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  1. Has only been used intermittently over the past 4 years. In excellent condition & only used a few times for holidays each year. Used only with bottled water & always cleaned & descaled after each holiday Comes complete with a rack to hold 40 capsules & all contained in a plastic box for easy transportation of the full setup. Full instructions & with a couple of descaling sachets & some outdated capsules for testing. Took the ‘pics’ & then gave it another run to check it out. Cleaned & re-dried ready for immediate use. Working perfectly.
  2. I'm new to pods, but getting excited waiting for a Nespresso Inissia to arrive. In the meantime my research is telling me that the Lavazza A Modo Mio system brews better coffee, so wondering about a cheap Minu machine. There's also the Dolce Gusto system to complicate things, plus the Caffitaly system as well, which seems less used in the UK than the rest of Europe. A Modo Mio has better and cheaper coffee so should be a simple decision? Or not? I read that Nespresso compatible pods don't work too well because they adjusted the puncture system to make it less sharp, and the originals rem
  3. I have a Nespresso Maestria bought 4 years ago. Always good. Now when turned on espresso and lungo lights flash rapidly, on a 3-4 time cycle and then lights go off (main switch still on)..won´t work. I´ve tried, descaling, emptying....everything indicated in the manual and...nothing I filmed a short 1 min video and uploaded to youtube. Local Nespresso Agents were not helpful... so here it is, https://youtu.be/UhphA4dVMis I thought that maybe someone had the same issue (although I did not find anything similar in the web). Thanks! ?
  4. Hi, I am buying my dad a Nespresso Machine for Christmas. A couple of questions: 1. Do I get Dad an Inissia (currently on offer for £49 with a free Aeroccino) or a citiz and milk? 2. Do I buy myself a Inissia for work, or take my Dad's old Dolce Gusto to work once he gets his new Nespresso? Please justify your opinions to help me make up my mind! Thanks in Advance!!
  5. Hi all, Question I couldn't see as asked yet (forgive me if I'm wrong). I've recently started off my at-home brewed coffee journey with a Nespresso Inissia and their "Aeroccino 3" milk frother. Now, the frother works very well, heats it and produces plenty of nice stiff silky microfoam. Usually. However - it seems where I get the milk from, and possibly even the size, is yielding variable results. So my aim here is simply to find out what froths best? I've so far found semi-skimmed (green/2%) to be about the best, which many seem to agree. As for brands: Iceland 4pt 2% - ex
  6. I have a nespresso machine at work. I don't much like the coffee I get out of it but needs must. It's time to place a new order so I'm going to test whether I can improve things by changing the pods. Does anyone have experience with alternative brands of pod? It's a basic nespresso machine and I tend to drink a sort of poor man's flat white: 1 or 2 short shots with half a cup of lightly microwaved milk. I also think it can be improved by stopping the shot short. I've used loads of nespresso's own branded pods and not felt much love for any of them, frankly, so I haven't noted down wh
  7. Interesting idea from Rave, only just saw the email about it. https://ravecoffee.co.uk/products/nespresso-compatible-coffee-pods-signature-blend
  8. The interesting fact at nespresso is that - despit it never tastes really great - it also never tastes really bad. How do they do that? You can use the same capsule and let the machine run 20 seconds or a minute or even pause the extraction it for 15 seconds and then continue (in which the coffee stays in contact with the water and so tastes awful on a portafilter) - the taste never gets really sour or bitter.
  9. I'm spending a month working in Portugal where the local coffee is dreadful, bitter, UHT milk etc. I'm desperately missing my daily latte but have a Nespresso machine and an Aerocinno in my villa. Has anyone any tips for achieving best extraction from the Nespresso? Yesterday I used factory settings and a shot came through in about 10 seconds. Also has anyone got anywhere near microfoam with the Aerocinno? Thanks
  10. [h=1]My old Nespresso machine packed up last November so my family bought me this spanking new Sage Nespresso Creatista Royal Champagne Coffee Machine, thought I would get it out and try it out this week, fabulously good looking machine,[/h] Now I have a Profitec 600 Dual Boiler and have struggled to get decent milk out of it, the steam goes so fast, even tried a 2 hole steamer as regards a 4 hole steamer, still crap milk, anyway this machine above claims to texture milk to whatever drink you want, so yesterday tried it out after having pulled shots on my Profitec, set the milk texturing
  11. Yes a cartoon, but far to serious for the 'Funnies' thread. And to keep Lord Gnome happy..... Taken from Private Eye 1517, available from all good newsagents for £2 or cheaper by subscription! Google is your friend.
  12. Before I throw this away, if anyone needs any internals from this Nespresso Pixie machine let me know. It was dismantled because it stopped pumping water, so you won't want the pump but everything else is fine. It's going to go to the tip otherwise
  13. Dispatches looking at the use of child labour in the coffee supply chains of Starbucks and Nespresso.
  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 faffin
  15. Hello, I need to buy a coffee machine for a (very) small office. It is important that it can serve cappuccinos. What matter is: reliability, easy of operation, quick (i.e. not requiring an employee to waste much time). Thus, an espresso machine + grinder is not an option. I have read through dozens of topics on this forum, but none of them has really addressed my questions. What options do I have and what are their pros and cons? The following are my thoughts. Do you agree? (1) All-in automated bean-to-cup machine The easiest solution, but also the most expensive and most faul
  16. "Nespresso?" Don't panic! I come in peace. I mainly drink Aeropress, sometimes V60, and occasionally syphon or stovetop. I grind my own, usually from local micro-roasters, looking forward to the summers of Ethiopians and winters of Brazilians, and try to convince myself that a lightly roasted natural does still taste enough like coffee to serve to a non-coffee-nerd friend. The problems are two: 1. My espresso sucks. I've had a couple of cheap machines. I've modded my Delonghi disc burr grinder to go finer. It's still too inconsistent. I try riding the 'ready' light to get water at d
  17. Hi Everyone, Wanted to share a short article that was written about us over the weekend. If anyone wants more information, please PM me. Many thanks, Amir http://europe.newsweek.com/how-one-entrepreneur-reinventing-coffee-pod-542657
  18. hi all I know the title may make aficionados cringe, but bear with me... got a nespresso machine and bought a steel pod to save wasting plastic but also, to put in better quality espresso coffee. my question is - when I fill them, I either don't "tap down" the coffee much and it flows fine but is quite weak, or if I tap down more, the nespresso machine hardly half fills my cup and some spills inside the drip tray behind the spout anyone any ideas?
  19. Yep, as the title says. Time to say hello and introduce myself. It's nice to have a good coffee forum here in the UK and I've enjoyed reading many, many of the posts as I try to gain more knowledge and better my Barista skills. I know the US has the two big forums but I find them very US-entric (if that's a word?) and some of the level of detail they get into boggles the mind. The UK just hasn't been into coffee, to the level of those boys, for nearly as long. (That's a sweeping statement I know, but you know what I mean) But we're getting there. My road follows the same well trodden path of
  20. Dear Forum Members, Cup of Excellence is perhaps the most prestigious competition and award for high quality coffees. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the speciality coffee industry. The competition is rigorous, with cupping evaluations conducted over a three-week process by industry experts: first by a National Jury of about a dozen qualified jurors from the origin country, and then by an International Jury, comprised of approximately 20-25 experienced jurors from around the world. A competition with 300 entries yields an avera
  21. Recently got a Nespresso machine, an entry-level Inissia which was just under £50 - obviously Nespresso as a concept is not for most of us on this forum and I've been on here long enough/appreciate good coffee enough to fully understand why that is (I didn't drink coffee for 20 odd years because I thought it was terrible, then I discovered speciality and the rest is history) Having said that, I think these machines do serve a purpose, and given the vast range of pods you can buy nowadays, the convenience, the price, all things considered, many of us are likely to come across one either at
  22. Dear Members, I am pleased to announced that from January, Difference Coffee Co will be extending its coffee menu to include Geisha from the Esmeralda Special collection- winner of more than 14 international prizes since 2004. This highly prized bean was sourced from micro lot Bosque 5 within the Jaramillo farm. It is perfumed on the nose with a unique floral aromatic of jasmine and roses and good citric acidity on the palate. A sweet, juice and delicious cup. The coffee will be roasted by Jonny England, one of only four QGraders in Europe who is licensed in both Speciality Arabica and F
  23. As above - bought these to try - and concluded that although these are the closest I've got - Nespresso (in all it's forms) just isn't my bag. The full pack is 40 capsules and £26 posted. This is 31 capsules. Most of the nine are taken from the least expensive of the three coffees, so I'm left with: 9 (out of 10) of the Carmen Est. Geisha Panama. 15 (out of 20) of the Cavla Colombian. 7 (out of 10) of the Nano Challa Ethiopian. £26 divided by 40 capsules is 65p 31 x 65p is £20.15 So - how about £18 including postage?
  24. I have this machine model, but the online manuals refer to a slightly different machine (possibly a newer model) The manuals refer to a machine that has a expresso cup button and a lungo cup button. My machine has a power button on the left hand side which illuminates and a cup button on the right hand side. My problem is that the coffee does not stop pouring even when it overflows the cup. When i press the cup button it starts to pour and when i press the same button again it stops pouring. I have tried to "program" it to only pour a desired quantity then automatically sto
  25. My wife and I love coffee, especially flat whites but we are both students and will leave the UK in 2 years. Around a year ago we bought De'Longhi ec330 and had a terrible experience. We went through 3 of them before giving up. They simply wouldn't last. We just came from visiting friends in Spain and having a coffee after every meal was really nice. All of our friends were using Nespresso pods and the coffee was consistently good and so convenient. My wife and I are looking at the Inissia models with the Aeroccino and I'm a bit confused. KRUPS and MAGIMIX seem to make identical mode
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