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    Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

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    Fellow CSers,

    Have you ever felt a burning desire to buy a fancy new coffee machine but couldnt quite convince your partner to buy into the idea?

    This is my current predicament and Im looking for excuses! For example, "I know we have a baby on the way, honey, but dont you agree a caffeinated daddy make a good, happy daddy?"

    Im pretty sure that wont fly so I could use some help here... please help me come up with some creative excuses *::)

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    You could say its your new hobby and compare it to something like the cost of golf and it wont take you away from the family all weekend. ;D I find the lure of the ultimate hot chocolate would convince many of the opp sex.

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    Given you have a baby on the way, you definitely *Definitely* need to get an espresso machine. With all the sleep deprivation youre about to go through, its simply survival.

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    As a coffee snob & I am hungry for the upgrade or purchase then
    I see it
    I track it down & if I can afford it
    I hunt it till it gives up
    And go for the kill and buy it

    Simple no excuses
    You need a one track mind

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Because I watn to :o Make sure at the time knives pots pans etc are well out of reach ;D

    Best of luck with the impending baby and the machine :) There are time I am so pleased to be single 8-)

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    You could say its your new hobby and compare it to something like the cost of golf and it wont take you away from the family all weekend. I find the lure of the ultimate hot chocolate would convince many of the opp sex.


    Your not wrong there! Im a golfer and was told its one or the other.....
    So Im putting the wife on ebay this w/end;)

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4146424D454F5A4A4D44230 link=1243490062/4#4 date=1243494015
    There are time I am so pleased to be single 8-)
    Ditto...you dont have to convince anyone with good excuses and if you do have to convince yourself with such talk, then I usually find myself fairly accommodating... ;D

    Best of luck with both from me too, caffeinated squirrel... ;)

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    Its often easier to beg forgiveness than seek approval, although Im sure that was coined by someone after a bitter divorce......

    You need to create the need first -

    Add up the cost of buying coffees, this can be pretty easy to exagerate $4 each, twice a day, thats $56 a week or $ 2.8k per year, look honey, the machine and grinder "only" cost X $. Then throw in the "yuck, they charge this much for dish water crap" as often as you can, pointing out that a home machine will make much better coffee much cheaper.

    Plus, a machine that he/she can use when the girls / lads are around. Like many things that women (or men) dont "get" about their partners obsessions, they are equally quite happy to show them off / brag about it to their friends (we dont go out for coffee anymore, we get too dissapointed as we get far better at home).

    If you already have a machine, create some doubt about its abilities / reliability.

    Google can be your friend here, as regardless of what make / model your current machine is, you are bound to find a forum thread somwehere on this planet that is full of "problems" with the machine. Or "it takes sooo long to make milk coffees having to wait for the steam to get up to power" etc, it takes me away from you / our friends for too long etc

    Like all "sales", its a matter of tactics.

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C6A616E7B607D0F0 link=1243490062/7#7 date=1243498715
    If you already have a machine, create some doubt about its abilities / reliability.
    Genius! Or better yet, take a leaf out of SteveHs book and secretly plot to murder your existing machine: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1240378380

    Thanks for all the advice and tips people... will keep you posted on how things go on the front line

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    Gday Caffeinated Squirrel and good luck with the impending delivery (with any luck, both of them *;D).

    I am very lucky that my lovely wife has been/is very supportive of my coffee habit, and has never questioned why I needed to upgrade my coffee gear. Her line is, "Oh well, it could be worse, you could spend all your money on beer."

    As a new dad, I can offer you this advice. Dont give your wife a couple of coffees in a row if shes breastfeeding. You wont hear the end of it for about a week.
    Caffed up mum + caffed up bub = bad ju-ju :-[

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Pity you cant do what I do with fishing gear. Buy it and leave it in the shed for a couple of months then bring it out. when asked I can honestly say, "Ive had it for a long time, it isnt new at all" [smiley=evil.gif]

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 11322B38245D0 link=1243490062/9#9 date=1243502482
    Caffed up mum + caffed up bub = bad ju-ju
    Yikes! Sounds like it should be cappuccino for daddy and babyccino for mummy and the little one! ;)

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    Yeah good one stan, my wife is a mad wax head, she was wearing a new wetsuit for ages before I noticed, by that time she could say she had it all summer.

    I can never decide what to get, I want a new mazzer mini, but theres an extemly sexy fishing rod and real for the same price I want. I dont know which way to go.

    Back to the topic, before my first came along 5 years ago I brought heaps of stuff saying "we wont be able to afford it when the baby comes" it worked a treat for some really nice fishing gear that still takes pride of place. Had the second 3 weeks ago, now all I do is hand money to chemists for the next concoction to keep the baby happy. BTW you can still afford stuff after the baby comes, but dont tell your wife.

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4261786B770E0 link=1243490062/9#9 date=1243502482
    Caffed up mum + caffed up bub = bad ju-ju
    Theres your answer C-squirrel: CS Wow Decaf.

    Just tell Mrs Squirrel that it requires a good machine to get a good coffee out of it (fingers crossed)

    What worked for me last upgrade was telling Mrs. Flynn that the prices are likely to increase (truth - I saved at least $200 *:-*).

    It almost worked for the second intended upgrade. SWMBOs response: Sure, as long as I fund it.

    I suppose I could argue that the $2K or so I spend will come out of my half *;) - but she isnt silly.

    Stans idea sounds good for stuff that normally gets stored in a shed but could you consign a brand new machine to the shed for a couple of months and then try the "What? This old thing?" line when it suddenly turns up in the kitchen??? *:D

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Whats a bit of pain between you and access to great coffee on demand... :P

    Go for it mate, the pain will subside and then you can both enjoy wonderful brews, hot chocs or what ever you like 8-)

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    Whats with all this convincing cr*p?

    IT IS YOUR DUTY IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES TO SUPPORT OUR RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS.

    "The Prime Minister made me do it."

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    You dont need an excuse, just do it and put your foot down.
    (when your allowed back in the front door ;D)
    Seriously, just do it, its an investment as a quality unit in some situations will outlast the other half. :o

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Tell her that it will be a free of cost machine as it will be paid for by the baby bonus ;)

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    I was allowed to upgrade Silvia to a HX with our first bub (15 weeks Monday) on the premise of all oodles of extra sterilising steam for bottles, teats (not my wifes) and pacifiers (cool before using). Just relocate the noisy grinder for those baby/mummy napping caffeine injections! Good luck!!

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 795A43504C350 link=1243490062/9#9 date=1243502482
    As a new dad, I can offer you this advice. Dont give your wife a couple of coffees in a row if shes breastfeeding. You wont hear the end of it for about a week.
    Caffed up mum + caffed up bub = bad ju-ju :-[
    I had a laugh - Im in the same boat. * The wife had a coffee from the Silvia and then breastfed...baby no sleep - family no sleep. :(

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E707469757E6F1B0 link=1243490062/8#8 date=1243500705
    ...better yet, take a leaf out of SteveHs book and secretly plot to murder your existing machine...
    In my sleep befuddled state this morning, I ground my coffee, loaded my moka pot, and put it on the stove...

    ...10 minutes later, still no coffee, but there was an unholy smell coming from the kitchen. *Then I realised I forgot to put water in the bottom of the moka pot.

    For the faint-hearted - be warned that the following paragraphs may contain representations of violence towards coffee machines. *And for the impressionable/adventurous - dont try this at home!

    Not only did I burn the coffee to cinders, I also melted the rubber seals and basically fused the two parts of the moka pot together. *When I finally got them apart, it was not pretty; melted rubber/burned coffee/toxic fumes etc...

    Oops. *

    I threatened to do this in jest and then I actually ended up doing it by stupidity! :( And Im now reduced to plunger coffee - noooooo! :(

    R.I.P. Moka Pot - I promise you my little aluminium (ex-)friend that there will be a suitable period of mourning before I start see other coffee machines.





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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2826223F2328394D0 link=1243490062/20#20 date=1243548409
    R.I.P. Moka Pot - I promise you my little aluminium (ex-)friend that there will be a suitable period of mourning before I start see other coffee machines.
    So now that thats over, what new machine have you chosen?

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    And Im now reduced to plunger coffee - noooooo! :(
    Plunger coffe can be very nice, you just need to have your coffee roasted and ground to match your brewing method.

    Over the years i have had sopme very nice plunger coffee.

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 704552506058455A565B53370 link=1243490062/21#21 date=1243584999
    So now that thats over, what new machine have you chosen?
    I think I have my heart set on Miss Silvia! Hopefully going to check her out this weekend.

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C697E7C4C7469767A777F1B0 link=1243490062/15#15 date=1243506991
    The Prime Minister made me do it."

    Big Kev is going to buy me a hottop :D

    Im excited

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Nice work Ronin. Which model did you settle on?

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Not 100% sure yet.
    Probably the KN-8828B.
    Have only just done our tax, but when the money comes through........
    Anne Cooper has been showing me this model and she is happy with it.

    Im sure youll be hearing from me soon Greg

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Update/newsflash! Ive convinced my wife to come have a look at a Silvia one evening this week (probably tomorrow). *The battle is half won ladies/gents :D

    Squirrel

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    A caffeinated dad is one who walks the floor rocking the baby to sleep when she is trying to sleep in the very small hours of the morning ;) ;) ! Be sure to point that out to her, when going to see Miss Silvia 8-)

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Mission complete! Picked up Miss Silvia this evening and have been playing with her all night (thank you Mrs. Squirrel!).

    The damage was $720 for a 2008 Miss Silvia, with 1kg beans, s/steel tamp and milk jug, and 7g/8g/14g/16g filter baskets thrown in. If this isnt a good deal I dont want to know...

    I suppose now I had better get good at this coffee making stuff. So far the results have been wildly variable to say the least!




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    I think you got a great deal there squirrel.... 8-)

    What brand of grinder is that sitting next to miss Silvia?

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1C31353934580 link=1243490062/30#30 date=1243873492
    What brand of grinder is that sitting next to miss Silvia?
    An awful one! Its a Saeco MC2002, which Im borrowing from my folks until I feel I can justify the expense of a Rocky (or similar).
    Thankfully, the machine seems capable of grinding fine enough, but I wont vouch for the consistency of the grinds. It must also be the worlds messiest grinder, requiring a partial disassembly/vaccuum almost every grind. Oh - and it sounds like a jet engine taking off.
    But beggars cant be choosers, I suppose. It was free after all :D

    Squirrel

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    Great work Squirrel,
    I know youll enjoy your time with Ms Silvia and youll be able to keep your caffiene levels up, esp when the bub arrives.
    Now its time to spill the beans about the persuasive argument you put forward to Mrs Squirrel, to allow the order to go through ;D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57595D405C5746320 link=1243490062/31#31 date=1243887446
    It must also be the worlds messiest grinder, requiring a partial disassembly/vaccuum almost every grind. Oh - and it sounds like a jet engine taking off.
    It must be a Sunbeam 0450 in disguise.


    Congrats on the Silvia.

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0221382B374E0 link=1243490062/32#32 date=1243900924
    Now its time to spill the beans about the persuasive argument you put forward to Mrs Squirrel, to allow the order to go through.
    Nagging, basically. I also made a personal sacrifice and agreed to sell my XBOX360 gaming console, which reduced the net cost of Miss Silvia by around $400. *
    What Mrs. Squirrel doesnt realise is that Ive merely replaced a casual hobby with a full blown obsession! :D

    Squirrel

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    Re: Best excuses to buy a coffee machine?

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Sounds like a good deal to me.
    Mrrs Ronin and I both enjoy our XBOX360 while drinking our coffee.
    Just lucky I guess.

    Congrats on the Silvia, lookin good



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