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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #740 on: August 11, 2017, 08:24:34 PM »
I've been using this for years for whole spices. Does a great job.



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I've got exactly the same one for spices. Great for small amounts.

I also use one of these, actually on my second one.
The first one I burnt out by running it too long continuously.
Best results from 15-20 second bursts then off for 10 seconds or so.
Half cup or more of mixed spices at a time when doing curries.
Agree with not running it continuously.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #741 on: August 12, 2017, 04:06:25 AM »
Ok thanks guys, exactly the type of info i was after. I'll ask mama for some prices.
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« Reply #742 on: August 12, 2017, 04:38:36 AM »
Just had a look, the one that died was also a sunbeam. It died a very unimpressive death after an uninspiring life. Different looking to that but so are the ones in the shops;

http://www.harveynorman.com.au/kitchen-appliances/coffee-beverage/coffee-accessories/sunbeam-multigrinder-2-coffee-herb-spice-grinder.html
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« Reply #743 on: August 12, 2017, 01:25:23 PM »
Ended up buying the Breville equivalent. It was $10 dearer but has a 200w engine instead of 160 watt.
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #744 on: September 13, 2017, 11:00:06 AM »




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« Reply #745 on: November 08, 2017, 08:25:44 AM »
Thinking of buying a coffee machine for my new place. I presently drink 2 or maybe 3 cups of instant coffee with milk and a sugar pill before breakfast a day.

I never buy coffee to drink while i am out and would definitely not know a latte from a mocha.

Was thinking someone may have a recommendation for a basic coffee machine that makes a decent cup for a couple hundred doallrs. Or even the ones to stay away from. I've no intention of selecting and roasting coffee beans etc, so a machine that does the grinding and brewing in a push button like the hotel machines would suit i'd say? Not that i know the first thing.

I just figure that with the price of moccona atm i may as well have a better cup for the same money?
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #746 on: November 08, 2017, 08:55:53 AM »
It's double your budget and manual but the Breville Barista Express is very well regarded.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/whitegoods-appliances/coffee-machines/breville/breville-the-barista-express/394263/

It's got the chops to churn out good cafe quality coffees, if you so desire.

There's a bad-ass black version out there too.


edit: so check out some of the cheaper breville models.  I don't think an automatic machine for $300 would last very long.



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« Reply #747 on: November 08, 2017, 10:02:26 AM »
Yeah, i won't be spending $650.
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #748 on: November 08, 2017, 10:43:08 AM »
In that price range & for simplicity, you are probably best off with a Pod Machine.
The genuine Nespresso ones are the besthttps://www.harveynorman.com.au/nespresso-u-milk-coffee-machine-black.html but have heard people using the Aldi ones without issue.
Its not going to be as good as freshly ground coffee but its going to be better than instant.
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #749 on: November 08, 2017, 01:28:57 PM »
I bought an aldi pod machine 12 months ago expecting it to be dead by now......its not.  Pods are $6 ish a box.

I do 6 pods straight most morning (2x3) and it is much better than instant for sure.
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #750 on: November 08, 2017, 02:02:48 PM »
Would have ruled them out, but tell me more.

What is 2 x 3? 3 cups with 2 or the pods in each cup? How much are the pod things? How much does that work out to a cup?

And is that better than a drip or plunger machine for next to nothing?
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #751 on: November 08, 2017, 03:44:18 PM »
Second the pod machine for your circumstances. If you're not too fussy and want simple and relatively inexpensive.

I use a nesspresso one a bit, it's okay, tastes like coffee, recently found a local pod supplier and it was better and cheaper. Pretty sure Nespresso do the most expensive pods and have the least compatibility with other brands/suppliers.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #752 on: November 08, 2017, 04:37:35 PM »
I would put your money in a grinder and get an AeroPress or just a simple French press style kit. Unless you really want the creme/frothed milk like the Cafe style coffees. You will get better coffee from freshly ground beans (from a good roaster) than from a pod machine or cheap espresso machine that you have to clean every time. My 2c. Or get a pour over kit if you want to get fancy. Easy to do at home. I had my first pour over coffee a couple of weeks ago and it was incredible. Hard to look at coffee the same.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #753 on: November 08, 2017, 08:58:18 PM »
This. A freshly ground dose of coffee in a plunger beats a pod every day of the week. Focus on the beans, not the device.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #754 on: November 09, 2017, 04:23:57 AM »
This is sounding more like it. I'm not really interested in relying on expensive cartridges for coffee.

Can you guys tell me more about what pour over is and the aeropod thingo?

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« Reply #755 on: November 09, 2017, 04:43:26 AM »
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #756 on: November 09, 2017, 06:58:43 AM »
Our Sunbeam espresso machine was $650 and lasted a good 8 years. We need to have it serviced now, however.

It makes coffee every day, 2950 coffees (two cups single shot, or one double shot) / $650 = 0.22c per coffee. Water and power costs are negligible.
Beans add to that of course, they are ~$20-$30 a kilo roasted, a kilo lasts probably 3 weeks to a month.

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« Reply #757 on: November 09, 2017, 08:12:51 AM »
If you're willing to grind that does open a heap of other options.

How do you drink your coffee? Short black, long black, milk?

Aeropress is great but there is a knack to it, there's actually a world championship for them! I ended up following the winners advice, meant measuring the water and coffee with scales, they heat the water to a specific temp etc. Once I worked out roughly what that was then have been getting much better coffee. I use mine for camping. They do like a coarse grind.

If you're having one or two a day then a hand grinder attached to a drill may be an option, again, I do it when camping, 3 coffee's a day, grinds the coffee in about 20-30 seconds.

Assuming you have the drill you're looking at around $120, although prices have probably gone up.

If you go a full size grinder the Sunbeam ones tend to be around the $230ish mark, from memory, it was a while ago that I got mine!

Plunger/French press are also good.

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« Reply #758 on: November 09, 2017, 08:45:14 AM »
FWIW I hate the pods too, butt hey do keep the mrs happy until I can afford a new full auto machine.  The manual machine is in the shed for arvos and weekend use.

and yes the 2x3 was 3 pods each cup but I LIKE strong coffee!!!  costs about 50c a cup this way which is still better than $5
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« Reply #759 on: November 09, 2017, 08:54:05 AM »
I had a cheap (~$250) sunbeam machine which lasted years. It did have limitations over the more expensive machines such as the pressure basket but I'm really not that fussy about my coffee (unless I'm buying it for $5 a cup).

When that machine died I replaced it with an Italian stovetop coffee pot for a temporary fix but 3 or so years on I haven't replaced it. It makes good strong coffee.

The Mrs doesn't drink coffee at all so I've never been able to find a spare $750 plus for a decent machine. I put my money into brewing beer not coffee