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bossman
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 2:39pm
Subject: Re: Superautomatic newbie help
 

GVDub Said:

Another thing that will help is making sure your cups are well pre-heated. Use the "rinse" cycle to pull hot water into your cup and let it warm a little before pulling the shot. The top of the machine "cup warmer" doesn't get them near warm enough.

Posted December 11, 2013 link

That I do already do.  I HATE cold coffee(unless it's an intentional iced variety), which is why I only started drinking coffee with cream after starting to make lattes since you heat the milk first.  If I have drip I drink it black simply so I don't have to put anything in it that might cool it down.  I have been adding hot water from the wand and let it sit in the cup while I steam the milk before I brew a shot.
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Bogiesan
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 8:48am
Subject: Re: Superautomatic newbie help
 

bossman Said:

No pre-ground option on this machine, Vienna Plus.  Grr, not sure they will let me return it since I exchanged the nespresso for this. :(

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Depends on who "they" are.
Costco offers several superautos on their website and in a few of their larger warehouses and they still offer 100% satisfaction. High end department stores have restricted their once-liberal return policies. You'd have been better served had you come here first. Bummer all the way around. But you made a significant leap from the $100-200 Nespreso unit to the Vienna Plus so you may be able to convince the retailer to upgrade you again. However, their accounting would reflect significant losses on this try-after-you-buy spree. What else does this outfit have on the shelves? Can you at least continue to move up the scale at the same store? Post a list of the rest of the espresso machines they offer and someone might be able to tell you which would be the better option for you.

 
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Bogiesan
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 8:20pm
Subject: Re: Superautomatic newbie help
 

Try this article:

Click Here (www.coffeecontrarian.blogspot.com)

and link to the article from Kenneth Davids who compares Nespresso with Keurig units. The Contrarian, however, recommends a simple stovetop unit, a good grinder and a milk frother for stout and competent coffee drinks that are better than drip-brewed but not spectacular.

 
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