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The coffee's ok but get your own cafetiere if you are price aware.
on 30 October 2014
I got mine on a £40 deal but would not pay full price. In a nutshell, if you want good coffee at a decent price, never hook yourself into these machines (or Nespresso or whatever) because you'll be paying over the top for ever, buying the capsules/pods which are carefully designed so no-one can copy them properly for a cheaper alternative. My Nespresso was a present. If you want good coffee then get a cafetiere machine and choose your own grounds.
None of the machines make bad coffee but they'll hook you with laughable advertising hype trying to make an expensive science out of something simple and laughing all the way to the bank.
This machine's good points are a large water reservoir (beats Nespresso) good hot coffee (my Nespresso is tepid) and it is simple to use. In my opinion the coffee it makes (I've only used 3 varieties so far) has none of the subtlety of my various Nespresso pods - but it's ok. Like all such machines it dispenses pathetically small amounts of coffee per capsule so you find yourself doubling-up to get any satisfaction. You can buy powdered milk sachets which froth up if you like white coffee, these too are expensive. What's wrong with fresh milk? This machine, though, will not froth fresh milk. Boo.
There is a fiddly process whereby if you want a fuller cup from the sane capsule you have to reach over and hold down a section of the button for the duration.
You can just use it to boil your own water by sticking the plastic cleaning pod in the slot but how fiddly: boil a kettle. There is a hilarious YouTube clip where some geezer says he'll show you how to make good coffee with this machine without spending money on capsules. He boils the water; then uses a cafetiere. Case proved!
Steve Riches; Northampton, UK.