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What Bean to Cup coffee machine?

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by cHk4, 16 Nov 2016.

  1. cHk4


    Joined: 21 Jun 2005

    Posts: 8,717

    I'm torn between two at the moment DELONGHI - Magnifica S ECAM 22.320.SB or the Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Barista Express Coffee Machine and Grinder. There is about £150 difference between the two, it will be my first ever bean to coffee machine. Has anyone had either of these? Views/opinions on them?



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  3. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

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    Location: Staffordshire

    Not the exact model but I've got a Delonghi Magnifica which I've had since 2010 (I think, might have been 2011), it's been fantastic, though it's starting to get a bit problematic now (won't take grounds any more, not that I use them often, crack in both the drip tray and the coffee waste tray).

    I'd definitely get another, assuming I can't keep this one going much longer!


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    I've always wanted a "bean to cup" machine but I know I'll just never use it ;)
  5. rojones


    Joined: 26 Jul 2007

    Posts: 910

    That phrase just reminds me of Malcolm Tucker.
  6. Flibster


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 35,452

    Sage Oracle is my choice here. Steams milk really well, grinder is ok, guts of the Sage Dual Boiler so it's actually a good espresso machine inside. It's pretty much idiot proof too.

    Ain't cheap though.
  7. =XDC=FluphyBunny


    Joined: 16 Feb 2010

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    Location: North East England

    The standard Sage is much cheaper but still a very nice machine.
  8. Clum


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    Location: Auckland/Edinburgh

  9. phil-k

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Jul 2011

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    The two you mention aren't bean to cup though are they
  10. Phate


    Joined: 1 Nov 2003

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    Location: Lisbon, Portugal

  11. Tosno


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    Location: Gloucester



    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Cambridge, UK

    Now that does look like a nice bit of kit ;)
  13. Daaaavvveee

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Nov 2015

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    Location: Bishops Cleeve, UK

    I really wanted one, in the end i got a Nespresso, I find it a lot easier for a "quick" coffee and obviously at 6am it makes no noise really. (I normally drink Latte's, so steaming the milk on B2C machines tends to make too much noise!
  14. Mobius 1


    Joined: 29 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,992

    We have a melitta caffeo. Amazing bit of kit. A few hundred quid though.
  15. Efour


    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    cup to bean is more my stlye :p Ami rite ladiez ?
  16. kingy666

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Aug 2006

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    Location: Liverpool

    I have a Delonghi Magnifica, same as Paradigm has in post 3. I have had it 2 years and use it a few times a day. It is a great bean to cup coffee machine and has been trouble free so far. I do give it a good clean every couple of weeks and i don't use the steam wand at all any more as i have a milk frother/warmer jug which makes perfect milk for lattés and is quicker, less hassle and silent for those early morning fixes. I would certainly recommend the delonghi.
  17. Shimmyhill


    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,162

    Location: Norwich

    Another vote for a Delonghi Magnifica, I got a stunning bargain on mine and use it daily - often lots of time per day and its one of those purchases that it it failed I would go and buy another without thinking about it!
  18. bscott


    Joined: 6 Jun 2016

    Posts: 164

    Location: Cambridge

    I had a bean to cup for a number of years but would never get another after buying a good burr grinder and espresso machine 18 months ago.
  19. swillsy


    Joined: 30 Oct 2011

    Posts: 975

    I use the Magnifica everyday and it has changed my life :)
  20. Participant


    Joined: 13 May 2003

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    Location: Warwickshire

    Problem I found with these is that the coffee is so weak. As in really really weak.