Top positive review
28 September 2018
I don't normally wax lyrical about a product, I expect anything I buy to work as described. However I am more than pleased with this machine.
I have had three Nespresso machines so far. I started with the excellent Siemens TK70, which I only replaced because I wanted more flexibility with the types of coffee I could make with one button press. I then went to the disastrous De Longhi Lattissima Pro, which never produced three cups of coffee in a row with the same quantities of coffee and/or milk.
So it was with delight that I am now the owner of this Sage machine. It is consistent in quantity delivery and very flexible in what it can be programmed to do. I particularly like the ability to change the quantities and temperature of milk and quantity of coffee on the fly, without having to go into the settings to program it. So if I have a particularly strong coffee I can press the selection button and adjust the quantity of coffee upwards. The next time I make a coffee with a weaker blend I can quickly move it down again.
But most pleasing of all is that I have now been able to go back to frothing the milk myself. Years ago I had a good quality old-fashioned cappuccino machine that had a steam wand, and although it made perfect cappuccino, I became fed up with the cleaning effort after every use. It was for this reason that I went to Nespresso (even though the coffee really isn't as good). But I missed the correctly frothed milk. In particular I found that both the Siemens and the De Longhi produced variable froth based on the age of the milk and sometimes the make. (Waitrose milk rarely frothed at all but M&S milk did ... most of the time).
This thing froths the milk to your liking (you can adjust temperature and degree of frothing) and you can then pour your froth onto the coffee with as much or as little as you wish. And so far it has been consistently good.
The proof of this is that I am now drinking more coffee. I commend this machine most highly.
PS - some advice: When you have finished with the machine for a session, empty the tank and dry it thoroughly inside with a tea towel, then store the tank with the lid INSIDE the tank. The reason for this is that if you live in a hard water area, over time the tank becomes milky in colour due to the hardness of the water, and no amount of cleaning will clear it. For just a couple of minutes' effort you will be able to keep the tank crystal clear.