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  Reply # 721793 23-Nov-2012 11:47

Has anyone tried refilling the pods with their favourite roast?
Found a few posts on youtube showing a few 'how tos' and a few DIY pod systems.

I can see the appeal and ease of use factor in disposable coffee pods - but come on...being tied to Nestle coffee only?

It would be like only ever being allowed lion red beer for the rest of your life - ok maybe its a bit flasher than lion red...

I am sure that (while Nestle wouldnt like it), being able to use it with your favourite fresh roast would make these pod machines super awesome...

www.ne-cap.com (tee hee 'knee cap')
www.nexpod.com etc





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  Reply # 721801 23-Nov-2012 12:00 Send private message

robjg63: Has anyone tried refilling the pods with their favourite roast?
Found a few posts on youtube showing a few 'how tos' and a few DIY pod systems.


Have tried the ne-cap system, and found the results average.

Refilling took a lot of time and was fiddly. Cost works out (iirc) about 60 cents (for capsules+coffee). So these Warehouse pods are a good deal and produce a similar (probably better) result.

Also looked at the system where they have a stainless steel re-usable capsule. But it worked out at around 30-40 Euros per capsule. I did the math and decided to stick (at that stage) to buying up 300+ capsules of genuine Nespresso each time I go the USA.

I now declare "the 3 C's" when I arrive back in NZ.
Candy, Cookies and Coffee 8-).
Yes, I do get asked why on earth I'm bringing coffee into NZ when we have such good coffee - but once I explain, they send me straight out without even scanning my bags.

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  Reply # 721834 23-Nov-2012 12:56 Send private message

3g:  I did the math and decided to stick (at that stage) to buying up 300+ capsules of genuine Nespresso each time I go the USA.



Coffee isn't on NZ Post's "won't ship" list is it? Just musing aloud at the practicalities of a Geekzone Coffee Club and getting regular supplies in from the US...

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  Reply # 721854 23-Nov-2012 13:41 Send private message

Elpie:
3g:  I did the math and decided to stick (at that stage) to buying up 300+ capsules of genuine Nespresso each time I go the USA.



Coffee isn't on NZ Post's "won't ship" list is it? Just musing aloud at the practicalities of a Geekzone Coffee Club and getting regular supplies in from the US...


Great idea, I'd be in if you decide to go ahead.

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  Reply # 721989 23-Nov-2012 18:22 Send private message

I would be keen as! in France I was only paying 6.90 nzd a pack.

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  Reply # 722004 23-Nov-2012 19:00 Send private message

yep add me to the list I'm keen




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  Reply # 722658 25-Nov-2012 18:51 Send private message

Picked up a couple of the warehouse sleeves today.
I only ever drink flat whites so I got the mild and medium ones.
I can see what people mean about closing the machine on them, the last little push is a little nerve wracking!

I have had two of the medium so far, quite like them. A little weaker than I'd like but for the price I'm more than happy to keep using them. Maybe have Nespresso for first thing in the morning though ;)

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  Reply # 722708 25-Nov-2012 21:12 Send private message

Add me to the list please.

Refillable pods: haven't been overly pleased with these, the mess aspect of coffee making comes back and I can never pack them right

I've bought the warehourse ones...will try tomorrow (machine is at work...where it is most needed!)



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  Reply # 722786 25-Nov-2012 23:38 Send private message

I bought a few sticks of the Lungo (Dark Roast) variants over the weekend and am reasonably impressed. They don't have quite the same bite as my preferred Nespresso Fortissio but they don't compare too badly either sort of a 95% result for 50% of the price so overall not a bad option.

My parents are Nespresso-aholics (150+ capsules per month habit :P) and they were pleasantly surprised also.

The real question is how long will The red shed stock them for? once the coffee machines are all gone will they feel the need to service their consumers on an ongoing basis? time will tell but i wouldn't hold my breath


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  Reply # 723412 27-Nov-2012 09:17 Send private message

Seeing as our Krups Expresso machine was away getting repaired we have had to resort to filter coffee recently.
Saw this post on Geekzone and went up to the local Hamilton Wharehouse.
Easily spotted the shelf where there was 4 types of pods. I went up to the appliance section and saw the Kensington Branded Pod Coffee machine for $199. I thought why not get this as a back up ( we used to have a Nespresso machine untill it died and I noticing the price of the pods going up a lot )

Took the machine home + 4 boxes of different strength plus a Kensington Frother machine for $79.
Basically they have the same functionality as the Nespresso branded product.
To cut a long story short I was also pleasantly surprised as to the taste of the coffee.
So far I am impressed with the product




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  Reply # 723438 27-Nov-2012 09:38 Send private message

psychrn: Seeing as our Krups Expresso machine was away getting repaired we have had to resort to filter coffee recently.
Saw this post on Geekzone and went up to the local Hamilton Wharehouse.
Easily spotted the shelf where there was 4 types of pods. I went up to the appliance section and saw the Kensington Branded Pod Coffee machine for $199. I thought why not get this as a back up ( we used to have a Nespresso machine untill it died and I noticing the price of the pods going up a lot )

Took the machine home + 4 boxes of different strength plus a Kensington Frother machine for $79.
Basically they have the same functionality as the Nespresso branded product.
To cut a long story short I was also pleasantly surprised as to the taste of the coffee.
So far I am impressed with the product



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  Reply # 725189 30-Nov-2012 15:32 Send private message

NZ Post will happily ship coffee about. Without the ability to do so, many dealers of various _other_ addictive substances would have to come up with other means to hide their products from the beagles.




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  Reply # 725193 30-Nov-2012 15:35 Send private message

Gooseybhai:

Mixture of reviews......I cant make up my mind now!


For $5 for a box of ten, its not really a risk. Buy a box and if you like them... lather, rinse and repeat

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  Reply # 725277 30-Nov-2012 19:09 Send private message

news today about our Krupps- the power supply had died. $280 for repair.
So the Kensington will definitely be a back up machine




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  Reply # 728017 6-Dec-2012 13:14 Send private message

Have just come from Harvey Normans where I was going to get a Nespresso U, but they now also have the Map Bella, which uses the Caffitaly System of capsules. Machine, with milk frother (same style as the Nespresso Aeroccinno - but it will apparently only make heated milk 'extras') is $349

(Replacement milk frother, if needed, was/is apparently going to be under $40!)

The Bella comes with a red interchangeable face plate, which can be replaced with one of a variety of colours that are available for purchase.

Map Caffitaly capsules are $8.50 per box of 10 capsules, available off the shelf in Harvey's.

There are only 5 different flavors at the moment, but only 4 are coffee and 1 is Belgium Chocolate. The Sales Rep in Harveys said he expected more flavors to appear down the track, but I took a look on the Harvey's Australian website and after having the Bella's for several years they still only have the same 4 coffees (and 1 chocolate) that are being offered here.

The Caffitlay capsules are a lot larger than the Nespresso and so you will get a much stronger cup of out out it - so I am told.


Has anyone had any experience with the Map Bella or their Caffitaly capsules? Comments?

(Comments on Harvey's Australian website range from "fabulous" to comments about the noise, and poor coffee consistency.)



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