Hi Ragdoll - Nespresso would be a four letter work around here I think. *I can imagine a lot of members reading your post, hissing and making the sign of the cross. *Which is mostly why I havent mentioned until now that my machine is a Nespresso. *It was an impulse buy about 12 months ago, and to begin with I thought it was great - good crema, good tasting coffee and makes reasonable microfoam. *It is an expensive way to buy coffee though, I was spending over $100 a month on capsules for it (5 or 6 cups a day). *Also the only way to get a decent strength coffee is to use 2 capsules or make your caps and lattes in a 90 ml cup *- very un-Australian in my opninion. *And after a while all the different kinds of coffee started to taste the same.
Im on a limited budget, so Ive since worked out how to refill the capsules, Ive bought a Sunbeam em480 grinder and Ive just started roasting my own beans. *Not ideal, but it keeps me in coffee until I can save my pennies for a Silvia. *So guess what my advice to you is? :P
And for those of you who are about to bag me for my Nespresso machine and my "good crema, good tasting coffee" comment, save it - that was then, youre preaching to the converted. *;)