- Coffee-which one am bestest?
trailmonkey – Member
if it’s an espresso machine then it’s got to be Lavazza coffee
+1 for Lavazza.
Try some and see if you like it.
I do like Illy though but have not compared the 2 back to back, normally have Illy when out and Lavazza at home to keep things different.
I keep trying other makes with fancy names and claims but something is just right about Lavazza and Illy.
PS nice choice of machine. Quite depressing how the capsule machines have taken over the shelves in the shops these days.Posted 6 years agomattbeeSubscriber
Grabbed some Lavazza preground from the shop across the road last night as I had to use the machine.It seems a nice coffee but a little ‘weak’. Mind you on the machine there’s only one setting for strength with preground as opposed to 5 or 6 for beans. (It is ESAM 5600 btw. WIfe has a friend who works for manufacturer, I saw the price online and nearly spat out my newly made coffee!)Posted 6 years ago
I’m off to hunt out various beans this afternoon, any recommendations for shops in Portsmouth area? Looking forward to feeding a new ‘addiction’…..BigJohnSubscriber
If anybody is thinking of getting a grinder (and I staunchly maintained for years that Lavazza ground was good enough until I bit the bullet and realised I was plain wrong) may I recommend the Iberital MC2from Happy Donkey.
It’s good because it grinds the beans directly into your filter in a measured dose so it’s even less faff than using ground out of a tin. And at £114 it’s a steal for a proper burr grinder.Posted 6 years agoandylMember
Also perfect for adding into Oreo cookie milkshakes 🙂
Machines that grind or can take pre-ground are the best. We have a Jura machine at Uni which is great. But it takes a beating (lots of coffee addicted academics and post grads/docs).
Nice place round the corner that roasts beans too so you can go in and have a chat about what you like and let him recommend something to try.Posted 6 years agoInnesMember
After reading this thread I decided to get some better coffee. I went to a Deli in town and asked for espresso beans ground for an espresso machine. The coffee had next to no smell, and I could of ground better with that suggestion of a rolling pin and plastic bag.
I decided to order some decent stuff, so I ordered a couple of packs of coffee from Highland Coffees.
I have had some of their coffee before and it was really good. I made a mistake in my order so I phoned up, they were very helpful and sorted it out and said they were roasting tomorrow and would send it out tomorrow afternoon, so it should be nice and fresh.
InnesPosted 6 years agoransosSubscriber
I tried buying beans from a local roaster, but prefer Sainsbury’s espresso beans. This may make me a philistine, but it shows that personal preference is what counts. I do find a grinder to be essential though – unless you drink a fair amount, pre-ground will have gone stale before you finish the packet.Posted 6 years agograhambMember
if you are short on space the ascaso i-mini is good too in either stainless or black.
I have an 250W I-Mini. If all you’re grinding for is espresso & shelf space is tight then it’s an excellent machine. (It needed a minor bit of work with the Dremmel. The grinds back up the chute partly due to a burr on the bottom of the chute & partly because the basket is too close to the chute. It seems to be a known problem with them, but was easily fixed. 😀Posted 6 years ago
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