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    Im a long-time coffee semi-snob. I love the great stuff but settle for the very good without complaint because life is too short to go around disappointed (p****d off) all the time.

    I have a Silvia/Rocky duo but have to admit I havent used dear old Silvia in years. I use Rocky every morning to grind beans for the French press. We have our technique down and make a pretty darn good cup. However, I miss my morning Americano but theres no way I can fit making espresso into our morning schedule. Please dont judge - "quick" has never been my morning speed and with a dog to walk, lunches to make, kids to dress, a wife to assist, a face to shave and a snooze alarm to hit many times there just isnt any way to get reacquainted w/Silvia.

    So Im thinking of sucking it up and getting a automatic machine. I dont need or want bells and whistles - we drink Americanos more than lattes and Im fine with that. My question is, if Im going to live in an imperfect world should I get a super-automatic that grinds and tamps etc or settle for a Nespresso that makes what I consider instant non-instant coffee. I cant quite wrap my head around spending a ton of money on something that makes marginally acceptable shots even if I can choose the beans etc. A Nespresso has the advantage of price point (dont tell me about the cost of pods - they wont make a meaningful impact on our monthly budget and we already drop $50/month on whole beans) and the ability to take it on the road. We spend 10-20 days a year in hotels where it is nearly impossible to start the day with anything worth waking up for. We just stayed in a Hyatt where the room service was dreadful and the Starbucks off the lobby was worse and $6/cup!

    Am I missing an option? Using Silvia in the morning is out of the question and even the French press is a little time consuming many days.

    Thank you.
    dMax

  • #2
    Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

    I wonder how good those electric Bodum Santos are. That would be a feasible solution if you dont take milk drinks.

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    • #3
      Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

      Welcome to Coffee Snobs dmax.

      Im not going to help steer you down the path youre contemplating.

      I suppose teaching the dog a new trick is out of the question?

      My machine is on a timer so that its warmed up before Im ready for my morning cuppa.
      You could do the same with Silvia.

      You said you have your french press technique down, well it must be a lot better than mine because I think you could extract a shot from Silvia and be ready to drink your Americano in about the same time as using the press.

      P.S. Nespresso pods dont reach your minimum stated acceptable level of "very good".

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      • #4
        Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

        I saw the Nespresso ad on tv last night for the first time, I nearly gagged at the thought of it!!!
        Better than instant?

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        • #5
          Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

          Originally posted by Thundergod link=1208904015/0#2 date=1208904488
          Welcome to Coffee Snobs dmax.


          You said you have your french press technique down, well it must be a lot better than mine because I think you could extract a shot from Silvia and be ready to drink your Americano in about the same time as using the press.
          A liter of bottled water is waiting in the fridge
          Pour water in kettle - measure 1/2 cup beans in Rocky - let dog out - check to make sure kids are alive
          Kettle whistles - remove from heat
          Turn on Rocky - put grounds in press
          Pour water which has now cooled to 195-200
          bring dog in - serve his food
          Timer rings - Plunge coffee and pour

          A better man might pull a shot in that time-frame but not I. I cant let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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          • #6
            Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

            I actually saw a nespresso cart at my local shopping centre. I can count 10 outlets that sell coffee. Thats out of about 100 or so shops in the centre. 10% sell coffee.

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            • #7
              Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

              Hows it going mate.

              I feel your pain for the morning ritual, I have to be at work at 530am so I know what you go through. I like the Sunbeam Intuitive (Digital display, and a bigger “basket” in the grinder/brew group so you can fit more coffee in a shot), it as options, an almost decent grinder, and is in a very comfortable price bracket at $675 - $800 depends on where you look. It might not last until your great grandkids start drinking coffee, its a cheap machine, but it makes drinkable coffee, and defiantly helps with the time issue.

              Hope you find something that suites you.

              Des

              P.S. All of this is based on things ive seen and read, not tasted or tried!

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              • #8
                Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                for a great coffee in short time, i use my bodum santos vacpot.

                Water in kettle, grind coffee, stove on, heat diffuser on stove.

                Water into bottom chamber of santos, filter and coffee into top.

                onto the stove for about 4 - 5 minutes

                of the stove for 2 minutes

                pour coffee

                rince vacpot

                on my way.

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                • #9
                  Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                  Last couple of mornings weve had to leave extra early for work - no time to warm up the giotto.

                  Have been making Americanos with the AeroPress and it puts a on my dial!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                    hey dmax. if youd like silvia to go to a good home where shed be used eveyday and well cared for just let me know ;D

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                      Just a thought, how about a Presso.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                        I find that to get a good shot out a presso needs just as much time and effort as any other coffee machine. :-?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                          We frequently see many comments on CS about how good plunger coffee is, if made with freshly ground fresh beans, and I agree.
                          If you dont want to use Silvia, and happy with the plunger, why buy something else?
                          OTOH if Silvia was on a timer, I am not sure if it takes any longer to make an Americano with her than it does to use the plunger.

                          Another option may be drip coffee, can be set to do its own thing while you do other things,
                          as always worth reading up on them to find a unit that brews properly.

                          Curveball here....most of us who have, or have had children in the house would agree that mornings can be a bit hectic.....my solution was to not stay up late, and get up a bit earlier, but in the end its got to be whatever works best for you.

                          Generally we avoid superautos because they are mostly, except for Jura, unreliable and make ordinary coffee, and all are expensive to repair.
                          Generally we avoid any type of pod system because the coffee is stale.

                          But if you try it and the taste is acceptable to you, and the relative lack of mess may be attractive....ultimately your choice, please try before you buy.

                          Bullitt


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                          • #14
                            Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                            Originally posted by cuppacoffee link=1208904015/0#8 date=1208908681
                            Have been making Americanos with the AeroPress and it puts a on my dial!
                            while staying at my daughters i have been using the Aeropress... as a drip filter!
                            boil kettle, grind coffee, put coffee in Aeropress and sit it on the cup, pour on water, stir and leave on the bench. (no plunger)
                            feed dogs, tidy room, attend to sick daughter, return to kitchen and remove Aeropress from cup... drink
                            excellent coffee!

                            L

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                            • #15
                              Re: Sometimes a snobs gotta slum

                              I have been experimenting with a pourover drip cone lately and I have to say that I struggle to see how anything could be as easy to use as that. Well, I guess that Nespresso might be easier, but I cant really imagine that people would want to drink that.

                              It goes like this:

                              1. Boil kettle
                              2. Put filter in holder
                              3. Grind appropriate amount into filter (you can eyeball it pretty accurately after you have weighed it once)
                              4. Put filter apparatus on top of teapot
                              5. Pour boiling water on top
                              6. Wait
                              7. Throw out filter paper; throw plastic filter holder in dishwasher

                              I guess that looks like a lot of steps, but its only a few minutes of work. You can stir it while it is brewing if you like and some people recommend stirring the resultant brew. If you are so busy that its grab and go, you could brew directly into a mug instead of a teapot.

                              If you pour the water right out of the kettle, you will get a brew temperature between about 95C and 92C, which is apparently better than a lot of the automatic drip brewers available in the USA, probably a lot better than the cheap auto drip brewers available here and definitely quite impressive for less than $20 worth of equipment.

                              To be fair, buying decent coffee is probably the most time consuming aspect of the whole thing. I know that getting coffee posted isnt very popular in Australia, but why not do the maths and see how it compares to buying Nespresso pods. The advantage of getting coffee posted to you is that you arent limited to what is usually a limited local selection - you can taste your way through the best that Australia has to offer!

                              Hope that helps,

                              Luca

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