I have a few comments and some observations about the beta program for the Tesla Model S espresso accessory attachment.
First, I have to say that the design is beautiful! As always, the Tesla engineers have put a lot of work into designing something that seamlessly blends into the car, and as always, it looks like it belonged in the car from day one.
Setup is fairly easy, although not without a few hitches. After unpacking the espresso unit, it slid easily into the frunk's rear compartment. Once the grinder was attached on the side, the fit was comfortable and not too tight. It took only a few minutes to feed the dispensing tube through the air vents to the dashboard; however, a small metal wire or something to help push the tube through would be very helpful. It also helps to have someone to work with you and pull it from inside once it gets through, as you may need to work it from both ends to keep it from bunching up in the frunk. The spigot is, again, very attractive, and looks wonderful against the interior paneling. The foamer performs wonderfully, and the cup-clip is perfectly positioned to avoid splatter on the display. Suddenly, those small cup-holders seem perfectly reasonably sized!
There were some issues with the packaging and installation, though. First, I was not aware that the cargo net was a prerequisite, to keep the unit from sliding out when braking too hard. This should have been stated up front during the ordering process. Better still, given the price of this accessory, it would be nice to include this in the package. Second, connecting the grinder to the drive train was much more difficult than it looked from the diagrams. By far, this was the biggest challenge and led to a lot of swearing! I would assume that this is only an issue for us early buyers, however, and this won't be a problem once the option becomes a factory add-on.
Lastly, the temperature setting seems to be a little off. When I configured my milk to be heated to a tepid 190 degrees for my five-year old, it stopped heating at a mere 180 degrees, 182 tops. I'm sure this can easily be addressed through a software update.
Overall, I highly recommend this accessory for anyone who needs to get their cup of joe on the go, and doesn't want to run the risk of scuffing up their side-view mirrors at your local drive-thru, or wasting valuable time chit-chatting with the barista about how wonderful it is to own a Tesla, and what model you got, and blah blah blah.
One request, though: it would really be nice if a future software update could include an option to lock the rear spigots. I'm finding it really difficult to keep those kids in their jump seats after downing a couple shots of espresso!
Thank you as always, Tesla!
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