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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    I have a Tassimo makes a great cup of coffee.

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by {{909}} View Post
    are those little pod things ok?

    I was looking at getting a low end electric burr grinder, but when browsing the net i saw a nice looking pod style coffee maker on the xiaomi website, had it been any other brand I'd have dismissed it as cheap tat, but generally the items on the xiaomi site are great. I was looking at 30 - 40 for a grinder anyway so I was, so it looks like a nice investment.
    I have a Tassimo machine. The Costa ones are good but I only really drink Latte. Quite pricey pods compared to the Gusto but the Gusto was not as good imo. You can buy reusable pods for most types of machines which people say have varying results from. If you like drinking lots of coffee I'd stay away from the pod machines. If it's the occasional cup then it's not so bad.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Hi
    If you have nespresso quite a few clone pod makers if you PM me I can direct you to one I used., if you have a tassimo try this coffee - kicks the shit out costa ones ===>

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    I prefer the ones where you boil a kettle and add the hot water. I find all the ones that heat the water for you get it a piss poor temperature at best. I like my coffee to last so I can enjoy it. If it comes out of the machine at an already, almost lukewarm temperature I chug the coffee in one and feel cheated.

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Hi
    I did Barista training in italy and they do not want water boiling as they say it burns coffee, when they drink espresso they want it hot but nowhere near boiling.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou_smorals View Post
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    I did Barista training in italy and they do not want water boiling as they say it burns coffee, when they drink espresso they want it hot but nowhere near boiling.
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    Yes which is what I do, boil the kettle then wait.

    But the home machines are all terrible at heating water. Granted professional machines do the job but the home ones I have used you can drink the coffee in 1 the second it is done.

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    My mate is a bit of a coffee snob and he won’t use boiled water as he says (I don’t know how true it is) it deoxygenates the water AND scorches the beans.
    If the kettle has completed its boil cycle he chucks it and starts over.

    My biggest gripe with the penguin shaped dolce gusto machine I have is that the drink it makes is lukewarm at best.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by maltloaf View Post
    My mate is a bit of a coffee snob and he won’t use boiled water as he says (I don’t know how true it is) it deoxygenates the water AND scorches the beans.
    If the kettle has completed its boil cycle he chucks it and starts over.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    My other gripe when I have a coffee round someone who thinks they have a posh machine and then use the milk capsules which are obviously UHT. Can taste UHT a mile away... vile.

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Yes some of the dolce gusto ones are 2 pods, one coffee one milk and they are always vile.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Hi
    I use fresh milk with mine - the milk with tassimo is rank.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by piggzy View Post
    But the home machines are all terrible at heating water. Granted professional machines do the job but the home ones I have used you can drink the coffee in 1 the second it is done.
    My Gaggia classic knocks out coffee at a great temp.

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    I was reading about the Aeropress competition they hold every year and some Japanese guy won it using a lower temp water. I followed his method which involved specific amounts of water at a specific temp and I have to admit, it was a great tasting brew. I was just letting the water boil then cool, not heating it to the right temp and stopping before it boiled so I'll give that a try.

    Reading about malts luke-warm coffee from his pod machine puts me right off the idea, sticking to the grinder and aeropress.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    i use a cracking 15 quid milk frother from Aldi, great bit of kit
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    I've got a pretty sweet tooth so I often get these.....[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. You often get them at TK Maxx for £4.

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Quote Originally Posted by TJB View Post
    I've got a pretty sweet tooth so I often get these.....[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. You often get them at TK Maxx for £4.
    i always get Cinnamon Syrup 1 ltr

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    when I was reading about the Japanese methods of brewing, I bought a thermometer with markings for milk and coffee temps, the coffee markings are between 80 and 90 degrees. As I mentioned before, I boiled and let cool to 90 when I first tried it.

    I've just stuck the thermometer through one of the steam holes in the kettle and stopped it when the temp hit the coffee hot spot and made a brew, and you know what, it tastes better. Who'd have thought those professionally trained Baristas are right.
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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Got no holes in kettle so gonna have to play around with timing pmsl
    It has a sort of window so I can at least see when the bubbles are getting more active and flip the switch.

    This might sound a little extreme but as I only really use the kettle for coffee I wonder if I could adjust the thermostat that tells it to click off etc???

    Could always have a dedicated coffee kettle :-)

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    After having a Nespresso machine and it fucking up, think I'm going to try the aeropress

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    Default Re: Hardcore Coffee Drinkers Please help.

    Came across a kitchen outlet store in a local mall and they had various nespresso krups machines in. Picked up a Pixie for £70 and blagged a couple of boxes of free pods.

    What nespresso pods does everyone recommend ? Tried 3 of the official ones so far and my current favourite is Volluto which surprisingly is only 4/12 on the intensity scale.

    I've read about ones in B&M etc that are supposed to be nice but I would rather try recommendations than blindly buying random pods.
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