I love this thing! I have been using it daily since October and it has never let me down. I use Lavazza coffee with it and various syrups and sauces. It's very easy to use, and keep clean. I really wanted an affordable espresso machine with a real milk frother and this one is perfect! I was a bit snobbish about ordering a Mr coffee espresso machine but not anymore! I am so glad I did!
The brew pressure is not stable, some days the pressure would be high, and on other days, it barely moves into the expresso range. Still pretty satisfied as compared to drinking instant.
This is a fantastic looking machine that does what you would expect. It's a HUGE step up from my cheap-o Krups steam espresso maker, but not to the level of a professional model. There really is quite a learning curve to getting good extraction, and it requires a lot of experimentation. I happen to like the process of figuring it all out, but it may not be for everyone. It looks and feels like a quality machine, but I was disappointed to see that it's made in China. I have read somewhere that the guts are made in Italy, but I don't know if that's true. I like having the built-in grinder.
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