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on 31 August 2014
An advocate of excellent coffee (in my case strong black Americano), I have owned one 'Pod' type machine and tasted from many others owned by friends and family. Impressed by none yet, mine was sold within weeks after spending far too much on every pod available to my machine. Ugh...!!!
Then, having read a report from a well-known analytical magazine. I decided to give it a chance. My cafetiere was ok, but I needed something a little special. Clearly, ground coffee advertised as being for 'all' machines is not an option with a pressure pumped machine so beware. The coffee needed is ground to a much finer powder. Grind your own beans as I do but never with a bladed grinder, it must be a proper 'crusher' machine. After trying numerous famous expensive brand beans, oddly enough, the best yet for me are a well-known supermarket's own grade 5 bean. A thick creme head which lasts to the bottom of the cup is enjoyed from this machine. Usually two a day does me and, I am enjoying one now as I write.
Surely, it's a little more trouble than pods but heh! What price an excellent cup of coffee against a mediocre one.