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Nespresso DeLonghi Vertuo Plus $249 ($199 including Cashback) @ The Good Guys

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Hi guys,
Thought I'd share my bargain at Good Guys Highpoint today.
Saw this at a great price and asked for their best price. After a bit of waiting (they were busy) they offered $220.
Although they could not find the stock on the day, I have also been offered they will deliver the product as an apology.

Mind you, the price DOES NOT include the $50 redemption offer which also comes included.

Hope this interests those who like the pod system.

Pic of receipt as shown https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/214878/54410/img_2868....

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  • I don't get their vertuo range - is that for Americans who like brewed / filter coffee as opposed to espresso?

    • A bigger coffee that taste like instant coffee
      Quantity over quality is it

  • New to the coffee machine scene. Me and wife are interested in a pod nespresso machine. Anyone with experience with this one kindly share their thoughts on this one ?

    • +1

      IF you like weak coffee and get stuck to buying only pods from nespresso then get this one otherwise no deal on this one.. i recommend lattisima or the essenza that takes normal pods

    • I would also recommend their normal range of machines as opposed to this type, as this kind has it's own type of pod/capsule and is not as mainstream yet.

      • The Vertuo capsules are also 0.95c each too compared to roughly approx 0.70c for the normal capsules. In saying that, the volume you can get out of the Vertuo is like 200-500ml I believe.

        Don't have a machine though I have tasted the coffee at the boutique and at TGG store. It's basically percolated brewed coffee, not your typical cafe style coffee. The taste may not suit you. Breville and Sunbeam have a similar machine for about $60.

        • Don't have a machine though I have tasted the coffee at the boutique and at TGG store. It's basically percolated brewed coffee, not your typical cafe style coffee.

          Yeah I think I'll stick with the traditional Nespresso pods, as you said they are cheaper and there's a much bigger range to choose from.

        • @Lorindor: I use a normal machine, it's less convenient, but the taste makes it 100x worth the extra minute or two it takes. Also I get to buy the beans I prefer, not the crap they jam in the pod which you can only hope retains its freshness. Used grinds just go in the compost/green bin, so less waste too.

          At $11.50/kg for Aldi's excellent beans, and an average 10g per cup, you get 100 cups from each 1kg bag, so that's 0.12c per cup.

          Every time you use a pod, u pay Nestle upwards of $0.50c so they can hide the profits in their choice of tax-haven. Instead, you can buy a decent coffee machine (with grinder) for $600-$1000 (e.g. all in one Breville BES870, or some other machine with a separate grinder like the BCG820), so you pay up-front, but after a year it begins to pay you back. The satisfaction of a having made a really decent coffee is priceless of course- and puts George Clooney's 60 year old taste buds to shame.

          Given the pods are so bad environmentally, the overall equation just doesn't work out. Just be absolutely sure you get a decent grinder- that is where most people fail with making their own.

        • @zerovelocity:

          I use a normal machine, it's less convenient

          You're underplaying this - they are extremely inconvenient.

          Unfortunately for the planet, this is why capsule/pod machines are so popular; they're just so quick and easy to use! I don't have 10 minutes in the morning to make barista-style coffees, I want to press a button and be out the door in under one.

          I have no problem paying the ~50c per coffee, purely because it's convenient, sure it may be five times the price of coffee beans, but compared to the $5 per day my partner used to spend on take-away coffees, it's cheap.

        • @Lorindor: I don't understand why you say that.

          Sure the machine takes 60s or so to warm up, but I turn it on on my way to the bathroom and is ready to froth milk <2m. When I come back, this is how long it takes:

          Take the milk from the fridge, and find 2 cups, 10s
          Grind a double filter: 18.5s
          Load the group: 2s
          Begin frothing the milk: 15s later press the double pour button
          Pour takes 30s, in which time I'm done frothing
          Pour both cups: 10s
          Wipe the wand, empty the group: 5s

          Add that up I'm at around 90s. No it isn't hard either- my 60 year old mother in law, who never used to drink coffee up until a year ago, manages it in not much more.

          You won't go much faster with a pod machine, if doing milk.

          Every week or three I have to put water in the machine and beans in the grinder, but they are only a 2min job. You still have to put water in a pod machine.

        • @zerovelocity:

          I never said it was harder, but it takes significantly more time - which I simply do not have in the morning.

          With that being said, I used one for roughly a week or so whilst staying with family recently, and it was painful having to clean each component after every use - but I had the extra time to do so because I was on holiday.

          I really dislike the environment impact pod machines have, but it all comes down to convenience at the end of the day.

        • @Lorindor:Significantly; 90s is too long for a decent cup? You definitely live fast :-)

          You can also get a full auto machine and have it fill the glass from go to woah, but I guess it'll still take 75s or so.

          How do you prepare your milk any faster with the pod machine, or are you just having it cold/flat/microwaved?

          If you microwave your milk whilst pulling a pod (sugars don't come up, zero microfoam, so from a flavour perspective you lose a lot doing this), it'd be perhaps 30s, plus handling before and after to do the lot. Maybe you saved one minute, but the taste and the texture suffer.

          Besides, how many minutes do you have to work to make back the extra $0.50c spent before you even opened the door?

          I always thought Pod machines were only good for people that have coffee at home once a week or so, as keeping coffee fresh is hard and you can buy small packs of pods, and making coffee infrequently means co-ordination on the machine is hard to maintain/using it takes longer than it need take. I reckon it took me a month or two to get from 3mins to 90s- mainly because I always get distracted by others in the kitchen.

        • @zerovelocity:

          Significantly; 90s is too long for a decent cup? You definitely live fast :-)

          Of course it isn't, but I'm sure you have a routine after using one for as long as you have, and like I said in my previous comment, the part I dislike is the maintenance.

          How do you prepare your milk any faster with the pod machine, or are you just having it cold/flat/microwaved?

          I use an automatic frother that came with the machine, but I'd say it would take the same amount of time to do it manually.

          Besides, how many minutes do you have to work to make back the extra $0.50c spent before you even opened the door?

          I think you're missing my point, the coffee brewing process itself is relatively okay, it's more the clean-up that puts me off.

          With that being said, I am considering a hybrid espresso/capsule machine as an upgrade in the new year.

        • @Lorindor:
          I think you are having trouble getting over using some single thermoblock machine. They take time to build up steam and waste at least 30s. And worse, using a 'frother', you'll get mixed results and have extended cleanup.

          BTW: Choice magazine recently did a comparison of pod-machines, the best scored 65% according to the reputed baristas they used to get the best possible result out of each machine.

          I'd rate mine at nearer to 80%, being humble. I cannot find a nicer coffee downtown at the pick of the coffee-dens. Having had my machine for < a year- I'd hardly be faster than others, and in case you didn't notice, I included the cleanup in my timings.

          All that at the 1/5 the price of the cheapest pods, and with an initial investment of <$1000. The BES920 I use is in fact available on a sub-$700 deal today (and the grinder often comes up <$200) https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/350211

        • @zerovelocity:

          I think you are having trouble getting over using some single thermoblock machine.

          I'd say you're right, but with that being said, the machine I used was quite old and wasn't an all-in-one unit like the one I'm currently considering as a replacement for our trusty Nespresso.

          What are your thoughts on something like this?

        • @Lorindor: That is the new model of the machine I had before the 920. I've repaired them as well as (ab)used them, and would vouch for their quality.

          The downside of the all in one is not what you might think- ie that the grinder will not be very good or last the distance- it is actually quite good.

          The trouble with mine (that is possibly fixed in the new model) is that it was hard to keep the grind setting and the pull quality in the sweet range, so once one finds the perfect setting, you have to take more care to tamp the exactly the right amount of pressure. So keeping the tasts consistent, and teaching others to get it right, is harder.

          However on such a machine it takes longer to make your coffee than it does on the dual boiler BES920 which allows you to steam milk as you wait for the pour to complete. Single thermoblock designs (even when very well made) do not allow you to steam immediately afterwards, so precious time is wasted waiting between operations.

          That said, the 870 moves as fast as the best thermoblocks I've ever used. All that said, and regardless of the speed you need, if you use it every day, get the 920 as it's worth every cent.

    • You can go to Nespresso store to try it.

      After I tried I won't buy this I will stay with my normal nespresso machine and pod.

      BTW, I got a free take away cup when I tried the new one from Nespresso store, they can be reused.

    • Get the Citiz

      With the cashback and coffee credits, works out to $67 for the machine. The milk frother alone costs that.

      You get 2x each of the Intenso range, then can use the $40 coffee credit to try a few others. If you don't like it, then you can just switch to a stovetop espresso maker and use the frother for milk…

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