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New to the world of Coffee....thinking of buying a Capsule/POD machine

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Hi friends,

 

I hope everyone is doing well. This is a great forum! Thank you for hosting and contributing to it.

 

I just moved to Oxford, UK from USA. I am a Graduate student at University out here, and will need to stay awake for many long hours, studying!

 

I am thinking of buying a Capsule/POD coffee machine, e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo, Krups.

 

I am not good in the kitchen, and looking for a simple solution to make some great tasting coffee, and maybe even tea/hot chocolate at times.

 

If the capsule/pod machines are not recommended, then what is another good alternative?

 

I want a quick, easy, tasty way to make some good coffee when I need to stay up those late nights.

 

I would like to stay around 150 GB Pounds or so...I am comfortable ordering it online.

 

Please help!

 

Thanks,

desidude

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Hello and welcome,

Pod type machines are quick, easy and mess free, but if you are like me and like a little bit of mess a semi automatic machine would do you well. Gaggia Classic will be suggested as an example of this type of machine and I think makes much much nicer coffee than the nespressos I've tried.

If you have a John Lewis in Oxford I think you do they will show you both types.

Good luck


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Pods will never give as good results as a decent grinder and espresso machine operated by someone who knows what they are doing. They are, however, quick, convenient and cheap.

 

A different option would be to buy a filter coffee maker, like an Aeropress, and a grinder. These should yield decent results with practice, although it won't be espresso that you will be making.

 

Nespresso is the best pod solution, in my opinion.

 

JP


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Thanks friends!

 

Given my busy schedule and lack of familiarity with Coffee in general, it may be easiest for me to start with a fully automatic machine...or an easy to use semi-automatic?

 

I am also looking for a machine that I can try different flavors of coffee on, as I don't know what types of coffee I like as yet!

 

Thanks,

desidude

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Welcome to the UK and the forums. For your budget, I would suggest buying a manual hand grinder in the form of a Porlex or OE Lido and an Aeropress or Clever Coffee Dripper with a set of scales for weighing coffee and water.

 

With some decent beans (the most important part), this'll give you fantastic coffee with minimal faff.

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I agree with Earlpap TOTALLY, cheapest reliable option to get you started. I personally love the aeropress, a clean dtrink with no crap in the bottom of the cup.

 

ian


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It all depends if you want to actually get into to decent coffee or simply have a machine that will produce coffee in a cup with minimum effort on your part.

 

By the sounds of it I'd say go with a pod machine to be honest mate. Quick, no learning curve, minimum maintenance and mess and most importantly, coffee on demand.

 

Like I said it all depends on you. Try a pod, if you like it go for it. If you want to learn about making fresh ground coffee (which will ultimately be nicer after you've learnt about it) then maybe go down the hand grinder and Aeropress route.


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