We recently finished renovating our kitchen, and thought it would be great to upgrade the coffee machine as well. We've been using the Cuisinart Thermal Grind & Brew, and while it's pretty good, it had a few drawbacks. Mostly, you have to clean the damn thing constantly, because the steam from brewing turns a certain percentage of the ground coffee to sludge in the grinder and the chute. So basically you clean everything every day. It's also fairly tall, and you can't fill it if it is under the cabinet.
So we figure we'd go for the super fancy super automatic Jura-Capresso Impressa F7. The salesperson assured us that it would make up to 16 oz of fabulous coffee. First, I should note that this is a marvel of a machine. It is truly automatic, and will crank out cup after cup of really good espresso (not that I'm an expert or anything) with no fuss, and very little cleaning to do. If you're an espresso/cappuccino/latte drinker, definitely consider this unit. This isn't meant to be a review, but it makes a nice espresso, up to about 4-5 oz.
The problem starts when what you really want is a cup of coffee, or more realistically, a big friggin' mug of coffee on the way to work. While they tout this machine as making "cafe crema" up to 8 oz, or 16 oz if you use the two cup setting, in reality you're just getting a watered down espresso, that is increasingly watered down as you go above about 6 oz. An 8 oz cup was not great, and a 16 oz mug was pathetic.
So, lesson learned. Even spending $1300 on a fancy machine isn't going to turn an espresso machine into a coffee maker. Definitely consider the F7 if you want espresso drinks. Don't consider it if you think you can use it as your mug 'o joe maker in the morning and make dainty cappuccinos for after dinner. Get yourself two separate machines if you want both and have the room!