Good for coffee, but don't buy for the milk frother. Overpriced!
Positive Product Points
Makes good, hot coffee quickly
Negative Product Points
Frother/steamer dilutes milk, carafe cools too quickly, takes up a lot of counter space
I bought the AEG Cafe Ole', which is the same machine as the Capresso CoffeeTEC. While I found that it does make good coffee, the reason I bought it was because it had a milk frother, and I didn't want to have both an espresso machine and a drip coffee maker taking up space in my miniscule German kitchen. The milk frother does froth the milk, and if all you want is froth, that is fine. However, I found that there is a lot of hot water mixed in with the steam, and that it dilutes the milk too much. I used 3.5% milk, which came out with less taste than skim. At first I thought I was doing something wrong, but after reading and re-reading the instructions, and then going to the Capresso web site, I have come to the conclusion that I am not. Having to take apart and clean all the small parts every day can be a pain and time consuming, as well. The carafe doesn't have a vacuum lid, so the heat escapes fairly quickly. If you and yours will drink the pot within a half hour of making the coffee, it shouldn't be much of a problem. Preheating with hot water or by running the machine without coffee, dumping the water and then brewing does keep it warm a bit longer. However, my Starbucks drip with thermal carafe that I had back in the States kept the coffee hot up to an hour, longer if I preheated. It had a vacuum lid, which worked pretty well.
I put this machine away at the beginning of the summer and went to a French Press and sometimes a pour over filter, both of which I prefer over the machine for coffee quality. I pulled it out for the winter, to give it another try. I still prefer the French Press or pour over filter. I will probably get rid of this machine, and purchase a Saeco full-automatic espresso machine to replace it.
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