Summary: I would've been very hesitant about purchasing this item after having read the reviews. A client made me a latte one night and I commented that it was much better than what I could get from my 10 year old Starbucks machine. I liked making espresso or lattes, but usually used it about once a month because it was such a hassle. I went home that night and decided to have another and my Starbucks machine was totally dead.
Summary: It is not a bad machine... I haven't had to experience too many myself so I don't have much to compare it to, but I will say that although I do not regret this purchase, I do believe I would have been satisfied with a less expensive machine. There is nothing absolutely astounding about this machine that I would recommend others to purchase it for.
Summary: My wife and I research all makes and models. This is the best auto-making express/capp maker out there. One step- self cleaning and well made. We tried out several other machines and this makes the best tasting express/capp. It's like having a coffee shop in your kitchen.
Summary: Makes good coffee Pros/Information: - Heats up quickly from standby : I do not believe it is more than 60 seconds to start making coffee - Automatic milk frother works well. Makes pretty good Cappuccino - Cappuccino by default fills completely 10oz cup (foam to the top of the cup) - Decent semi automatic machine for reasonable price.
Summary: I purchased this machine last summer when my very old Estro Profi espresso machine bit the dust. After some trial/error with this product (the instruction manual was not very user friendly) as well as watching You Tube videos of a local coffee shop that tested the product it works great. The espresso can be adjusted to taste (shorter flow of water for a stronger shot) which I do like as my spouse tends to like his espresso drinks more potent than I do.
Excerpt: I was buying 3/4 cups of lattes everyday cosing quite a bit of money so my fiancé decided to buy this and see if we could just make them at home to save. It works great, when I finally found the ground espresso that I liked we were off. Yes it looked very confusing and it does take practice. One serving is about 6oz so I have to do it twice to get a full cup. It's paid for itself by far. Great quality machine.
Summary: I use it just on the weekends for cappuccino. Was great when I first got it and after about 6 months the coffee if watery. I use the same coffee pods I have always used and I clean the machine regularly as recommended but it is shocking how quickly the quality has dropped. Would not buy it again.