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Pros: This machine is much quieter than the machine it replaced (a 10 year-old machine from a well-known manufacturer), it makes very nice espresso. It heats up quickly for making espresso -- and it heats up to steaming temperature quickly too, which is nice when you want to add steamed milk to your already-made espresso. Finally it makes GREAT steamed milk. Not only does it bring the milk up to temperature much faster than my older machine, but it does a great job frothing the milk, so you get a really nice head of foam.
Cons: The cup holding the ground espresso is unforgivingly exact. I use the same 1 tbsp scoop that I used with my older machine, but the older machine held a bit more than 2 Tbsp of coffee in the cup -- so I could put in two scoops of coffee and it would not spill over onto the counter. With this machine, the same two Tbsp of coffee into the cup leaves a spillage of grounds on the counter as I'm tamping it down. I've been using the machine for more than a month, now, and I still make a mess unless I put in less than 2 full scoops of espresso grind.
Other Thoughts: My other experience is this: A month after I purchased the machine I found it to be running a bit rough and it seemed as though it was not producing enough pressure to press the water through the grounds to produce a full 2 oz of espresso. The machine was just laboring and laboring and no water was coming through. I thought maybe I was packing too much coffee in the cup (trying to get that full 2 Tbsp packed in there), but I was actually using the same amount of coffee and using the same grind I'd always used. It just wasn't pushing the water through as effectively.
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Top-notch pump espresso for a small price
Pros: -Easy to use
Cons: Steaming Milk is quite loud, but I don't think this would be avoidable no matter the make or model.
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Looks good...but no cups?
Pros: Decently put together for Chinese cheapos.
Cons: The box, manual, web picture etc never points out the fact that it does not come with the glass espresso cups. My girlfriend really enjoyed the machine, but the fact that she has to go out and buy small cups for it really annoyed her, and frankly, made me question why newegg doesn't point that fact out on the product's page. Buyer beware, if you buy this as a gift you will also need to buy the glassware separately.
Other Thoughts: If I had known that it would not include everything pictured, I would have gone out and purchased some cups.
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NOT BAD FOR THE PRICE
Pros: LOOKS GREAT, DOES A GREAT JOB, COFFEE AND ANYTHING ELSE TASTE GREAT NOW
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“-Easy to use— ']['|-||_||^|V| 9/4/2012
-Warms up very quickly
-Brews a great cup(s) of espresso
-Crema is plentiful with this unit
“This machine is much quieter than the machine it replaced (a 10 year-old machine from a well-known manufacturer), ...”— AceWriter 5/10/2013