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Old 21st Jun 2018, 09:20
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Nespresso - pretentious? Moi?

Now, I love my Nespresso machine. Really convenient and clean. Nice strong cup of coffee without all the mess and rather a handsome, industrial looking beast on my kitchen work surface. I’ve got a fancy little carousel pod holder alongside it so I can see just what particular flavour coffee I fancy. However, and please keep this quiet, I can’t actually tell the difference between these pods! When I go on the Nespresso website, I read all the flavour descriptions and their origins but I’ve sometimes ended up ordering the pods because I like the colour!!

I started to wonder if the coffee pod industry is a little like The Emperors New Clothes? No one actually wants to put up their hands and say...actually, I don’t get it at all. It made me do some googling and I found this article which seemed to sum up my experience completely:

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti.../drink.comment

i would also add that my machine is also in on the game. Nespresso lost the exclusive patent to produce the particular pods for its machines several years ago, supposedly meaning one could buy cheaper versions from other suppliers. My coffee maker can detect an imposter immediately and will mangle and crush any that I dare to drop down its hatch.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 09:41
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A guardian article I agreed with, blimey!

I have one of those filter percolator jobbies which has been stuffed into the bottom of a cupboard for the last few years; i use a plunger job now with Kenyan coffee ... mmmm.

For a really nice coffee I go to a great little Italian cafe in Croydon. I always get an extra large cup these days cos they like me for some strange 1reason. Best of all, instead of some pansy biscuit on the side, it comes with bacon, eggs, sausages, etc... Just digesting one now as a matter of fact...
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 09:48
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Is it true that George Clooney was only invited to Harry and Meghan's wedding in order to serve the coffee at the reception ?
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 10:07
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Good to see that, in "Our Girl", Captain James favours Nespresso Rosabaya capsules. More seriously, here in Hong Kong Nespresso always offers you the opportunity to hand back used capsules for recycling - it's not too difficult to do that.,
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 10:10
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References to packaging, labelling, pricing ambiguities...............makes me think of the wine trade.

( The very best tasting wine and by far the lowest cost is the stuff I make myself. )
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 11:11
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I bet they all drink Nespresso at Common Purpose conventions!
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 12:24
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Originally Posted by Prophead View Post
Recycling still uses resources and generates waste. Not to mention those that do not bother. Far better to not use that needless packaging in the first place.
And different areas have different rules. Our last council only took #1 and #2 plastics and no glass. Our new one takes plastic and glass. Neither require us to remove windows from envelopes but both require recycling to be washed. Neither consider the water and heating waste and costs.
Mrs PN has yet to grasp the art of separating waste.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 13:40
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I use Lidl compatible capsules, and can't fault the taste (at much lower cost). They are accepted by the machine with no problems.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 13:49
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Originally Posted by Prophead View Post
These are my pet hate.

How on earth, in this day and age of trying to decrease packaging and waste are these deemed acceptable? We have them at work and there are about 10 flavours all in there own boxes. Each cup of coffee requires taking out an individual pod then throwing it away. Granted they recycle but that's hardly an answer is it? The amount of packaging for a cup of coffee is criminal but nobody seems to mind as its fashionable.

As spoken about in the article, it's not just the capsules either, we have elaborate wooden boxes and chrome racks to store them.

I purposely bring in a jar of instant and stand by the kettle listening to them all speaking twaddle about how the Guatemalan has a more refined taste than the Ristretto whilst they try and use the machine that resembles the controls in the Wizard of Oz.
Fully agree, it´s absolute madness not to mention that you can make a far better cup of coffee with a french press for a fraction of the price. What is it they say about a fool and their money...
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 14:06
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I'm still happy with my Mr Coffee drip machine - the only waste is the filter full of coffee grounds.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 14:26
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I use a thin glass jug with a metal strainer gizmo on the top. Take the gizmo off, a good dessertspoon of coffee in, boiling water, a pause to get the cups and then press the filter down.

Excellent coffee and various world flavours are about £1.50/200gms of which each last about a week.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 14:58
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
I use a thin glass jug with a metal strainer gizmo on the top. Take the gizmo off, a good dessertspoon of coffee in, boiling water, a pause to get the cups and then press the filter down.

Excellent coffee and various world flavours are about £1.50/200gms of which each last about a week.
you mean a cafetiere. We have a metal one, double skin,keeps the coffee warmer longer, and I get to have 3 good sized mugs.

At work my PA always had a filter jug ready for when I arrived.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 14:58
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Originally Posted by oldbeefer View Post
I use Lidl compatible capsules, and can't fault the taste (at much lower cost). They are accepted by the machine with no problems.

i agree. However the Aldi ones give me a problem as they seem to ‘implode’ and the coffee drips out at a snails pace!

i was recently browsing in my local Poundland, as you do, and I found boxes of Taylor’s of Harrogate Italian blend capsules for, obviously, £1 I scooped up the lot as they are on sale in most supermarkets at £3 a pop.Bargain!
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 15:04
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you mean a cafetiere. We have a metal one, double skin,keeps the coffee warmer longer, and I get to have 3 good sized mugs.
Mine's a small one, one mug; I'm not that fond of coffee.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 15:59
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An alternative is a bean to cup machine. Can't get much fresher than grinding beans, pressing through water and into the cup all at once, so to speak. And the only waste are the coffee grounds.

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Old 21st Jun 2018, 19:05
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I can tell the difference between some of the pods but only in the sense of bitter, smooth and added flavour. However the Nespresso chocolate '''flavour' is noticeably very good.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 19:27
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We take our home/office (team of 6) coffee seriously - clients and visiting reps appreciate getting away from Nescafe instant (gets lots of unsolicited compliments).

We use a Dualit (https://www.nisbets.co.uk/dualit-3-i...5-33b436c50041) 'Italian style' mini coffee machine - replaced every couple of years or so but it does get some hammer - with a variety of ground coffees (all get to choose and even do their own mixes - my favourite,normally, a 2:1 belnd of Illy black and Waitrose Expresso as an Americano). We have an an ex-Costa girlie who does much of the coffee, and 'her indoors' got 'coached' by Mr Worrall Thompson's barista of the day.

All in all, still cheaper than the Nespresso solution, a bit of a talking point and damn fine coffee that most people notice and appreciate.

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Old 21st Jun 2018, 19:42
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One NATO unit would brew a pot of filter first thing. Throughout the day more coffee and water was added. You can imagine the flavour at knocking off time.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 19:45
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The main advantage of the local (about 25 minute walk) Nespresso boutique is they insist on offering an espresso/cappuccino when one walks in to buy a box of capsules. Hpwever my sister with excellent italian connections still use the old espresso machine to be used on a stove.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 19:57
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Originally Posted by Nigerian Expat Outlaw View Post
An alternative is a bean to cup machine. Can't get much fresher than grinding beans, pressing through water and into the cup all at once, so to speak. And the only waste are the coffee grounds.
I agree - however you choose to make your coffee, the biggest single factor affecting the taste is using freshly-ground beans.
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