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  • Aria Coffee Machine Review

    So I went into Aria HQ as I do most every month on payday and whilst I was waiting for my order and Stewpots went on a random quest into the warehouse, I decided to give the new and improved coffee machine an opportunity to impress me.


    First impressions:
    The machine is colourful and attractive whilst not overly bulky in size, this gave a nice first impression and made me feel as if I "needed" a drink rather than being a person of my own free will and wanting a drink to quench my thirst. The cover art was a little generic for my liking but it was fit for purpose.


    The Drink:
    Whilst gazing through the plethora of hot drinks that were available to me, I instantly saw my "weapon of choice" when I read what was on offer on the right hand menu - A strong Expresso! I succumbed to temptation and immediately threw my money into the change slot, which in retrospect may have not been the best option as I ended up dropping a 10p coin into my shoe - perhaps a little over excited over what was to come.
    After the machine decided I wasn't worthy of having any change (understandable), I was greeted with a loud "thud", the sound I could only relate to when Robin hits unexpected noobs with his ban hammer.
    The drink began to pour and I was tempted to do a little dance on the spot in anticipation as for the 1st time in as long as I can remember, Aria was pretty quiet and I was only 1 of 2 customers at the sales desk. The machine threw out the coffee in a mesmerizing industrial whoosh and I reached in for 'the kill', little did I know I would have a little surprise...

    After gazing into the well insulated Kenco cup, I was underwhelmed with what was upon me...



    Yes, that's right! 1/2 a bloody cup of coffee!

    I am not normally a man that kicks up a stink about anything, I usually shrug it off as an "oh well, thats life" moment, however this hot and frothy treat cost me 25p and I was much displeased with the volume of liquid that was in my cup! It redeemed itself a little as the coffee itself tasted like liquid gold that had been squeezed into a cup by way of Arnold Schwarzenegger's biceps and forearm meeting together - however I will be reluctant to purchase such a treat in future.

    The delicious Vimto drink I ordered shortly after however was much more refreshing and the cup was at near full capacity.


    Verdict

    7/10 - A good effort but this is not a full cup of coffee gentlemen!

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    5* review, would read again
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    • #3
      Ian,

      Are you sure that the coffee machine had the most recent Kenco optimised drivers installed? The packaging looked good, although the contents were a bit underwhelming.

      This review needs benchmark figures.

      I hate to be Captain Obvious, but are you aware that an Espresso is supposed to be a short (i.e not full) strong coffee...?
      Last edited by 633Squadron; 25-01-13, 20:40.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by 633Squadron View Post

        I hate to be Captain Obvious, but are you aware that an Espresso is supposed to be a short (i.e not full) strong coffee...?

        I would have accepted that if it was 70-80% full, not 50% - NEEDS MOAR OVERCLOCKING
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BigIan88 View Post
          I would have accepted that if it was 70-80% full, not 50% - NEEDS MOAR OVERCLOCKING
          This. I concur.
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          • #6
            Re: Aria Coffee Machine Review

            Needs refilling atm. The admincat and pt have been draining the choc and espresso

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            • #7
              Looks about right for an espresso!

              Damn fine review though
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              • #8
                Originally posted by joker3327 View Post
                Looks about right for an espresso!
                That's the whole point of an espresso. You are supposed to feel short changed.

                But then it hits the tastebuds. Yummy.

                25p? And that probably delivered more taxes to the government than whatever it would have cost at Star*ucks. (Sorry, never shopped there so have no idea what it charges.)

                More reviews please.
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                • #9
                  At least you know it's a branded item. You probably got a OEM drink.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Aria Coffee Machine Review

                    There's a reason that coffee shops use different sized cups for the different drinks.

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                    • #11
                      Espresso is usually a shot glass worth of uber strong beans, 25-50ml depending on the machine, so what you got was spot on. The normal turbochocs, coffee's etc are all brimmed to the top

                      Starbucks charge a couple of quid for an espresso shot


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                      I want those sweet cherries

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                      • #12
                        Cafe Nero double macchiato

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                        • #13
                          Twas the most random of quests, got to the warehouse and forgot what i went in there for.

                          and at least you are allowed a drink, the machine keeps calling my name but i must resist its alluring call.
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                          • #14
                            Stewpotz into the warehouse? must have been looking for more 680s to break
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nft99 View Post
                              Stewpotz into the warehouse? must have been looking for more 680s to break

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