sethchambers Senior Member Joined: 19 Aug 2013 Posts: 4 Location: Fresno, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013, 4:13pm Subject: Suggestions for a low yield pod/e.s.e. based espresso machine for my classroom?
I am a teacher, and today is my first day back teaching (high school), and I am CRAVING an espresso.
I am thinking about getting a low yield machine for 1-2 cups a day. I don't have a water supply, so I am looking at a small tank that I can refill as needed.
I'd prefer to not grind and pack because of the mess in my classroom (and I don't have a sink), so am looking at going with a pod-based system. I usually do a French Press at home in the morning, but the process is too laborious to do on a 15 min. break between classes. For now, my Tonx and Intelligentsia stays at home.
While in Paris, my wife and I had a Nespresso in the apartment we rented. While not the best by some standards, it's MILES better than the Folger's in the staff kitchen. I appreciated the price per pod and the ease of use and cleanup. I am also open to an e.s.e. based system, because of a larger variety of manufacturers (of not only the system, but the coffee itself).
Would anyone be able to recommend a good compact unit that won't break the bank? If I am to convince my wife we need a second machine just for my classroom, it will have to be south of $200. I am open to new ideas too.
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 6:10am Subject: Re: Suggestions for a low yield pod/e.s.e. based espresso machine for my class
HI and welcome to the board.
I think that part of the reason you may not be getting much response is that on the whole, we avoid pods and "cup" machines.
They do have their place though, and a situation like yours is a place that they do have advantages. Ease of use, low fuss and higher than the community pot quality are all reasons to look in the direction of pod/cup machines.
All I can say is that the Kureg (Sp) machines I have used in hotel rooms, make a drinkable if not outstanding cup. I only know the ones I have used were for low volume and single person size. Beyond that, I can't advise one way or the other. I think if you stick to well known brand names you will probably be OK.
Welcome again, perhaps we can help with a home setup later?
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 6:20am Subject: Re: Suggestions for a low yield pod/e.s.e. based espresso machine for my class
As an ex-teacher I would recommend checking with the admin as to whether the machine in the classroom is allowed. You probably already have, but with liability issues being what they are I thought I would mention it. I worked a LAUSD school whee the principal would not let me keep my $1000+ bike in my room even though there was a place for it (that was back in '82).
While not necessarily economical to use, the K-cup machines would be a good choice. They need a minimum of cleaning or clean up and disposing of the spent cup is easy. Having a bottle of water on hand should alleviate trips to a water source during the day as well. Some of the Keurig machines come with or have an optional larger reservoir as well. There are also a lot of chocies when it comes to varieties of coffee and other beverages. Reusable K-cups can be had, filled at home with your own coffee, and brought for use at school. That would make the use of the machine far more economical and environmentally friendly, but add to clean up chores.
Again, though, I am looking for capsule-based solutions b/c A) I have no water supple B) I have no way to heat it and C) I don't have the time (and it's not professional) to have grounds/grinder/etc. and water all over the place. Great for home, not so much for a classroom with high school kids around.
The pod-based system serves its purpose (getting me through the afternoon slump) and it's a single contained, clean unit.
Everything has a purpose. I prefer my press or espresso machine at home, but looking for ease of use at work.
kimbo5 Senior Member Joined: 27 Aug 2013 Posts: 23 Location: ontario Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Wed Aug 28, 2013, 8:14pm Subject: how about illy
what about illy capsule? A friend of mine has it in the office and I have tasted the coffee. We lived in Paris too and I've used nespresso before and illy is the same, sometimes i think i like it better
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