Originally Posted by Beckwith
The Jursa machines are impressive and allow you to use whatever beans you want. Downside, cost. I currently use the nespresso machines and have for 7+ years, great machines that make a quality espresso.
I haven't felt like ponying up for a Jura or comparable espresso machine, and my experience with cheaper units has been disappointing. So, I have espresso drinks when I'm out, as a treat.
For regular coffee at home, I have a Capresso CoffeeTEAM TS drip brewer with integrated burr grinder, gold filter, and thermal carafe. It's my second Capresso; the first one gave up the ghost after eight years of daily use. The new model appears to be of higher build quality and materials. I typically use Illy beans because that's what the Mrs. likes. The unit takes a small charcoal filter, but I have an undersink water filtration unit so I eshew the charcoal thingy.
Is it the greatest coffee ever brewed? No. Is it better than most restaurant and coffee bar coffee I've ever had? Without a doubt. One would be hard pressed to find a simpler or easier system by which to get results as consistently good, esp. @ this price. Of course, if you like finagling with soaked paper filters and so forth, have at it; it holds no charm for me.
At the office, I have a TechniVorm MoccaMaster CD-10 with a stand-alone Capresso burr grinder. Very good, but a bit more labor intensive; a MoccaMaster with an integrated burr grinder would be awesome.