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For anyone wondering, the coarser ground I experimented with was Costa, just to see if it was nice more than anything. It was okay; nothing special.

I know bog-all about aeropress really so this is just about the beanz. If you get some fresh-roasted ones it makes such a massive difference (for me with a cheap burr grinder and a gaggia machine, anyway). Like, anything from the supermarket at all (Waitrose is my local) is a bit disappointing. Anything from Whittard (strong roasts such as bourbon espresso or the french one), or hasbean.co.uk or places like that: amazing. For a couple of weeks, then it noticeably goes less good, so I try to run out by about then. I haven't tried Costa beans but the Starbucks ones someone gave me once were about on par with the supermarket.

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I feel like a right fool for asking this. I am not the biggest coffee lover in the world but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee and do not shy from working/waiting for it.

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I bought myself one of these. Friends have them and I drank dozens of excellent cups of coffee at their place made with this exact machine. I bought myself top quality beans from a store that specialises in coffee (Wackers Kaffee for those familiar in Frankfurt am Main) and a coffee grinder from Zassenhaus. For two evenings now I have been trying to brew a good cup of coffee and every try ended in a strong, bitter and burnt taste.

What fecks me off the most is the "it is very easy, just do this and that" vibe of every bloody article about this machine. I feel like a right muppet not being able to brew a good cup with this easy-to-use machine. I have tried cold and boiled water, adding less coffee, using a finer and coarser grind. Result i always the same.

Muk, what am I doing wrong? You helped me with my rice cooker query, you are my last hope.

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Start with boiling water and turn it off as soon as it starts to gurgle are the only key things. Don't use an espresso grind as you want something a bit coarser.

Also remember that it just doesn't make coffee as smooth as proper machines - personally I like it and I drink it all the time but it won't come close to anything made with serious equipment.

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You see, the gurgle thing does not seem to work. When I take it off the stove (ceramic unfortunately) when I hear the gurgle (the signal coffee is about to appear) the pressure is gone and the thing just stops working.

I know what kind of coffee the machine can produce and I quite like it.

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Start with boiling water and turn it off as soon as it starts to gurgle are the only key things.

Definitely this, though I find with mine that really you want to turn it off before it gets to gurgling. You can peek at the coffee coming through and then turn off the heat as soon as it starts getting foamy and coming out at a greater rate. I get good results even with pre-ground coffee this way. (One of these days I'll get around to picking up a grinder.)

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Made me think I should shop local as well, found this lot, south London if anyone is interested - http://volcanocoffeeworks.com/

My local cafe use those beans, it's delicious coffee!

I'm about to try and make a flat white with Monmouth espresso, an Aeropress and a £5 milk frother. I don't think this is going to go well. Should I heat the milk slightly?

UPDATE: turned out alright.

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Not as good as Volcano. Although gonna give them another pack to redeem themselves.

They're pretty good. If nothing else because it removes the hassle from remembering to order coffee and they send a bag to me seemingly magically every fortnight. If you don't like what they've sent you then go on their site into your account and mark the coffee as "disliked". They'll never send you the same coffee again.

I switched to beans with them two months ago and noticed a definite upgrade in the quality of coffee sent out compared to their ready ground stuff.

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