keewee01: Have just come from Harvey Normans where I was going to get a Nespresso U, but they now also have the Map Bella, which uses the Caffitaly System of capsules. Machine, with milk frother (same style as the Nespresso Aeroccinno - but it will apparently only make heated milk 'extras') is $349
(Replacement milk frother, if needed, was/is apparently going to be under $40!)
The Bella comes with a red interchangeable face plate, which can be replaced with one of a variety of colours that are available for purchase.
Map Caffitaly capsules are $8.50 per box of 10 capsules, available off the shelf in Harvey's.
There are only 5 different flavors at the moment, but only 4 are coffee and 1 is Belgium Chocolate. The Sales Rep in Harveys said he expected more flavors to appear down the track, but I took a look on the Harvey's Australian website and after having the Bella's for several years they still only have the same 4 coffees (and 1 chocolate) that are being offered here.
The Caffitlay capsules are a lot larger than the Nespresso and so you will get a much stronger cup of out out it - so I am told.
Has anyone had any experience with the Map Bella or their Caffitaly capsules? Comments?
(Comments on Harvey's Australian website range from "fabulous" to comments about the noise, and poor coffee consistency.)
ETA missing punctuation :)
I see that Caffitaly capsules of differing brands and flavors are available online from several New Zealand cafes or cafe suppliers. So that adds more options for coffee flavors for this system.