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  1. Hello everyone I'm new here i've started to enjoy coffee over the last few years, had a couple of the delonghi espresso machines then my partner moved in and brought a Tassimo pod machine. I hate it, so much waste. I've now bought my first bean to cup machine, a Beko, https://www.beko.co.uk/bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-ceg7425 It's all I can afford at the moment and got it off someone who had been bought it as a present but doesn't drink coffee. It does seem to have good reviews online and I have seen some good YouTube reviews for it too. Has lots of features and I like the built in milk frother. I have Miele white goods so was looking to save up for the Miele bean to cup machines but that will have to wait for now. Took ages to get it setup but made my first latte today, the instructions were complicated but after looking online seems these machines should be used on the fine grind setting. I've managed to time that I get approx 18-20 seconds for a single espresso and whilst just playing with the machine using some cheap beans from Aldi till I get to know what I am doing. I generally drink flat whites or just a tall coffee with milk I would pour in direct from the fridge so I am still perfecting a coffee in a standard mug. It seems the longer it passes water through the grounds to fill the mug the coffee ends up going bitter, whereas if I say do 1 strong espresso drink then add more hot water I get a good coffee. Any tips greatfully received, I would have posted in the machines forum but there was nothing under my budget Beko machine. Regards Richard
  2. 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 nice. He bought the Melitta bean to cup from Amazon, and this one he is thinking of purchasing from Amazon also. I think he'll try and do a taste test between the two. Can someone guide me, am I right in thinking the coffee made in the Melitta should taste better than what the Delonghi machine will make? And give me some clear negatives about the Delonghi to fire ammo at him, please This guy ( ) says they are very good (grinds finer than other super automatics etc), but then he is selling them.
  3. 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...
  4. 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 Espresseria Automatic Bean to Cup - http://amzn.to/2hQhPEH Gaggia HD8749/01 Naviglio Coffee Machine - http://amzn.to/2jLeGGE Over budget, but looks beautiful! JURA 15133 A1 Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 15 Bar - http://amzn.to/2iE2RPn If anyone has experience of any of these - or could suggest recommended alternatives - I would be extremely grateful to hear about it!
  5. 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 espressos and short coffees. Anyway, it's currently retailing for: £317 from Redber All original boxes, manuals, and a water filter are included. Looking for £120 ono plus postage.
  6. 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 please just ask! This machine really is a cracker!
  7. Hi All, I am now looking to upgrade our coffee experience from a Tassimo, French Press and Instant Coffee to a Bean to Cup or Espresso Machine. I've sampled some great espresso's in Spain/Italy/Greece and I would love recreate that on a daily basis (probably a couple of times a day!). Myself, I like my coffee black and strong so I would be using it for espresso's (and double espresso's) and tall strong black coffees, same for my dad, however my mum prefers cappuccinos, latte's etc. We have a £100 John Lewis gift card so that instantly pushes us towards the options that John Lewis have. We are looking at spending around £300-£350 and including the voucher in that figure, so cash wise around £200-£250. The De'Longhi Esam3000.B Magnifica seemed to fit the bill in terms of budget and reviews at £329. I have just seen a couple of things which suggest you get much better quality using a traditional Espresso machine and a separate grinder rather than an entry level bean to cup machine. I'm not quite sure why this is, if anyone could simply explain for me that would be great! There are traditional pump machines on JL which are within budget (Around £100-£200) and we could then also buy a separate grinder from elsewhere because I believe these aren't too expensive. This is the bean to cup we were looking at - http://www.johnlewis.com/de'longhi-esam3000-b-magnifica-bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-black/p1547072 And these are the pump options available - http://www.johnlewis.com/browse/electricals/coffee-machines/all-coffee-machines/traditional-pump/_/N-afuZ1z0g55p?intcmp=EHT_coffeegrid_Trad
  8. Hi all, My De Longhi ESAM4200 Bean to Cup machine has served me well over the last 4 years. Although I wouldn't say the coffee was necessarily the best, it has proven reliable and extremely easy and convenient to use. The other day, I switched it on as normal, waiting for it to go through the usual start-up rinse cycle and it made the most horrendous noise and attempted to lift itself up off the kitchen worktop and run away For some obscure reason, I didn't seem to detect or understand the position of the infuser and it extended to the point of no return and then the cog underneath the machine extended way too far, resulting in the base of the machine bulging out, creating the lift and effect of wanting to escape ! Anyway, took it to a specialist who basically said it was uneconomical to repair so I am in the market for a new machine. I have been searching around and the more I read, the more I get confused so thought i would ask for recommendations. Firstly, I know that the collective wisdom and advice is that a separate grinder and espresso machine are superior to the bean to cup machines but I don't think you can beat an automatic bean to cup for speed and convenience. Also, we don't normally drink espressos/cappucinos, we uses our machine for long coffees, americano style, i.e. set the machine to output a full cup of coffee. We did occasionally make espresso/cappucino but no where near as much as long coffees. In this scenario, i.e. long coffees, is a separate grinder/espresso machine still the way to go? In researching, I came across some machines that are essentially filter coffee machines but will automatically grind the beans. Initially I thought this might fit my use perfectly but I believe they are essentially a filter machine and therefore do not compact the grounds or pass the water through at pressure. also, I don't fancy my coffee sitting waiting in a jug for me so I have currently discounted these although if anyone has any experience of them, it would be useful. Finally, any recommendations on bean to cup machines? Should I just buy another ESAM 4200 as they seem to be one of the most popular machines or should I try a different machine at around the same price ? Are certain makes or models better in terms of quality of coffee and reliability ? Thanks in advance for any advice
  9. 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 from Costco although I am open to trying some mail order beans to see how they compare to supermarket brands like Taylors. Unfortunately, my ESAM 4200 gave up the ghost a few days ago whch has lead me to this site as I try to work ut which machine to replace it with
  10. 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 grinder, which I found out they were no good after reading a few post here. So will probably need one too and advice on that would be also very much appreciated. I'm currently getting my beans from Costco as they seem to be reasonable at £10 a Kilo. Where does everyone get the coffee beans from? many thanks in advance. Mark.
  11. 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 recommendation for a B2C machine?
  12. 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?
  13. Hi! So I returned the Dualit, I'm now looking at getting a Bean to Cup as I'm fed up with faffing around spending too long preparing and then cleaning up! Any suggestions on any decent Bean to Cup machines? Something versatile, maybe even one than can do mochas, white mochas, not just Latte's and Cappuccinos, (but I doubt there are), etc? I have been looking at these: Gaggia Naviglio Melitta Caffeo Bistro DeLonghi ECAM44.620 Eletta Delonghi ECAM22.360.S Severin KV 8055 BERG Toccare Uno B Series and even the Gaggia Accademia RI9702/04! - But I think that may be too overkill
  14. This may be the wrong place to ask this question(!) but would like to hear your opinions anyway I've been a coffee fanatic for 10 years and have been through every kind of machine. In the past few years I've become more of a coffee snob and learned a lot, first owning a Fracino Piccino for 2 years and then Sage Dual Boiler + grinder for the past year or so, as well as V60 drip, cafetiere, the works. However after having used a nespresso machine for a few weeks at my parents house, I fell in love with the convenience, and have found myself now a bit bored of spending 5 minutes faffing around on a fully manual machine to make the perfect cappuccino, when the nespresso machine is so compact, quick, easy and makes a perfectly acceptable drink. This plus the fact that the manual setup took SO much space in my kitchen (the dual boiler is a beast, and this was also a big factor) lead me to give up my machine last week. I'm now trying to decide the best next move, my current order of preference for a new machine (but not totally decided), is: - £700 Delonghi Bean to cup. Pros: Freshly ground, very good cappuccino with one touch. Con: Most likely to develop a fault. (Although I had one for 7 years and it worked perfectly through to the end) - £180 Nespresso machine. Pros: Super easy quick cappuccino, cheap, compact little machine. Cons: Preground coffee (would use Pact when they bring out nespresso capsules later this month), capsules a bit more expensive (but money isn't a huge concern). - £500 Sage Barista Express. Pros: Freshly ground, very good cappuccino (not sure I will notice a difference vs Bean to cup?), can still retain some coffee snobbery. Cons: More faffing around, less convenient. Bearing in mind I only drink cappuccinos & americanos nowadays (so getting the perfect espresso shot doesn't really factor), What are your thoughts? Has anyone else been through this dilemma and questioned whether all the extra faffing around of a manual setup is worth it / been tempted by convenience? thanks!
  15. 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 Removable brewing unit Energy saving mode Slim--only 20 cm 1400 watts 15 bar More than happy to answer any questions. Thanks for looking, Scott.
  16. 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 pictures can be supplied on request. £99.99 ono, Collect from Dumfries
  17. Hello all I've had a Gaggia Classic for years which now seems to be dead (I have a knowledgeable friend checking it out) but have been reading the forums and learning all the things I did wrong (like use our very hard tap water, unfiltered). Anyhow, in the market to spend some money on some new kit. Ideally I'd like a set-up that is reasonably hassle free... I know this will involve compromise, but trust that my taste buds aren't so refined that they will notice the difference - so long as it is of similar quality to what I was making on the Gaggia Classic then I think I'll be happy. I only ever drink espresso if I have the option but am currently on aeropress coffee In terms of the coffee machine though I am a bit stuck. Originally I had thought I'd get a bean to cup but have read some pretty worrying views on them here. I was looking at the De Longhi ESAM 3000 https://www.johnlewis.com/de'longhi-esam3000-b-magnifica-bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-black/p1547072 The advantage of such a system would be that my wife could make coffee without being interested in or having to be bothered with the hassle. However I am now concerned that I won't be happy with the product, or it will prove unreliable. The other option seems to be a Rancilio Silvia but that would likely mean I would be the only one ever making coffee with the machine. Is there a middle ground that offers a middle ground? Can you get nespresso style pods for a machine like that Silvia?
  18. 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.
  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. This post is a bit of an oddball but here goes anyway At work there are a couple of Schaerer Coffee Celebration BCL machines that have been dumped due to the lack of spares availability/ high cost of repair. Both have faulty electronics I am told. Now then, due to the fact that parts seem to be like rocking horse $h1t I thought I would just check to see if anyone needs any of the more mechanical parts from these, stuff like sensors or solenoids or even the boilers (small 1ltr ish balls). They are a bit trashed already and much as I like to help please don't ask for the fridges Yeah it is a long shot but I hate to see potentially good stuff go in the bin (except perhaps my parts bin)
  21. I am moving to India in the summer and myself and my wife are looking to open a coffee shop. I have a worked in a couple coffee shops in the UK in the past and currently live in Ireland. We are moving to Karnataka which is famous for its coffee and we would be close to Kerala which is also a coffee state. I want to travel to (fair-trade and organic) coffee farms in the area and track down the best for my shop. Where I intend to sell multiple beans with varying characteristics to offer the best possible choice of coffee for customers. All with a "bean to cup" quality and fair trade ethics that I can personally stand over. I am starting to research importing coffees back to the UK, but I am a bit overwhelmed by the volume of information on the web. Can someone tell me how someone should get started? I have got the impression that it is perhaps the easiest to deal directly with coffee roasters over here, and go from there? If so do they tend to help with the logistics of shipping? If anyone can give me any tips on doing this on a fairly small scale id be very grateful. I have booked a ticket to Caffe Culture show in London in May with a view to brush up on my skills and knowledge and make some good contacts should I go down the export route. The other thing I am considering is what coffee machine to go for.....I would imagine that I would be selling a much much lower percentage of hot drinks then your average UK coffee shop given the climate an this probably means the specifications I am after will be different form your usual UK cafe coffee machines. I am moving in late June an can perhaps buy over here and take it with me rather then buying on out there. Or maybe I should buy an Indian one in India? If anyone has any experience in Indian coffee machines or an idea of benefits vs drawbacks please let me know. I would like suggestions as to a reliable, simple and affordable coffee machine. Reliability is huge for me as I am unsure of how easy it would be to find someone to carry out repairs. Perhaps there is a brand or make or model that even a none expert can service and change parts when needed? What I suppose I am after is the land rover of coffee machines. Any advice would be welcomed. I have already decided to have a back up in the form of a ROC Expresso which is a "manual non-electric expresso maker" Maybe I will even get two. An also a none electric steamer. Then in the even in the event of a power cut I can stay operating. Even if you have any off topic advice I would be grateful. This is my first time setting up a business I will take all the help I can get. Thanks you in advance, Andy
  22. 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 experience of these? Do they produce cold coffee? Are they easy to maintain? Any advice gratefully read. Thanks!
  23. Evening all, I've been talking to my other half and I'm thinking of getting a bean it cup machine. I'll mainly use it to make Americanos but the odd latte etc for her too and a few espressos. My question is which one should I get? I like the look of a few of the Krups ones and there's also a gaggia one that looks very nice. No real budget as such, I'd rather pay a little more and get a better machine, £400-£500 is about what I'm looking at though, but if a decent one could be had for less that would be great Any help would be great, James
  24. Hi Guys looking for a bit of advice. I DJ in a club and they are looking for a bean to cup machine so that the bouncers and any other guests who come in can have a coffee. They wont be charging for these so nothing to expensive but it needs to be your normal bean to cup that does cappuccino latte espresso etc. Also if it could have powdered milk as well which helps with the cleaning process. Ive never really looked at bean to cup before and people who are drinking it are ones who live by starbucks and think tassimo machines are the bomb!!!!. Any recommendations would be great. Looking for round £500ish
  25. Hi all, please could I ask for some advice on espresso machines? I have been using a Lavazza Modo Mio machine for years which has finally broken, and need a new one. I've decided that a dedicated ESE pod machine or a bean to cup machine with two inputs is what I want. However, as both of these are quite specific, I've had difficulty finding options by searching Google. I have only managed to find a couple of options for both, which are > £300 for the ESE and > £450 for the bean to cup. Does anyone know of any good, cheaper options? I'd be willing to spend £200 -£350 I think if necessary (less for the ESE one). Thanks very much for your help! James If you are interested as to why I've chosen these options, my main concerns are: espresso: I want it to make good (but doesn't have to be utterly amazing) espresso (for drinking as americano). Apparently a dedicated ESE machine is much better than just any machine for this. convenience: So a pod machine or bean to cup machine. My office is nowhere near a fridge so I wouldn't really want ground coffee (but I'd accept this extra walking to the fridge for the other conveniences of a pod machine). caff/decaff: I love drinking coffee but can only have two highly caffeinated cups a day, so I drink a few decaffs a day as well. So I would need two inputs. environmental: Don't want another plastic pod machine. I also want a good range of coffee. price: I'd save money eventually with a bean to cup machine, but the ones I've found so far are a bit much... milk: I have no interest in any milk-related additions, so if I could save money by not having them that would be great.
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