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During my first trip to Rome a few years ago I fell in love with "proper" coffee. My parents always drank instant and I didn't consider myself to be a coffee drinker so I never frequented the expensive coffee houses in town. However, my first espresso was an eye-opener. Dark and strong enough to stand the spoon up in, the flavour was a revelation. I could actually taste the roasted beans and I discovered that coffee tasting is an art form, rather like wine tasting. Each bean, when it is grown and where determines the flavour specific to that region. My husband bought me this beautifully stylish Magimix coffee machine from John Lewis for just under £200. It uses Nespresso capsules which can be bought online from their website or from one of their shops, based mainly in and around London, although they are now popping up in high end department stores too. The Nespresso Club is easy enough to use and you feel like you are a VIP member of an exclusive group of coffee lovers. The website gives all the information you need about the different blends as well as offering the full range of machines and posh accessories such as little packets of sugar and gorgeous cups and saucers. You have to order 50 capsules at a time for packaging reasons and this costs around £20 which works out at around 30p a cup! Cheap as chips. They are delivered by courier in stylish black packaging and the website features limited edition blends 3-4 times a year so you can always try something new.
The machine itself is compact, though very solid and well made. It is black with crome trims and features an arm for frothing hot milk or dispensing hot water. There is a metal drip tray and everything dismantles in seconds for easy cleaning. If you live in a hard water area the machine will need descaling a couple of times a year. A set of two descaling kits are available from the Nespresso site for around £5 and it is worth investing in these to keep your machine in excellent condition. The box also contained a set of one white "lungo" cup and saucer and an espresso cup with saucer to get you started, also a full set of capsules, one of each variety (20 in all) to try. The coffees are rated according to strength and also include a decaffinated variety which is delicious.
Making a cup of coffee is easy. You simply fill the reservoir with cold water and switch on the machine. When the machine is ready the indicator light goes off and you can place a capsule into the filter arm and clip it into the machine, just like in an Italian coffee house! At the touch of a button the water is forced through a heated chamber into the capsule and a thin stream of rich dark coffee comes down into the cup which is waiting underneath. The noise is very satisfying and the whole house quickly fills with the aroma of fresh coffee. Lovely. I love a really strong espresso but my husband prefers a lungo, a bigger cup for a less intense flavour. I also like to experiment by adding flavoured syrups and only demerara sugar will do to sweeten!
For a cappucino you can add frothy milk to a shot of espresso, or why not try a macchiato with a blend of chocolate and coffee mixed with hot milk? Whatever your poison, the Magimaix M150 gives excellent results. It is without a doubt my favourite kitchen gadget of all time and I would highly recommend it.
I'm a massive coffee fan! Over the years I've worked in countless Italian restaurants and developed an insane love for coffee. I've now got to the point where I can no longer drink instant coffee; at the least it has to be ground and chucked into a cafetiere.
My parents own the MagiMix M150 and it's a truly brilliant coffee maker.The downside is that I no longer live at home, so I can't enjoy delicious coffee every morning. The M150 uses coffee capsules that can be purchased at various places online, but specifically at www.Nespresso.com. Online you can pick a pack of 30 Capsules for around £8-9 ranging at around 29p a capsule; that's pretty cheap considering a Small cup of coffe from costa is around £1.50 onwards. You can also choose from 16 different flavours of coffee; you'll get a little booklet that tells you what each flavour tastes like and how strong it is.
The actual machine itself is brilliant. It's quite a small compact machine and fits in nicely without overpowering your kitchen. The machine breaks down very easily to clean, and the drip tray at the bottom takes moments to remove and clean. From purchasing to setting it up takes literally minutes, once you've figured out where everything is and a few button pushes will explain anything that the instruction manual can't. Making the coffee is a simple process as well, the arm detaches, pop the capsule in, reattach the arm and flick the switch..job done and your creamy coffee is waiting for you. Oh and it has a little hotplate on the top where you can store your mugs so they'll heat up and keep your coffee warm for longer
As brilliant as this machine is, there are a few downsides. Having made frothy coffee's for years I was looking forward to making a cappuccino; however the frother does nothing more than spit hot water at you, even when the steam comes out you would achieve foam faster by blowing on the milk. The only other downside is the fact it takes a good 15minutes to heat up before you'll get the best creamy coffee.
However don't let this deter you, it does what allot of other coffee machines do; only better and at a fraction of the price.
I work for a company where we did a project for Lavazza and we managed to swindle a free espresso machine out of them. Unfortunately it was my job to install the damn thing and get the coffee flowing. After 30minutes I couldn't get it to work and the only thing than came out of the nozzle was a disgusting dirty liquid.
~THE FINER DETAILS/PRODUCT SPEC~
*Powerful 19-bar pump
*Includes 2 x espresso cups and saucers
*Includes a selection of coffee capsules
*Steam arm for frothing
*Utilizes Nespresso capsule system
Cost online: £127 at www.bestuff.co.uk, but can be founded cheaper elsewhere
~A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA INFO~
Another great thing about Nespresso is that they haven't got a clue whats going on! We were lucky enough to receive a giant box of capsules just before last Christmas; a giant box that we hadn't even ordered. I can truly say I was in my element. If you do buy capsules I recommend the "Cosi"; it tastes amazing!
If you can manage to find one online cheap, i would definitely recommend buying it. I've actually just decided as I'm writing this, i'm going to track one down and buy it!
I am a self confessed coffee addict and seem to collect coffee machines the way other people collect china or whatever!
The latest addition to my collection is the Nespresso M150, as I was craving a way to make decaff espresso, which none of the other pod systems offer!
There are many Nespresso machines to choose from, depending on what you want it to do. I chose this one as I liked the top bit to heat up your cups, plus the arm to froth milk (or make a cup of tea it turns out!)
On arrival, the box is massive, but well packed. The machine is fairly large, but not heavy, but you would need to measure that you had space first, the measurement for all the machines are on the Nespresso website.
There are simple instructions in picture format, so within 5 mins, mine was set up and I'd followed the instructions to rinse it out before beginning.
All Nespresso machines only use pods which are only available online (or from Harrods!). The online shop seems very efficient and sends your order within a few days.
The machine comes with a welcome pack containing one of each type of coffee to try, plus an espresso and lungo cup and saucers. I nice touch I thought.
You switch the machine on, pop a pod in, move the switch to the cup symbol, and hey presto, perfect coffee. If you move the switch the other way, the steam arm produces either steam for frothy hot milk (very frothy too!), or boiling water for making longer coffees. A quick rinse of the pod holder is all it needs to clean up too, no messy coffee bits!
Now the important bit is the coffee! This machine is for real coffee addicts. They make 12 different pods, each 25-6p each. 9 are espresso, ranging from strong, thick, blast your socks off, to a mild gentle one, and everything in-between! They then do 3 lungos which are longer coffees. You can of course add milk, to create lattes and cappuccinos, or more boiling water to make Americano. All of the coffees are outstanding! Also fresh each time as sealed in pods. The main problem now is that coffee out in Starbucks seems weak and horrid compared to this!
It is pricey, but when you think of the price of a coffee out, it suddenly seems cheap!
The Nespresso website is great, as well as ordering pods, you can find recipes, see how their coffee is sourced, buy cups etc (very expensive!), plus lots of other things. It does sing at you however, a major fault I feel!
So a great buy if you want to make coffee like Costa's coffee. Pricey if you just want long mugs of coffee.
This Nespresso machine produces one of the best latte coffees I have tasted - as good as any you will experience in a high street coffee shop. It is simple to use whether you have a taste for espresso or latte. The water heats up very quickly - taking approximately 3 minutes to produce a standard cup of coffee. The equipment is easy to clean after use but does require occasional descaling if you live in a hard water area.
The only downside is the fact that you cannot buy the capsules in the shops. These need to be ordered online in multiples of ten.
There is a wide range of types of coffee available from around the world and in various strengths. My favourites are: 'Roma', a medium strength coffee suitable for espresso; 'Arpeggio', a similar strength coffee which can be used for latte and cappuccino and; 'Decaffeinato Intenso' - a decaffeinated coffee.
All my life was hatting the espresso so much , can't smell it , its taste seemed to me like the medicine , but at cafes I could drink it , I was thinking that they put something in it to be good , our espresso machine was older than my age , and my family didn't buy one new because they didn't interest in espresso , but one day at my friend's home , I drunk it , but it seemed to me like the espresso that the cafe made , I wondered because I really loved it like the cafe's one , but I didn't want to ask my friend how they made it , to not look silly , so I walked to thier kitchen , I found some espresso machine that I liked it , it was black and not so big , I did read its name , it was Magimix Nespresso M150 , when I came back to home , I searched on the internet the name of the machine , it was full of advantages , First , I love the colour black , it had good look , and I saw it , it wasn't big ,and not heavy , and with that it wasn't costing high , it costs 117,19 , so I ordered it , now I'm so inlove with espresso , and I love to drink it at home while I watch t.v .
Short name: Magimix M150