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  • Pods - best of a bad bunch?

    Howdy CSers!

    While I know pod machines are pretty garbage in terms of freshness, quantity, quality... pretty much everything that makes a good coffee - they do have one redeeming quality which is speed. Unfortunately for the office this is probably the only feature (perhaps along with cleanliness) that is required! We actually have a Gaggia Classic in the office at the moment, but its never used because we dont have a grinder and Im the only one who has bothered to learn its idiosyncrasies. Now were in the market for a brainless solution that takes seconds, not minutes, to prepare.

    So while I realise pods are only a slight step up from instant, if you HAD to buy one, which is the one to pick? ie, which one is the best of the evil that is pods? :P

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    Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

    Gday Tenoq,
    do you have any sort of budget that you have to work with? I dont think youll get anyone on this site recommending a pod machine of any sort , but if you want something that is quick and produces a good cup (if set up correctly), a super auto may fit the bill.
    Of course you get what you pay for, hence the budget question.
    Good luck with it,
    Steve.

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    • #3
      Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

      $500-$600 Id say. Unfortunately this probably rules out any super-auto?

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      • #4
        Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

        Could you get a pod adapter for the Gaggia?

        Then you could take in your own fresh beans and a hand grinder.

        Greg

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        • #5
          Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

          Some of the pod companies offer free pod machines when you buy pods from them. For a small office this can be a viable option as you dont have to outlay for the machine. The only drawback is the cost of the pods is obviously higher than buying fresh beans. I have tried the lavazza blue pod and it wasnt terrible, to be honest i would prefer it to the $10k super auto we have at work. Its probably better than the gaggia with pre-ground supermarket coffee also.

          Whats happening to the unwanted Gaggia? You should offer to take it off their hands

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          • #6
            Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

            Perhaps if it disappears the same time as the new machine comes people may believe it was a trade in

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            • #7
              Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

              My wife prefers the nespresso.

              we have not used any other machine.

              I would check the range and price of the pods before you make a final choice.

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              • #8
                Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

                would steer clear of nespresso, its all marketing, the coffee is not tamped in the pod and its very light on.

                The modo mio is a good option, its made by lavazza, has a good range of coffee and actually tastes ok . the coffee is firm in the pod and is about 30% more per pod in terms of dry weight.

                Also choosing between nestle or lavazza as a coffee supplier, i know who i would choose ...

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                • #9
                  Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

                  Originally posted by 6273621A0 link=1306360433/7#7 date=1306997310
                  Also choosing between nestle or lavazza as a coffee supplier, i know who i would choose ...
                  Id choose a tea bag : :P

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

                    Originally posted by 19465E484348444D4D4E4E464A452B0 link=1306360433/8#8 date=1306997755
                    Id choose a tea bag :  :P
                    Ahh, tea bags - the pods of the tea world

                    Cheers
                    Steffen.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

                      Originally posted by 75444F4E50210 link=1306360433/0#0 date=1306360433
                      Howdy CSers!

                      While I know pod machines are pretty garbage in terms of freshness, quantity, quality... pretty much everything that makes a good coffee - they do have one redeeming quality which is speed.  Unfortunately for the office this is probably the only feature (perhaps along with cleanliness) that is required!  We actually have a Gaggia Classic in the office at the moment, but its never used because we dont have a grinder and Im the only one who has bothered to learn its idiosyncrasies.  Now were in the market for a brainless solution that takes seconds, not minutes, to prepare.

                      So while I realise pods are only a slight step up from instant, if you HAD to buy one, which is the one to pick?  ie, which one is the best of the evil that is pods?  :P
                      Dont know where you get your information from but the coffee out of a Nespresso machine is pretty bloody good and not garbage. Until I saw the light that is!

                      Now I use a Alex Duetto at home and freshly roasted beans from Di Bartoli. Yes it tastes better, but with more effort. If I have a bad day I can taste it - not with a Nespresso. But after 10 years it just got bloody boring!

                      It makes better coffee than a lot of so called "Cafes" in Sydney. Ive used Nespressos for nearly 10 years and they are not garbage. I dont know how they do it with so little coffee but try the Arpeggio or Roma capsules in a Nespresso shop (for free) - thay taste pretty good especially straight.

                      Now the machines are absolute rubbish, that is true! Be prepared to turf them out in 3-4 years. But then its a $300 investment, not thousands.

                      I still use a Nespresso in the office but no longer at home. I find I dont drink as much coffee at work now but if I go away I take a little Nespresso machine and it tastes pretty good.

                      Id have no hesitation in recommending a Nespresso machine and the Nespresso system. Usually you will get a better deal at Peters of Kensington or shops like that than buying direct from the boutique. They often have cashbacks on fathers day, mothers day etc. so shop around.

                      regards
                      JohnT

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

                        Originally posted by 40717A7B65140 link=1306360433/2#2 date=1306375827
                        $500-$600 Id say.  Unfortunately this probably rules out any super-auto?
                        Have seen Andys review on the Aldi double boiler supper auto not bad coffee for $399

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                        • #13
                          Re: Pods - best of a bad bunch?

                          We have one of the first nespresso things here at work but lucky for me we have an award winning coffee shop 2 minutes walk away.

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