing guidance.

    Tampit
    I had a laugh - you seem to be forgetting the 'snobs' part of CoffeeSnobs - there is a reason the word is pejorative.

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    Hi Heinstar,

    I was thinking of putting some pre ground International Roast into a Super dooper reusable non food grade plastic capsule :0...No,no.no,no Don't do that You'll kill your self when you drink it ...

    I know This is a forum for serious coffee drinkers but Different machines have their place I suppose (and not in the bin)...I have recently been told CS's dislike 2 things Pod machines and Fully Automatic machines...

    I have both...The fully automatic machine is in the repairers where it's been for the last 4 months and The Delongi Nespresso sits on our breakfast bar. along with the Aerocino machine which sits next to my Kettle and other coffee making gear...

    The fully Automatic machine doesn't make to bad a brew when it's home and running... And it's quick and convenient.....Keep the beans fresh, and use filtered rainwater....For convenience and a fairly OK taste that would be my pick... 2 mins and your coffee/cappuccino etc is made....The Nespresso would come in last...It takes a similar time to the fully Automatic machine but doesn't taste as good....Before the Nespresso I tried an Elcheapo capsule machine with an Elcheapo Aerocino and gave it(should of thrown it) away. I wouldn't even bother with them again....Back to the Nespresso...It's quick, convenient, but lacks flavour IMO...It'll do If your in a scream'n hurry and have no other alternative....My wife has a Nespresso in the morning, if I'm too busy to run her an Aero press or Syphon.... I just got just a few boxes of capsules from Nespresso in Town the other day and hope we'll get the other machine back soon, but if I was wanting to continue, I'd be using the capsule suppliers mentioned above....

    After saying all that...I can't wait until I set myself up with a proper single group head machine and proper, good quality grinder...I'd then get up 1/2 hr earlier if I had to to make decent coffee...But that's me, I think it's worth it...

    I just re read your first post and to answer your Question: I'd get a good fully automatic coffee machine that grinds your fresh beans...They might be a bit more expensive and that might be a factor for you, for me it's not...I think,the additional cost is outweighed by the better taste....You can also set them up to make long blacks the way you like it...

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers.
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    Plug your machine into a timer set for 30 minutes before you get up and you don't have to wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

    Another solution is buy an espresso machine and get the baskets that take pods - then when you have time you can make real coffee and if you are in a hurry, slap in a pod.
    My Gaggia Classic has a basket for pods. At least that's what I thought I read when I was first setting up the machine. Never used it so can't comment on it . But there's a good little machine that will do the pod job, I suppose.



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