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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