Top positive review
Good quality machine, excellent value
on 6 January 2015
Excellent coffee machine, and incredible value for money. The construction quality is good, and a lot of it is metal, so its solid and heavy. It took a week or so to get the knack of using it, but now I have no problems, and it makes very good espresso coffee. The filter became blocked after a few days of using it, but I now a technique of cleaning the filter before each use, and I have had no problems since. With the filter in the holder, I bang it on the inside of my bin to dislodge the bulk of the used coffee grains (don't pull it away suddenly after its hit the side, to prevent the filter detaching from the handle). I then rinse it under the tap, and then with the filter in the handle, give a couple of sharp taps onto my wooden bread board, such that the top of the filter hits the board flat. This seems to dislodge any small coffee grains from the holes in the filter.
The plastic Tamper it comes with for compressing the coffee is not very good, so I bought a VonShef 51mm stainless steel Tamper which is a huge improvement.
I have used the steam outlet to make Cappuccino a few times, and it works very well, but again it takes practice. I bought a stainless steel jug and thermometer to help with the milk frothing process, and this helps considerably.
The hot water outlet is very handy if you want to make a quick cup of tea, and can't be bothered boiling the kettle.
One last tip, when fitting the water tank into the rear of the machine, make sure its fully inserted, otherwise water leaks out from the seal.