Summary: I brought this product to wean myself from visiting the coffee stand every morning. I think it will do the trick. Just so you know I use regular hershey's chocolate syrup to mix a mocha and it tastes great. Took awhile to learn how to use the machine and I really have to stay focused on what I'm doing, but I think that's exactly what I need right now. Too bad It doesn't make enough coffee to make 4 cappucinos in my opinion. But I use a bigger cup.
Summary: Had been looking into upgrading to a combination coffeemaker/Espresso/Cappucino machine when I came across this item. It makes a perfect accompaniment to our present coffeemaker at a very reasonable price. We use the Espresso machine for personal use 3-4 times a week as a change from our regular coffee and whenever we have company.
Summary: My husband and sons are the coffee/Espresso drinkers in the house, and they love this little machine! It took a while to get the exact steps down for steaming/frothing the milk, but that was only because they tried to skip using the instruction manual. Now they are all experts at it, and they daily make several cups of Cappuccino or latte, pretty easily. The unit is compact, looks modern, fits in well with our kitchen, and seems to be convenient and easily cleaned.
Pros: Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Nice design modern, Quick Brewing, Saves money
Summary: Great machine for personal use, especially if you are a latte or capucino person and like a hote cup of coffee - also lets you regulate your brew -I like it strong, but you have choices to have a milder brew.
Pros: Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Good price value, Great Taste, Quick Brewing
Summary: Let the water heat before securing the top and as the esspresso is brewing release the pressure with the steamer. Too much pressure creates a weak espresso. Practice this method and this or just about any other cheap electric espresso maker can produce excellent espresso. It just requires some effort. It is very important that your beans be ground properly. I suggest investing in a coffee grinder an grinding the beans as fine as possible.
Summary: The espresso/cappuccino maker was very easy to use. No problems with it so far, although we haven't had it long. Makes great coffee. Now if it only had a self clean button, it would be perfect. like any of these cleanup is always a bit of work.