17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bella bella coffee maker!, 1 Feb 2009
Very pleased with the machine and getting some really excellent coffees from it. Easy to set up and to operate, althoug a little quirky. I have no regrets with my purchase. Its well made and sturdy, access to all the things you need to do is from the front or top, so it sits nicely on the kitchen worksurface in the corner and does not need to be moved at all. It's used every day and looks good for many years of use.
For those considering buying I would point out these things:
There is no facility to manually steam milk with this machine. You have to use the supplied milk container and the function is automatic, however:
- Milk temperature is not hot enough for me and there is no way to adjust it. Coffee temp can be adjusted, which partially compensates. There is no such concern if you want espresso or Americano (which they call long coffee). If fact you can change the temparature of the coffee and store the change in memory. Not so for the milk.
- So don't expect to be able to steam milk for hot chocolate, for example, and get it anywhere near hot enough.
- The type of coffee, e.g Cappachino or Latte, you want is pre-progammed on buttons which then automatically delivers the apropriate mix of milk and coffee, however the milk container needs setting as well and that setting needs to be manually applied, it tells you to do it but why not have that automated as well?
The machine tells you when it needs intervention - more coffee beans, more water, old grounds container emptying and so on. The best thing to do when one of these messages comes up is to do all of them together. When you're after a quick coffee it's rather annoying to be told to empty the grounds container (you cannot proceed without doing this), then only to be told once you have finished doing it and try for your anticipated coffee again, that the water needs filling....! It only works in serial!
Having said that a little practice gets you wonderful coffees and you can program the exact type of coffee you like and store it under any of the buttons - only thing is they are prelabled and you cannot change the label as its printed on the machine. I think it would be better to have a generic labels like coffee 1, 2 & 3. There are three of them so you could have individual preference settings for up to 3 people or perhaps you just like different styles of coffee as the mood takes you.
All in all, now I have figured it out I am enjoying coffee that is just as good as the coffee shops - no, better as I can use my favourite beans. Try doing that in Costa-Star-Nero-Fortune!