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    Question Coffee machine buying advice needed

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    Complete newcomer when it comes to Coffee..

    At the moment I have a Greggs (UK Bakery) Latte every other day and now find I cannot drink instant, I Find the Greggs one even better then Costa but its probably just me, they describe it as "blend of mild, high grown Arabica beans from Peru and Colombia allied with rich tasting Robusta beans from Tanzania"

    I'm now looking for the best way to replicate that at home, ideally want something low maintenance as I'd be using it in the morning, i've looked around but theres so many options I dont know where to start, I always have a Latte.

    Looked at Nespresso but not sure if thats just for Espresso.

    Someone suggested an Aeropress which looks quite cheap and has good reviews so am leaning towards that at the min.

    Advice would be appreciated

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    Welcome Corpjones,

    I'm in London (Islington/Hoxton ish) at the moment (with my Aeropress in tow). The Aeropress is great for what it is (a nice strong clean filter coffee, to which you can add some milk), but it won't make something that you recognise as a latte. I make 3 nice Aeropress coffees per day, and walk down to Old St every couple of days to get a very nice latte from either Ozone or Shoreditch Grind. I'll be honest and say that I didn't exactly enjoy the single latte that I have tried from Gregg's, but it was at least drinkable and innoffensive (and I've tried plenty that I couldn't finish). The Nespresso thingies (with appropriate add-on) can make something that *looks* vaguely like a latte, but not many people on this forum will have anything good to say about the flavour of what they produce. If you like filter style coffee, the Aeropress is fantastic value, when teamed with fresh beans (I've been using 'Hasbean' and they are very good) and a grinder (I use a Porlex Mini hand grinder). If you are really keen on something that more closely resembles what you see on the High St, and don't want to spend the earth, then maybe a Gaggia Classic (or similar) + grinder might be worth a pop. If your budget is more flexible, there are lots of options open to you, at several price points. People will be able to provide less random advice if you tell us a bit more about your budget / preferences.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Welcome Corpjones,

    I'm in London (Islington/Hoxton ish) at the moment (with my Aeropress in tow). The Aeropress is great for what it is (a nice strong clean filter coffee, to which you can add some milk), but it won't make something that you recognise as a latte. I make 3 nice Aeropress coffees per day, and walk down to Old St every couple of days to get a very nice latte from either Ozone or Shoreditch Grind. I'll be honest and say that I didn't exactly enjoy the single latte that I have tried from Gregg's, but it was at least drinkable and innoffensive (and I've tried plenty that I couldn't finish). The Nespresso thingies (with appropriate add-on) can make something that *looks* vaguely like a latte, but not many people on this forum will have anything good to say about the flavour of what they produce. If you like filter style coffee, the Aeropress is fantastic value, when teamed with fresh beans (I've been using 'Hasbean' and they are very good) and a grinder (I use a Porlex Mini hand grinder). If you are really keen on something that more closely resembles what you see on the High St, and don't want to spend the earth, then maybe a Gaggia Classic (or similar) + grinder might be worth a pop. If your budget is more flexible, there are lots of options open to you, at several price points. People will be able to provide less random advice if you tell us a bit more about your budget / preferences.

    Cheers
    BOSW
    Many thanks for the reply, budget is 100 or less (which probably sounds really low on this forum!)

    i can go a bit higher if really needed however I've gotten carried away in the past so really want to set a budget.

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    No problem (nothing wrong with having a budget). Not sure where you are exactly, but why not pop into a cafe that serves Aeropress coffee, and see if you like it? The franchise chains are unlikely to offer Aeropress.....so it depends what your local options are. If you do like the Aeropress style, you can buy an Aeropress + Hand Grinder for easily < 100 quid. Freshly roasted coffee and a decent grinder make a world of difference to every variety of coffee.

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    I don't think anywhere local do aeropress, I may just have to buy one and hope that I like it, I'm not a coffee expert by any means so as long as its comparable or better then what I'm used to should be fine I guess, never realised the world of coffee was so confusing until I started researching!

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    No worries. Give it a shot....but please at least consider getting a hand grinder to go with it (25-30 quid I guess?)...that way you can get some fresh beans and get full value out of the kit. That said, my other half is too lazy to grind beans, and she throws some supermarket Lavazza in the Aeropress and reckons its better than the same stuff in a regular plunger.

    If you end out liking it, you can also get a permanent filter disc, ('Able' disc or 'S-filter'), which remove the need to use paper filters, and seem to produce better results.

    If you're a squaddie (just guessing from the username), you might be interested to know that there's a bunch of Aeropress-using infantry soldiers in Afghanistan, some of whom (I think) are members of this forum. Beats the crap out of ration pack stuff.

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    .....I'm now looking for the best way to replicate that at home,..
    ....I always have a Latte.
    .... The Aeropress is great for what it is ..... but it won't make something that you recognise as a latte.
    Either you have changed your mind/expectations,..or you were not reading the reply.
    to make a "Latte, you need espresso coffee ( with crema), AND textured/steamed milk.
    The Milk is possibly the key to a good Latte, so think how you could produce that .?

    Considering your Latte taste, budget, and time/convenience requirements , a Nespresso may not be out of the picture. Its certainly a BIG step up from instant !
    Have you tried "testing" a nespresso in one of their shops..?.. that may help you decide.

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    Dont get hung up on *equipment*.

    If you are prepared to forgo the small amount of froth to be found on a "latte" you could give a simple traditional type stove top espresso "machine" a go. Some call them a "moka" pot or a Bialetti (famous brand).

    You only need buy a small one (a 3 cup) to try, & they are dirt cheap so if you decide its not for you, you've spent virtually nothing.

    Its the way the inventors of milk espresso coffee have been doing it at home for years. Make a pot of espresso in the "machine". Heat milk in a pot on the stove...note it must be stopped way before it boils. This is not hard to work out.

    Add milk to coffee in a cup.

    "Play" with the ratio of coffee and milk to get your preferred taste.

    Surely you wouldnt pay more than 10 quid for a 3 cup Bialetti? The pot for the milk is already in your cupboard.

    Enjoy.

    ***Note also, there is a proper technique to be used to make good coffee with the machine*** but is is very simple.

    Start with a packet of good preground coffee (bought from someone that sells you the beans and grinds them on the spot). If the whole deal seems to be working for you, then buy a simple grinder.

    Whalla, great coffee, rock bottom price.



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