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    Where to buy a cheap coffee maker in Melbourne? Less than $30 if possible.

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    Hi

    My current coffee maker seems to be broken, so I have to stop using it. It's making strange crackling noises and water is leaking from it. It's a Breville Aroma Style Electronic Coffee Machine, i.e.

    Aroma Style Electronic | Breville

    I'm still unemployed so I can't afford too much at the moment. Do they still sell those ultra cheap Tiffany coffee makers? I'd like to spend less that $30 if possible. I don't want to start buying instant coffee as that would just work out to be more expensive in the long run (apart from tasting hideous). I've been buying coffee beans, which I grind in a Hario hand grinder.

    Is it worth my while buying something from an op shop or is that too risky? Is it worth my while getting a cheap plunger? Although I generally have 2 cups of coffee in the morning so I'd be worried any coffee sitting in a plunger would get cold too quickly.

    Thanks.

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    Aeropress mate? about $35 I guess. Not sure I understand the issue with cold coffee? Make one at a time, pour into a pre-heated cup etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Aeropress mate? about $35 I guess. Not sure I understand the issue with cold coffee? Make one at a time, pour into a pre-heated cup etc.
    I'd have to keep spending money on filters wouldn't I?

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    It comes with 350 filters ..... so that is a good start. Another 350 will set you back $5 or $16 for a stainless filter (no replacement). You have a good enough grinder and the Aeropress makes a good coffee.

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    You can wash and reuse the filters several times.

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    I'd prefer something where I can make enough coffee for at least 2 cups and have the coffee for the second cup being kept warm while I'm having my first cup.

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    So not really a CoffeeSnob then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamK View Post
    So not really a CoffeeSnob then?
    I am to some extent. I don't buy instant coffee.

    Anyway, due to my unemployment I might have to be a tea drinker at home until I next get paid.

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    Perhaps try Gumtree or Ebay. A quick search on Gumtree finds coffee percolators for $10 and up new in boxes.
    It might even be worth putting a wanted ad on this site. I am sure there are many members who have updated and have redundant equipment taking up space .... I have an old Black and Decker Mr Espresso that I found in the back of the cupboard the other day .... but he really needed his brother Mr Cappuccino.

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    easiest and cheapest way without even spending a cent providing you have the coffee ground and a cup...

    take approximately 1-2 table spoon of coffee ground put it in the cup and pour hot water in the cup around 150 ml

    If you have a scale, measure the coffee ground around 9 grams. Leave it till all the coffee go down the bottom and sip
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    Hi pamount,

    I can definaltey vouch for the Aeropress cheap but make a good brew and can make 2 at a time as u want.

    Where abouts are you to see if some of us might be able to help/ pay it forward to u

    We all know what it's like to go through a tough bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmmcoffee View Post
    Hi pamount,

    I can definaltey vouch for the Aeropress cheap but make a good brew and can make 2 at a time as u want.

    Where abouts are you to see if some of us might be able to help/ pay it forward to u

    We all know what it's like to go through a tough bit!
    I live in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Although I'd feel a bit embarrassed about that. I'd want to pay money back to whoever did that, after I get a proper income.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahhhespressso View Post
    easiest and cheapest way without even spending a cent providing you have the coffee ground and a cup...

    take approximately 1-2 table spoon of coffee ground put it in the cup and pour hot water in the cup around 150 ml

    If you have a scale, measure the coffee ground around 9 grams. Leave it till all the coffee go down the bottom and sip
    I tried that today. Most of it went to the bottom of the cup but a bit of it floated.

    When I first poured in the boiled water, after putting the ground coffee in, it almost looked like a Milo made with cold milk. The ground coffee floated on top but it mostly disappeared after I gave it a stir. Is there some technique I should use?

    It still tasted OK but I was constantly thinking about floating coffee ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Stinkalot View Post
    Perhaps try Gumtree or Ebay. A quick search on Gumtree finds coffee percolators for $10 and up new in boxes.
    It might even be worth putting a wanted ad on this site. I am sure there are many members who have updated and have redundant equipment taking up space .... I have an old Black and Decker Mr Espresso that I found in the back of the cupboard the other day .... but he really needed his brother Mr Cappuccino.
    Thanks. I'll check it out.

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    I don't like plungers. Should be able to a stove top percolator thing for $30. Pour overs can make good coffee too and are cheap.

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    +1 for Gumtree, but if you can save up a couple of hundred you may be able to get a second hand gaggia and grinder and make a reasonable brew.

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    Insulated Stainless steel plunger.
    Thermos Double Wall Insulated Coffee Plunger Thermocafe SS 1L,Free & Same Day Shipping Over $100. First Class, Unbeatable Customer Service. Australia

    Have one similar on the father-in-laws yacht (there is a no-glass rule onboard)

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    As per Richard's comments, I'd get a stovetop Moka Pot. I use one as my backup and take it on holidays, it makes a lovely cup with a hand grinder, meets all your requirements (can buy for $30, makes more than 1 cup, stays warm, no need for filters). I also enjoy the flavour of the brew more than what I get from my pour-over which it similar to a plunger or aeropress.

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    Have you heard cold brew coffee? Cold brew - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    It will cost you minimum. DIY: Cold Brew Coffee

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    A kind person has helped me out. I gave him something in return.

    I now have a coffee maker again.
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    Congrats Pamount! Enjoy your coffee and good luck with work!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    I tried that today. Most of it went to the bottom of the cup but a bit of it floated.

    When I first poured in the boiled water, after putting the ground coffee in, it almost looked like a Milo made with cold milk. The ground coffee floated on top but it mostly disappeared after I gave it a stir. Is there some technique I should use?

    It still tasted OK but I was constantly thinking about floating coffee ground.
    Get a plain paper towel (not kitchen paper towel, the light brown one) and make cone from it then put the paper in another cup then pour the coffee you just brewed in previous cup to the other cup you have that paper cone on. Tips: you can use paper clip to hold the paper towel or you can just hold it with your hand, then pour the coffee on the paper cone, you will have the coffee filtered with no floating coffee ground.



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