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Hi all. Looking to buy my other half a coffee pod machine. He leaves early to go to work and I am wanting something which will be quick and easy for him to use. Can anybody recommend which of the… Read More
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6m, 6d agoPosted 6 months, 6 days ago
Hi all.

Looking to buy my other half a coffee pod machine. He leaves early to go to work and I am wanting something which will be quick and easy for him to use.
Can anybody recommend which of the pod type machines is the best one?
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6m, 6d agoPosted 6 months, 6 days ago
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#1
I would say that the main two choices for pod machines are either Tassimo or Nespresso. The Tassimo will be the cheaper of the two and in my opinion offers more flexibility as you can buy milk pods and differnet drinks such as hot chocolate, Tea etc etc. The Nespresso machine will probably make the better coffee but is less convenient. Even if you buy the milk frother version of the Nespresso, you need to clean out the frother after every use, whereas with the Tassimo you just throw away the milk capsule. Either way, both machines do offer convenience.
#2
I had a Nescafe dolche gusto machine bought for me as an xmas present absolutely love it. You get loads different pods and they taste brilliant. Best thing for me is the machine makes it at a temp thats hot but not so hot you cant drink it. Takes literally 30 seconds to make a coffee and no mess or fuss
#3
I'd say the Nespresso option is a lot better. The coffee is considerably nicer although it is more expensive, particularly if you buy the Nespresso capsules. They are worth the extra though I think as they work better in the machines.

If you have one of the Lattissima machines, then the cleaning of the milk bit takes around 10 seconds and then the milk part goes back into the fridge.

It comes down to budget though, the Lattissima machines are about £200 although other Nespresso machines that don't do milk are available for less than half of that. We used to have one of the cheaper ones and I would just heat some milk in the microwave and then pop the coffee into it. Tassimo machines can be found for a lot less, although the reviews of the coffee aren't anywhere near as good.
#4
Each pod has more plastic than coffee. The coffee is roasted and ground months, or possibly years ago and you are locked into a system.

Get a bean to cup if after simplicity in my opinion. Same press a button and go but choice of using all the roasters in the world and much cheaper coffee.
#5
geeadamg
Each pod has more plastic than coffee. The coffee is roasted and ground months, or possibly years ago and you are locked into a system.
Get a bean to cup if after simplicity in my opinion. Same press a button and go but choice of using all the roasters in the world and much cheaper coffee.
This.
plus better for the environment as well as your pocket
#6
Dolce gusto is my machine of choice you can usually buy the machine for as little as 37 quid and the pods are often on offer 3 boxes for 10 quid some boxes contain enough to make 8 drinks with milk these tend to be the flavoured ones or the froffy ones or 16 pods in the standard coffee ones to add your own milk
#7
pod machines are fine if you really do just want to press a button!

but as mentioned above you are tied into a pod system and teh coffee will have been ground ages ago - and yes it does make a difference! also the pods are not good for the environment! so much plastic / metal gets thrown away

Personally I love my Aeropress - use fresh ground coffee and really good qualty / method

Also got a Grindripper coming from Santa - so can't wait to try that :)

If you care about the envronment and want flexibility / choice and still great taste think away from pod machines

EliTom
#8
ding
Dolce gusto is my machine of choice you can usually buy the machine for as little as 37 quid and the pods are often on offer 3 boxes for 10 quid some boxes contain enough to make 8 drinks with milk these tend to be the flavoured ones or the froffy ones or 16 pods in the standard coffee ones to add your own milk

Just to add to the above post. Easy to find for the above price as he says, but almost always, the purchase of the machine comes with £10 credit for their coffee store (says on the front of the box), making the machine even cheaper than u think.

For pods I use amazon subscribe and save giving a 5% discount and 48 pods comes in around £10-12.
#9
another point to consider ...

do you drink milky coffee / flavoured coffee?

or do you just drink real coffee - as it comes / nothing addedd?

EliTom
#10
Save the planet, Bean to cup best option.

Their are some great instant coffees too, Could get a one touch kettle? Nescafe Azera Espresso is a nice instant that tastes like bean to cup.
#11
Cakeboy79
I'd say the Nespresso option is a lot better. The coffee is considerably nicer although it is more expensive, particularly if you buy the Nespresso capsules. They are worth the extra though I think as they work better in the machines.
If you have one of the Lattissima machines, then the cleaning of the milk bit takes around 10 seconds and then the milk part goes back into the fridge.
It comes down to budget though, the Lattissima machines are about £200 although other Nespresso machines that don't do milk are available for less than half of that. We used to have one of the cheaper ones and I would just heat some milk in the microwave and then pop the coffee into it. Tassimo machines can be found for a lot less, although the reviews of the coffee aren't anywhere near as good.

This is bang on ^^^^
#12
I've just bought my husband the Lavazza A Modo Mio Minu Coffee Machine, the coffee is amazing and the pods are on offer at the moment at John Lewis. It's quick and the coffee is really smooth. The machines are on offer at a few places at the moment, mine cost £39.99 from John Lewis with 2 year guarantee.
#13
instant coffee can be nice too with a milk frother
#14
I would look at the Minipresso range, you can get them for ground coffee or capsules. These can be used anywhere.
#15
Nespresso over tassino as it's proper coffee.

You can get cheaper machines in Aldi, depending on how you drink them you need the milk frother as well

I got lucky and got the machine for £25 reduced from £50 and the milk fother for £9.99 reduced form £20

And I can't fault it.

In terms of pods. Nespresso is cheapest direct. For quick cups I bit pods from b&m. 20 for £1.99. They also sell cart noir 10 for £1.99

Tesco sells Starbucks ones for £3 for 10
#16
At the moment he uses a filter coffee machine.

I don't drink coffee because it plays havoc with my hiatus hernia, coffee is a big no no for me but the other half loves coffee, and likes it strong with a tiny splash of milk.
#17
For the Nespresso Machines can someone please let me know what the biggest cup size is? My husband drinks large mugs of coffee (about 4) before he heads off to work. Knowing what ml the largest cup recommended will help make my decision.
#18
You can hold the button down after the "Larger cup size" for a long as you need to. No problem,
#19
Sorry to be a pest.

Will one of you lovely people help me select which Nespresso machine please.Reading through opinions and reviews I have gone with a Nespresso machine because coffee is a must for him.

He prefers coffee with fresh milk and likes a large cup.

Which of the Nespresso models have the larger cup size model please?
#20
SOME_ONE
Sorry to be a pest.
Will one of you lovely people help me select which Nespresso machine please.Reading through opinions and reviews I have gone with a Nespresso machine because coffee is a must for him.
He prefers coffee with fresh milk and likes a large cup.
Which of the Nespresso models have the larger cup size model please?

All the machines come with 2 cup sizes buttons... espresso and lungo

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