A lot a bother for a little expresso and lattes . It is a good machine but I gave it away Too much trouble to make it and clean up. But I am not an every day addict. I like my 2 cups of coffee a day to be stellar but only used this machine to impress company. Took to much time away from my company. Just easier to go down the street to Publics. Brew Performance The expresso was very good.and strong. It works well so i quess you get what you pay for. If you want expresso it takes time more that just regular coffee. YFor entertaining it is impressive but time consuming as well Design The desing is good for the purpose of making expresso With the coffee maker it seens to take up a lot of counterspace Durability I broke the carafe and it took me along time to find anouther one. when I did it was not cost effective to buy.