Summary: I really wish I read reviews from several sites first. The look and price, along with manual settings to make your espresso and frothing the milk was appealing. Unfortunately, I ran into the exact complaints from other site reviews. The 1st model didnt work at all. The lights continued to flash stating it couldnt recognize water in the tank. ABT readily exchanged this for a new machine. For roughly 3 weeks, this machine worked perfectly.
Pros: Easy To Use, Great Taste, Manual Or Auto Mode, Quick Brewing
Cons: Hard To Clean, Malfunctions Quickly, Noisy, Unreliable
Summary: I have used this with ground coffee ( because I had some in stock) and pods. Both produce good coffee. Pods are cleaner. Other reviews mention that the coffee isn't hot enough. Not a problem, so long as the cup is warmed. I have given up using the cup warmer, because it's a bit slow, and just add boiling water to the cup to warm it. Machine is ready by the time I have done that. Result is cappuccino that tastes better than the 2 big chains sell at high prices.
Summary: I had a very dissapointing experience with this machine. Tried for 2 days to get it to work, I read reviews online for tips, and it still would not draw two drops of water from the resevoir. Returned for refund and will not buy another.
Summary: Great machine that has all the functionality that I had hoped for. I am enjoying and would recommend buying it. Makes great lattes, expressos and cappuccinos. I like that I can use the automation or heat the latte with the steam nozzel myself. Like the heavy stainless steel nozzle and baskets.
Summary: I've had this espresso machine for one year now and I love it! I'm a religious Starbucks drinker and I prefer my lattes from home! The only drawback is that the replacement filters are a pain to find in Alberta. I have to order mine from an online store in QC. Other than that, it's a great machine and you will get your money's worth.
Summary: Read a bunch of mixed reviews on-line before buying. Even though I only had this unit for 2 weeks, it is getting a lot of use at home. It is simple to use and always ready to pump a mean and creamy cappuccino :) So far, this is an absolute winner!
Summary: This is a great machine! You can have automatic milk, or, if you like to steam it yourself - there's an attachment for that too Makes very nice espresso's It comes with default settings, but you can reprogram how much water comes out in the espresso...or how much milk is used...and can control how much froth it produces too. I recommend getting a thermometer for manual microfoaming - until you are used to it at least.
Summary: I have just ordered one of these machines. I ordered it on Sunday 27/10/13. It arrived on Tuesday 29/10/13. A full 5 days before the due date of 4/11/13. Well done amazon. Great service Now for the machine / it is excellent works well. Easy to use and setup makes great coffee. I have read on other sites that there is a problem with the milk temp-richer when using the auto frothier.
Summary: At first I was not sure if this is what I wanted. After spending a few hours to customize my coffee cup sizes I must say it is a very good unit. Coffee taste great and the auto milk foaming feature works very well. Also i like the fact that i can customize on how much milk to use in the auto feature. Specially I'm happy [about the sale price]. It was indeed an awesome deal.
Summary: Great coffee, the only critisism i have is that the milk isn't very hot, but hey ho, a quick zap in the microwave and everything's dandy. I programmed it to make latte just how i like it, and if i can do that anybody can, nice and simple.