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  # 924392 30-Oct-2013 19:42
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freitasm: Sending to Edwood tomorrow.

sorry, if I serve this coffee to visitors they will hate me :)



Highly product useful then, for those visitors you don't like - if it means they won't come back

It might even work on the annoying door-knocking religious types that I have had a plague of recently.........

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  # 926197 2-Nov-2013 11:05
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JimmyH:
Highly product useful then, for those visitors you don't like - if it means they won't come back

It might even work on the annoying door-knocking religious types that I have had a plague of recently.........


Only if you throw it at them....




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  # 926199 2-Nov-2013 11:15
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This may be of use, did a couple of day's group class with her (quite a bit of theory in the one I did). Well worth a short course.

http://www.askme4coffee.co.nz/index.cfm

We make a pretty good coffee on and old small machine bought for $20 off TradeMe, slow to make the milk, but not bad, saving for a decent machine.

Yes beans are very important, some people roast their own for the best freshness, flavour I guess, but we normally buy from http://www.kingcoffee.co.nz/


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  # 928396 6-Nov-2013 21:13
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I see Robert Harris also advertising Nespresso compatible capsules.
Anyone tried them?

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  # 928404 6-Nov-2013 21:48
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oxnsox: I see Robert Harris also advertising Nespresso compatible capsules.
Anyone tried them?


every time i get robert harris beans from the supermarket, i regret it. Not sure why, but to me they always taste far inferior to other brands i buy (cafe l'affare (countdown), havana 5 star (countdown), FRED ('fresh roasted every day' @ NOSH), Eden coffee, Atomic)




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# 928855 7-Nov-2013 15:43
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I'm not prepared to go through all 23 pages of comments but has anyone suggested checking out Consumer's reviews of espresso machines?  Have a look at their website. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 930189 10-Nov-2013 09:32
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Tried the PODiSTAR capsules from Harvey's
The Intenso 10 tasted grainy and weak, though it does have strong colour......Not for me thanks.
Also tried their Tea (Earl Grey) capsules..... Nice flavour, guess that's due to better quality finnings in the capsule than you'd find in an average tea-bag, but an expensive way to drink tea. And the nature of the machine process means it makes tea with a 'crema'....... yeah-nah

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  # 930207 10-Nov-2013 10:18
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Hi

I have tried the Robert Harris Espresso capsules ( strength 4)
Found it much better than the Podista or the warehouse brands.

So far nothing has come close to the Nespresso brand ones.

Often I have issues as the U will not pierce the plastic case well for a good extraction.

I have also bought empty capsules ( Capsul' IN), and filled them with my own preferred brand of espresso grounds.
It was a hit and miss event as sometimes the capsule will fall through to the collecting tray below,  and you need to align it properly 

Bottom line is stick to the Nespresso brand capsules for a consistently good cup of coffee.

cheers



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  # 930211 10-Nov-2013 10:22
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Consumer Magazine recommends the Sunbeam EM600, which is quite affordable.
A friend who bought this machine is very happy with it.

Harvey N  is selling this for $269.

NO  I dont work for HN.    he he .

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  # 930263 10-Nov-2013 15:02
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I see Amazon has refillable metal Nespresso capsules - $20 for 5. So it means you could roast and grind your own coffee if you really wanted.

I will be in the market for a new machine soon (budget permitting). The little Krupps one I have had for years isn't really doing a good job, and is seldom used as a consequence.

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  # 930266 10-Nov-2013 15:08
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Warehouse REDALERTS   http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/redalert/sunbeam101113
 
the Sunbeam is for sale today for $200.

Might fit your budget Jimmy

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  # 930281 10-Nov-2013 15:43
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I am looking around for something to replace my Breville espresso machine which doesn't make great coffee.

This looks interesting.

http://www.edencoffee.co.nz/the-home-of-all-things-coffee/catalogue/?detail&ItemID=3311&SZIDX=0&CCODE=Ex-Demo+Nautilus+Carbon+S06&QOH=0&CATID=640&CLN=2

And I have seen you can actually refill the Caffitaly pods yourself with a bit of fiddling.

Don't care that it's ex-demo since it has the same one year warranty.

Do folks have any experience with this machine?




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redhead: I'm not prepared to go through all 23 pages of comments but has anyone suggested checking out Consumer's reviews of espresso machines?  Have a look at their website. 


Consumers reviews for most everything are freaking awful. Every time I look at anything they've produced in an area I'm knowledgeable in their content is terrible. I have no trust in them whatsoever.




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  # 930340 10-Nov-2013 18:36
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redhead: I'm not prepared to go through all 23 pages of comments but has anyone suggested checking out Consumer's reviews of espresso machines?  Have a look at their website. 


Consumers reviews for most everything are freaking awful. Every time I look at anything they've produced in an area I'm knowledgeable in their content is terrible. I have no trust in them whatsoever.


I agree with that.  They might be okay for reviews on washing machines - perhaps.

My home espresso setup is a Mazzer grinder and Rocket Cellini Evoluzione, retail price about $5k (NZ retail prices are very high though).  This is expensive, but by no means extreme.  I don't believe you can save on grinder cost, but there's a premium paid for Rocket machines because of quality of finish, and in the case of the machine we have, for a commercial quality rotary vane pump which is very quiet in operation and can be easily plumbed-in, but those features won't improve the coffee, just a touch of luxury/convenience, you can do it for less (much less - but never scrimp on the grinder).  The Kiwi link to Rocket Espresso is also nice.

To get great coffee, you still need to know what you're doing.  I wouldn't expect Consumer tasting panel to know how to use a rea espresso machine, nor what good coffee is.  One of the things about espresso machines is that they combine high temperature, steam, water/boilers, and electronics.  It's a bad combination, a simple bench test and look-over won't tell you how they'll perform long-term.

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