Summary: Was happy with it until it suddenly stopped working. Had it for 3 years with little problems and one day the pressure pump just stopped working and stopped pushing it out. Wish there was an easy fix. Used it everyday at least once a day and sometimes more when friends were occasionally over. Guess it's time to upgrade. Will try a different espresso machine, most likely from a different brand which will hopefully last longer.
Summary: I bought this product so I can drink espresso at home instead of going to the local coffee shop to enjoy it. I knew it wouldnt taste as good theirs but this just made not want to drink the coffee even if it was free. It makes the espresso quick and is easy to clean but makes a lot of noise and is way too light so its hard to keep the machine from moving but easy to move around. I still have yet to yet to try another product but you do get what you pay for.
Summary: I had read some reviews on this machine and was a little hesitant to purchase it based on some of the reviews by folks that were not able to get it to work like they wanted. After making some espresso and some cappuccino with it now, I have to say, this is a very good machine and easy to use. It makes very good espresso with a nice froth on it. It's possible the folks having some problems with it are not letting it heat up long enough.
Summary: I bought this machine because of the stainless steel boiler. Most cheap machines use aluminum. It's a great machine. Super easy to use...just have to let it warm up for 20 min. Once it's on, leave it on and make espresso all day. The espresso comes out dark and creamy depending on how hard you pack the cup. The foam steamer works great as well. Great machine, definitely worth the money.
A great entry level espresso machine, "Crema" all the way!
21 July 2010
Summary: I really like this entry level espresso maker. If you want an automatic pump driven easy to use machine with moderate effort this might be the machine for you. The Look: Sleek, stainless steel and plastic parts. I was unsure how the plastic would look, but it actually blends in seamlessly. It takes up minimal counter space on my breakfast table in the kitchen. A keurig K70 (on the kitchen counter) actually takes up more space.