I absolutely love this littel machine!!! I previously owned a stove top Bialetti expresso maker, and quit like it. And recently I discovered this electrical one, and after read all reviews on the internet and decided to give this a try. It was DA BEST coffee purchase ever!! SOOO Easy to use, any monkey can do it, makes great espresso without investing in a heavy & expensive pressure machine and money saving!! I have calculated it, just make 26 cappuccino, I also have a milk frother to do this, then your machine is well worth!
Only down side is, you gotta be super careful when rinsing or cleaning the bottom part of the machine, where the water compartment is. Other than that, it's great for its quality and value!
This is a lovely little machine you can set up the night before, then get a proper wake-me-up in the morning. I have bought one for summers in NH, one for the rest of the year here in FL, and one for one of my kids. It is that good.
Why it is so, umm, "blessedly" expensive is so totally beyond me.