Summary: Bought this item nearly a year ago. Have a few minor niggles:- 1) The water reservoir is only big enough for 3 mugs. 2) The drip tray, although a reasonable size, does collect quite a bit of dregs, therefore the seals when it is brewing coffee are not very good. 3) The descaling liquid is fairly expensive. As descaling is recommended every 3 months, it will cost £25 per year min. 4) On a couple of occasions, the ground coffee chute has clogged up.
Summary: I see several buyers had issues with not being able to extinguish the Descaling lamp once they'd been through the descaling process. I had the same so back it went to Philips. Arrived back within a week with an extract from the user manual which stepped through a totally different (more automated) process from that shown in the manual that came with my Brera.
Summary: I have had this machine for 4 months now so I can review this based on sufficient use. I have used several other coffee machines inc. a traditional Gaggia Espresso, and this beats them all by far. This is a great little coffee machine, makes consistently great coffee, easy to use, not too noisy or too big, and looks good on a worktop. Also produces good frothy milk for cappuccinos, as it has a separate steamer.
Great coffee, reliable operation but high maintenance
19 July 2012
Summary: Bought to replace our long-running De Longhi ESAM4200 ( De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200 15-Bar Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker, Silver ). Compared to that it: 1) Is more compact. 2) Makes a better espresso. It works well with the same Percol beans I used with the De Longhi, but my favourite beans are now some Fairtrade Dark Roast ones from Starbucks. 3) Is simpler to configure and operate (via its push buttons).
Summary: I have had this machine for a month now. I concur with those who have said that the water reservoir is small and that the used grounds unit needs frequent emptying - I hardly have a cup of coffee which does not require some 'work' preceding it. However, the results are excellent! Having purchased the beans which I enjoy, I appreciate that I can choose the degree of fineness of grounds and I can control the quantity of coffee which is dispensed; I press a button to...
A great compact machine that produces lovely coffee
C. Howard, Amazon
22 April 2012
Summary: This was an expensive gadget for me and after much deliberation I went for the Brera over the competition (some of which were a hundred pounds or so less). Be assured this is a sound purchase,my only warning is that you may not want to drink instant coffee again, and you will certainly have an increase in visitors looking a for some quality coffee.