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  Reply # 955483 20-Dec-2013 13:59 Send private message

OK this thread hasn't received much attention for a while but I thought I would add my recent experiences.

Up till now I have been using a Delonghi Espresso machine

It made faux crema using a double basket. I replaced that with a $20 single basket which did a better job but the coffee was never really that nice.

I sold it and picked up one of these

It was on a Grabone deal for $199.

Having decided to move to capsules I eschewed the popular Nespresso system, even though a store has opened up just around the corner from my office, and went to the Caffitaly capsules. This is because they hold more coffee and are reusable (albeit unofficially).

Had my first coffee from it and it made a nice crema. Then I did the refilling using my own ground coffee (possibly Caffe L'Affare ground fine in my conical grinder) and the result was excellent.

So I am happy with the purchase and it means everybody can now make decent coffee without the hassle of grinding, tamping and the rest.

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  Reply # 968025 16-Jan-2014 10:36 Send private message

OK I've got one for Christmas for my wife & I, upgraded from our 2nd hand $20 one, which was OK but broken and steam was slow.  

This new machine great really for the price if you want to make them properly.  Consumer recommended one with the best taste.  $498 then they took off $13 for cash.

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  Reply # 968048 16-Jan-2014 11:10 Send private message

I've deliberated a long time, but we're trying to sell everything and start a 'mobile life'... i've been trying to make myself love Nespresso for that reason.  To be honest, its a struggle, and I go to the local cafe for a Piccolo more often now.

Anyhoo... if shameless self promotion is illegal, delete my post, otherwise, my beloved Rocket setup is for sale on TradeMe here:

I'm off to buy a Piccolo!

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