I purchased and can confirm build quality seems great for the price point and coffee of good quality. Tried various beans, pods, and methods etc and quite please with results. Iced coffees with syrup easily nicer than Costa / Starbucks (probably as perfected what I like). It will require an external bean grinder but this doesn't fuss me as quite satisfying grinding my own beans. The steamer works fine, not the fastest but it certainly does the job... I guess that's a good thing to not heat the milk too quickly though! Only complaint is pods... But that's the pods themselves... Machine recognises suggested size etc but for me they are either not strong enough or too watery which makes sense I guess! Also a bonus it can fit under a travel cup! Will save me a fortune from buying a 'decent' coffee every other day!
I'd also be concerned that this is jack of all trades, master of none. This might be a better option if you can stretch the extra cost. I recently got the ECAM23.420 which is great. Without comparing the specs in detail, I expect it's pretty much the same machine but with digital controls. These suit lazy sods too as they are bean to cup - no messing around with tampers and such like. Fill it with beans and water, turn it on, let it warm up, press a button and there's your drink. Has a steam wand on the side if you want steamed milk drinks.
Wonder why this didn't take the Sage badge?
For lazy sods like me? Seriously tho, I miss my proper espresso machine. Does anyone know if this is any good? I’m sort of concerned about the “versatility” really being complexity and code for, “will do everything mediocrely and probably break quickly” (:I (flirt)
I don't disagree, easily nicer! However, in my house not everyone is a coffee drinker but really enjoy the pods and milk frother for hot chocolate, mocha etc so ticks all the boxes for us. I agree though I prefer proper espresso over pods!