Good Afternoon happypete,
I was very seriously considering a Miele built-in during the last year, in fact I drooled at a few models I saw in a local appliance store. I had the salesman explain how they worked, the differences between them, and poured some samples. They come in several options such as plumbed in, pour-over, pods, and coffee bean. Like I said, I was very serious about it...until I had my first 'god shot'! Once I had that, there was no more thought about a super-automatic. The Miele looks great in a modern kitchen, but there are many other machines in that price range that look great too, they just take a little counter space.
In my opinion, if you decide to purchase another super-automatic, then I recommend you do not experiment with higher end coffee shops. The reason I say this, is that if you ever end up having a 'god shot' at one of those locals, you will never be satisfied again with your super-automatic. Admittedly, before this post, you probably would have figured that only a high end coffee shop could accomplish this, but now you know (my fault, I'm sorry
) that it is possible to get these shots at home. In fact, that is where you are most likely to get them!
It doesn't take long before a home enthusiast is getting better results than nearly all the coffee shops around. That is why these machines are getting so popular! The coffeeshops that produce exceptional results are very rare, and I bet, even at these places, the results are dependant on the barista pouring the shot.
If you are still interested in a super-automatic machine after looking around, I recommend you purchase a super-automatic pod machine. The reason I suggest this, is due to maintenance. Super-automatic bean machines have a lot to do mechanically. They have to grind the coffee, measure it, tamp it, run controlled temperature water through it, and then dispose of the grinds. Because there is so much dependance on mechanical parts, they are expensive to build, and need constant maintenance. Even with regular maintenance, they are more prone to failure, which then results in service bills, and the need to substitute something else while waiting for repairs. Pods, require much less robotics, therefore would be more reliable.
Just my opinion...