I received this adorable little espresso maker as a housewarming gift when I had my first apartment and I thought it was the best thing ever ... until I used it. It's a great novelty item and great when you have friends over for dinner and want to offer them a real espresso drink for after dinner, but for everyday use it's just not reasonable. It does brew the espresso well, but the milk steamer always seems to spray hot milk out of the steaming vessel and onto my hand which is never fun. It's also incredibly difficult to clean. There always seems to be a milk residue on the steamer part no matter what I do. It's extremely annoying. The carafe is easier to clean, but the part where you put the espresso grounds is difficult to clean as well and I always have little espresso grounds stuck everywhere in my sink when I'm finished. Once you get the hang of it this is quite easy to use to brew espresso but don't plan to use it every morning since it is rather time consuming.
Vernon Rockville, CT