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A Good Cup of Coffee

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8 Jan
5:28pm, 8 Jan 2021
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Hive mind: i have a significant birthday coming up and my lovely wife is keen to buy me a bean to cup espresso machine. I would like something which can use both whole beans and ground coffee. Nobody in the house takes milk in their coffees (urgh!) so there is no need to have a milk frother/latte/cappucino function.
Does anyone have any good suggestions?
8 Jan
5:42pm, 8 Jan 2021
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^ for no milk you'd likely get more bang for buck buying a very good grinder, a v60 or aeropress and maybe a Robot Espresso maker.


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8 Jan
6:13pm, 8 Jan 2021
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Which? rates the Melitta Purista as its top choice for bean-to-cup: it doesn't have a frother - but it can't take ground coffee.

Others that it rates and that take ground coffee (all have milk frothers):
Delonghi La Specialista

Melitta Barista Smart

DeLonghi ECAM Eletta Plus

Sage The Barista Pro - you have to tamp your own coffee so not quite at the push of a button but that might appeal to you.

I have a Delonghi bean-to-cup which has served me well (it failed in the summer after 3.5 years and had to be sent back a couple of times before they finally fixed it but it's good as new now); it does take ground coffee but only one scoop at a time, so it could be a faff if you wanted to use ground coffee regularly.

Most bean-to-cups are pretty pricey. I'd say mine was entry level at £250 and most are £500+. That said, I won't hesitate to buy another when mine finally bites the dust.

Just a few ideas to kick off research!
10 Jan
12:04pm, 10 Jan 2021
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Thanks, guys, those are a few good directions to look 😊

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Maintained by Red Squirrel
Non-tea drinker here and nowhere to talk about the caffeine bean, so I thought I'd start a thread. ...
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