Coffee and Cigarettes....

#1
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?
 
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#3
I splashed out on a Gaggia Accedemia. It's very pricey, but by **** I've never looked back.

Bean to cup, or ground, the choice is yours. It offers flexibility, and will make whatever your heart desires. Cafe lungo? Sure! Double espresso? No drama! Late machiato? With you in a minute.

You can alter the strength, grind, length of each coffee to suit your tastes.

Buy one! You'll love it. Unlike some coffee machines it's high pressure, and has a dual heater, so you're ready for your first cup within seconds of turning the machine on.

It has an autowake, so it turns on as I'm dragging my arrse out of bed. Cleaning it is a doddle, as it cleans itself. The only thing which is a nause is the monthly descaling which takes about 4 liters of water, and about an hour of your time. It's fully automated, but you have to refill the water tank a few times.

I also have a monthly subscription to these guys: Roastmaster Service (Annual Subscription) Roasted Coffee Collection | Union Hand Roasted Coffee

I get the monthly roastmasters selection delivered to my door. Nom nom nom nom nom. A different coffee each month, and I've never had a shit one.

[video=youtube;eVfyVAnk5go]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVfyVAnk5go[/video]
 
#4
I must confess, I am a coffee drinker, not poseur, if you like it, there you go; for myself, Taylor's Hot Lava Java, goes down a treat. I am the only coffee drinker in the family, so a perculator does for me for the day. Drunk from an old Thermos mug, which is still good cold (black).
 
#5
I splashed out on a Gaggia Accedemia. It's very pricey, but by **** I've never looked back.

Bean to cup, or ground, the choice is yours. It offers flexibility, and will make whatever your heart desires. Cafe lungo? Sure! Double espresso? No drama! Late machiato? With you in a minute.

You can alter the strength, grind, length of each coffee to suit your tastes.

Buy one! You'll love it. Unlike some coffee machines it's high pressure, and has a dual heater, so you're ready for your first cup within seconds of turning the machine on.

It has an autowake, so it turns on as I'm dragging my arrse out of bed. Cleaning it is a doddle, as it cleans itself. The only thing which is a nause is the monthly descaling which takes about 4 liters of water, and about an hour of your time. It's fully automated, but you have to refill the water tank a few times.

I also have a monthly subscription to these guys: Roastmaster Service (Annual Subscription) Roasted Coffee Collection | Union Hand Roasted Coffee

I get the monthly roastmasters selection delivered to my door. Nom nom nom nom nom. A different coffee each month, and I've never had a shit one.

[video=youtube;eVfyVAnk5go]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVfyVAnk5go[/video]
I'll look after it while you deploy if you like
 
#10
Nespresso surely. It is expensive coffee, but it tastes first class, noting to clean or de-calc and consistent quality at the press of a button. I've had mine for 10 years now, gone through 1000s of capsules in my household (about 5-10 a day). No brainer.
 
#12
Good Grief, whatever happened to; hot and wet is good?
 
#16
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?
If you just want good espresso this is all you need.

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#18
If you just want good espresso this is all you need.

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Agreed (provided you grind the beans fresh) - but - if you have an induction hob then trying to find a stainless steel one is like trying to find rocking horse shit. We have one steel 12 cup (fine for the two of us) but not so clever when entertaining.

Any linkies to steel 12 cup stove-top espresso makers gratefully received.

(no smart-arse comments about using a hexi burner either!)
 

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#19
My mum bought me a Bosch Tassimo for christmas a year or two back, she doesn't drink coffee and it shows in her choice of machine. The discs are expensive, it clogs up easily and if I'm honest the coffee isn't great. Also my missus is a bit of a spaz when it comes to operating machinery and she has been known to put the disc in backwards which results in boiling water and coffee granules going all over your kitchen.

For these reasons we use it very occasionally, usually when I can't be arsed to do a percolator or one of those jug things with the filter plunger. Even with little use it always plays up.

We had a Nespresso at my last place of employment, it was the bollox. As soon this Tassimo thing gives up for good (imminently by the looks of things), we're getting all over a Nespresso.
 

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LE
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#20
My mum bought me a Bosch Tassimo for christmas a year or two back, she doesn't drink coffee and it shows in her choice of machine. The discs are expensive, it clogs up easily and if I'm honest the coffee isn't great. Also my missus is a bit of a spaz when it comes to operating machinery and she has been known to put the disc in backwards which results in boiling water and coffee granules going all over your kitchen.

For these reasons we use it very occasionally, usually when I can't be arsed to do a percolator or one of those jug things with the filter plunger. Even with little use it always plays up.

We had a Nespresso at my last place of employment, it was the bollox. As soon this Tassimo thing gives up for good (imminently by the looks of things), we're getting all over a Nespresso.

Edited to add: The plunger thing is called a cafetiere isn't it? Foreign words confuse me.
 

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