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Overall score includes:
Taste (60%): We assessed crema colour and thickness as well as the coffee's aroma, flavour, mouth-feel and aftertaste.
Ease of use (20%): Based on convenience of water container and filter, controls, exterior cleaning and operating the unit.
Milk frothing (15%): Evaluated froth quality and ease of using the frothing mechanism.
Temperature consistency (5%): Assessed consistency of temperature across 4 cups of coffee.
Price is from a January 2018 survey.
17 Dec 2017, Chris H.
Product use: 1 - 3 months
I have an older model than this, but it is essentially the same. This machine is capable of making absolutely fantastic coffee, and has a romantic charm due to its classic hand press design. Good if you are a romantic; bad if you are one of the time poor.
Others have reported that some people simply cannot get good shots out of this machine, and some people can. It does require a certain rapport with the machine and you have to time things right to get the temperature correct and there is an element of serendipity, but when it all comes together it is very hard to surpass this machine. I do not use the steam wand as I find it underpowered for even a small amount of milk.
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.