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Bought this to replace a Keurig....since I always thought K-cups left a slight, odd plastic-ish taste to the Starbucks coffee. Have to admit this makes a much better cup of coffee without the funny taste of K-cups, but the lattes are pretty gross. I was hoping to make more lattes, but the milk pods have a strange taste about them. Its been a couple weeks and I already have a lot of dislikes about this machine: 1. LOUD. Very loud machine, never heard a coffee maker so loud in my life. Quite possible to wake someone who is napping in the next room if you have an open kitchen layout. 2. The machine doesnt warn you when water level is low...so you can run out mid service. This got me a couple times so far since the water tank is relatively small. 3. The coffee seems a tad less hot than my Keurig was...I have to microwave the coffee sometimes if I use too much cream. Wish it had temp controls like higher end Keurig. 4. You have to remember the the machine forces you to do a clean cycle when you first turn it on....so you have to wait to put a pod in (my habit was pod in first, but that will screw things up since the machine will try to clean with pod in it). 5. No coffee size options. If you like Starbucks, this thing pretty much only makes "tall" sized....no grande or venti here. You only have a very small espresso size or a normal coffee size. Luckily Starbucks coffee is strong and it still tastes good if you run a 2nd cycle through the same pod, but taller cups will not fit under this machine so you have to tilt them. Overall the machine leaves a lot to be desired, but it does make a very good cup of coffee so I may keep it for that reason...unfortunately my intention was to drink more lattes. Hopefully Starbucks figures out how to improve upon the gross tasting milk pods. Looking forward to the next gen of these machines. Hopefully they discover microprocessor controls as well. Keurig has them in this same price range...so its not a stretch. I can only recommend this to people who agree that Starbucks K-cups have a funny taste about them. If you are looking for a homemade latte...then avoid.
I don't know how the other users are using this machine but they are dead wrong! The espresso shots are GORGEOUS and taste delicious for my Americano each morning. The brewed coffee tastes great. It's so easy to use and I've NEVER ONCE had it leak, lose a pod, a crushed pod, etc. I think its user error. I will concede that the milk does taste differently and I don't care for it personally. However, for Americanos and brewed coffee it is outstanding. I use it every single day and ditched my KCup machine for it. The one con I have is I wish they made a double shot the standard so I do end up going through two espresso pods per day.
The machine makes a decent cup of coffee and a fairly good espresso. Have to admit the dried milk pods are not very tasty at all. And why release a machine that doesn't function well? I constantly have problems with the pods dropping through without even being punctured and used. I kind of expected more if Starbucks was going to put it's name on an appliance.
The sample at the store was not very good, "passable only" as a latte. Maybe a plain coffe would be better. At first glance, the maker looked slick, but on closer inspection appeared and felt a little weakly made. Uses only a specific type of pod cup. :(