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    Machine Tips

    Our Top Machine “MUST - DO’s” for all users

    1. Always prepare your Nespresso machine correctly every morning before use. This simply means that you should push the espresso button, without a capsule in the holder, to flush the system and warm up the components properly before processing a capsule. You will get a far better result if you do this.
    2. Make sure you use the correct button on your coffee machine that matches the type of capsule you have selected - only use “Espresso” capsules with the small (espresso) button and "Lungo" (long) capsules with the “long” button. In our range the 3 Lungo blends are clearly named to make it easy.
    3. Do not reuse a capsule once it has been through your machine once.

    When extraction begins, you should hear our famous “pop”, which is normal when using our capsule, it proves the coffee is extracting correctly. Ethical Coffee pods pose NO risk to your Nespresso® machine - we guarantee it!

     Simple tips on choosing a coffee pod machine

    Why pod machines anyway?

    By far the biggest news in kitchen appliances has to be the new-found love for proper coffee. Sales of in-home machines have soared, with over 1.5 million machines sold in Australia over the last couple of years! Coffee pod sales are well over $175 million each year and forecast to double by 2018.

    Thanks to Nespresso, we've become a nation of in home coffee connoisseurs. These days, a cup of instant just won't do. The latest machines evoke feelings of continental living, socialising and carefree attitudes, plus people want to bring home the same quality they experience from their local barista and enjoy the cosmopolitan luxuries of life without the cost. Coffee pods are by far the most convenient way to make a decent cup of coffee, pod machines use pre-measured capsules, so there are no messy grounds to deal with - just pop a pod in the slot and press go and you get a consistent result every time.

    So, the question we are often asked is what machine should I get?

    Advice from our customers

    Think about your needs and your budget. Do you make more than 1 or 2 coffees in a row? Do you have milk based coffee or espresso or long black? Do you have a particular colour scheme in your kitchen? It definitely seems that you get what you pay for with these. Our customers tell us that while the cheap supermarket machines sound like a good idea they are not as reliable as the Nespresso machines and even in the range of Nespresso machines the entry level ones (U and Inissia) are regularly singled out as models that are less robust and have more problems. I guess that is to be expected, as with most things the cheaper the model the shorter the life.

    Based on the experiences of hundreds of our customers we have been able to cut it down to just three models. You will notice they are all Nespresso machines as our feedback is that the cheaper machines are just not worth it. Oh and by the way the best way to get a great price is to buy at Christmas or Mother’s Day. You will get a great cash deal from the electrical retailers and then get a cash back from Nespresso on top. We are happy to help with this is you need, just give us a call.

    Recommended models

    Here are the options:

    1. If you make more than 1 or 2 coffees at a time and you have cappuccino or latte then the best machine is the Nespresso Latissima. The mechanism is very robust (we have processed thousands of pods through our test machine and had zero problems) and will comfortably make multiple coffees one after another. The beauty with this model is that the milk-frothing unit is integrated so a one-button push can make any variation of milk or non-milk coffee that you want and the frothing unit will make multiple coffees before needing to be refilled. The real beauty if this is that the unit does not need to be washed after every coffee is made and if there is milk left in it then you simply unplug it and put it in the fridge! This is our favourite machine.

    2. If you only make one or two coffees at a time then the Pixie machine is what we would recommend. This has robust componentry and our customers report very few problems with this. As with all machines except for the Latissima you will need to think carefully about the milk frothing requirements. All Nespresso frothers must be washed out after every coffee is made as the milk warming process creates a film on the inside of the frothing unit that will burn if more than one coffee’s milk is frothed. The only machine that comes close to the Pixie is the Citiz but this model takes up a larger amount of space on the kitchen bench.

    3. The third model we recommend is the new KitchenAid model. It works beautifully but the only time we would suggest this over the Latissima or the Pixie is if you have other KitchenAid equipment and need to match it or you just prefer items that are more expensive.

    REMEMBER:  Use only Espresso capsules with the Espresso button and Lungo capsules with the long serve button.


    1. If you have a U machine, the design of the U machine can occasionally cause particular issues when making long (lungo) espresso. 
    2. The Ethical Coffee Company capsules work perfectly for espressos and ristrettos.  In Lungo mode, our capsules can sometimes get stuck in the U machine.
    3. To take the capsule out if it gets stuck: open the clasp and use a teaspoon to ease the capsule out.
    4. If you prefer a long cup - simply insert  and extract two capsules, or extract one capsule, drop the capsule through, then hit the short button again (just hot water).  We do not recommend running extra water through a used capsule as this will cause over-extraction of the coffee which is unlikely to taste great.

    REMEMBER:  Use only Espresso capsules with the Espresso button and Lungo capsules with the long serve button. 



    *Excluding professional machines, Gaggia, Saeco and Siemens machines, built-in models (Miele) and capsule-holder machines.