Consistently good draws, even with irregularities in grind and tamp. Very solidly built, with lots of power.
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I researched this baby for over a year, bouncing back and forth between it and the new N.S. machine. Finally decided to bite the financial bullet and buy one from First Line. It IS worth the money (and it IS lots of money, believe me). I use a Rocky set at 11 with my home roasted blend from Sweet Maria‘s (Malabar Gold). I have not pulled a bad cup yet (2 months), and more important, over 90% of the espresso has been incredible. If you‘ve got the cash, you can‘t go wrong with this unit. Even an espresso novice can pull great shots from this machine with less than an hour of trial and error, which is not always the case with some of the other quality machines on the market.