Most of the civilized world uses some version of a stove-top espresso coffeemaker. This one is easy to use, easy to clean and makes a tasty cup of bold frothy espresso. This is the Ovente 6 cup- but that translates into 6 wee wee thimble cups size. I pour the entire load into a nice giant big cup and a tablespoon of heavy cream and I am in espresso heaven. I have to remember to keep the stove fire on low, so I don't burn out the pot like in past mishaps. I have to get a battery to use the milk frother that came with, but value-wise this stove top machine is a great deal.