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    Bit of advice needed on these coffee machines

    Looking to get the gf a coffee machine for Xmas, have narrowed it down to the Nescafe Dolce Gusto and the Tassimo T40 Multi Drinks Machine by Bosch.

    Both machines use "pods" to make the coffee. Can anyone advise whether they can use any of the pods that are on sale in the supermarkets or do they only take the official ones that are produced for them?

    any advice would be great

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    Supermod

    I have had the Dolce Gusto and my work has the Tassimo.

    You can get Dolce Gusto in most supermarkets. The larger supermarkets tend to sell all the varieties.

    The reason I got rid of my machine was the milk capsules were not nice. I opted for a Nespresso. The pods for the Nespresso can only be bought online unless you are able to find a "boutique" and the only one I have visited is Selfridges in London. Awesome coffee though.

    if you just want coffee then go for a bean to cup machice.

    I have the Tassimo, and you can get twinings english breakfast teach, milka hot chocolate, do lattes, macchiato (sp) and starbucks own blend, but I cant help feel short changed off some of the pods.

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    magicjay1986

    I have had the Dolce Gusto and my work has the Tassimo. You can get Dolce … I have had the Dolce Gusto and my work has the Tassimo. You can get Dolce Gusto in most supermarkets. The larger supermarkets tend to sell all the varieties. The reason I got rid of my machine was the milk capsules were not nice. I opted for a Nespresso. The pods for the Nespresso can only be bought online unless you are able to find a "boutique" and the only one I have visited is Selfridges in London. Awesome coffee though.



    thanks Jay, the Dolce Gusto is the only one thats in stock anywhere near me so if I want one its gona have to be that one

    Could this machine use the dowe egberts pods that are on sale?

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    MinstrelMan

    if you just want coffee then go for a bean to cup machice.I have the … if you just want coffee then go for a bean to cup machice.I have the Tassimo, and you can get twinings english breakfast teach, milka hot chocolate, do lattes, macchiato (sp) and starbucks own blend, but I cant help feel short changed off some of the pods.



    yeah I'm worried about the cost of the pods meaning that the machine would just never be used. We now live in Brussels and our local Lidl store sells the dowe egberts pods for a decent price. But Im not sure whether or not they have a milk capsule with them so if they're suitable or not

    Can you recommend any good bean to cup machines then?

    roryk83

    yeah I'm worried about the cost of the pods meaning that the machine … yeah I'm worried about the cost of the pods meaning that the machine would just never be used. We now live in Brussels and our local Lidl store sells the dowe egberts pods for a decent price. But Im not sure whether or not they have a milk capsule with them so if they're suitable or notCan you recommend any good bean to cup machines then?



    You cant use the douwe egberts pods in a dolce gusto machine.

    afraid I cant, I've only ever had one cup (although it was the best cup of coffee I've had) from a work colleague, he's got one.

    worth having a look at the reviews on amazon amazon.co.uk/s/r…ine

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    dh058977

    You cant use the douwe egberts pods in a dolce gusto machine.



    damn, there goes that then. Back to square one

    If its a choice between the two in your OP then all the advice I can give you is, although the quality of drinks from the dolce gusto machine tends to be very high there is a lack of variety in the range and are restricted to hot chocolate and coffee. Prices are also on the high side.
    The tassimo however has a wider range of options including teas etc inc loads of named brands and the pods tend to be cheaper (esp on ebay)
    Both machines use milk pods for their drinks which isnt to everyones taste.
    Edited by: "dh058977" 22nd Dec 2010

    ^^^^ adding to this, not every drink in the tassimo has milk pods, off the top of my head only the cappachino and latte have milk pods, starbucks blend, columbia roast, coffee creme and teas require your own milk.

    MinstrelMan

    ^^^^ adding to this, not every drink in the tassimo has milk pods, off … ^^^^ adding to this, not every drink in the tassimo has milk pods, off the top of my head only the cappachino and latte have milk pods, starbucks blend, columbia roast, coffee creme and teas require your own milk.



    Yeah its just those 2 that use the milk pods on the tassimo.

    Original Poster

    right, nearly everything is out of stock near me, but the Philips Quadrante Senseo is in stock. Does this one take universal pods? Is it any good?

    roryk83

    right, nearly everything is out of stock near me, but the Philips … right, nearly everything is out of stock near me, but the Philips Quadrante Senseo is in stock. Does this one take universal pods? Is it any good?



    Nope, that just uses its own pods as do all the machines but that includes the douwe egbert ones (note I dont think there is a "universal pod" is there? the douwe egbert ones are senseo)
    Although you can get an add on for this one to allow you to use your own coffee, I would think thats pretty pointless and you might as well buy a normal coffee machine!

    Supermod

    roryk83

    right, nearly everything is out of stock near me, but the Philips … right, nearly everything is out of stock near me, but the Philips Quadrante Senseo is in stock. Does this one take universal pods? Is it any good?



    I am sure that takes only the Senseo branded pods.

    magicjay1986

    I am sure that takes only the Senseo branded pods.



    It does apart from there are cheaper alternatives such as the 'java one' branded pods.

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    Well in the Philips Senseo deal that was posted

    hotukdeals.com/dea…786

    people state that the lidl pods can be used

    I have a De Longhi burr grinder ( about £ 30 from Amazon ) and a Krups coffee maker ( about £ 50 ) so effectively a 2 part bean to cup machine but much much cheaper and tastes great too.

    roryk83

    Well in the Philips Senseo deal that was posted … Well in the Philips Senseo deal that was posted http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/philips-senseo-29-comet/829786#commentspeople state that the lidl pods can be used



    Yeah they would work as would 'java one' pods. Personally I would go with what JR Hartley says, its what ive got and you have much more freedom than with a 'pod' machine

    Or buy a coffee duck which I think is pointless and defeats the purpose of having a pod machine.

    Original Poster

    AAGGGGHHHHH - the machine I wanted has just gone out of stock

    the pod machine's limit you so much i wouldn't touch them, they can charge what they like and they are not universal. We have a bean to cup jura impresso machine my husband bought. Thought it was a waste of money at the time another one of his 'silly purchases' but actually he was right. Wouldn't be without it now love having the coffee ground and prepared for me fresh each time is wonderful.

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    Are you home for christmas op?

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    DLM

    Are you home for christmas op?



    yeah I arrived home yesterday after an 18 hour coach journey which involved a horrible 3 hour wait in Victoria coach station!

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    michala100

    the pod machine's limit you so much i wouldn't touch them, they can … the pod machine's limit you so much i wouldn't touch them, they can charge what they like and they are not universal. We have a bean to cup jura impresso machine my husband bought. Thought it was a waste of money at the time another one of his 'silly purchases' but actually he was right. Wouldn't be without it now love having the coffee ground and prepared for me fresh each time is wonderful.



    aren't those machines like a grand though?! Bit out of my price range

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    roryk83

    yeah I arrived home yesterday after an 18 hour coach journey which … yeah I arrived home yesterday after an 18 hour coach journey which involved a horrible 3 hour wait in Victoria coach station!



    Yikes!

    Are you liking your life abroad?

    Merry christmas

    about £500 ish if you get in the sale but it wont get put in the cupboard after the second lot of pods have been used we have been there, in fact just threw one out recently, this machine is used daily and is in its third year that's a lot of coffee's about 1000 for me and same for hubby, not to mention guests.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FIBlPFeTYBg/Snh-Nh_LLqI/AAAAAAAABAU/L6ZSreJV8E0/s320/Nescafe_Classic_Coffee.jpg

    Can you use tassimos pods in a Nescafé dolce gusto coffee maker?

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