Affordable basic espresso maker that will need to be replaced after a few years
6 October 2014
Summary: My husband and I bought this espresso maker in September of 2012. For the first year, he wasn't making more than one espresso a week on average. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but I'd say one per week is probably about right. But late last year, in the winter of 2013, I became addicted to espresso. He taught me how to use the machine so that he wouldn't have to make one for me. I was having one almost every day.
Summary: Bought mine about a month ago. Worked great for a while. Now water leaks out around the grounds basket and down into my cup. Lots of it...a constant stream of water right into the coffee cup as the espresso is brewing. Cheap piece of junk, avoid.
Summary: When I was hunting for an espresso machine on Amazon, I was confused between this product and the De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, which had 6 times as many reviews as this one with nearly the same rating. In the end, I chose this product instead. And even though the De'Longhi product is $12 more expensive than this one (at the time of this review), it wasn't so much for the face value price difference that I bought the product instead.
UPDATE #4 - Replacement machine died - this machine is good for 9 months of daily use
GKPugh "gkpugh", Amazon
18 July 2013
Summary: UPDATE 9/2/14 - The new machine just died. So do the math - bought original in March of '13. Replaced 9 months later with new one (warranty) in December of '13. New one dies --- 9 months later. It was a daily user - 3 cups for me and one or 2 for my wife. SO...I'm looking at the $99 DeLonghi. With this experience, I'm a little gun shy of shelling out $4-500 for a fancy one. UPDATE 11/18/13 - They sent us a new machine within two weeks of shipping it back for repair.
Summary: I was skeptical that such an economical coffee maker would work. We have had ours for a year and a half and it works great. We liked it so much we bought one for our daughter, and she uses it every day. Some tips we discovered: take the rubber end off the steamer tip. You don't need it and it is much easier to clean; after steaming of milk is done, run the steamer a few seconds to clean the tip - be careful and don't burn yourself.
Summary: I am impressed with the ability to make espresso at home. This machine works just fine. My first one broke after about a month and I returned it. Amazon as always was a pleasure to work with and sent me a new one fast. The second seems to be doing fine and the espresso is good(far better than starbucks). Just make sure you get a GOOD burr grinder and some fresh beans from a local or online roaster. EDIT: Second machine is broken with the same issue after 2 months.