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  1. 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 each. Costco currently have the Barista T Smart for £649 and the Solo for £270 , Redber have the Varianza CSP for £650 and the Barista TS Smart for £795. Anyone have any thoughts or advice or recommendations ? Thanks for your help !
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Spy

    London Calling

    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
  5. 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.
  6. wolsnah

    Hi all :)

    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 with one, seen one, etc.
  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. 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?
  10. 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 (not a euphemism). Can pick these up around £650 new. Would like £350 as it's in perfect condition and only a year or so old. Will be boxed in original packaging. Open to reasonable offers. South West London but often on road for work so delivery also not out of the question. Any questions feel free to ask.
  11. 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.
  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, 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!
  14. 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 machine? If not why not? I have a Gaggia at home and I must admit, I've never been able to replicate the drink I get from a coffee shop. It's either that the milk wand doesn't do as good a job, or that the espresso isn't going through enough pressure? I get good crema, but maybe not as thick? I've tried all the beans you can imagine, but still never matched those from a shop. However I've noticed that I sometimes produce a similar taste to bean to cup machines, so will they always be sub standard, or is it my mind playing tricks on me? I also write news for the liquidline news section (http://www.liquidline.co.uk/news) and guides, so if anyone has ideas for, or thoughts, or can think of things they want reported on, please drop me a line! G Edit commercial link removed
  15. 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.
  16. yimpster

    Bean to cup

    So....when the Mrs heard I was thinking of changing machines, it all went a bit downhill. We've had a pretty rough time of it over recent months and on this one i feel like I should listen and obey When I originally came on here i was looking for a B2C and you guys helped change my mind to try the classic and grinder again. I have been getting some prettty decent drinks out of it. The only problem is she cannot use it and is not interested in learning how. She want's to be able to push a button and let it do the hard work. As long as it's half decent she's happy. What makes her happy makes me happy So. It seems like a change of agenda is in order. No longer looking for a better espresso machine. Finally full circle and looking for a b2c. Could you guys help guide me to choosing the right machine and if anyone has anything to sell? There are some Saeco machines and a Bosch that look OK which are on offer at JL this month which i could get with a 3 yr warranty. I like the look and reputation of Jura but they seem so expensive, is there a place to get refurbs online? Are they worth the extra? I'll be putting my classic and mignon up here shortly or would be happy to trade if I am able to find a something suitable. Thanks in advance again for your continued advice and support. Budget £300-400
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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 capability.
  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 please just ask! This machine really is a cracker!
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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 De’Longhi ECAM28.465.M Prima Donna S De'Longhi Prima Donna ESAM6600 Melitta Caffeo Bistro Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker We like the simplicity of the Nespresso latissima+ in terms of not having to ground/press the coffee, change arms and use a wand while holding a cup up to it when frothing/heating the milk. Cleaning up afterwards is minimal with the Nespresso, which is a bonus (especially when you have 3 kids seeking your attention every few mins...). As you have probably gathered from the above, we are not really experienced in knowing too much about coffee machines or coffee itself for that matter but we know that we love good medium/strong latte's/cappuccinos every morning and if it wasn't for the coffee machine we would be at a costa coffee shop every morning and evening. Any advise or suggestions to point us in the right direction would be appreciated. Thank you
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