Ambiano Gunmetal Espresso Maker - 15 bar £49.99 @ Aldi
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Ambiano Gunmetal Espresso Maker - 15 bar £49.99 @ Aldi

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Edited by:"badgerman26"Found 21st Nov
Seems like a good deal for an updated Espresso Machine from Aldi. Free delivery and in store from Thursday 23rd November.

Can't find any reviews online or as rebadged version, but seems better than the other Aldi/Lidl Espresso Machines. Hopefully with a modded Delongi KG87 Burr grinder it should be better than a ~£100 set up.

From website:

Contents
1 x Espresso Machine
2 x Sieves for Crema system

Features
Steam regulation
Thermometer
Temperature indicator light
3 switches with 3 indication lights
Power on/off control
Espresso brewing function
Milk frothing function
Removable water tank (approx. 1.2L capacity)
Drip tray with removable draining rack
Measuring spoon/presser
Steam nozzle for milk frothing
Filter holder with 2 filters and crema system
Pump pressure: approx. 15 barIncludes.
40 minutes auto-shut off
Includes measuring spoon and coffee presser

Top comments

Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results without the faff. Cheap as chips and better them crappy pods. It makes me laugh when I pass the nespresso shop in Trafford centre at how pretentious people are over a bit of coffee, I mean the shop is sooo ostentatious is needs to be seen to be believed. A simple machine like this will make superior coffe to a pod machine and save you a packet. It takes about 7g of coffee for a brew so 1kg ground loose coffee would make about 140 coffees; how much would 140 pods cost? Not to mention all that land fill with the used pods.

BiGfactHunt41 m ago

Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results w …Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results without the faff. Cheap as chips and better them crappy pods. It makes me laugh when I pass the nespresso shop in Trafford centre at how pretentious people are over a bit of coffee, I mean the shop is sooo ostentatious is needs to be seen to be believed. A simple machine like this will make superior coffe to a pod machine and save you a packet. It takes about 7g of coffee for a brew so 1kg ground loose coffee would make about 140 coffees; how much would 140 pods cost? Not to mention all that land fill with the used pods.


I find this to be utter nonsense.

The grind is the most important factor in espresso. You will struggle to find any ground coffee suitable for espresso in a supermarket. You could buy it online from speciality sellers, but it'd be stale within days. A kilo of ground coffee is a waste of money. You're better off spending money on as good as possible a grinder, grinding your own beans - even nasty supermarket beans - and skimping on a machine.

7-10g of ground coffee is about enough for one shot of espresso. Most drinks require a double shot, so 14-20g. This machine likely has a domestic size 51mm portafliter and would struggle to push water through 16g of properly ground and tamped coffee. The filter baskets (what the hell are sieves supposed to be?) will be a single (7g) and double (14g) shot basket. Those numbers will apply for dark roasts, which are usually heavier. You can sometimes get more of a lighter roast in a basket designed for less weight. Nespresso pods aren't bad but only give you a 7g single shot option, so really you only get half a drink.
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Also available in gloss white and red here

Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results without the faff. Cheap as chips and better them crappy pods. It makes me laugh when I pass the nespresso shop in Trafford centre at how pretentious people are over a bit of coffee, I mean the shop is sooo ostentatious is needs to be seen to be believed. A simple machine like this will make superior coffe to a pod machine and save you a packet. It takes about 7g of coffee for a brew so 1kg ground loose coffee would make about 140 coffees; how much would 140 pods cost? Not to mention all that land fill with the used pods.

could be tempted with this one

BiGfactHunt41 m ago

Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results w …Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results without the faff. Cheap as chips and better them crappy pods. It makes me laugh when I pass the nespresso shop in Trafford centre at how pretentious people are over a bit of coffee, I mean the shop is sooo ostentatious is needs to be seen to be believed. A simple machine like this will make superior coffe to a pod machine and save you a packet. It takes about 7g of coffee for a brew so 1kg ground loose coffee would make about 140 coffees; how much would 140 pods cost? Not to mention all that land fill with the used pods.


I find this to be utter nonsense.

The grind is the most important factor in espresso. You will struggle to find any ground coffee suitable for espresso in a supermarket. You could buy it online from speciality sellers, but it'd be stale within days. A kilo of ground coffee is a waste of money. You're better off spending money on as good as possible a grinder, grinding your own beans - even nasty supermarket beans - and skimping on a machine.

7-10g of ground coffee is about enough for one shot of espresso. Most drinks require a double shot, so 14-20g. This machine likely has a domestic size 51mm portafliter and would struggle to push water through 16g of properly ground and tamped coffee. The filter baskets (what the hell are sieves supposed to be?) will be a single (7g) and double (14g) shot basket. Those numbers will apply for dark roasts, which are usually heavier. You can sometimes get more of a lighter roast in a basket designed for less weight. Nespresso pods aren't bad but only give you a 7g single shot option, so really you only get half a drink.

Original Poster

Pokey10 m ago

I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor …I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor in espresso. You will struggle to find any ground coffee suitable for espresso in a supermarket. You could buy it online from speciality sellers, but it'd be stale within days. A kilo of ground coffee is a waste of money. You're better off spending money on as good as possible a grinder, grinding your own beans - even nasty supermarket beans - and skimping on a machine.7-10g of ground coffee is about enough for one shot of espresso. Most drinks require a double shot, so 14-20g. This machine likely has a domestic size 51mm portafliter and would struggle to push water through 16g of properly ground and tamped coffee. The filter baskets (what the hell are sieves supposed to be?) will be a single (7g) and double (14g) shot basket. Those numbers will apply for dark roasts, which are usually heavier. You can sometimes get more of a lighter roast in a basket designed for less weight. Nespresso pods aren't bad but only give you a 7g single shot option, so really you only get half a drink.


Any objective reason why this wouldn’t be able to cope with 16g of fine fresh ground beans tampered?

Pokey15 m ago

I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor …I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor in espresso. You will struggle to find any ground coffee suitable for espresso in a supermarket. You could buy it online from speciality sellers, but it'd be stale within days. A kilo of ground coffee is a waste of money. You're better off spending money on as good as possible a grinder, grinding your own beans - even nasty supermarket beans - and skimping on a machine.7-10g of ground coffee is about enough for one shot of espresso. Most drinks require a double shot, so 14-20g. This machine likely has a domestic size 51mm portafliter and would struggle to push water through 16g of properly ground and tamped coffee. The filter baskets (what the hell are sieves supposed to be?) will be a single (7g) and double (14g) shot basket. Those numbers will apply for dark roasts, which are usually heavier. You can sometimes get more of a lighter roast in a basket designed for less weight. Nespresso pods aren't bad but only give you a 7g single shot option, so really you only get half a drink.



I used 1kg for purpose of economics. 200/227 bags would be preference although my last order was 10 x 1kg bags of Taylor’s of Harrogate beans but that’s another story..


I used a Philips coffee machine similar to this one for years so I am talking from experience. It’s a cup of coffee, not rocket science. I am sure the pre-ground coffee made by companies selling millions of kilos of the stuff is plenty good enough. If not return to store for a refund and try a different brand; like I said in my previous post it’s just coffee and there is a lot of nonsense and faff surrounding the coffee culture.

If you want to roast and grind your own to perfection and take a selfie with your brew then this machine isn’t for you.

This might be a fun and useful addition to your new machine to anybody considering one £10.99 on Amazon.

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Edited by: "BiGfactHunt" 21st Nov

Pokey22 m ago

I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor …I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor in espresso. You will struggle to find any ground coffee suitable for espresso in a supermarket. You could buy it online from speciality sellers, but it'd be stale within days. A kilo of ground coffee is a waste of money. You're better off spending money on as good as possible a grinder, grinding your own beans - even nasty supermarket beans - and skimping on a machine.7-10g of ground coffee is about enough for one shot of espresso. Most drinks require a double shot, so 14-20g. This machine likely has a domestic size 51mm portafliter and would struggle to push water through 16g of properly ground and tamped coffee. The filter baskets (what the hell are sieves supposed to be?) will be a single (7g) and double (14g) shot basket. Those numbers will apply for dark roasts, which are usually heavier. You can sometimes get more of a lighter roast in a basket designed for less weight. Nespresso pods aren't bad but only give you a 7g single shot option, so really you only get half a drink.


What grinder do you recommend?

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jim19495 m ago

What grinder do you recommend?


The De'Longhi KG 79 with the extra fine YouTube modification seems to get good reviews.

eems that a good Burr can make a big difference.
Edited by: "badgerman26" 21st Nov

BiGfactHunt27 m ago

I used 1kg for purpose of economics. 200/227 bags would be preference …I used 1kg for purpose of economics. 200/227 bags would be preference although my last order was 10 x 1kg bags of Taylor’s of Harrogate beans but that’s another story..I used a Philips coffee machine similar to this one for years so I am talking from experience. It’s a cup of coffee, not rocket science. I am sure the pre-ground coffee made by companies selling millions of kilos of the stuff is plenty good enough. If not return to store for a refund and try a different brand; like I said in my previous post it’s just coffee and there is a lot of nonsense and faff surrounding the coffee culture. If you want to roast and grind your own to perfection and take a selfie with your brew then this machine isn’t for you. This might be a fun and useful addition to your new machine to anybody considering one £10.99 on Amazon. [Image]


Selfie aside, like the equivalent Delonghis, this machine is likely more than capable enough if you want to faff... sorry, grind your own coffee fresh and get a damn good cup that is way above the standard you appear happy to settle for. You don't need an expensive machine to make a great shot from quality fresh beans. The grinder is the most important component by far. You simply will not find ground coffee in stores that has been ground finely enough for espresso. And if it has, it'll go bad very quickly. In days it'll be off.
Edited by: "Pokey" 21st Nov

This might be a stupid question, but does this ONLY make espresso's? Or can it do cappuccino etc? Not really into espresso but love cappuccino or latte.

jim19499 m ago

What grinder do you recommend?


Personally, with a domestic espresso machine, it'd be a Baratza Encore. It's currently £146 on Amazon, so a bit expensive right now, but it occasionally drops much lower. It might seem a bit much to use a £150 grinder with a £50 machine, but that's a good cost ratio honestly. The grinder is a far more important component than the pump machine. I don't think the cheaper grinders found on Amazon can grind finely with enough consistency, although the burr mod that badgerman26 mentions for the Delonghi is supposed to be quite good.

furiousjammin5 m ago

This might be a stupid question, but does this ONLY make espresso's? Or …This might be a stupid question, but does this ONLY make espresso's? Or can it do cappuccino etc? Not really into espresso but love cappuccino or latte.


The machine has a milk wand to steam milk separately to add to brewed espresso.

badgerman2627 m ago

Any objective reason why this wouldn’t be able to cope with 16g of fine f …Any objective reason why this wouldn’t be able to cope with 16g of fine fresh ground beans tampered?


The 51mm double shot baskets will likely reach their limit at 16g. They're only really designed for 14g. Anything over that, especially with a dark roast, properly tamped, will probably be too much for the machine to pump water through, so it'll over-extract at best or just completely block at worst. With a light roast you might get another 1g in there if you tamp with a little less pressure. The 58mm filters used with domestic level machines can obviously hold more grind.

Original Poster

This is the mod for the De’Longhi K79/89 that makes if fine enough for espresso apparently.

Video and instructions

Pokey17 m ago

Selfie aside, like the equivalent Delonghis, this machine is likely more …Selfie aside, like the equivalent Delonghis, this machine is likely more than capable enough if you want to faff... sorry, grind your own coffee fresh and get a damn good cup that is way above the standard you appear happy to settle for. You don't need an expensive machine to make a great shot from quality fresh beans. You simply will not find ground coffee in stores that has been ground finely enough for espresso. And if it has, it'll go bad very quickly. In days it'll be off.


Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in grinding coffee and I’ve been drinking good coffee. Better than the crap they fob you off with in the chain coffe shops in this country. When I lived in Spain I paid 1€ for a coffee and I got the same excellent coffee theat everybody else got. It was 10 times better than what is served over here as is what I make at home. Although your comments are maybe helpful to a budding barista they aren’t helpful to someone who wants an excellent coffee made at home for pennies with no faff. This machine and some quality ground coffee will deliver the result required for that kind of person.

Another good investment would be good quality travel mug (or 2!).

furiousjammin17 m ago

This might be a stupid question, but does this ONLY make espresso's? Or …This might be a stupid question, but does this ONLY make espresso's? Or can it do cappuccino etc? Not really into espresso but love cappuccino or latte.


it has a milk frother so you just need a few accessories like in my other post, oh and some milk.

BiGfactHunt6 m ago

Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in g …Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in grinding coffee and I’ve been drinking good coffee. Better than the crap they fob you off with in the chain coffe shops in this country. When I lived in Spain I paid 1€ for a coffee and I got the same excellent coffee theat everybody else got. It was 10 times better than what is served over here as is what I make at home. Although your comments are maybe helpful to a budding barista they aren’t helpful to someone who wants an excellent coffee made at home for pennies with no faff. This machine and some quality ground coffee will deliver the result required for that kind of person. Another good investment would be good quality travel mug (or 2!).



You'll get coffee and if you're happy with it, fair enough. But 'excellent' it certainly would not be, made with pre-ground coffee that isn't fine enough. It wouldn't even be good. It's not about having a 'degree' or being a coffee obsessed hipster, and it definitely isn't about terrible chain coffee shops (with the exception of Coffee#1). It's just about having good enough ingredients to make a good enough coffee. You wouldn't use bad milk, so why settle for bad grounds?

BiGfactHunt1 h, 32 m ago

Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results w …Don’t bother with a grinder, pre ground will get you good enough results without the faff. Cheap as chips and better them crappy pods. It makes me laugh when I pass the nespresso shop in Trafford centre at how pretentious people are over a bit of coffee, I mean the shop is sooo ostentatious is needs to be seen to be believed. A simple machine like this will make superior coffe to a pod machine and save you a packet. It takes about 7g of coffee for a brew so 1kg ground loose coffee would make about 140 coffees; how much would 140 pods cost? Not to mention all that land fill with the used pods.


Brewing a coffee bean straight after it been ground has a big difference to pre-ground coffee that has been dried out for several months.

If you're going with pre ground you may as well not bother with this machine and just get a drip machine.

Ordered one for the Mrs. The sooner I see the end of those crappy nespresso pods the better

Pokey52 m ago

I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor …I find this to be utter nonsense. The grind is the most important factor in espresso. You will struggle to find any ground coffee suitable for espresso in a supermarket. You could buy it online from speciality sellers, but it'd be stale within days. A kilo of ground coffee is a waste of money. You're better off spending money on as good as possible a grinder, grinding your own beans - even nasty supermarket beans - and skimping on a machine.7-10g of ground coffee is about enough for one shot of espresso. Most drinks require a double shot, so 14-20g. This machine likely has a domestic size 51mm portafliter and would struggle to push water through 16g of properly ground and tamped coffee. The filter baskets (what the hell are sieves supposed to be?) will be a single (7g) and double (14g) shot basket. Those numbers will apply for dark roasts, which are usually heavier. You can sometimes get more of a lighter roast in a basket designed for less weight. Nespresso pods aren't bad but only give you a 7g single shot option, so really you only get half a drink.


Lavazza cafe espresso, in black packet. Buy it all the time in my local Sainsbury for about 3 quid

Thanks op

Some nice fine ground coffe out there, if you put milk in it why bother.

Pokey33 m ago

You'll get coffee and if you're happy with it, fair enough. But …You'll get coffee and if you're happy with it, fair enough. But 'excellent' it certainly would not be, made with pre-ground coffee that isn't fine enough. It wouldn't even be good. It's not about having a 'degree' or being a coffee obsessed hipster, and it definitely isn't about terrible chain coffee shops (with the exception of Coffee#1). It's just about having good enough ingredients to make a good enough coffee. You wouldn't use bad milk, so why settle for bad grounds?


Any response I could give you is already covered in my previous posts so I will leave it there. Apart from to add I have a £500 bean to cup machine that takes ground too. Even when using the machine’s built in grinder on the finest setting, the difference it isn’t huge compared to shop bought ground beans and I don’t think you should be trying to put people off buying this machine by making them think they need to buy a £40 grinder and do the “science” of grinding the beans to perfection in order to extract all the essential oils, phyto nutrients, phenols, omega 3s and flavinoidsto make it a viable purchase. If you get my drift. And just to point out you don’t need a beard to be able to operate this machine .
Edited by: "BiGfactHunt" 22nd Nov

Pokey11 h, 27 m ago

Selfie aside, like the equivalent Delonghis, this machine is likely more …Selfie aside, like the equivalent Delonghis, this machine is likely more than capable enough if you want to faff... sorry, grind your own coffee fresh and get a damn good cup that is way above the standard you appear happy to settle for. You don't need an expensive machine to make a great shot from quality fresh beans. The grinder is the most important component by far. You simply will not find ground coffee in stores that has been ground finely enough for espresso. And if it has, it'll go bad very quickly. In days it'll be off.


On the contrary, I have had some pre-ground coffees that are SO finely ground they won't let water through with ANY compaction at all on any machine! :-(
Edited by: "nihcaj" 22nd Nov

a12312311 h, 2 m ago

Brewing a coffee bean straight after it been ground has a big difference …Brewing a coffee bean straight after it been ground has a big difference to pre-ground coffee that has been dried out for several months.If you're going with pre ground you may as well not bother with this machine and just get a drip machine.


Something wrong with your taste buds then! Filter coffee is by far and away the poorest from of coffee, maybe one step up from instant - even Lavazza rosso is better with a 50 quid Aldi machine than more expensive beans through a filter!

nihcaj31 m ago

On the contrary, I have had some pre-ground coffees that are SO finely …On the contrary, I have had some pre-ground coffees that are SO finely ground they won't let water through with ANY compaction at all on any machine! :-(


And to make matters worse, they went stale while waiting to be bought.

BiGfactHunt11 h, 45 m ago

Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in g …Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in grinding coffee and I’ve been drinking good coffee. Better than the crap they fob you off with in the chain coffe shops in this country. When I lived in Spain I paid 1€ for a coffee and I got the same excellent coffee theat everybody else got. It was 10 times better than what is served over here as is what I make at home. Although your comments are maybe helpful to a budding barista they aren’t helpful to someone who wants an excellent coffee made at home for pennies with no faff. This machine and some quality ground coffee will deliver the result required for that kind of person. Another good investment would be good quality travel mug (or 2!).



BiGfactHunt11 h, 45 m ago

Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in g …Dude, I’ve been drinking coffee for years and never needed a degree in grinding coffee and I’ve been drinking good coffee. Better than the crap they fob you off with in the chain coffe shops in this country. When I lived in Spain I paid 1€ for a coffee and I got the same excellent coffee theat everybody else got. It was 10 times better than what is served over here as is what I make at home. Although your comments are maybe helpful to a budding barista they aren’t helpful to someone who wants an excellent coffee made at home for pennies with no faff. This machine and some quality ground coffee will deliver the result required for that kind of person. Another good investment would be good quality travel mug (or 2!).


Stale or not, still better than 95% of the offerings from high street coffee shops

a12312320 h, 14 m ago

Brewing a coffee bean straight after it been ground has a big difference …Brewing a coffee bean straight after it been ground has a big difference to pre-ground coffee that has been dried out for several months.If you're going with pre ground you may as well not bother with this machine and just get a drip machine.


I think you are right if the beans are freshly roasted, but once the beans themselves are sitting around drying out for several months, the difference to pre-ground is slighter.

AMAZING!!


Been looking for a manual espresso machine for the house for a while, I use big ones daily at work and thought for £50 I’d give this a try! Picked one up about an hour ago and so far so good - I love it! Heats up quickly, around 1-2 minutes and really easy to set up too. Excellent Crema on the espressos. NO TIMER ON ESPRESSO POUR! You press to turn it on/off so you can decide how long you want it. It features a pannarello style steam wand which is great for those new to steaming milk, however, my favourite part is that the stainless steel cover with air intake on the steam wand comes off - meaning you get a steam wand with a singular hole and can make that lovely micro foam to make latte art! I unfortunately pour any pretty patterns as it isn’t supplied with a stainless steel jug (£3 on Amazon), and I only had a Pyrex one also, the steam is controlled with a dial, and you can control the level of steam, like a ‘proper’ machine.

Tips with this machine:
1) Ensure you turn the steam button ‘off’ when producing espresso, stops it producing Crema.

2) Before putting the handle in to make an espresso, press the coffee button and let some of the water into the drip tray then put the handle in. Allows the water to then drip onto the coffee and make it slightly wet before the full water pressure is forced onto the ground coffee.

3) When tamping (pressing grounds into the handle) DO NOT press with the handle on the work surface, the black plastic protrudes through the bottom and the resistance may break the screw.. Kind of annoying, but this machine is SO cheap I can live with that!

Also, I got their coffee/spice grinder (£14 I think), fab! I used it with their Mellow Moods beans to make the coffee pictured.

Fantastic manual espresso machine, grinder and beans, also got 4 x bottles of wine and it came to £80.. that’s cheaper than most Nespresso machines which I also have.. i’ll be saving so much money, even when I bought ALDI own brand Nespresso pods.

People will slate most coffee machines, just watch a few YouTube videos and learn the machine! You don’t need to spend loads on a grinder, just make sure the beans are the first in, and only grind what you need, kept in a clippy tub in the fridge when not used!

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Edited by: "oscarcovcross" 23rd Nov

nightshot21st Nov

could be tempted with this one



Do it! It has far exceeded my expectations!!

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oscarcovcross8 h, 6 m ago

AMAZING!!Been looking for a manual espresso machine for the house for a …AMAZING!!Been looking for a manual espresso machine for the house for a while, I use big ones daily at work and thought for £50 I’d give this a try! Picked one up about an hour ago and so far so good - I love it! Heats up quickly, around 1-2 minutes and really easy to set up too. Excellent Crema on the espressos. NO TIMER ON ESPRESSO POUR! You press to turn it on/off so you can decide how long you want it. It features a pannarello style steam wand which is great for those new to steaming milk, however, my favourite part is that the stainless steel cover with air intake on the steam wand comes off - meaning you get a steam wand with a singular hole and can make that lovely micro foam to make latte art! I unfortunately pour any pretty patterns as it isn’t supplied with a stainless steel jug (£3 on Amazon), and I only had a Pyrex one also, the steam is controlled with a dial, and you can control the level of steam, like a ‘proper’ machine.Tips with this machine:1) Ensure you turn the steam button ‘off’ when producing espresso, stops it producing Crema.2) Before putting the handle in to make an espresso, press the coffee button and let some of the water into the drip tray then put the handle in. Allows the water to then drip onto the coffee and make it slightly wet before the full water pressure is forced onto the ground coffee.3) When tamping (pressing grounds into the handle) DO NOT press with the handle on the work surface, the black plastic protrudes through the bottom and the resistance may break the screw.. Kind of annoying, but this machine is SO cheap I can live with that!Also, I got their coffee/spice grinder (£14 I think), fab! I used it with their Mellow Moods beans to make the coffee pictured.Fantastic manual espresso machine, grinder and beans, also got 4 x bottles of wine and it came to £80.. that’s cheaper than most Nespresso machines which I also have.. i’ll be saving so much money, even when I bought ALDI own brand Nespresso pods.People will slate most coffee machines, just watch a few YouTube videos and learn the machine! You don’t need to spend loads on a grinder, just make sure the beans are the first in, and only grind what you need, kept in a clippy tub in the fridge when not used![Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image] [Image]


Thanks for the report back. How does it compare to your Nespresso?

Bought one today.

Very plasticky, not convinced by build quality - but that is in comparison to a Gaggia Classic which is made from girders.

Did produce a decent coffee though, with lots of nice crema.

Will be returning it - power switch doesn't latch on, so won't work with the smart plug I use to turn the machine on in the morning to preheat.

tascheman17 h, 4 m ago

Will be returning it - power switch doesn't latch on, so won't work with …Will be returning it - power switch doesn't latch on, so won't work with the smart plug I use to turn the machine on in the morning to preheat.


I bought one today it's pretty much made out of plastic but I'm quite happy considering the price.
Mine warms up very quickly, I mean - it took 1m20s to get ready this morning so meanwhile I'm filling the filter with coffee it's ready to make coffee.

I just think it makes way too much crema.
Edited by: "saturos" 24th Nov

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tascheman4 h, 3 m ago

Bought one today. Very plasticky, not convinced by build quality - but …Bought one today. Very plasticky, not convinced by build quality - but that is in comparison to a Gaggia Classic which is made from girders.Did produce a decent coffee though, with lots of nice crema.Will be returning it - power switch doesn't latch on, so won't work with the smart plug I use to turn the machine on in the morning to preheat.


How does the coffee and wand compare to the Classic?

badgerman2623rd Nov

How does the coffee and wand compare to the Classic?


Pros compared to Classic: Temperature dial, quieter, heats up faster, more crema

Cons compared to Classic: Not convinced it will last that long (but not a biggie with Aldi 3 year warranty), coffee not as good (but close!), smaller (44mm?) filter is messier to fill than 58mm in Classic, doesn't work with smart plug to turn on in the morning

I'm going to return mine and spend the money on a pressurised filter basket and a service kit for the Classic.

Don't use the wand on the Classic, have used the wand on this and it's also pretty good.


But for £50, this is a pretty good buy!
Edited by: "tascheman" 25th Nov

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tascheman13 m ago

Pros compared to Classic: Temperature dial, quieter, heats up faster, more …Pros compared to Classic: Temperature dial, quieter, heats up faster, more cremaCons compared to Classic: Not convinced it will last that long (but not a biggie with Aldi 3 year warranty), coffee not as good (but close!), smaller (44mm?) filter is messier to fill than 58mm in Classic, doesn't work with smart plug to turn on in the morningI'm going to return mine and spend the money on a pressurised filter basket and a service kit for the Classic. Don't use the wand on the Classic, have used the wand on this and it's also pretty good.But for £50, this is a pretty good buy!


Thanks. What grinder do you use?

i am thinking of getting a Gaggia instead of this.

badgerman2649 m ago

Thanks. What grinder do you use?i am thinking of getting a Gaggia instead …Thanks. What grinder do you use?i am thinking of getting a Gaggia instead of this.


De'Longhi KG79 with the milk bottle 'washer' hack to make the grind fine enough for espresso

amazon.co.uk/gp/…-21

Has anyone noticed the milk steam frother makes the milk taste plasticy?
We returned ours because even after cleaning it like recommended in the instructions the final coffee had a plastic taste like you get with a cheap Tesco value plastic kettle.

Is this the Ambiano Gunmetal version?

I bought one today, the instructions say that the steamer control knob has a safety function you need to pull it out. The one I bought didn't seem to pull out or push in, does the one you bought move
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