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Pontius Navigator 21st Jun 2018 19:42

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.

Rwy in Sight 21st Jun 2018 19:45

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.

DaveReidUK 21st Jun 2018 19:57


Originally Posted by Nigerian Expat Outlaw (Post 10178457)
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.

larssnowpharter 21st Jun 2018 20:41

I wouldn't call myself a coffee snob but I do like a good espresso.
I use a 30 year old Bialetti stovetop machine with Illy pre-ground coffee. This after years of experimentation and 10 years living in Italy. Spare seals are easy to find and the coffee is, shall we say, intense.
As an aside, the Italians would describe an 'Americano' as ''aqua sporca' or 'dirty water'.
One recommends this system to those who enjoy good coffee without cluttering kitchen worktops with a load of naff junk.

meadowrun 21st Jun 2018 20:53

Cowboy coffee.
Water, coffee, fire.
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WingNut60 22nd Jun 2018 02:54

In the old (previous) Jakarta Terminal 1 was a kiosk promoting and selling "Organic Luwak Coffee"; all under a large illuminated sign to that effect.

I had to agree. You can't get much more organic than passing the beans through a native civet cat.

krismiler 22nd Jun 2018 03:27

These pod machines follow the same principal as razors, sell a cheap handle and make your money supplying them with expensive blades. Useful in a hotel room or VIP lounge for providing better than instant coffee simply and with no mess, but at home I'll stick to my machine which uses which ever beans I like rather than restricting me to pods.

Sure there is a bit more cleaning up afterwards but it isn't that hard.

I can't see the need for a fancy machine costing around a thousand pounds, full of electronics and moving parts which are guaranteed to break at some stage, simply to make a cup of coffee. When my current coffee maker gives up the ghost I'll probably replace it with a really old fashioned one, heavy and enameled with an analogue gauge for steam pressure and a simple ON/OFF switch

Ascend Charlie 22nd Jun 2018 06:04


You can't get much more organic than passing the beans through a native civet cat.
In Oz, the sports commentators HG Nelson and Roy C Slaven spoke of an Aussie slant to this one:

Stitch a koala's bum shut, then force-feed it with coffee beans. Leave for a few days to fester and deepen the flavour, then tie a string around his neck and dunk him in boiling water.

Fareastdriver 22nd Jun 2018 07:19


then tie a string around his neck and dunk him in boiling water.
Remember to unstitch its backside first.

dook 22nd Jun 2018 08:27


Neither consider the water and heating waste and costs.
There are none if you do it like me - clean jars etc. in the washing up water after the dishes.

Our council takes almost anything and we don't have to separate things.

sidevalve 22nd Jun 2018 10:06

There's a common thread here - the rate of change of technology is leaving many of us with several generations-worth of assorted kit gathering dust around the house. (think cameras.. I must have about 5 or 6 generations of cameras - from Pentax SLR film to Panasonic Lumix digital).
For making coffee, for the past few years we've been using a Krups Dolce Gusto jobby for day-to-day coffee (quick, adequate and convenient) but never bothered to work out the cost per cup.
Buried somewhere in the kitchen there's one of those piston-like cafétières.. haven't used it for years.
At one time, we had a drip filter machine (long relegated to the cellar) that was OK.
I once had a fancy-looking Italian espresso machine - all shiny metal and valves that looked the part (bought in Italy during Op Deny Wife) but I was never able able to make it perform satisfactorily (it didn't have a manometer) - so I gave it away. The recipient gave me one of those Italian espresso coffee pots with the octagonal sides (a bit 60s) - again, more trouble than it was worth.
I'm sure if I burrowed around in the garage or the cellar I could turn up some others.
Best of all? We have a briki for making Greek coffee (actually Greek Cypriot coffee - Charalambous Moka Gold brand - available online) which is my preferred "Sunday best" drink..This is the king of coffees in my view.. Nothing else comes close - for me. Think espresso flavour x 10..!
I must say that Senior Paper Monitor's Dualit machine looks the biz (oh no - here I go again! :{)

NutLoose 22nd Jun 2018 12:45


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.
Yet no one blinks an eye at binbags, where is the logic in wrapping your rubbish up in another plastic bag?? I have never got over the irony of people buying an item specifically to throw it away.

Blacksheep 22nd Jun 2018 12:54

We have a Nespresso Dolce Gusto. Coffee in the morning, hot chocolate before bed time. We like it because its quick, clean and convenient.

No doubt something different will be along some time in the future; for now its the dog's b*llox.

Fareastdriver 22nd Jun 2018 12:54


where is the logic in wrapping your rubbish up in another plastic bag
You cannot have smelt the old steel rubbish bins that were left in your front garden after the dustmen had emptied its contents into their side loaded refuse lorry..

Geordie_Expat 22nd Jun 2018 13:04

Me too, except its Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Absolutely fine.

Pontius Navigator 22nd Jun 2018 19:58


Originally Posted by dook (Post 10179022)
There are none if you do it like me - clean jars etc. in the washing up water after the dishes.

Our council takes almost anything and we don't have to separate things.

What washing up water? We use a dishwasher. I guess we could use the water from the tumble drier.


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