I've had several espresso machines over the years including very well built, German designed and Italian made pump machines. While those machines made good coffee fast, I've never tasted anything like what is possible from the Cremina. I agonized over the purchase, but now that I have the machine I have no regrets: it was worth every cent and Johnny was endlessly patient, answering any question or concern I had. If you've read this far, you know what you need to do. The Cremina will change the way you think about espresso and make it impossible to go back to any other machine.