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Magimix 11147 M200 satin silver and black Nespresso espresso maker
Magimix 11147 M200 satin silver and black Nespresso espresso maker

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fewer hassles, fantastic coffee!, 2 Jan. 2004
Nespresso uses a unique technology, and some may be concerned as to the viability of the concept, i.e. how long, and how successful, will Nespresso last? Obviously you will be taking a leap of faith in investing in this technology, but it IS worth it. I have only tried the Magimix M200 (the one I bought) and the Alessi models, but both are great machines. The Alessi is slightly more expensive, obviously paying for better engineering and parts, such as a glass water tank as opposed to the plastic one which the Magimix has. Please don't be fooled, ALL good coffee machines require daily cleaning and care to make them last and perform well. The Nespresso machines are no different, but they are designed to be cleaned and maintained easier.
Coffee quality is fantastic. I have worked in Italy, and this machine (and the Alessi) makes just as good coffee as you get out there. You can place sugar on the crema without it sinking!
Making good coffee from an espresso machine takes practice, and there are no shortcuts, whether it is Nespresso or from a regular machine. This machine will make it easier though, especially straight espresso. Tip - if you like capuccino or latte in a big mug (rather than a wide cuppucino cup), take your favourite mug to a shop and see if it fits under the coffee drip. Otherwise you will have to make the coffee and froth in separate cups and combine.
The Nespresso club (Internet or phone) will allow you to order coffee capsules. The machine comes with a selection, allowing you to buy to your taste. Some may think it expensive at 21pence per capsule, but this is measured properly and there is never any waste or mess. I have no insight into how the coffee is packaged at source, but it tastes superb. There are currently 9 varieties, ranging in strength and flavour.
In my opinion this machine produces high quality coffee every time. It takes about a week (or two) to get used to using any machine. The Nespresso club is simple to use and very reliable. The Nespresso web site is a good place to start for information. I will come back in a year and tell you how well the machine lasts over time. Buy it.

Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World
Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World
by Eric Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I agree (in general) with the reader from Denmark, 16 July 2002
Whilst reading this book you may not think there are any obvious facts or statistics, but they are there if you read carefully enough. The author does tend to ramble on a little too much on certain topics, but the points are made without always being too direct. The author covers so many subjects ( that untimately affect the fast food industry) that it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint the arguament he is making.
It is difficult to predict the direction of the book sometimes, but in retrospect it is easier to appreciate.
Overall, the author tries to give a historical overview of the way fast food has evolved, and ultimately where it may end up. From the first hamburger restaurants in California, to the globalisation of fast food companies, he touches on the production of meat, exploitation of young, untrained, and underpaid staff. He also makes an interesting point on targetting advertising at young children, and the introduction of sponsership of schools by fast food companies.
What I did find refreshing is the explanation of the alternative options available to produce fast food, what governments can do to counter-act some of the issues, and how it's consumers have so much power over these companies.
One point that stuck with me was this - Heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and breast cancer, are the principal "diseases of affluence", and that we are what we eat.
If you want to read a book full of trivia, statitistics and bites of information to impress your friends whilst sitting in a fast food restaurant - this book is not for you. If you want to know how the fast food industry makes a profit - FROM EVERY ANGLE - then read it. A final point - the book is written by a North American author, and many of the facts are based around activity in the USA.

Evolution [DVD] [2001]
Evolution [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: £2.71

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 4 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Evolution [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I'm not sure about the casting on this one, and I had already seen a few mixed reviews. I can see where they wanted to go with it, but it fails. Sean William Scott was ok, but I just couldn't relate to any of the other characters.
It's one of those films where you could leave it for a while, go and do something else, and happily finish it later.
I could watch Men in Black over and over, but personally I would wait for this one to be broadcast on Cable or Satellite.
Give it a miss.

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