A Couple months in...
by Mark Rodenhauser
Overall, I love this machine. I have had to have some expectations re-aligned, and I have ideas for improvement, but no gripes on core functionality.
It makes great coffee very efficiently, i.e. high extraction for less beans and there is no waste as advertised. The extraction is so efficient/high it takes a little getting used to when homing in on your personal recipes. Very low maintenance as well.
Observations I wish I knew going in:
1. Requires a lot of emptying & refilling. So much so that if you're not doing it proactively, just about every time you go to make coffee there's something you need to do first. Most often is the drip tray (even though it's already big) and second most often is the water reservoir. This is because it auto-cleans & rinses so often. I cannot fault Spinn for that, it's the way to go. However, just know going in that if you want to make coffee from bed/elsewhere as marketed, you need to be in a nightly routine of topping off & emptying before placing your cup under there for tomorrow.
2. Doesn't have a cup sensor (or isn't leveraging) to stop/warn you from making a drink w/ nothing there. Considering they want you to be able to make coffee from the other room, I think this is a legitimate gripe, however I can see why they don't with their design. The adjustable cup tray would make this difficult to place correctly, so they'd maybe need multiple. Again, far from deal breaker; just get in a routine if that's how you want to use the machine.
3. Please let me mark the known/marketplace beans from the market as no longer in there, and remove their recipes without putting another known/marketplace bag. Just go back to defaults, simple improvement I have confidence they'll make.
I'll add more as time passes. I'm also I the unique position of having a friend attempting to become a roaster in their market, so I will be getting feedback on that process.