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  1. My beloved Krups EA693040 died yesterday (water coming out of the bottom as opposed to through the nozzles. It's four and a half years old, so probably not worth trying to fix), and I need to replace it asap as I can't imagine getting through life without it! Does anyone have any advice about possible alternatives? My maximum budget would be around the £400-£450 mark. I've been looking at Amazon reviews etc till I'm blue in the face, and the following seem like they might be worth trying: Krups EA8108 Espresseria Automatic Bean to Cup - http://amzn.to/2hSfkBW Krups EA8150 E
  2. Hi, I know this will sound a bit odd but, here goes. I'm wondering what I might expect from a Bean to Cup machine when compared to a dedicated and dialled in espresso machine. I have a Silvia paired with a mignon which works really well but it currently lives about an hours drive from where I find myself. I was wondering whether a bean to cup machine could give a comparable result with less hassle -which I guess is the main appeal. I don't add milk so foam ability is not really a factor. Looking around I see good reviews of Melitta's but unsure of the pros and cons of
  3. Hi all, I am a long time coffee fan but surprisingly, only just came across this forum !! My coffee history started with a fairly cheap manual espresso machine from Argos. I used to use pre-ground coffee and it was OK-ish (I don't think it supplied enough pressure) but didn't last long. I then moved onto a coffee maker but didn't like the taste of the coffee. Over the last four years I have owned a De Longhi ESAM 4200 Bean to Cup machine. This was by far and away the best machine I have owned. Our preference has been Columbian beans and mainly bought the Supremo version f
  4. Hi I have just purchased a delonghi esam 4000 bean to cup coffee machine I thought the coffee was not hot enough so I checked the temperature using a thermometer and found the coffee was only 65 degrees. I was sent a replacement but this gives the same result. Surely this is not the correct temperature for coffee after put milk in it I have to warm it up. What temperature should these machines produce.
  5. The ritual of making a cappuccino manually on my Gaggia Classic is beginning to get a little tiresome. So, I'm after a bean to cup machine, at the expense of quality. All I want it to make is a decent cappuccino at the push of a button (incl. auto milk frother). However, I am completely at a loss as to which machine will be adequate. For example, both DeLonghi and Jura have a myriad of machines, right across the price spectrum, all with almost identical specifications!? My budget is upto around £1k, but obviously don't want to pay for fancy features I will never use. Anyone have reco
  6. Hello everyone, my name is Steve, and I'm a coffee-holic. I've been reading these forums for some time now, and thought I better sign up and get involved in the community. Myself and my good lady have been the proud owners of a Magimix R500 Robot Cafe bean to cup machine for the past five years or so, but it's now starting to show some signs of age so we're looking to replace it with something a bit more engineered, from metals rather than plastics, and will give us a superb cup of coffee. I like the look of the new Fracino Piccino so interested to hear from anyone who has played wit
  7. About 10 days ago I bought a Magnifica 4200 for my office and it is producing very good results, but I have one reservation: the coffee is luke warm and I am having to microwave it for 40 seconds at 800w to bring it up to an acceptable temperature. Is this normal? I am making 3 to 4 cups per day. On another subject, does pressing the 2 cup button instead of the single cup button use more coffee or just more water? I am new to bean-to-cup machines and am still getting used to my machine. Is there anything I need to know that is not covered in the user manual?
  8. If you are looking for a simple bean to cup coffee machine that delivers consistent quality drinks at the push of a button, take a look at the Barista. This machine is perfect for small cafes, beauty & hair salons, office environments. For more information on the machine see link below to view the video. If you need any more information on coffee machines and equipment from quality coffee just respond here and we will always try to help!
  9. Selling my Melitta Caffeo Solo & Milk bean-to-cup machine. Purchased in late December 2015, less than 2 months of light use. Looking for £260 (+ £10 postage), as machine is in very good condition, as show in photographs. Like new condition. RRP £549, cheapest price online is £319. Also listed on eBay at the moment, will bring listing to an end for genuine buyer. Link here Key features of the machine Intelligent grinder Pre-brew function for optimal flavour Steam nozzle Height adjustable spout Water filter Cup warmer Easy cleaning and descaling
  10. Selling my little bean to cup machine, it's a Melitta Caffeo Solo in all black. The machine is in very good used condition with just some superficial marks on the drip tray cover. It was purchased in December 2015 and still has 3 months left on the warranty, proof of purchase can be provided. It was purchased from Redber Coffee and has been regularly cleaned and looked after, produces an excellent espresso or lungo and is very compact. I'm only selling as I've got back into the rabbit hole that is the manual espresso world. Would suit an office or if you're a fan of no-fuss espresso
  11. Hello! Nice to meet you all. I'm Graeme and over the last few years I've developed into an espresso freak. I'm also lucky enough to work with Liquidline, so I get to live in the coffee world a little bit, (not to mention getting the odd free bag of Italian Mocha beans!). All the fuss nowadays seems to be about bean to cup machines, in the home and in workplaces and food outlets etc. They also work with real milk now, so the chatter is that they produce 'barista' quality coffee. So I'm wondering, do people who really like coffee agree? Can they really equal a professional barista mac
  12. Hi All, Just wanted to introduce myself as I've just joined. Found the forum acouple of days ago whilst looking around for coffed brewing ideas. I love my coffees in the mornings and I've started bean to cup about 1 year ago. Just got a very very basic machine One of those Philips Sceco ones. Recently having some extraction problems and was thinking of invesiting in a new one. Gosh they are expensive. lol Any advice on new machines or second hand would be appreciated. Budget is about £200 probably will be getting after Christmas in the sales. lol Also have a basic blade grinde
  13. I've always been a huge fan of a good Americano. I may not be quite the connoisseur that many of you are, but a good Americano from Cafe Nero or a local artisan coffee shop is my idea of bliss. However, as a student, I'm on a relatively tight (£300 max) budget. Is there any way to replicate a coffee shop Americano on this budget? I've recently been considering the following bean-to-cup coffee machine , but have been told that bean-to-cup machines compromise quality for convenience. Any advice on how I can create the best possible Americano, on this budget?
  14. Hi, with the thought that I am likely to be shot down in flames here, I want to ask about fully automatic bean to cup machines and any real life experience people have. In essence the kids are getting to the age where they want proper coffee though the job of making it is far beyond their lazy teenage years. So I am considering a fully automated bean to cup machine with the focus on latte and cappuccino. Lots of choice out there, but the main issue I see is the automated ones with milk carafe produce coffee to Italian taste. This seems to equate to stone cold UK taste. Does anyone have ex
  15. Hi everyone, Newbie here looking for bean to cup advice! I've just popped a post in the machines forum. Nice place you have here!
  16. Great bean to cup machine, really good espresso maker. Selling as my other half insists it's too big for kitchen. And I might go back to a Gaggia. Makes perfect espresso with a multitude of customisable options from length of shot to amount of coffee dispensed, strength of shot and fineness of grind. Steam wand makes great cappuccino/flat whites/lattes. Milk dispenser stopped working (common problem I'm told) so sold without, but makes no difference to functionality and I preferred using the machine without the dispenser anyway as I've always preferred manually steaming my milk
  17. It's not for me before anyone asks, I have my Melitta and I love it. Recently I persuaded my workplace to get a Melitta bean to cup, however since then the boss seems to think a Delonghi machine would be better - and a couple of colleagues agree (it's Delonghi, they're great, they know what they are doing, blah blah blah), specifically this one; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00I6E7B90/?coliid=ISP92BG847J58&colid=1F3I323Z4760R&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I've laughed at this suggestion and told him categorically that there is no chance the coffee produced will be as nic
  18. I’m looking for a bean to cup for a present. I’d like it to be half decent as I may use it from time to time and potentially inherit it at a later date. Must be a proper bean to cup, not Sage etc, and be easy to clean. I know the Melitta Varianza CSP is the one always mentioned around these parts but I’ve waited very patient for them to be on offer somewhere but to no avail. Budget is around £400, maybe more if it was really worth it. Is it worth sticking to a Melitta of some sort? Any alternative suggestions? Ps, I get a small discount at Currys. Edit: needs to have a milk capabilit
  19. I'm torn between two at the moment DELONGHI - Magnifica S ECAM 22.320.SB or the Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Barista Express Coffee Machine and Grinder. There is about £200 difference between the two, it will be my first ever bean to coffee machine. Has anyone had either of these? Views/opinions on them? Thanks
  20. Hi Guys, I currently have an equivalent of the Nespresso Latissima+ (bought from Robert Dyas which takes nespresso pods) and although the quality of coffee is better than our last tassimo, we are thinking due to the price of pods and limited availability within local shops to buy a pod, we would like to change to a bean to cup coffee machine. We have been looking at the following machines, especially with lattes and cappuccinos in mind - Krups EA9010 Full Barista coffee KRUPS EA850B40 Espresseria Krups EA 8441 De'Longhi ECAM44.660.B Eletta De'Longhi ECAM44.620 Eletta
  21. I am selling our Thermoplan Black & White 3 Professional Coffee machine. We have had it in our office but its just too big for two of us! It is a single phase 13 amp plug in model with plumb in water pipe and milk bottle tube. It also has a full bottle of Thermoplan cleaning tabs which we have left over. Well looked after and in good condition. Would suit a busy office or small cafe. Ready to plug and play all be it you might want to re program the parameters which is very simple. Manuals can be found online @ http://www.bentax.dk/media/brugermanual__BWone_CTM.pdf Any questions
  22. I am selling my De'Longhi bean to cup machine as it's just not getting the use it deserves - RRP of new is £799 although it usually retails for around £400. Same as model here so you can get all the spec... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L6AXP4Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Makes really good milk based coffee drinks with no hassle at all. Bought about 2.5 years ago and serviced 1.5 years ago and regularly descaled and cared for. £200 + delivery which will probably be about a tenner... More photos to follow...
  23. For sale Gaggia Platinum Event Working Fair condition Stick water in the side, beans in the top, adjust knobs for strength and water amount.. press the button and go Instructions and diagrams available on line I have no idea as to the service history or what water has been used over the years, whilst in my possession the steam valve O rings have been replaced and it has been used with filtered water only. Reason for sale.. the wife wants the worktop back, despite her wanting an auto bean to cup machine so that she can make espresso with out the faff. Further pict
  24. I have a dilemma. I want to buy one of the above but I can't decide which to get. If I get the baby classic I would buy this new and then have to get a seperate grinder, if I get the Syncrony i would buy this reconditioned and its bean to cup technology. Would i be sacrificing any quality by getting the Syncrony Compact? Thanks for any advice Tony
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