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Old 27th December 2018, 13:08   #1 (permalink)
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As a regular coffee drinker I must have bought quite a few coffee machines over the years - from Cona in the 80's, Gagia in the 90's and right through to Nespresso for the past few years.

Most can be a bit of a phaf really, needing to be de-scaled on a regular basis - even though I only use bottled water, and most only brew one cup at a time or max 2.

Now partly due to my developing consciousness and concern about plastics and the ridiculous amount of damage they do to our oceans, and partly as a result of my frustration about not always being able to get a steady supply of pods - they sell good copies in both Migros and Carrefour - but always seem to have sold out whenever I'm looking - I am looking at other options, so would welcome any info and recommendations.

I've been reading about 'bean-to-cup' automatic machines, which claim to enable to you put fresh roasted beans in the top and then simply select an option from Cappuccino, to Latte and flat-white etc. No prattling about with steamers, arecinos and the like - just simple.

I have no personal experience of them and they are a pretty hefty investment (Arcelik has a DeLonghi one for nearly 7,000TL for example) so its a considered purchase and any personal info, advice and/or recommendations would be very gratefully received.

I live here in Turkey, so importing one is not really an option - as they are a bit heavy and unwieldy to bring back on a plane from my next family visit to the UK and sods law says it will go wrong at some point, so I need to find one here, that can be repaired here when the inevitable happens.

Open to suggestions.....
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You still use pods but Starbucks has started selling pods that are compatable with Nespresso machines, coffee is as good as original and quite a range of types. I know this is not what you were looking for but maybe it will fill the interim gap.
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As a regular coffee drinker I must have bought quite a few coffee machines over the years - from Cona in the 80's, Gagia in the 90's and right through to Nespresso for the past few years.

Most can be a bit of a phaf really, needing to be de-scaled on a regular basis - even though I only use bottled water, and most only brew one cup at a time or max 2.

Now partly due to my developing consciousness and concern about plastics and the ridiculous amount of damage they do to our oceans, and partly as a result of my frustration about not always being able to get a steady supply of pods - they sell good copies in both Migros and Carrefour - but always seem to have sold out whenever I'm looking - I am looking at other options, so would welcome any info and recommendations.

I've been reading about 'bean-to-cup' automatic machines, which claim to enable to you put fresh roasted beans in the top and then simply select an option from Cappuccino, to Latte and flat-white etc. No prattling about with steamers, arecinos and the like - just simple.

I have no personal experience of them and they are a pretty hefty investment (Arcelik has a DeLonghi one for nearly 7,000TL for example) so its a considered purchase and any personal info, advice and/or recommendations would be very gratefully received.

I live here in Turkey, so importing one is not really an option - as they are a bit heavy and unwieldy to bring back on a plane from my next family visit to the UK and sods law says it will go wrong at some point, so I need to find one here, that can be repaired here when the inevitable happens.

Open to suggestions.....
Don't know much about coffee machines Leo but one thing about the Turks, they seem more than able to repair anything. Maybe because as yet, they haven't become a throw away society.
Good luck to you though.
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You still use pods but Starbucks has started selling pods that are compatable with Nespresso machines, coffee is as good as original and quite a range of types. I know this is not what you were looking for but maybe it will fill the interim gap.
Cheers IA, any idea where I can get the pods ?. I'm in Kalkan, but regularly shop in Fethiye for anything big.

I know Starbucks do them for tassimmo machines (not sure if they are available in Turkey) but would be interested if the Nespresso type are available here.

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Cheers IA, any idea where I can get the pods ?. I'm in Kalkan, but regularly shop in Fethiye for anything big.

I know Starbucks do them for tassimmo machines (not sure if they are available in Turkey) but would be interested if the Nespresso type are available here.

Cheers

Leo.
Starbucks do the pods for Nespresso, I have tried Colombian, Kenyan but we like the Guatemalan, they should be on sale next to the shelf of mugs. I assume that all Starbucks are a similar layout.
The other consideration with a bean-to-cup machine is the availability of the 'right' coffee beans here in Turkey. They tend to use Yemeni coffee for Turkish coffee I think, maybe that is all you will find.
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Re: Bean-to-cup

We have a Senseo , it uses paper pods ( bit like tea bags ) i bought refillable plastic holders that you re fill with your own choice of coffee , i also use a coffee duck :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Coffeeduck-...1701726&chn=ps

Which you place a scoop or two of your fave coffee , rinse and re use.

Carrefour and Migros do decent coffee , or you can grind your own beans .

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