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Would be better off with instant!
on 8 April 2013
I was attracted to bean to cup machines as I wanted good fresh coffee without the hassle of a more manual espresso machine. I researched the topic to death and despite the coffee forums blasting these machines I decided to go for the Exprelia. It is expensive but seemed to have a good reputation and the appearance/quality was impressive. However once it arrived I was taken aback by its size. This is a big machine and even with a decent sized kitchen it took up a lot more space than I wanted. However I gave it a go as the performance may have convinced me. It didn't. Noisy, slow, tiny water tank, tiny grinds basket, luke warm coffee, barely luke warm milk. This is not a convenient way to have fresh coffee. The machine demands a lot of your attention just to function and produce a single shot. I expected much more for £750. It has now been replaced with a £180 Gaggia Classic which is a cracker of a machine and outperforms the Saeco in every way, including kitchen space, and is actually less effort to use despite not being a fully automatic machine. Better to buy a semi automatic or stick to instant!