Top positive review
you get what you pay for
25 January 2018
I like this machine it makes a nice espresso. I do not drink lots of coffee only a cup or two a day and the rest is tea which is why i did not want to spend a lot of money. But being in hospitality as a restaurant manager in hotels, and managed coffee shops and tea houses I appreciate a well made beverage when i get one. This machine is compact and great for home use if you know how to make barista coffee, for the untrained i can see how it may cause some problems. The steam wand loses pressure before the milk is heated enough so i have to turn it off and wait a minute to go again and i do not think it is powerful enough to get the required milk standard you get with commercial coffee machines. I find it tricky to get the whirlpool effect you need when you steam milk to stretch the fat proteins in the milk to make that velvety milky coffee drink we enjoy so much. What i get from this machine is milk that i have to heat up for one cup in 3 shorts bursts to correct temp and hot milk with big bubbles instead of microfoam. I do however still enjoy my coffee. What would improve this machine would be a stronger steam wand, a 15 second pour for an espresso instead of counting in my head an looking to see when the quality coffee has been extracted and perhaps a line marker on where the porta filter meets the porta holder cup so that users can see which angle to insert and twist but that would be me being particular. perhaps an inbuilt water filter system. Using unfiltered hard water will probably immensely effect the life of this machine and the taste and quality of beverage your making. Overall worth
its value as sold. Iv had the machine about a month so i cannot comment on the lifespan.