In the words of great Marie Kondo; it sparks joy. Very few bikes i have loved when i rode them first time. Brompton was definitely one and the emonda. Cant remember any other bikes i have owned in the past or now made me as happy first time.
Its unbelievably efficient and intuitive. Its hardly a cargo bike when you ride it.
Alfine 8 was good choice, the gear ratio is perfect.
Next challenge; ride up hills loaded.