An absolute status symbol, this machine makes excellent espresso, it will last a lifetime and it will dress up any kitchen.
Positive Product Points
Sophisticated, romantic and classic design resulting in superb aesthetics, extreme durability and a great lasting finish. 100% fabulous Italian design, it makes great espresso and is the ultimate conversation piece in my kitchen.
Negative Product Points
Definitely not a beginners machine, expensive and a bit quirky to use, takes a bit of practice to master. The original power switch was not adequate to withstand the temperature, the base could be made a bit sturdier especially for a lever style machine, at times it feels like the tank could snap off during use (so far it has not). The water level gauge is not easy enough to read, it would have benefited from a floating marker to facilitate reading.
I purchased two Europiccolas at the Navy Exchange while stationed in Rota Spain In 1986, a two toned copper/ brass for me and a chromed one as a gift for my mother. My mother found hers to quirky so I ended up with both. The machines had been returned to the store due to defective power switches and sold at a discounted price after being repaired at the factory. The power switch could not stand the temperature and went bad after the second use, something I assume has been corrected by now after the subsequent 20 years. I acquired a new switch for mine with a higher temperature rating from a local repair shop and it has been working ever since. Not a big deal since I got such a great discount but definitely not expected of such an expensive machine. Operation can be a bit quirky, definitely not the machine for the beginner but for the avid coffee aficionado that do not mind the ritual can be an excellent choice. On the other hand coffee quality is superb along with classy design, durability and eye catching looks. If I were to buy one again I would opt for the professional model that comes with a bigger water tank and a manometer. After the switch replacement it has given me nearly 20 years of service, the chrome still is as bright as the day I purchased it, what more can a customer ask for.
Not much to be said just a basic walk in purchase at the Navy Exchange and returns where not an option since the machine was purchased as a previously returned unit with a heavy price discount.