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    Coffee Machines - Pods Vrs Ground Coffee

    After a good few years of utilising my filter coffee machine, I feel it's time to upgrade to a slicker piece of kit. I'm undecided between a ground coffee machine with milk "frother" or one of these coffee pod machines that seem to be all the rage. Any pros/cons between the two? Any recommendations for coffee machines?

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    I'm very happy with my Philips Senseo pod machine. It's quick and easy, with very little fuss.

    Lidl stock some nice pods at about half the price of the official pods.

    I bought a Coffee Duck which allows you to use your own choice of coffee (but you must only use finely ground espresso). The Duck is easy to clean, just tap the grounds into your composter, give it a rinse and you're done.

    I like Lavazza's Crema e Gusto espresso ground coffee in the Duck which makes a splendid cup.

    Be careful with strong coffee though, it might keep you awake all morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    just tap the grounds into your composter
    I misread that as computer.

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    We got this one that looks like some sort of bug to me here

    It was on special offer at the time. its quick and easy with the pods which is nice in the morning, they work out to be pretty expensive though per pod so i think that's where they make their money

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    I've been looking at the Illy pod machines. They look like awesome kit (these).

    Pods technically should be better, as the pods will be pressurized/sealed allowing the coffee to remain at it's freshest.
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    As a coffee purist I would say that fresh ground is always the best coffee - I have not yet tasted a pod based coffee maker which tastes as good as coffee made from fresh milk (if you like milky coffee) and freshly ground beans. That said I regularly use Lavazza's Crema e Gusto espresso ground coffee as a good substitute to griding beans although I would recommend tupperware and a fridge for storage to keep it at its best

    The above being said, I am not going to say that pod based coffee makers are bad. Nespresso are probably 80-90% as good as fresh coffee (I have not tasted Senseo for a while) and in an office environment having a grinder, espresso machine, milk steamer, etc may be a little impractical!

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    Quote Originally Posted by InterwebsGuy View Post
    Pods technically should be better, as the pods will be pressurized/sealed allowing the coffee to remain at it's freshest.
    I would mention that the quality of the coffee in the pods also has an effect, as well as the preassure of the steam injected through the coffee to infuse the flavours (this is why drip coffee will taste different from an espresso made using the same ground coffee).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidIrwin View Post
    in an office environment having a grinder, espresso machine, milk steamer, etc may be a little impractical!

    As a technician, you should always have instant access to caffeine. If your workplace doesn't allow this, then they are fully responsible for any nerdrage aimed at end-users.

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    I too have a senseo at home with a coffee duck for it allthough the bill on mine just broke due to being careless with it in a drawer.

    I grind my own for that.

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    Wow, you lot are fancy. We have a complex device called a 'kettle'. However, everyone here drinks tea, not coffee...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Wow, you lot are fancy. We have a complex device called a 'kettle'. However, everyone here drinks tea, not coffee...
    Same.

    I also drink instant coffee. [Once my office is sorted, I may try to get a proper coffee machine.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Wow, you lot are fancy. We have a complex device called a 'kettle'. However, everyone here drinks tea, not coffee...
    Tea has its place.




    Thrown into a drain several miles away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidIrwin View Post
    As a coffee purist I would say that fresh ground is always the best coffee - I have not yet tasted a pod based coffee maker which tastes as good as coffee made from fresh milk (if you like milky coffee) and freshly ground beans. That said I regularly use Lavazza's Crema e Gusto espresso ground coffee as a good substitute to griding beans although I would recommend tupperware and a fridge for storage to keep it at its best
    I certainly agree about freshly ground coffee. Using a decent grinder to grind a good quality bean will result in a great coffee. Of course - even at home, one doesn't always have time to do this, and thus why I tend to use a few cans of the Illy ground coffee per month these days.

    I don't mind Lavazza, however prefer Illy. Both the beans and ground version are a great quality coffee, if not a little expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InterwebsGuy View Post
    I don't mind Lavazza, however prefer Illy. Both the beans and ground version are a great quality coffee, if not a little expensive.
    Thank you.

    Sounds like I need to go back and try Illy again

    Dave

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    I would love to bring my trusty old percolator in from my time in Italy, however there would be no where to heat it up here.

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