Summary: I purchased this having seen my daughter's similar machine (which she likes very much), and having researched thoroughly on Amazon and elsewhere. Since receiving it I have been hugely impressed with the drinks it makes. What it does is detailed elsewhere, so I won't regurgitate unnecessarily! Suffice to say, if you like coffee in various guises, you'll appreciate how capable the Prima Donna is. But....
Summary: First I wanted to say that I'm not a coffee connoisseur by any means. Prior to buying this machine my supply of 'high end' coffee came solely from Starbucks. However, after having the pleasure of consuming REAL coffee in Italy I felt that it was time for me to make the upgrade. So treat this review as a beginner making foray into high end coffee - so apologies if I get the terminologies wrong in this review.
Summary: does everything it says and it does it very well except 1 design fault and 1 minor irritation, if you set the timer to make a coffee in the morning the machine switches itself on and runs through a cleaning cycle which deposits into your waiting cup below! It then deposits your coffee drink into the same cup! Also the milk/froth jug does not always deposit the same amount which is very annoying as when it gives you half a drink you have to start all over again!
Summary: Great looking machine which makes great tasting coffee with one caveat... The milk dispenser/frother, the temperature of the milk dispensed is cool enough for a baby to drink, this means every time I make a latte or cappuccino I have to microwave it for 30 sec in a 1000w microwave to get it to a decent heat. This is a well known problem with this machine and looses a star from me because of it.
Summary: i consider myself a coffee lover and by all means love a cup of good italian coffee twice a day on the mark. i purchased this coffee machine because i hated the hassle of frothing the milk on a daily basis and preparing everything. as such this machine does everything, and even if it does have a bit of cleaning requirements, i like being able to make my coffee the way i like it without spending 15 minutes minimum in the kitchen.
Summary: Fabriksinställningarna stämmer inte alls med hur jag vill ha kaffet. Kräver en hel del kaffekoppar innan man får det rätt. Som tur är så finns det en synnerligen enkel och välskriven manual som gör att just inställningarna är mycket enkla att justera. Det finns inställningar för espresso, cappuccino, caffe macciato och caffe latte.