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Customer Review

on 11 November 2012
I've just recently gone back to a Senseo machine. Had one when they first came out but the cost of the pods put me off so I sold it on. Since then I bought a pump espresso machine, a top of the range Tassimo and have a cafetiere.

I love my Senseo. The cost of the pods has dropped a great deal, all sorts of retailers (including a certain German Discounter) sell lots of different pods for it (I recommend the German Discounter's Brazilian pods, they're delicious). You can get a 'duck' adapter which enables you to use any ground coffee you wish, although if it's not fine ground (labelled as for espresso machines) then it's a good idea to grind it a bit more before putting it in the 'duck' otherwise you won't get much flavour.

It's convenient, quick and costs less than half of feeding a Tassimo, Nespresso or Dolce Gusto, but what I like best is that the coffee tastes better too.

Coffee machine systems run in fads that are driven by manufacturers and retailers trying to come up with the perfect system at the right price for people to actually use on a regular basis. Currently Dolce Gusto is being pushed by most retailers with it's quirky styling, but IMO it's slow, it's not even automated to cut off when the cup is full, it's very expensive to buy, and to run but worst of all IMO, the coffee doesn't even taste very nice - more like syrup.

Senseo has been around a very long time, the simple design of the mesh pods makes them very cheap to produce which has resulted in a lower price than competing systems. They're environmentally much friendlier than other systems too.

I recommend Senseo wholeheartedly to anyone who loves good coffee who prefers to do without the fuss and bother of a proper espresso machine, grinding your own beans and cleaning up the mess afterwards, and who cannot afford a bean to cup machine. It's really good coffee, really quick for people with a normal pay packet. If you're filthy rich then go and buy a bean to cup machine, otherwise give Senseo a chance, you won't get better coffee out of any of the other systems, you'll just pay more for it.

Like others, I also recommend warning the milk in the microwave for 20 seconds if you like a piping hot coffee.

Ultimately, good coffee beans that you grind yourself and use in a pump espresso will probably give you better coffee, but can you be bothered ? Senseo is great! It does the job of serving absolutely delicious coffee in around 30 seconds, just by popping in a pod, without breaking the bank to buy or to feed.

May I suggest also that you experiment - if you actually like good coffee then you will surely find at least one blend you love, even if it's an own brand or from a discount superstore. Please don't assume that the 'standard' Douwe Egberts Medium Roast is the only one you should use, it isn't, and it's nothing special. If you don't find any pods you adore then do use your personal favourite espresso coffee in a duck - it's still less bother than a dedicated espresso machine.

Ultimately it's all about coffee, don't be fooled by price tags on the other systems, or by buying specific branded pods. I've tried and even owned most of the other systems and I've gone back to Senseo, and I'm very pleased with myself for finally doing so after drinking inferior coffee for so long.
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