Summary: I very rarely write reviews on here but I simply had to on this occasion. I'd had the very same coffee machine which I bought in Singapore 5 years ago. I'd had the usual issues of "fill container with coffee" which seems to be a standard problem for this machine but it produced great coffee, so much so I brought it with me when I moved from Singapore to Florida.
Summary: Had heard great things about this machine, so finally saved up enough cash to buy one from the Saeco dealer in Vancouver, BC in 2008. Almost immediately started having problems with error messages: "Fill container with coffee" (even though container was full) Took it back three times to dealer, first two times they were really rude and told me there was nothing wrong with machine.
Four returns for repair in 3.5 years... don't touch it!!
David W. Smith "Babylonfive", Amazon
4 February 2011
Summary: This Taleo Ring has been in Saeco service four times in 3 1/2 years, and now... it's broken again. Previously it was the steam wand leaking, but now its the main controls are broken and it won't start at all. If you know what's good for you, avoid this model (and maybe all Saeco products).
A bit of a disappointment but it is producing nice coffee
Amazon Customer "johnellenbe", Amazon
1 January 2010
Summary: I bought my Ring Plus as a replacement for my trusty Saeco Vienna which finally burned out the boiler. As has been mentioned by others the design is very sexy and compact but the execution leaves a bit to be desired. The unit uses a microcontroller and gets easily confused if you interrupt any process. For example you NEVER want to open the bean tray during the brew process or it gets very confused.
Summary: Just purchaseed this machine this week.I must say at first i was a little leary from the not so great reviews i read on Amazon. However I did some more research and found many positive reviews elsewhere online so decided to give it a try> The Saeco Talea Ring is very advanced and offers many settings that you wouldn't find on the average super automatic machine. It can be pretty tricky to find the right setting for your taste but definatelly possible.
Summary: I've owned 2 previous Gaggias. This takes expresso to a new level. Easy to use, can fine tune to desirable tastes,Easy to clean, compliments any kitchen. Even my techno-phobe wife finds it pleasurable & simple. Glad I didn't listen to previous comments or I would have missed out. Sturdy construction. Quiet-ceramic burr grinder that does not over heat beans.
Summary: I have not been a coffee drinker for virtually my entire life of 49 years. I detested the bitter after-taste I experience when I was younger. I just gave the stuff up and never came back. Of course living as Mormon from the age of 20 to 47 didn't help either. But I have family and a new girlfriend who obsess about a good “cup of Joe.” So I decided to educate myself and give coffee a second chance. What I discovered is that optimal tasting coffee is a fine art.
Summary: We have always been big Saeco fans - had their machines for many many years and got a lot of our friends turned on to the brand. So we finally decided it was time to get their latest and greatest - the Talea Ring Plus. Oh my goodness! I can't believe how poorly this has been. The Espresso is quite good and I like the adjustments and controls. But frothing milk is a catastrophe! It usually will not create an froth, just hot milk.
Summary: Everything seems to work and taste just as described, but the one big problem is the "drip tray". The manual doesn't really mention anything about it but after making about 6 cups of coffee the "drip" tray will be full!!! It leaks at least half of the water out and spills on the drip tray. There is no warning when it's full (only when the coffee is full). I called the company up and their technicians say that is normal.