I enjoyed my Mr. Coffee while I had it. Unfortunately my cats knocked it off my counter but while I had it, I was a fan. The machine does brew a little bit too weak for me usually so I ofset this with extra strength coffee and using a little less water than suggested. It brews quickly but not so quick that the flavor is lost. It also brews smoothly. I had never had any issues with the brew or taste other than it being weak on occasion. Brew Performance The brew was fairly quick with this but it didnt alter the quality of the espressos I was making. The water to coffee ratio wasn't to my liking but I could always add extra coffee or less water. Ease of Cleaning It's easy to clean, however, the parts do not all come off or open so you have to take more tedious care with a cloth to clean the machine. Ease of Use This machine is very easy to use. It's simple enough that most espresso drinkers could use it. Design I like the design but I wish it could of held a taller cup. Durability Unfortunately my cats knocked my espresso machine off of my counter top after I had had it several months. The machine cracked on the back portion and the brew spout spat water around everywhere except my cup. I had to get a different machine. It didn't hold up to the short three feet fall but otherwise it was a good machine.