pros and cons
by Tim Craig
It's been a long time coming. But after a month of use, I now have a more objective perspective on this machine. It's still very positive, but it's not without its flaws. To start, the value proposition is unbeatable. Even if you spend the current $500 for the classic, you're getting an amazing deal for a fully automatic machine with high tech bells and whistles. The coffee is very good. But I was producing excellent coffee for years with my Cafe Roma. And frankly, I'm not sure the crema is the same with a centrifuge machine. Just saying. The app is a big plus. The machine is sleek. The versatility is nice. Now for the not so great. The grinder is loud, and for all the testing they did - for years - this seems like a major oversight. The bean hopper is too flat, which means oily beans don't drop easily into the grinder and the app produces many false alerts of low beans. The drip tray has a tiny capacity and needs emptying very often. The app desperately wants you to purchase beans from the market and there doesn't seem to be a way of deactivating this!? Finally, I'm amazed there's no fully custom option for making espresso. You can adjust the coffee intensity and water on the preset modes. But you can't create a fully custom option. Strange. All in all, I am still VERY positive on Spinn, despite the four and a half years of waiting. And yes, even if you have to wait six months for shipment, I would highly recommend this to any coffee aficionados!