Got the Nuova Simonelli Musica:
|my Nuova Simonelli Musica, tank version|
Couldn't help but take a photo of it.
This one is the tank-equipped version, rather than the plumbed in version.
It's entirely push-button, except for the steam wand that is controlled by the black lever - very convenient.
My old coffee machine wasn't that powerful, it was a decent home coffee machine. This monster however, is a top-end home machine, almost low-to-mid range commercial thing!
Once I got the grinder set correctly for this thing - the coffee I get from it is amazing - strong, but sweet as well, with a good crema too. The taste was what surprised me - using Illy beans freshly ground, just wonderful.
The machine is a heat-exchanger one, 3 litre tank, 2 litre boiler, and the steam wand on it, hell, you can steam up your entire kitchen with it - that's how powerful it is! It's also got a hot-water wand - that's very effective - instant hot water, and when I say hot - I mean really hot, scalding hot.
The cup warmer at the top doesn't seem to warm the cups that quickly, but maybe it needs time. After a short few hours of playing around with it - I'm really impressed.
[Edited 2011-03-16 05:53:25]