Summary: It makes drip coffee and just happens to have a handle. I drink espresso at home and couldn't take the drip coffee at work anymore so I bought this cheap "espresso" machine thinking it would be better than drip. I bought espresso ground coffe just for it at work, it ends up giving me drip coffee. You press a button, it warms up, then start dripping out of the espresso handle with steam for show, just to make it look like an espresso machine...
Summary: I am baffled at the design of this thing...the steam wand only works while the espresso is brewing?? So if it's not done steaming, and the espresso is done brewing, oh well...or pour in more water and let it run through the espresso basket again? The espresso also isn't really espresso, very watered down because of the amount of water you have to pour in just to make steamer work.
Summary: Used this espresso maker on a daily basis for the past year and a half - but this morning it failed to heat the water. As of yesterday I would have given it a very high rating (4-5), but 1 1/2 years of life is just ridiculous. Naturally it has a 1 year warranty...
Summary: I totally hate it. This can not do any espresso by any chance. You can use it for filter coffee only. Does not make any pressure at all to make espresso, or cappuccino! Don't buy, spend a few dollars more and buy the more expensive one.
Tip: Open frother until hissing, then close & extraction starts 18-24 sec.
6 February 2014
Summary: Pros: Portafilter has a flip tap to hold filter in so you don't pull the filter out after tamping. Easy cleanup. Cons: Doesn't come with tamper. Only one button operation. Milk frother too short. Details: Machine sprays if portafilter cups aren't directly under portafilter. Includes cup adapter to fix this, but interferes with extraction timing. I prefer putting a block underneath shot glasses/cups to raise cups to portafilter.
Summary: I must have my espresso every morning and I just cannot afford to pay $5.50 for one cup of coffee. I previously had two Krups coffee/espresso machines that worked great and when my last one went out I bought another Krups but it exploded on me the first time I used it; so I searched for another brand. I then purchased a DeLonghi EC155 model but did not like having to wait for the machine to heat up.