I am trying to choose a coffee maker that uses K Cups or pods
to get a constant brew.
I live alone and like the idea of a single cup brewer.
I have been looking at the: NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Piccolo by De'Longhi
and the: Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker,
but cant seem to see that one at Amazon.
If anyone has experiences of these type of machine I would be grateful
I live alone and black good quality coffee is my main beverage choice.
We have a Delongi Nespresso. Works OK. Pods are 'kin expensive.
You will spend 5 years and lots of money choosing pods you actually
like. Avoid all flavoured versions eg. Chestnut, vanilla!
I *double dose* my pods to get a bigger cup YMMV
The only ones I am familiar with are Tassimo and Nespresso both of which do
not get the coffee hot enough for my liking, probably something to do with
H & S. I do not know how well the others perform but I do not think I woul
d buy another unless it performed better.
Machines are starting to come out that will no longer take the generic
pods, just like the chip in printer ink/toner cartridges. This is
outrageous and I wouldn't buy a pod machine on principle.
I got a Cookworks 15 bar barista-type machine for a quid from a car boot
sale and use that with ground coffee. Much cheaper to run.
The machine I got came with small and large stainless steel filter
strainers, the larger one gives me the double dose hit I need in the
It's not supposed to do one whole mug! Unless you like lots of seriously
strong coffee (and have plenty of money to spend on filling it).
It will fill six espresso-sized cups.
I use a single cup version, with strong ground coffee (but decaf) and pour
that into nearly a mug-full of boiled milk. It's plenty strong enough.
Something like this:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
If you reduce the milk a little, and use some means to froth it, you get a
cappuccino instead of a 'latte macchiato'.
(I knew someone who ran a bar abroad and ordered one of these big
professional machines. But he got it back to front and served espressos in
cappuccino cups, and cappuccinos in espresso cups!)
I find the Aeropress tedious to use. It is fussy over the size of the
receiving vessel - one flask I have is great, the other doesn't work
very well at all. However, it can make some very nice coffee with
I would rather a device that was like a Büchner funnel. In fact, maybe I
will check out laboratory equipment makers...
When going off somewhere and needing a couple of small flasks (something
like 350ml, I think) of coffee, I end up making strong coffee in a
cafetiere and then putting it through the Aeropress to get rid of almost
all the sedimenty muck. And top up with a little newly boiled water to
raise the temperature again. I find it effectively impossible to make
enough in one pass through the Aeropress. And cafetiere always leaves
too much muck - after all, flasks tend to get bounced around so do not
allow it all to settle out.
Instead of paying over the odds for an expensive machine and a supply of
'pods' what's wrong with
- buying pre-ground coffee (and keeping it in a sealed bag or
plastic container in the fridge)
- buying a plastic filter funnel/holder, and filter papers
- and having total control over the amount of coffee that goes
into each cup or mugful?
If you can be bothered, buy coffee beans instead and a small grinder.
Jeremy C B Nicoll - my opinions are my own.
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I agree about the crema. I was given a Krups Piccolo machine that takes
"Dolce Gusto" pods for Christmas, and have hardly used my caffetiere
The pods cost about 20p each, which is tolerable. My favourite is
Americano, which has a frothy layer of crema on top.
The biggest problem is the fairly low temperature of the drink, but that
can be fixed by pre-heating the cups with boiling water. At some point
I'm going to try taking the machine apart to see whether it can be made
to work at a higher temperature.
The 2-pod drinks like Cappuchino are at bit expensive at 40p per cup.
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