In my younger days I used to enjoy a strong black coffee and Marlborough in the morning as I looked strolled along the Southbank to work eyeing up the totty. I no longer smoke, live in London or eye up the totty, but I do still enjoy a good cup of the black stuff. My wife has got a hankering for a coffee machine (that you plug in) and I have hankering for an espresso pot (that you pop on the stove). Given that the bean is all important which is best for making a cup of black? Any advise? Will a fancy coffee make great coffee or are they just a waste of cash?