Amazing value good coffee
My first espresso machine so didn’t want to pay a lot before knowing how to operate one.
My first few cups were awful until I got the hang of it. You have to follow the instructions first then experiment with temperatures. I also find timing absolutely crucial so have everything ready beside the machine to avoid more waiting time or coffee/milk cooling down.
The only variables you can control are temperature and steam amount, which is quite enough for entry level. I cheat and I use steam heater to increase the heat of making the espresso, and I experiment with different types of milk and that makes most the difference. I also have espresso glasses and bone chine milk jugs I use for heating milk.
At $85 you can’t go wrong. I’m a light user (3 cups a week) but a coffee snob (I buy 2 a day from certain places) and I can say it’s ok for that. You can’t make more than 2 cups at a time. I’ve had it for 2 months and can’t complain.
YOU WILL LOVE IT !
Bought this machine 3 weeks ago to replace a hopeless big-brand machine, and I'm totally happy with it.
Not totally automatic, it is simple to operate, and the amount of espresso, milk, and the degree of frothing are all fully and easily adjustable to individual taste.
It provides a good hot brew, which some automatic machines fail to do.
The milk and water containers are of good size.
Price is excellent value - cheapest that I could find.
Highly recommended - don't miss it.