Top positive review
IGNORE THE BAD REVIEWS
31 March 2015
I was very sceptical before purchasing this product due to the reviews listed on both the amazon UK and amazon US websites, but i am pleased to say after receiving and testing the product it certainly did not disappoint! Its certainly an improvement from my old gaggia cubica manual espresso machine.
Firstly the reviews mention the water tank not being very big, this isn't wrong but do you really want gallons of water sitting in the machine for long periods of time doing nothing other than going stale? fresher water is better coffee.
Secondly people say the machine makes you constantly empty the drip trays and internal coffee dump box, i have to say that its not as constant as people mention in some reviews but in a sense i think this is good because it means dirty water and used coffee isn't sitting inside of the machine for a long time causing bad smells and hygiene issues.
Thirdly people mention that the machine does not create a very hot drink. This is also untrue depending wether you like your mouth scalded when drinking a coffee. The milk drinks aren't scalding but are hot enough to drink straight off the book the coffee beverages are nearly so hot you cant drink them buts thats my opinion.
TIPS FOR ACHIEVING A "HOT" DRINK:
1) let the machine do its full warm up and rinse cycle.
2) PRE HEAT YOUR CUP (hot milk into a cold cup means cold drink!!)
2a) THE HOT WATER IS PROGRAMMABLE BY VOLUME (so set it to put out just enough to half fill your favourite mug to give it a bit of initial heat before the drink despenses)
3) Go into the beverage settings for each drink and set the coffee temperature to "MAX" this will add temperature to the milk.
OVERALL the machine does what it says on the tin, cleans and looks after itself with minimum input from the user besides adding water and beans occasionally and emptying the drip trays and internal coffee dump bin when prompted. im glad i ignored some of the reviews and brought this product its definitely worth the money! cannot fault it.
P.S It looks gorgeous on my kitchen counter!!