I was a little concerned about this product since it is not too end but after using now several times a day for over a month I am a believer and love the quality of the grind and the espresso. The burr grinder has all stainless metal gears, and grinds extremely evenly. My only complaint if I was to make a change to the machine would be to add a double boiler.
This machine makes great espresso. If you don't already have a nice, burr grinder, you might want to check out the one with that built in, or look into buying a new one.
I was slightly unsure at the time of purchase since I had never bought a refurbished product, however this espresso machine has been great. Nothing overly fancy-it makes good espresso and the steam wand is perfect for one glass of milk or so. Everything included (machine, steam pitcher, espresso scoop; etc) except the espresso cups but those are easy to find at any store.
The machine is better quality than it looked in the pics, feels very sturdy. The coffee pods - eh. Not a great cup of espresso - yet. We're hoping once the machine is used a bit it will get rid of that "new coffee" taste. The shipping was the worst part of this purchase for me. Bought this as a xmas gift for my husband - it was delivered in the Mixpresso box so surprise factor totally ruined. Who ships without a brown cardboard box, especially during the holidays?? I'll edit this review if the coffee ends up tasting any better as time goes on.
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