Great home machine that will pump out solid, tasty coffee drinks for years to come.
Positive Product Points
I use it every day to make a long espresso with steamed 1/2 and 1/2 . This machine is very reliable and apparently well made. ABS plastic blends well with modern kitchen. Tons of steam that is strong and good. Makes very good coffee with power to spare.
Negative Product Points
You have to release the steam in order for the unit to heat up to optimal temperature prior to making the first drink of the day. Also, it is noisy. Would prefer a larger tank - existing tank will do 4-6 drinks before needing refilling. These are the only things I could think of. I'm not bothered by them. I love this espresso machine.
I've had a cheapo steam espresso machine in my youth, and I've still got my stove top espresso machine, but this is my first real espresso machine. It is great. I've had it for over a year and its going strong. This machine could crunch out 100 coffee drinks without stopping, except to add water to the tank periodically. It is that powerful and beefy. I use it merely to do one and sometimes two drinks a day. This is child's play for the Oscar. I would buy it again without hesitation. I run it with a Vario grinder (also great machine) and it will pump out a perfect coffee with loads of thick, rich, and dark speckled crema. I expect to be making better and better coffee drinks with this machine for many years to come. High quality features make this a solid purchase, well worth it.
I bought it over the internet through a specialty coffee machine shop. It went smoothly.