This little hot drinks machine looks like it could be the latest Japanese electronic pet, all it needs is eyes.
When you unpack it you'll discover that it is easy to start using straight away, just fill the water tank and get your free samples out. Sort the samples into their groups - some of them only require one pod, but others like the drinking chocolate require 2 pods. A small word of advice use a mug or large cup if you are making one of the 2 pod drinks.
Pick your poison ... erm ... beverage, and lift the flat lever at the front. The flat lever releases the pod holder below. Pull the pod holder out and place in the drink pod in the space and push the pod holder back into place. Close the release arm and do not worry if you hear a pop/hiss as it is the machine puncturing the pod ready to dispense the drink. Move the antenna handle on the top to the right (towards the red dot) and click into place. This dispenses the hot water. The antenna automatically moves back to the centre when the correct amount of water has been dispensed. Lift the front release lever again, pull out the pod holder and dump the used pod into the "bin" provided them, if necessary, put the second pod in the holder and repeat the process with the second pod.
Drinks pods are available to purchase in boxes. Those currently available are:
Caffe Americano - 16 drinks Cappuccino - 8 drinks Chococino - 8 drinks Expresso - 16 drinks Expresso Decaff - 16 drinks - only available from the website Expresso Intenso - 16 drinks - only available from the website Expresso Ristretto - 16 drinks - only available from the website Iced Cappuccino - 8 drinks - only available from the website Latte Macchiato - 8 drinks Latte Unsweetened - 8 drinks - only available from the website Lungo - 16 drinks Lungo Mild - 16 drinks Lungo Decaff - 16 drinks Mocha - 8 drinks - only available from the website Nestea Peach - 16 drinks Party pod - 17 drinks - 6 different types Skinny Cappuccino - 8 drinks Skinny latte - 8 drinks
More drinks are becoming available all the time.
Each of the boxes of pods has pod points which can be registered on the official website where pod points can be exchanged for accessories or more drinks pods via the official website. Accessories available for exchange with pod points at this time are:
Cappuccino Ice Glass (2 glasses per exchange) Latte Macchiato Spoons (3 spoons per exchange) Travel Mug (green only) Water Descaler (2 x 40g bags per exchange)
These items are also available to purchase along with the Drinks Pods. Other accessories are available to purchase from the official website these include:
Cappuccino cup (2 in a set) Cappuccino Ice glass (one provided) Caff Lungo cup (2 cups and 2 saucers provided) Caff Lungo spoons (3 spoons provided) Cappuccino cup (2 provided) Expresso Cup (2 cups and 2 saucers in a set) Expresso spoons (3 spoons provided) Latte Macchiato glass (one provided) Latte Macchiato spoons (3 provided) Metal Pod storage - flat - 4 columns holding 6 pods each (one provided) Metal Pod storage - round - 4 columns holding 6 pods each (one provided) Milk Jug - matches cups and saucers available (one provided) Pod Box - red, black - holds 16 pods (one provided) Serving tray (one provided) Sugar Bowl - matches cups and saucers available (one provided) Water descaler (2 x 40g bags provided)
Customer services are very patient and friendly when you have problems and queries and their explanations are clear and helpful.
There is no way of recycling the pods in the UK yet.
The silver and black machine is very cute and does the job. It can make a cup of coffee a little on the expensive side, but it does make great coffee and drinking chocolate.Read more ›