Not a bad machine for single shot use, BAR pressure could be improved
Positive Product Points
Easy to use Good for single shots Inexpensive Steam wand produces good microfoam
Negative Product Points
Fussy when it comes to the grind Takes too long to pull a proper shot Steam wand too short, too low
This was my first espresso machine. I wasn't sure if I'd be using it all the time, so I decided to take the cheap route. Its not a bad machine for the first time buyer, if you'll only be pulling one shot at a time. Krups only gives you a single portafilter basket, and as far as I know, a double shot basket doesn't exist for this model. The machine supposedly produces 8 bars of pressure, however, that's questionable. Try to extract a shot in under 28 seconds... forget it. It take me about 40 seconds. With just the right grind, it will produce a good crema. The steam wand is too short, however a turkish brew pot works just fine for frothing the milk, forget using a proper frothing pitcher.
Last box on the shelf at Linens N' Things in Leaside, Toronto. Staff was accomodating, considering she had to climb a 10 foot ladder to get it.