Living in the coffee capital of Oz (the world?) I've become a bit of a coffee ponce and will only drink stuff made by a real barista with a fuck off Italian espresso machine. We even bought a mini machine for use at home which grinds the beans and brews them with the press of a button. It's worked well enough and Mr loves it as he's a serious coffee addict.
The machine has done well but it's wearing out and will cost more to fix than replace so I decided to try a (much) cheaper "pod" machine and its brilliant! I don't know why we waited so long. There are several brands out there now apart from the overpriced Nespresso and I picked this one (Caffitaly) at my local supermarket for $70 where they also sell a variety of pods to suit all tastes which work out at about 50c per pod. The machine also takes other brand pods too. So long as I avoid Gloria Jeans brand (owned by Hillsong Krazy Kristeens) we'll be right.