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At last - a machine that gives proper coffee
on 29 June 2009
This thing is seriously good.
Until I got this machine I'd never been able to re-create for myself the sort of coffee one gets in a coffee shop; didn't matter what type I tried (filter, cafetiere, steam expresso) nor which beans I bought, it never quite got there.
But this machine delivers. A wonderful range of choice of strength or type and what comes out is fresh and tasty. Really tasty.
And it's easy to use too. A wide range of setup choices and good a range of "defaults" each of which is also programmable (how much espresso, how much milk, how much froth). Work out which you like best and set the quantities which just fill your favourite cup and from then on it's just a case of put the cup in place and press a button. And if you want a change just change the settings and have a bit more milk, a slightly finer grind, a slightly stronger flavour - whatever.
I got one for my office (it sits beside my desk on top of a two-drawer filing cabinet - soooo convenient; fill the water tank in the morning, fill the milk holder, check the beans and then a fresh coffee whenever I hit the button) and within a week my wife insisted we get one for home too.
Visitors will love it - no more just "black or white?" choice - you can offer them anything they'd be able to order in a coffeeshop.
Drawbacks? Well none really; it's a tad noisy while it grinds and creates your cupful but not too annoying. It's not small but I find it doesn't intrude, either in the office or in the kitchen.
Unexpected bonuses? The frothy milk really is frothy and stays frothed (the machines where you have to use a steam nozzle to froth your milk somehow never seem to maintain frothiness). And the little area on top where in the picture you can just see two rails is where they recommend you keep a couple of cups so they're ready and warm when needed.
It's not cheap, but if you've read this far that's not an issue for you; good quality is presumably your concern and I don't think you can go wrong buying one of these.