Great first machine! However, will purchase a self-priming machine next time.
Positive Product Points
Inexpensive yet has lasted me 3+ years so far. Consistent quality output. Produces a beautiful crema (dependant on roast/grind).
Negative Product Points
Not self-priming. Lack of a priming feature makes the preparation / cleanup process longer and more involved than it needs to be.
Bought this machine for $150 on sale. An excellent value! According to the sales people, internally this is the same machine as the Barista but has a plastic shell. The steam wand is conveniently located (apparently the wand on th Barista is a little awkward, according to some of the reviews I‘ve seen here). This machine is a nice solid platform from which to produce excellent espresso. As with any other machine, output depends on bean/roast/grind/barometric pressure/dew point/planetary alignment/governmental body currently in power,,,,.