A very unique and pleasant little espresso experience. Not the machine I'd want to use every day if I was going to make multiple drinks, but it will definitely make you and your guests happy. Or just buy it for a conversation piece if nothing else.
Positive Product Points
Aesthetics, aesthetics, aesthetics. This machine is adorable and portable! Fast warm up time for brewing/steaming and easy temperature surfing Steam wand has a good design and tip for microfoam, plenty of power
Negative Product Points
No steam switch or knob Compact design means some compact parts, but what can you do?
When I saw it, I had to have it just for a conversation piece. It's like looking at a vintage Italian lunchbox. When it arrived, I was really impressed with how thoughtfully the features were laid out. It's by far the most compact machine I've ever used, but it's much more powerful and consistent than I expected. It warms up quickly, and my first shot looked and tasted very good and was around 20 seconds. The steam power is also great, and the non-removable tip really impressed me with how good of microfoam I was able to make on my first attempt. I temperature surfed my way down to make another drink for my wife, and was able to pull 25 seconds by adjusting my tamp and fitting about 15G in the basket. She agreed the machine was a great backup or portable option when we don't want to lug the E61 around.
The main aspect of the machine that will take some time to get used to is that you have to hold one button down to warm it up to steaming temperature, and then press another button to activate the wand, unlike most machines which have a switch that you can flip and a knob that you turn. But when I saw how fast the machine warmed up and how good it steamed, I definitely forgave the funkiness of the design.
Also, the machine is obviously compact so you won't get a lot of room for shot glasses or a big drip tray, and it really would be awesome if it could accommodate a bigger portafilter and basket. But all things considered, they made the most of the layout.
It's small and light enough that I didn't have to worry as much about it being shipped, compared to my Brewtus. Test in person if you can, but I was able to learn the machine on my own with no problems. Would gladly buy another through eBay.