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#170871 29-Mar-2015 14:02
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I have ben thinking of buying a secondahand Delonghi Magnifica type machine.

For those that may have had one or own one.

I see a fair few of them of Trademe for sale form $100-$1000 Is there a problem with them?

are there models to steer clear of?

which one would you suggest?

I want the ability to press button and ready made coffee comes out




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  #1272844 29-Mar-2015 14:02
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Hmmmm. Here we go.




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  #1272860 29-Mar-2015 14:13
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I went from a Delonghi Primadonna fully automatic, to a Nespresso to now a Breville Barista Express.  I would have gone for the Breville Dual Boiler however I don't have the bench space and it needs separate grinder.  One of the floors at work has a manual machine, using this made me change my preference for a manual extraction.
With this machine I can make a flat white in less than a 1min but if I wanted to make it proper I have that option too.

The Primadonna was good when I first got it however as it aged the coffee taste started to change, I was also regretting not having any control over the process, the milk container never really kept the milk fresh for more than a day even in the fridge.  I think the newer models maybe better now.


 
 
 
 


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  #1273226 30-Mar-2015 10:11
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jaidevp: I went from a Delonghi Primadonna fully automatic, to a Nespresso to now a Breville Barista Express.  I would have gone for the Breville Dual Boiler however I don't have the bench space and it needs separate grinder.  One of the floors at work has a manual machine, using this made me change my preference for a manual extraction.
With this machine I can make a flat white in less than a 1min but if I wanted to make it proper I have that option too.

The Primadonna was good when I first got it however as it aged the coffee taste started to change, I was also regretting not having any control over the process, the milk container never really kept the milk fresh for more than a day even in the fridge.  I think the newer models maybe better now.



Depending on your pocket depth and how much coffee you drink by far the best quick n easy (great tasting) hassle free coffee is the Nespresso.  Even so, our household only makes 2 cups a day which equates to $8-10 worth of Nespresso capsules per week.

Which is why we opted to keep our Breville ES800, which we got 2nd hand 8 years ago. Its made countless coffees over this time and never had an issue. $8 for bag of grinds and you get total control over the brew process. I can bust out coffees at the rate of 1 every 2 minutes, and the water resivour will last a week (even with guests coming over)

Relatives of ours have the Primadonna and while it was handy, there was also alot of cleaning to keep it maintained, the water resiviour wasn't the biggest and being automated there is more to go wrong electronic wise).



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  #1273376 30-Mar-2015 13:00
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heylinb4nz:  Even so, our household only makes 2 cups a day which equates to $8-10 worth of Nespresso capsules per week.


The capsules are $0.97 - $1.13 each, so 7x2 = $14/week, give or take.
But wait - there's more.  The capsules are single-shot - so if you need two to make a decent flat-white (true IMO), double that to $28/week.
Equivalent cost premium freshly roasted beans for 14 x double shots would cost about $8.00.
That's $1,000 / year saving, which could go towards buying a real espresso machine.




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  #1273404 30-Mar-2015 13:39
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heylinb4nz:
jaidevp: I went from a Delonghi Primadonna fully automatic, to a Nespresso to now a Breville Barista Express.  I would have gone for the Breville Dual Boiler however I don't have the bench space and it needs separate grinder.  One of the floors at work has a manual machine, using this made me change my preference for a manual extraction.
With this machine I can make a flat white in less than a 1min but if I wanted to make it proper I have that option too.

The Primadonna was good when I first got it however as it aged the coffee taste started to change, I was also regretting not having any control over the process, the milk container never really kept the milk fresh for more than a day even in the fridge.  I think the newer models maybe better now.



Depending on your pocket depth and how much coffee you drink by far the best quick n easy (great tasting) hassle free coffee is the Nespresso.  Even so, our household only makes 2 cups a day which equates to $8-10 worth of Nespresso capsules per week.

Which is why we opted to keep our Breville ES800, which we got 2nd hand 8 years ago. Its made countless coffees over this time and never had an issue. $8 for bag of grinds and you get total control over the brew process. I can bust out coffees at the rate of 1 every 2 minutes, and the water resivour will last a week (even with guests coming over)

Relatives of ours have the Primadonna and while it was handy, there was also alot of cleaning to keep it maintained, the water resiviour wasn't the biggest and being automated there is more to go wrong electronic wise).




Yea I actually have one of those that I use but I think mine is the 800?




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  #1273465 30-Mar-2015 15:23
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After years of either instant or plunger coffee (using grinds), I bought a Philips UnoUno pod machine ... that's the one that used the coffee wrapped in a cloth pod.  The pods are virtually impossible to obtain now, so moved to a cheapy capsule machine (essentially a Nespresso knock-off) and got good results.  The only problem is that they are not only expensive ($8 - $10 per ten, maybe $4 - $5 when on special) is they hold about 5 grams of coffee, which is not exactly strong or full-bodied.

The upshot of this ramble is that last Xmas my wife bought me a Delonghi Magnifica, and I can't be more delighted ... brilliant little machine and best of all uses beans which average $6-$7 for 200 gram packs .... sooooo much better than all the others in my view.  The machine works fine, the only drawback is emptying the drip tray so often, and that is because it goes through a cleaning cycle both before and after making coffees .... I have cunningly overcome this though by placing a small plastic container under the spouts and it's easy to just whisk that away and empty whilst my coffee cup is being filled sealed

Very easy to keep clean and so far no bitter or overcooked tastes at all ..... dial settings allow for fineness of grind, amount of coffee used, and cup size.

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