This is it. No doubt about it, the best thing on the market.
Positive Product Points
An aesthetically gorgeous product, scaled down from a commercial machine with proper proportions. Incredible pump power to get hot coffee, with perfect crema, through the finest grind. Endless steam. Huge (1 gallon) reservoir is easy to fill.
Negative Product Points
I suppose some would say it‘s expensive. So is a BMW 740I.
I always suspected there was a commercial grade espresso machine for the home market. I finally found it. "Commercial grade" in this case means that the coffee you get out of it is equal to the best you can get in the Galleria Victor Emmanuele in Milan, or at any stop that says "Pavesi" or whatever along the autostrada. This is the real mc coy. Interestingly, I had some Illy coffee ground for me at Manhattan Espresso for use in the Gaggia Baby. This machine just blew right through it; so I ground some Seggefredo at the finest ground on my burr grinder. Now that‘s espresso. What this probably means is that the machine is so powerful that you really need a superfine grind, but once you know that it‘s pretty simple to operate; don‘t worry how many grams of coffee are in the portafilter; don‘t worry about how many pounds of pressure you apply to tamp it down. Just fill by eyeball, tamp in a rational manner, and the machine will do the rest. Great heaps of milk foam are a breeze. Where was this device all my life? I guess it never seemed worth the money. It is.