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Really? I've been looking for Nespresso compatible pods, but couldn't find them. I thought Nespresso had patented the pods. Can you point me towards some good quality Nespresso compatible pods?

Yes, Nespresso pods can only be bought from Nespresso themselves. So they're never discounted.

Here is a selection that I have seen (includes the capsules that you can put your own coffee in):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CafePod-Nespresso-Compatible-Intense-Capsules/dp/B009VV3FWE/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url

http://www.amazon.fr/Cap-Mundo-Capsules-Compatible-Nespresso/dp/B00EYYI2E4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937363&sr=8-1&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

http://www.amazon.fr/Coffeduck-capsules-compatibles-Nespresso%C2%AE-noires/dp/B00AE7IDBC/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937363&sr=8-9&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

http://www.amazon.fr/CAPSULES-RECHARGEABLES-COMPATIBLES-NESPRESSO-machines/dp/B0049UI1QW/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937727&sr=8-18&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

http://finecoffeeclub.co.uk/landing/tv/?utm_expid=65721930-6.7W4ne4tfT4Cvl5QoNFRXoA.1&gclid=CI7vz5TjyLsCFUnjwgodJl0AFg

http://www.amazon.fr/CapsulIn-100-Capsules-compatibles-Nespresso/dp/B0057VQMTK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937363&sr=8-6&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

 

 

They are also available at waitrose and ocado, the only places I looked. 

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hammill wrote:

expat_mike wrote:

bigboss wrote:

Really? I've been looking for Nespresso compatible pods, but couldn't find them. I thought Nespresso had patented the pods. Can you point me towards some good quality Nespresso compatible pods?

Yes, Nespresso pods can only be bought from Nespresso themselves. So they're never discounted.

Here is a selection that I have seen (includes the capsules that you can put your own coffee in):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CafePod-Nespresso-Compatible-Intense-Capsules/dp/B009VV3FWE/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url

http://www.amazon.fr/Cap-Mundo-Capsules-Compatible-Nespresso/dp/B00EYYI2E4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937363&sr=8-1&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

http://www.amazon.fr/Coffeduck-capsules-compatibles-Nespresso%C2%AE-noires/dp/B00AE7IDBC/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937363&sr=8-9&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

http://www.amazon.fr/CAPSULES-RECHARGEABLES-COMPATIBLES-NESPRESSO-machines/dp/B0049UI1QW/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937727&sr=8-18&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

http://finecoffeeclub.co.uk/landing/tv/?utm_expid=65721930-6.7W4ne4tfT4Cvl5QoNFRXoA.1&gclid=CI7vz5TjyLsCFUnjwgodJl0AFg

http://www.amazon.fr/CapsulIn-100-Capsules-compatibles-Nespresso/dp/B0057VQMTK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1388937363&sr=8-6&keywords=Nespresso+Compatible+Capsules

 

 

They are also available at waitrose and ocado, the only places I looked. 

http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/cos_6,cos_6.3,cos_6.11.2/167179B

 

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With a Rancillio it will have a standard (non-pressurised) basket. I doubt that your Krups burr grinder will be able to grind fine enough for this. 

 

You either need to go for a lower end machine with a pressurised basket, up th me with your grinder or go for a pod machine like a nespresso. 

 

One of these will do the job but takes a chunk out of you budget...

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00B1PM2A4/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1402047223&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40

 

 

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Thanks Timbot - not good news, but extremely helpful.

That is something I hadn’t considered (mostly because I didn’t fully understand it!).  I know that a better grinder would produce better results, but didn’t think that it would potentially be entirely unfit for purpose.

Sorry to burden you, but what is the difference between pressurised basket and non-pressurised basket, and do you know a good machine in the former category?

My grinder is pretty much this model: -  http://www.johnlewis.com/krups-gvx2-expert-coffee-grinder/p230843325?kpid=230843325&s_kenid=194ada44-f92e-4128-2295-000015e8953e&s_kwcid=128x50673&tmad=c&tmcampid=73 .

It’s adjustable, so can go for a finer grind, if needed however googling Krups gvx2 and Rancilio Silvia has produced a number of hits for people unhappy with the result and opting to upgrade to (as a minimum) a Rancilio Rocky.  This means I’m looking at a £600, which is too much (sadly); even the amazon link you posted tips me well past the £400 mark (again, too much).  Additionally, many of the conical burr grinders are huge and I don’t have the space for them. 

The alternative is to bin my grinder and just get the beans ground at the coffee shop. 

Any thoughts?!?  Thank you.

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Sorry to have spoiled your ideas!

When making an espresso you want the water to be forced through the grinds at about 9bar of pressure (any machines which have pumps claiming higher than this are regulated down to this pressure like the nespresso machines)

If your grinder doesn't grind fine enough and 9bar of pressure is applied then the water passes through too quickly and you get an awful cup of coffee. 

A pressurised filter basket is designed to create a bit of back pressure to account for this. This will enable you to use more coarsely ground coffee and still get a drinkable cup. My gaggia classic came as standard with a pressurised filter basket which I used with coffee from a bag or from my whirly blade grinder. I then invested in the graef grinder and a non pressurised basket so you can do it at a later date! It is far better coffee since I switched however. And I would suggest using freshly ground coffee each time. Also freshly roasted makes a huge difference but that is another topic for another day...

The other advantage of the gaggia classic pressurised filter basket is that you can use ESE espresso pods from the likes of illy etc. These are like coffee filled tea bags which go in the pressurised filter basket. Ok my experience they do make a good cup of coffee. 

Hope all this helps!

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There are six Nespresso stores in the UK (3 of which are in London!). So you'll probably be buying online. Generally your order comes next day I've found (even when you select the free 48 hour delivery slot), and they'll pickup your empty capsules and recycle them if you order the correct bags to dispose them in.

I use my machine every day as does my wife - only trouble is the milk frother tends to only last about 1.5 to 2 years before it breaks down. I'm on my third - the first one was replaced under warranty as I bought from Lakeland. 

 

Hi Prof, Agree with you,In Jan this year i replaced my Citiz with Milk with a De Longhi Lattissima Pro.More Expensive but what a machine.Great coffee what ever you like and auto selfcleaning Milk Frother.Gave my Citiz to my daughter still working fine even now.Have you settled in tour new place now then?
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Thanks Timbot. Now looking at either a Gaggia MDF or Rancilio Rocky (probably the former, due to cost - it's £40 cheaper). As for beans, mine tend to be roasted two to three days prior to purchase and kept in the freezer. Thanks for all your informative (and expensive!) advice. 

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RodhasGibson wrote:

Have you settled in tour new place now then?

Very settled into this place, though on the move fairly soon more than likely (though still within the Worthing area) as we move from rented into our first "proper" home. All very grown up stuff, that I'm not sure I'm ready for, but what the hey Smile

 

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Bernard, if that's made from white chocolate it's about as helpful as your post!  

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Big Aura wrote:

Bernard, if that's made from white chocolate it's about as helpful as your post!  

I'm not sure, but I'd like to think it is.  :grin:

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Anyone mentioned a kettle yet  :grin:

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stage one has been completed - bought a Gaggia MDF grinder.  Got a second-hand one on eBay for £84, so happy with that.  Worst case, it may need new burrs (but the seller insisted it has light domestic usage only for 2ish years before he switched to a bean-to-cup machine).  Will order a Rancilio Silvia at the weekend.  Smile

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Nice one with the grinder! Has the Rancillio arrived yet?

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On reflection I thought that, as the grinder is second-hand, there’s a slim chance it won’t work. Consequently, I thought I’d wait until I had a functioning grinder before splashing out on Ms Silvia (as I don’t want to spend £84 on a grinder, £370 on a coffee machine and then have to spend another £200+ on a second grinder!).

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