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Extreme value for money
have owned this machine for over 12 months now, and it has poured literally hundreds of cups. It was purchased to replace a known brand (at more than 10x the price) that failed in short order. This machine is simple to use (temp controlled when switching between steam and draw, plus easy to read gauge) and very reliable. Perfect cremma and strong/consistent steamer. At this price, you can’t really ask for more. Honestly considering buying another and putting it away for when I finally run this one into the ground. Highly Recommended!
Value for money and reliability
This machine lasts over a year in a high usage family environment. Good design in having a filter that is removable with a bayonet mount compared with press-fit other el-cheapos. Great frothy coffee
Best coffee machine.
Absolutely excellent machine for the price. Is it the best coffee machine in the world? Probably not. But is it the best coffee machine in the world for $89? Absolutely. Hands down worth the money.
Good while it lasted...
This machine started out great. The coffee tastes at least as good as our old Nespresso machine, probably better if we've got fresh beans . The problem I have is with the rubber seal in the grip handle. The seal sits between the ground coffee and the coffee basket, and it's supposed to stop the coffee grinds from getting into your drink. The seal in the small basket broke almost immediately after purchase, and the seal in the larger basket lasted 7 months. Now we're having to order a new basket from overseas, because the grip handle/coffee bask...et is not a standard size. It's annoying that we can't use the machine because of this silly design flaw. Full disclosure: I've never used the steam wand, we have a Lavazza steamer that we use instead. So I can't comment on the steam wand.
For the price: amazing coffee
Can't beat the price to make cafe style espresso drinks from home--frothy milk without the carafe, etc.. Worked like a charm for a year and just now starting to show some wear. Only one small complaint: getting the grime out of the bottom of the water carafe is hard. Otherwise a great buy.
The steam wand failed on two units in a row
I took good care of this machine and wanted to like it, but I have gone through two of them now and they both only lasted four months.
I was impressed when I first bought it, the espresso was consistent and ok for the price and the steam wand did a reasonable job of heating the milk (but the wand was a little short and made it difficult to get good creamy milk rather than just a lot of aerated milk froth). I never had the issues others had with a burning plastic taste/smell. After a few months however, the steam wand failed. It didn't appear ...to be blocked, it just spat out lukewarm low pressure steam that couldn't heat the milk above room temperature. Kmart were easy about giving me a replacement unit under warranty so I gave it another chance. Unfortunately the replacement unit they gave me has failed the same way. I've since upgraded to a Breville and hope it lasts longer than this one did. If you have a tight budget, only make espresso occasionally and accept that you'll likely be sending the machine to landfill after less than year than I suppose it can work for you.
Purchased in June 2019.
Good Machine for budget
Cost $89, Coffee taste good (depending on beans!!!), Easy to use and good for first timers, Easy to clean, heats up quickly.
Steam/hot water tank too small, gap for cup could be taller, milk straw too short, can't make adjustments to pressure or temperature, can't dispense coffee and froth milk at same time.
If you are willing to overlook some of the cons it is a good machine for a low budget or as a second machine.
Great machine for the price!!
The machine looks good and makes good coffee. Definitely great value for money.
Materials are a bit cheap and it’s flimsy but does the job and looks great on the bench
Didn't work from the start
Purchased this as a gift for someone, so it was unopened for 6 months. Turned it on and ran through water - temp got to about 30, then immediately dropped to 15 and stayed there ever after. Will be returning but probably had it too long to get a refund so will have to get exchange under warranty. $89 is a lot to pay for a door stop. Useless, can't recommend it.
Burnt plastic smell - April 2020
I bought this machine because I needed decent coffee for my work during the lockdown.
I really wish I can comment on the quality of the coffee, but I am not even there yet. I run through the machine 3 containers of water, in which one was a quarter vinagar and 3/4 water solution and other two were just regular water. I also cleaned the parts with soapy water. Nothing helped getting rid of this toxic plasticy smell. I am thinking about returning it. Disappointing.
Does the job
Very satisfied with this machine, upgraded from our stovetop espresso maker and have enjoyed some amazing coffee. The machine brews coffee at the perfect drinking temperature and not boiling hot.
The steam wand leaves a lot to be desired, in saying that, i didn't buy it to use that function. Very happy overall with this machine.
Started off fine
Week in pressure dropped coffee became burnt heat wouldnt reach what its ment which is to be expected but normally that's only a few degrees but 60c is hopeless for water and steam wand just squirts warm water doesn't even steam any more frankly not worth the money
Great little machine for the price.
Had it for a few weeks, make approx. four coffees a day, haven't had an issue. Given the Price point I would recommend for the budget conscience consumer. Very Impressed.
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I have owned this machine for 8 months. It has its quirks, but it can be used as another review without any problems. I use at least two glasses a day (up to 9 drinks on weekends and hundreds of drinks a day on the family day).
Purchased in July 2019.
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Great coffee machine for those who enjoy making cafe style coffee. Tastes great too!
- Great tasting coffee! I have owned a Nespresso machine, used moka pots, and owned 2 older espresso machines. This machine can get constantly great cups of coffee, however you need to go through a small learning curve.
- TIPS. Before use, run the full water reservoir through with the portafilter attached but no coffee, to rince out the system.
- Use 'fine' grind coffee only. Medium and course grinds will result in a more watery flavour.
- Use the double basket to make lattes and cappuccinos. That's what all the cafes do, so you will get your c...
So far so good.
Have had this machine for 10 months and have put through at least 6 cups a day. No issue with reported plastic smell or taste, good hot consistent coffee, haven't used frother as I have a manual version that I use after heating milk in microwave for a minute. Coffee I use is the Woolworths home brand rainforest alliance beans and I grind them using the $30 anko mini blender. Only issue so far is if beans are fresh ground after opening pack they are oily and fine grind blocks mesh in shot holder stopping water flow, the remedy seems to be open packet and put in freezer overnight then grind, also storing unused beans in freezer.
Does the job- a little clumsy - but expected for the price
It is a budget manual coffee machine. Does everything that it should, maybe not as well as the higher price items. Coffee is a little thin for me. I don't believe the 15 psi pressure is at the coffee head and extraction is not the best, if you want a thicker/stronger espresso.
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Great to wake up to
Nothing like an authentic hot exspresso coffee in the morning ..!! Great value for money compared to other way more expensive Brands...looks trendy and you can show off to your guests!...
Probably the most used item in the kitchen ba the fridge..Love it,simple to use. and makes you look like a pro Barrista !!
So far .... great value
The reviews were divided but because no-one had issues with returning "unsatisfactory" machines, I thought it was worth a try. Yes it is cheap looking plastic but it's kinda cute and you aren't driving it around the kitchen. Makes a consistently good cup of hot coffee. No plastic taste at all though I did run a vinegar water "wash" several times before first use. Will it last and be easy to descale? We will see.
Faulty brand new
Got it straight out the box, wont turn on. Tried multiple power sources, checked everything i can. What a waste of time. The plastic is quite flimsy and I don't know if i said this, it wont turn on, the useless piece of s
Questions & Answers
The water green water temp indicator keeps going off after about 3-4 seconds of putting water through the coffee. It cannot seem to maintain heat any longer. We do not suffer from scale here, that I know of.
Heating element / sensor failure???
Mine has always done the same during the draw and it causes no issues. Green means it has reached the target heat and stops heating. Monitor the actual temp gauge. Depending on how cold your reservoir water is, the sensor will react as soon as the water moves outside of the (very small) draw target range and start heating again. 100’s of coffees later and it still gives perfect crema. hth
Hi there. Does anyone know how to descale the machine? The user manual says to refer to the de-scaler instructions but the de-scaler says to refer to the user manual!! Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
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