Solid workhorse for ten years. Still going strong. Best purchase ever.
Positive Product Points
Good steam, good shots. A true workhorse of a machine.
Negative Product Points
Shots can vary, but that's more an effect of different amounts of ground beans.
This machine is AMAZING. I have owned it for ten years. TEN years, and have used it literally once a day. I'm absolutely serious. That's about 3650 uses. And it still works like a charm. I'm looking at new machines now, and there is no reason not to just buy another one (I want a stainless color instead of the black I have now). Back when I bought mine it was the Estro Vapore, but that is the same machine that Starbucks then started to re-brand as the Barista model.
The machine is very easy to use. The portafilter is sturdy, the steam is constant, and the shots are great.
Starbucks was great when I bought it. They even showed me exactly how to use my machine to get shots just right.