Top positive review
February 17, 2017
We were one of the early adopters of the K-Cups and have basically been using them since they came out. After our last machine shot craps I was heading down the path of purchasing a similar replacement machine until we stumbled upon this machine and eventually bought with some apprehension. My wife and I have used it for several months now before posting this review.
Once you start using this machine you realize what you have been missing out on. This is REAL coffee, there are different levels of intensity but regardless, the taste is excellent and not bitter or artificial. This machine utilizes a different technology, instead of just "pumping" hot water through the coffee pod, it actually spins it at a high RPM and blends the coffee with water as it dispenses. This results in a completely different rich coffee with a creamy, frothy top (kind of looks like a pint of Guinness). One caveat - if you don't like a foamy head on your coffee, then don't purchase this machine because every cup will have it regardless of regular or espresso. It also makes some noise as it is spinning/brewing but we don't have any problem with that, it is time to wake up anyway!
As many others have commented, the capsules for this are more expensive than K-Cups but I don't mind paying more because the result is much better. The availability of the capsules is more limited than K-Cups but you can find on Amazon or subscribe and purchase through Nespresso directly. There are many different varieties and strengths but they have a very accurate system of labeling the intensity, experiment until you get the one you like. If you are on the green side and were a Keurig user and hated throwing all the K-Cups in the trash, you will be happy to know that Nespresso provides bags with UPS shipping labels to return your used capsules so they can be recycled.
If you like espresso it is even more reason to buy. I have drunk a lot of espresso in my life (some in Europe) and this machine makes it as good or better than what I have had anywhere. I believe there is a new model of the milk frother but the one that comes with this machine is easy to use and makes a killer cappuccino.
Bottom line - this is a game changer. The coffee is really good and I no longer feel like I am drinking hotel room brews in my house.