Summary: ive owned this coffee machine for a year now. it does heat up quicker than its states in the instruction manual. which is a good thing. the only thing worth mentioning, is that when heating up the milk, rather a lot of water enters the cup before the steam. to get around this i allow the water to run into an empty cup until steam appears before heating the milk, which takes only seconds. but still gets the thumbs up from me, as its makes a very nice cuppa coffee.
Excerpt: I bought this from amazon this week arrived in 2 days free delivery and also got the grinder free, BARGAIN!!!!. Made latte first day and every day since and I am please with the results. Upside - easy to use - follow easy instructions Downside - you have to hold onto the cups or they shake and could fall off the machine - but as it is so cheap it doesnt take much to hold on to the cups for 30 seconds.
Excerpt: I was given this as a Christmas present, and Im really impressed with it. Im not your average coffee connoisseur, but I enjoy a good cup of the stuff in the morning, and Ive really enjoyed the coffees its produced so far. Not having used an espresso machine before, Im finding it an interesting learning experience. However, the machine is easy to use, and the instructions are simple to follow. It also takes up very little room in the kitchen.
Excerpt: I have owned Gaggia and Krups espresso machines in the past and this one compares favourably, but at a relatively lower price. It actually fires up faster than the Gaggia one! Only one criticism: there is not enough space under the spouts to fit any containers deeper than espresso cups and same goes for the milk frother.
Summary: I've used it for months now and I love it, however, it may not suit everyone. I use a large cup for my cappuccino and the two cup coffee filter almost full. To make two I have to do it all again, fortunately this is rare (wife likes tea) Using small cups you could make two cappuccino's together. Someone complained of noise - it's slightly noisier than boiling a kettle but only for about 20 seconds.
Summary: I bought one of these about 4, maybe 5 years ago now and I've been very impressed with it. I'm always amazed when I see espresso machines round the £300-500 mark, and whilst I secretly lust after one (particularly retro styled ones!), I can't quite believe that the difference in quality of coffee would justify the increased spend. And hey, you have to get out & go down the coffee shop for a real hit sometimes!
Summary: I've had this lil puppy for just under a year and I've got hardly a complaint. It gets used on a regular basis for espresso, white or latte coffees - small cups to large bowls. I'm looking to buy a coffee maker for my Dad and think I'll get this one too. Nice having a reservoir - but best to use filtered water - just don't forget to top it up. Frothing the milk is easy - just remember to clean it afterwards and empty the drip tray every so often.
Summary: After reading some of the more negative reviews on this unit, I thought twice about buying but then saw it extremely cheap on a well known auction site and made a purchase a month or so ago. And I am so glad I did. The espresso comes out hot and strong and great for any use. Providing you leave the 'steam' switch on until the 'ok' light appears, the steam is strong and powerful enough to froth a good few cappucinnos.
Summary: I bought this nice little espresso machine 2 months ago and so far it is working well. I agree with earlier reviews that the steamer is a bit under-powered but the espresso the machine produces is great. I hope it will last longer then what some owners predicted in their reviews. What bothers me a bit is that the water in the reservoir takes on a distinctive taste if you leave it in their for a day or so, which spoils the coffee.
Summary: I've had this machine now for well over a year and overall I'm pretty happy with it considering how little it cost compared with other espresso/cappuccino machines on the market. I find the Treviso makes coffee as strong as I like it (medium/strong) very well and copes well too with my brother-in-law's taste- he likes his extra strong (tar-like imho!). I'd give it 5 *'s for the coffee making. Where I feel it loses 1* is the milk frother.