Plan to use a pound of beans to figure out your mojo
S. J. Becker, Amazon
4 March 2011
Summary: I read a review on this machine from a buyer who loved the machine, but warned that you should plan to go through about a pound of coffee beans until you figure out the combination of pre-heating/fineness of grind/amount of coffee/tamping pressure/etc... that results in your preferred magic.
Summary: i absolutely love this espresso maker, would recommend to friends. i enjoy my coffee every morning, it makes good crema and froth. now i dont have to buy sturbucks coffe i have sturbucks latte at home. i just hope it will last me a while.
Summary: I've had this machine for a couple months - wanted to get comfortable with it before writing a review. Overall, I'm very satisfied. My only qualm is that I have to turn off and run the milk steamer about four or five times before it heats my milk to 160 degrees.
Review from Italian user (born and raised in Italy)
Alex B "Alex B", Amazon
18 September 2009
Summary: Although the latest trend in Italy is oriented to the fully automated computerized espresso makers (EVERYBODY needs to have one in Italy) I really didn't want to spend well over $ 1,000 for a coffee maker (call me cheap, but with a thousand dollars, plus the money you need to add for a good coffee...
Summary: This is a great machine for home use. Once you learn how to use it, lattes and hot steamed drinks are ready for you. I would run bottled water through the machine. I would also use expresso ground coffe and not drip or course ground coffe.