A great machine for someone who wants consistently excellent shots with confidence.
Positive Product Points
Consistent, easy to use and clean, gorgeous.
Negative Product Points
Reservoir is small and needs to be refilled basically every day.
I was a bit concerned that replacing my 5 yr old Livia with the AP would be a lateral move, rather than an upgrade. I have honestly been surprised with the differences between the two. To be sure, the Livia is a fine machine and I pulled many good shots from it. It is also difficult to learn, finicky, and I can't say that I was ever confident that my next shot would be what I hoped. I find the AP far easier to get consistently excellent shots from, and is also easier to clean. Unlike the Livia, it also gives you a low water warning, and will not cut you off mid shot (can't tell you how many times the Livia did that to me!). Of course, there is a learning curve (both for shots and steaming), but I am now producing better shots than I ever did on the Livia, and doing so pretty much every time.
ChrisCoffee is a great operation. Knowledgeable people on the phone, quick shipment, etc.