I can't remember when I bought this but I have had it for a while. I've disliked it from the beginning. It produces very weak, watery coffee compared to the many other machines I have had. I am just using it because I spent so much money on it so I will wait until it dies and try to find something else. I wouldn't recommend it at all but it is out of stock so I imagine it doesn't matter anyway.
I have owned $$$ machines that dose and eject the grounds automatically but this one, even though manual, rocks! I have had it now for almost a year and the crema on the esspresso is still incredibly thick. Only negative is the frothing arm that came with a plastic tube held on by a rubber washer. It fell off and the washer got lost. However, I just threw it out and used the frother with the metal minus the plastic and it works fine you just have to clean it. Would recommend to everybody.
We looked at several expresso machines, some as high as $XXXX.XX dollars, but this machine is a dream to operate. The price was $XXX.XX dollars and we are glad we decided against the pod type machine. We can use the pods but we go thru several cups a day. The machine looks very modern and sleek.