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      08-19-2018, 12:16 PM   #1
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Coffee maker recs

I'm tired of my Keurig and want something else. Im willing to drop up to 300$. I know grinding your own grounds is the best so I was looking at machines that have Burr grinders built in. but these can't do expresso which would def be a plus. current ones I'm looking at:

Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000T9XPHC..._9vzEBbEVF67FK

KRUPS Coffee Maker, Burr Coffee Grinder, 10 Cups, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075G7B98P..._BAzEBbKGSBBVA

Ninja Coffee Bar Auto-iQ Programmable Coffee Maker with 6 Brew Sizes, 5 Brew Options, Milk Frother, Removable Water Reservoir and Glass Carafe (CF09 32CF4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KA7VWWC..._lBzEBb321E5VM



what coffee makers do you guys have/recommend?
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Nespresso Virtuoline with milk frother. Ive had it for a year and I love the lattes and cappuccinos it makes. The pods are expensive, but I never waste coffee, so this offsets it to some extent.

My experience with all things Quisinart has been universally awful for many years now. I would never buy anything with a Quisinart badge anymore. To me, it is a promise that the product will be of low quality and break quickly.
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Nespresso Virtuoline with milk frother. I’ve had it for a year and I love the lattes and cappuccinos it makes. The pods are expensive, but I never waste coffee, so this offsets it to some extent.

My experience with all things Quisinart has been universally awful for many years now. I would never buy anything with a Quisinart badge anymore. To me, it is a promise that the product will be of low quality and break quickly.
I agree about the Cuisinart, that would be the lowest on my list.
the Nespresso is by bellville, which I like. do you have to use their pods? can I get my own grounds and use that instead of their pods?
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Im not sure, but I thought there was a refillable pod you could get, similar to the Keurig one. But at that point, I would probably get a traditional grinder and espresso maker. It kind of negates the benefit of the format to grind your own with this type of machine.
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Not a lot of options at that price point. Nespresso really is your best bet from a cost and convenience standpoint.

I finally parted with my Nespresso after nearly 10 years, after it broke for the 3rd time. Stepped up into a true espresso machine, granted it's an entry level model. https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/as...presso-machine

I let my local coffee shop / roaster do the grinding for me and just buy a pound at a time. It makes excellent espresso, but I do miss the convenience of the Nespresso.
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I’m not sure, but I thought there was a refillable pod you could get, similar to the Keurig one. But at that point, I would probably get a traditional grinder and espresso maker. It kind of negates the benefit of the format to grind your own with this type of machine.
fair enough. I would probably use my own grounds for the coffee and use the pods for the expresso. thanks!
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Not a lot of options at that price point. Nespresso really is your best bet from a cost and convenience standpoint.

I finally parted with my Nespresso after nearly 10 years, after it broke for the 3rd time. Stepped up into a true espresso machine, granted it's an entry level model. https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/ascaso-dream-espresso-machine

I let my local coffee shop / roaster do the grinding for me and just buy a pound at a time. It makes excellent espresso, but I do miss the convenience of the Nespresso.
hmm... how big are those machines? how much more room does it take up vs ur Nespresso or a Keurig?
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hmm... how big are those machines? how much more room does it take up vs ur Nespresso or a Keurig?
Definitely larger. A few inches taller and maybe 2x as wide. If you do some Youtube searches on "Ascaso Dream" there are tons of videos of people giving tutorials on how to use. Those will probably give you the best idea on size as you can see it there on the counter and relative to the person using it.

Quick measurements on mine are 13" high, 9" wide, 10" deep. That's the body itself. The steam control knob on the right sticks out another inch or so and the cup rack on top also adds maybe another inch.
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Ive been down the great coffee road for a long time. If 300 US is your budget buy a used breville espresso machine and a burr grinder. Brevilles can be found in nearly un-used condition (wedding gift that was never used) and they are cheap to run and maintain and they can produce excellent espresso with some tuning (Americanos and lattes). Got my first one for 100.00 and bought a simple burr grinder at a kitchen store for 80.00 and I was making excellent lattes with some YouTubing and a week of practise. Order some beans from cat and cradle mail order and be done.
Ive since moved to a couple different machines and now onto a breville oracle. But that first used machine I got sure made great coffee!
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If you really want espresso and if you want to steam milk then you can't be in a budget.
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I have a beville 840 espresso machine.

Buy a good grinder, find some good beans from a local cofffee shop(not Starbucks) and make good espresso. Add some hot water for a great americano.

I can't go back to regular coffee.
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Moccamaster.

If you really want espresso and if you want to steam milk then you can't be in a budget.
I love my Moccamaster.
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Go Italian traditional. The Bialleti stove top coffee maker is the way to go. Strong, hot coffee the way God intended. I get the coffee ground at our local coffee roaster for a "stove top" and it's good to go. I'll never go back to a traditional drip, Keurig, Nespresso or other contraption again. Plus, you can take it camping!

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I've had all sorts of coffee makers. I'm back to the $30 Mr. Coffee. I spend money on the coffee (Gevalia mail order), but the makers don't seem to make any difference. All they do is heat the water , and they all seem to be the same temp.
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honestly just get a nice pour over set up with a good grinder. get a kettle that you can set the temp on, freshly grind your beans and its simple, fast and perfect every single time.
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As a minimum, every coffee lover should own a pour-over. And a Frieling double-walled stainless French press. Plus a Keurig or Nespresso, for the multitude of moments when ya' just can't be bothered.
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As a minimum, every coffee lover should own a pour-over. And a Frieling double-walled stainless French press. Plus a Keurig or Nespresso, for the multitude of moments when ya' just can't be bothered.
youre totally right. I have a pour over, a French press and Keurig. but my keurig is crapping out so that's what prompted my question. want something for easy workday morning brew.
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youre totally right. I have a pour over, a French press and Keurig. but my keurig is crapping out so that's what prompted my question. want something for easy workday morning brew.
You know, I've been perfecting my French press techniques for years of daily trial and error. I swore that I'd never own a Keurig or similar machine. But four days ago, I saw that Costco had their Keurigs marked down $25, and I succumbed (with no malice of forethought) to buying one. I had the expectation of returning it to Costco on my next shopping trip. But, the Keurig is a keeper. For me, it beats any of the dozen brewing devices I've owned... because it delivers very decent coffee in about 60 seconds. Nothing is easier. Nothing! Now, I can have a second or third cup throughout the day without the consternations about spending 10 minutes to brew a fresh cup and clean up. Sure, I lose a few previous drops of bean oil in the process, but it's really inconsequential. Get yourself another Keurig, for $25 off (just $99).

EDIT: If you have guests over, just dump a few cups of quickly-brewed Keurig coffee into your French press for pouring, and then brag about your genius brew techniques. Nobody will ever know the difference. 😜 Just kidding, folks!
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Orphan Lido 2 and a Freiling French Press. Best use of $300. You'd still benefit from a scale, but those are cheap. Add in an electric gooseneck kettle and it's easy to add pour over later.
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I truly hope no one responding to OP has a Keurig. That’s some awful shit.
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thumbs down on Keurig for me too. tried it many times and just doesnt do it for me. haven't tried the nespresso tho.
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I really like my nespresso pixie, especially the kazaar and dharkan coffees. I like the taste better than my virtuoline although the intenso is pretty good.

Simple and tastes good, just use filtered drinking water.

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