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    Well the self-serve coffee machine is installed at work. It is called the Lavazza Blue system and is a capsule-based system like the Nespresso-based coffee makers. There are about 8 different capsule blends which come with their own descriptions and strength ranking.
    The first 30 capsules were consumed on the first day (everyone in the office tried one) and we now have a couple of hunderd more which sell for $1. each.
    The machine is electronic and dispenses a short black or a long black of about 2/3 of an Americano cup, but also allows the operator to vary the amount of water in the pour. Comes out with a good looking but pale crema.
    Definitely has some sort of coffee flavour although I havent quite figured out what. They describe some of the capsules as having a creamy flavour (which is not a description I would have applied to espresso) but I agree they taste a tiny bit creamy (not a characteristic I like).
    Machine has a little steam wand that does quite a good job for the milk freaks.
    I have only had one coffee to try it but would have to say it tastes different from one of my colleagues Nespresso machine. Dont think I will be retiring my plunger any time soon. Anyone else have any experience of these things?

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    No, but you can bet with some certainty that the ground coffee in the capsule is older than 3 minutes!

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    Look at the volume of coffee to start with...

    For a $ you can even afford to pull one apart...

    Quick and dirty from the ones I have seen and the usual crema enhancement to give that coffee look.

    A mate quite likes the one in his office area, as he says its better than instant.. The one at work has some issues with steam and the staff have requested people not to use it, as the noise annoys them... Oh we are so politically correct some times it is beyond a joke.

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    Their drinking instant annoys me.

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    If its anything like the nespresso capsule I cupped the other day at my parents joint, I bet it sucks big time. I could harldly stomach it. I had two sips for confirmation. Its a sin.

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    I can see a place for pods and pads in office environments because they are clean(ish) but most places will install a super auto instead.

    At least in a superauto machine you can use good, fresh beans.

    Most pod machines that I have seen will pull a whole cup of water through that little teaspoon of instant and grounds... **shudder**


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    Interesting comments. I wondered about the issue of crema enhancement - that might account for the slightly foreign taste. The Instant-drinkers think its great but I would rate it one step above Instant and nowhere as good as a plunger.
    I was not impressed with my colleagues Nespresso as the shots (regardless of type) all tasted very acid to me.

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    Drip filters are the best option for offices IMHO. makes a good 10 cups in a few minutes, and is easy to make an OK coffee that beats instant by a long way. Much cheaper too.

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    ....and more caff to dose up the workers, than the spro!

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    Iv never tried the pod system but just like anything you always want to try it once and more then likely never again.

    Actually saw a commercial machine for cafe that used a pod setup somewhere on the net.

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    We have a DeLonghi nespresso pod thing in our office and its not that bad when you find the right pod, alot of them have custom pods you can buy that differ from the ones that come with it and some are actually drinkable.. sure nothing great but they are sometimes the best of a bad situation.. ::)

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by 5E6E757B7468796E4F7578791C0 link=1232016427/9#9 date=1232431159
    Iv never tried the pod system but just like anything you always want to try it once and more then likely never again.

    Actually saw a commercial machine for cafe that used a pod setup somewhere on the net.
    Theres a bakery in North Sydney that uses Illy pods in their machine.

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    The problem with Illy pods is the coffee is invariably stale and oxidized not long after you open to box. You at least get the right amount. Every cup Ive had from this system has been thin and bitter, but they are clean to use.

    The Nesspesso system presumably flushes the canister with nitrogen after initial filling to get rid of the oxygen, so while it may be stale, has not been oxidized, so, if you get the right blend, tastes fine.

    We had ground coffee and espresso machine at work and with very low volume found it was almost allways stale and a pain to clean up after. Nespresso fixed that (at a price)

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    I introduced an espresso machine at an office I worked at a little while back.
    Coffee time was a big hit.
    I took the machine with me when I finished my contract with them.
    They subsequently got a $1/pod machine replacement.
    Coffee time was never the same. *Soon most folk every went their own way, buying coffee out, etc., even though the employer was footing the bill for the pods.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C616D65770E0 link=1232016427/0#0 date=1232016427
    first 30 capsules were consumed on the first day (everyone in the office tried one) ... which sell for $1
    Thats $7500/year for 1 coffee/person/day for 30 people.
    That would buy a plumbed in espresso machine, grinder, good fresh roasted delivered coffee.

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    Theres two lavazza blue machines in almost every metro station in milano, they seem to get a work out even though in most cases there was also a bar 50m away (machine was cheaper :)), while a lifeless imitation of espresso I enjoyed the macchiatos and would be thankful to have one at work.

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    The Lavazza Blue machine continues to go strong. I was initially a bit puzzled at its popularity as I didnt rate the brew very highly, but on reflection I have realised that only a few staff have their own espresso machines at home and the rest are accustomed to just using Instant, supplemented by the occasional cafe cup. These folks are just not as fussy as the fanatics and see it as a step up from Instant. Interesting.

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    We just got a lavazza blue pod machine at work (not my choice). The three espresso blends I have tried so far all taste odd to me - possible the "crema enhancement" mentioned above. I am quite sensitive to tasting things like that.
    Does anyone know if alternative blends are available in compatible pods? Or where you can buy the blends (not in 100 pod packs)?

    I also tried searching for this thread (pod, pods, capsule etc - not of them made it come up) and it didnt appear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 797E707F63647F76737860170 link=1232016427/16#16 date=1271315395
    We just got a lavazza blue pod machine at work (not my choice). The three espresso blends I have tried so far all taste odd to me - possible the "crema enhancement" mentioned above. I am quite sensitive to tasting things like that.
    Does anyone know if alternative blends are available in compatible pods? Or where you can buy the blends (not in 100 pod packs)?

    I also tried searching for this thread (pod, pods, capsule etc - not of them made it come up) and it didnt appear.
    Theres a guy called "Jimmy" who does "pods". If you google both those things together youll find his website.

    I dont know what it like and its probably rubbish, which you already know. It does give you an alternative though.

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    A year or so down the track the usage on the machine has settled at about 90 pods a month which results in a slow build up in pods given the contract requirement to use 100/mth. Most coffee drinkers here are accustomed to their Instant and not discriminating at all. I have a little coffee-club going with my mates using a plunger or dripolator (depending on numbers) and prefer that to the pods. An espresso machine of any kind would not work here as some fool would stuff it up and I would be continually cleaning it as the yobbos would leave it in a discusting state. (they cant clean the sandwich maker or microwave so certainly wouldnt clean an espresso machine) I guess we can check it off as a failed experiment.

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    We trialled one of these at work a couple of weeks ago, coffee was actually better than the superauto... the fact that the office lady who purchases the beans gets them at a supermarket certainly doesnt help

    ive been tempted to suggest st ali or ordering CS beans but think they would baulk at the cost, im known as the snob of the office with roaster, grinder and stuff at home but know not to knock the office coffee, heaven forbid it messes it up for everyone else

    might bide my time until people complain about it again then talk about CS - Andy will be back by then and we can order some beans

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by 2D352F322E29243F32345D0 link=1232016427/19#19 date=1271331508
    im known as the snob of the office with roaster, grinder and stuff at home but know not to knock the office coffee, heaven forbid it messes it up for everyone else
    Boy, youve got a lot more patience that I do. I throw disdain on the cr*p from the office stupid-auto and stale beans at every opportunity. 8-)

    Interestingly there are only two other regulars (and a couple of sort-ofs) who prefer my fresh home-roast through the Kyocera/Aeropress enough to make it, rather than just push a button.

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    Ive mentioned before that at work they have a old Italian 2 group machine (hole cut in the bench, water drains straight through into a funnel into drainage) and a big old Bezzera grinder. Have also become known as the Snob of the place, and have a few people who I have offered my own beans to to try a cup here and regularly make one for them. Hey, weve got it, we should share it 8-).

    One of the ladies, who previously bought supermarket beans for a little machine at home has now asked me if Ill sell her a kilo of my roasted beans each month. Another has now said shell stop at a specialty coffee purveyor which Ive given a wrap (mentioned in the best coffees in Qld thread) on her way home rather than go to Glorias or Maccas. That there are those who still insist on their Internation Roast only confirms what many others have said...some people just dont want to know, or are too bloody minded. Their loss, not ours!!

    Im grateful we have such a machine here, it means all I have to worry about is remembering to bring beans in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7E515B463F0 link=1232016427/5#5 date=1232114309
    I can see a place for pods and pads in office environments because they are clean(ish) but most places will install a super auto instead.

    At least in a superauto machine you can use good, fresh beans.

    Most pod machines that I have seen will pull a whole cup of water through that little teaspoon of instant and grounds... **shudder**
    The whole idea of nespresso is to not use instant coffee or grounds. Instead, readily extracted coffee is hermatically sealed in a foil lined capsule.

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    Re: Lavazza Blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3A252D3E333632325F0 link=1232016427/22#22 date=1271369414
    Quote Originally Posted by 7E515B463F0 link=1232016427/5#5 date=1232114309
    I can see a place for pods and pads in office environments because they are clean(ish) but most places will install a super auto instead.

    At least in a superauto machine you can use good, fresh beans.

    Most pod machines that I have seen will pull a whole cup of water through that little teaspoon of instant and grounds... **shudder**
    The whole idea of nespresso is to not use instant coffee or grounds. Instead, readily extracted coffee is hermatically sealed in a foil lined capsule.
    But.....thats what it is........instant combined with stale grounds......sealed stale in their little cute foil wrapper! Yuk!



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