Top positive review
Best purchase I’ve made in a week!
7 December 2017
I love this machine. I’ve upgraded from a nespresso, although, that’s probably the wrong phrase...yes, nespresso isn’t true espresso and there’s lots to be snobby about, but it is still a very good product and easily accessible - just a lot more expensive per drink than ground coffee machines or b2c...
Anyhow, enough digression, I just wanted to give a reference point to the review for anybody who is looking at this machine from a pod system.
This machine makes lovely coffee drinks at the press of a button. And if you can’t see the button for the coffee that you like to drink, you can make your own recipe up, whatever strength, amount of coffee / milk or foam and even control the temperature.
I like flat white - 50/50 espresso and hot milk. There’s no button for that coffee, so I make a recipe up, use the preset memory and I’m away.
If you want a double size drink or to make 2 drinks at the same time, just press the x2 button and job done.
The major difference between this and the nespresso machines is the amount of cleaning required. I used to put all the nespresso milk prep gear in the dishwasher, but with this machine there’s a dedicated milk cleaning solution that will cost about a £1 / week (£5 / 5 x weekly cycles) and then there’s anti calc fluid (same as other machines) and then some detergent tablets that the machine chomps to clean the mechanism etc, so be prepared for these costs of the consumables.
I bought this machine on offer for £450 and it was a choice between this and the sage barista machine for £500 and I’m glad I went for this one. I’m sure there would be plenty of maintenance and cleaning involved with that one too, along with a steep learning curve to making great coffee, which unfortunately as I live in a busy real world don’t have time to partake in. I love coffee and I want to choose my own rare beans etc, but I also want an easy life, so bean to cup is the way forwards.
Add this machine to your wish list and keep an eye on the price as it fluctuates dramatically and buy it when it seems like value.
I hope this review has been helpful.