Most helpful positive review
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2014
We've just bought a Lattissima Plus coffee machine through Amazon and are now playing around with the settings to achieve the best drink we like. So far we are finding that by using the factory settings the drinks are just not hot enough or large enough. Main problem is the temperature and we don't really want to have to heat up the milk or water by another method. Please can anyone offer a soution as I am sure we are not the only people who want a longer and more importantly, a hotter coffee.
7 Nov 2014. I'm up-dating my review now that I've had time to really try out the machine. I can now give it 5* and can add additional instructions to those in the booklet.
If you follow the instructions you only have a small drink no matter what you choose. However we have decent size mugs (250ml) and I've worked out how to fill these with a good drink. My personal choice would be an Americano topped up with hot milk, so here's how I now make it. First run water through the machine by pressing the "Lungo" button but without a pod. This warms up the machine and also warms your cup or mug. Put your warm mug under the spouts and insert a pod (I prefer a higher intensity as it will be watered down for the Americano). Then press either the Espresso or Lungo button, depending on the pod chosen. When it has finished release the pod and then press again either the Espresso or Lungo button and water only will top up your drink. More water can also be added if preferred but don't dilute too much. Then I press and hold the Latte button with low froth setting until the mug is full. This makes a perfect Americano. Note that it is not wise to leave the pod in when adding extra water as this can spoil the taste.
Now my wife prefers a Capuccino, but the standard settings don't give a large enough drink so this is what we do. We make an Espresso or Lungo as normal and add extra water but not much more (don't add this if you prefer a very milky drink or Latte). Then top up with milk by pressing and holding the Latte button, initially with low froth setting and then move to the higher froth setting at the end.
Admittedly this a more manual way but does give a longer and more personal drink to your taste. Higher intensity pods are best for us but that is again a personal choice.
The Lattisima Plus is really good and very addictive. Now we know how to obtain personal settings I can highly recommend it.