We are so very impressed with this machine. We have espresso every morning, we use the stove top models, the old-time model, you remember, the one you flip upside down, newer models of Cuisinart, Braun, but this is clearly the best. It makes a very quick cup, cream every time, and easy cleanup . What we like about this machine is that you can make cup after cup after cup, which is great when you have company and you don’t have to clean out a filter after every single cup to start over again . A friend introduced us to this, Santa brought one to us this year for Christmas, and this will probably be a great item to give as a gift going forward.