To come clean, this was a purchase fueled by a couple of glasses of wine in a Waitrose sushi bar, and the other half mentioning his last hotel stay had had one. I'd seen them before, was wavering between "good idea" and "good marketing". But I must confess, it's not a half bad cup of coffee! The water chamber (reminiscent of scientific glassware - love it) is well designed - no pouring required, just top up at the tap and then slot onto the machine. Though this is the manual machine I think I'd not bother paying for the automatic - the lever has a wonderfully tactile quality that gives you a fleeting sense of barrista-ness.
Cleaning is simple - as you take your first couple of sips, put an empty cup in place and run a cup's worth of water through.
The coffees are going to be personal choice. For kiwis, we've found the Ristretto blend makes a good long black. Even the decaf's OK - somewhat of a surprise.