Usually around the $300 mark so worth a try. I am very happy with my old S22 machine which has performed well. Espresso capsules are also on sale for $4 for 10 pack.
Grinders coffee pods on special at Woolies for $4.20, so if you want anything apart from Expresso, head to Woolies
no thank you, it uses Caffitaly Capsules. very few selections and variety of coffee.
get a machine that uses nespresso capsules which is what the majority of roasters makes coffee for. and have a huge variety and selection. also you can take the nespresso capsules from your hotel and use it at home, lol.
Or buy one of those chinese machines that accepts pretty much every capsule in existence.
I've had a high end Nespresso and Saeco MAP / Caffitaly machine for a couple of years. All pods are rubbish. So I now refill both with fresh grind coffee. With a reusable lid its easy as, and light years better coffee.
Out of the two, the MAP machine produces a bigger coffee (8 grams vs Nespresso 6g), a better coffee and they are easier to refill.
I also just bought a Delonghi full auto machine and discovered the MAP machine allows a finer grind coffee to be used (especially with oily beans), and therefore slightly better Crema.
So if you are willing to put in an extra 40 seconds effort, the Caffitally machine can produce some excellent results.
Don't know about the $399, but at $99 can produce a good coffee.
Any recommendation for refillable nespresso capsules?
Go for the clear plastic capsules that have a bottom that inverts. They can be reused over and over as the bottom doesn't get pierced, it folds in.
Nespresso will need a new top each time (use alfoil).
For Caffitaly/Map pods any type will do. Rinse the plastic filters inside each time, reinsert, fill with ground coffee with a very light tamp (the coarseness is an art). The ole full shot, 20- 25 seconds is about right. It will be slower than normal. But infinitely better creams. For the tops I use the thicker foil (ie. Yoghurt foil tops, powder choc foil tops etc) as they can be used 10x or more each.
As soon as you finish. Take the pods out and put them in a cup of water….(I use the machine to fill a cup as a rinse cycle) Stir….the plastic floats to the top. Take the remaining coffee grounds and chuck em in the garden..it loves it. Rinse, pods,lids, filters..Will be ready for the next coffee. Nespresso is a bit easier without the plastic filters, but you need a new top each time.
Once you get in the routine, you will make a pod for your next coffee in the time while a pod is brewing. Repeat.
Caffitaly & K-fee use a larger pod than Nespresso, likely to compensate for their lack of George Clooney.
Aldi pods are also caffitaly
Coles also has a selection in san remio and coles urban
Aldi pods are not caffitaly. They are expressi which is K-fee.
Not an expert in this area but why are these Caffitally and K-Fee compatiible:
Practically no difference between two.
San Remio capsules are terrible. Coles Urban are OK but made in Italy. I buy Aust made from Urban Brew, a little more expensive but nice coffee and with biodegradable pods https://www.urbanbrew.co/
These pods are decent and obviously compatible with this machine, also cheap too at a little over 29c each
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