A bit of a disappointment but it is producing nice coffee
John "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: I am so glad I read the reviews about the Saeco unit I was about to purchase. I have had a number of espresso makers and have not been too keen on any of them. I was shocked to read that the Talea unit was so poorly designed and constructed. I think I'll get a Jura.
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.
Summary: I owned a Jura Impressa S90 for 6 years at a daily rate of 8 espressos . No problems , I sold it to upgrade it for a professional like machine.. Bad decision, The Talea Ring Plus has a beautiful design and is relatively small for a full automatic, but... After 4 months it was leaking (faulty 0 rings ), it wastes more water that it goes into the coffee, it is very high maintenance to clean (new filter every 2 weeks, cleaning tablet every 3 weeks, descaling twice in 3...
Summary: Das gute Stück haben wir jetzt seit über 1Jahr und ich kann es nur empfehlen. Super tolles Gerät, optisch sehr schön. Leichte Handhabung, das Milch aufschäumen ist total unkompliziert selbst für unsere Kids. Gerät ist auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen. Auf dem tollen Display wird alles angezeigt, auch wenn es mal ein Problem gibt, z. B. wenn der Wassertank leer ist oder der Kaffeesatz geleert werden muss.