One thing i have noticed: thermoblocks are idiot proof. You put your coffee into the basket, insert it into the machine, press go and theres your coffee. Getting the little boiler SB going was confusing (the manual wasnt the best), I filled the reservoir with water, turned it on, and like the manual said, I flipped the brew switch - nothing came out (duh, the boiler had to fill). Now if i wasnt a coffeegeek/snob, then at this point, I reckon I would think that my machines either busted, or its too hard to figure out how it works.
Like I said, TBs are easier to operate for dummies like me. Fill the reservoir, turn it on, flick the brew switch and hot water comes out. For dummies, this is perfect. (Monti, Im not
having a dig at you, Im actually having a dig at myself!) For geeks/snobs (what do we call ourselves?) we soon see that often, TBs arent consistent enough ... blah blah, weve said it all before.