This is a cheap knock off of the Italian Bialetti espresso makers. My wife and I were looking for a replacement for our well worn Bialetti and thought this product might fit the bill. When it first arrived we immediately noticed the cheap plastic handle was broken at its attachment point. Overstock quickly and professionally supplied us with a replacement. We eagerly took the replacement out of the box only to find that although the product was a good deal bigger than our Bialetti it was half the weight. It seemed to be made of a cheap tin/aluminum. Further more when we tried to make our first cups of coffee it became apparent that the lid of this product did not line up flush with the rest of the top. This caused three problems- 1. Steam escaped without condensing into coffee. 2. Coffee that was made boiled over. 3. Pouring coffee into a cup required extra care. My wife and I will be returning this product and buying a new Bialetti.