What mind boggling contraptions!
I have yet, with the exception of Nespresso (which are wasteful IMO), to come across an intuitive coffee machine. They're noisey, with a shitload of buttons and very difficult to keep clean. I don't care about the professional grade stuff, but even basic consumer coffee makers are very hard to understand in their immense complexity.
I would happily pay $1000 for one with two rotary knobs, one for flavor intensity, another for quantity and a big red button with "Fucking Coffee Please" written on it even if it made shit coffee, just to make a statement.
I've never cared for fancy stuff, but I do appreciate quality of whatever I put down my throat. I recently got a used DeLonghi from a family member. It was free and makes a great cup. But Holy Jesus the stuff and thingamajigs and featuers it has. Makes no sense. And the shitty UI doesn't help. It took me, literally 30 mins to get the thing to make my first cup of coffee and it was enough tribulation for a lifetime. Yesterday I took on the task of cleaning it properly for the first time, and there were compartments within compartments behind lids behind covers. It's like a whole other dimension in there! And this goes for, not only this, but every other coffee machine out there.
I know it's a terrible 1st world problem to whine about, but I do find the subpar design of these things very baffling.
Apologies and thanks!