For a "newbie" this is the ultimate! I had family over this weekend and I created a dozen caramel macchiattos back to back and this unit delivered consistently good results. Nice and dry seam too.
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Negative Product Points
Water container should be larger, a gallon size would be preferred. The conical burr grinder setting cannot be changed unless the grinder is running.
At $494.00 US it is not cheap but I have a machine that will deliver great steamed/foamed milk.
it comes with an 18 month warranty.
it is a true "super" automatic.