Reader’s Questions: Are these coffee beans compatible with my coffee maker?

By | August 5, 2015

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Are these coffee beans compatible
with my coffee maker?

by Anon


I just bought a Saeco Odea Giro Plus fully automatic capuccino/expresso coffee machine and I would like to know if the Kirkland signature dark roast expresso blend coffee beans compatible with my machine?

Thank you

I’m sorry but I didn’t catch your name. Apologies for the delay in posting this answer, it was a little while in the making!

I had a look at the specifications of this machine. Since it doesn’t use any form of cupping system (a la k-cups), you should be able to use any brand or blend of coffee bean with this machine, without issue. That’s not saying you will get a drinkable result, though, every time.

With the kind of coffee you suggest, though, you are off to a reasonable start. If I may, I suggest that you get on my 3-stage training plan.

Step 1: Stick to Quality Brands

First, buy quality coffee. I particularly like Lavazza & Illy coffee for the quality of product, consistency & availability. You can buy them in whole beans easily. That way you will get to know espresso coffee much better. But they may not be the absolute best coffee you can buy. Once you can get the machine making reasonable coffee… it’s time to experiment.

Stage 2: Experiment with different roasts/grinds..

Buy some cheaper espresso coffee (1/4lb size) to practice pulling different shots of espresso. The settings on your machine will allow you to vary several factors (read the manual). Then go to a coffee store that sells really good coffee, and get the best espresso you can afford. Ask the baristas for advice on what to use, go home and experiment a couple of times. You’ll notice a qualitative difference between the expensive & cheap coffees: the flavors, the shot of coffee, the crema… note the differences. Note what you like/don’t like.

Stage 3: Avoid cheap coffee

Then when you learn the equipment, using a coffee like the one you suggest may produce the results you like. Perhaps not. One tip, though, don’t waste money buying unnecessarily cheap coffee. Otherwise you’ll really regret buying an expensive coffee maker, the coffee you get won’t shine.

It would be probably better to buy decent coffee and practice on that, so at least you can take some pleasure in what comes out. I seem to remember buying coffee once from Ikea of all places. They ended up ground to make anti-funky smell pods in the refrigerator. So I learned that the hard way!

Over To You

Hope that helps guide your coffee making. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this machine… there are a few too many lukewarm reviews. You can take a look yourself before deciding.

Have you had any good experience with this machine? Let’s hear from you!