This is basically a camp version of the Bialetti Moka pot, so the end product is much the same. Not quite true espresso, but as close as you are going to get on the trail. Its a lot heavier than other coffee making products, but there is some kitchy quality to using one. I agree with the other users, the cup it comes with is not that great, but if taken care of, the maker itself should last a long while. Make sure you don't continue to heat it once the coffee comes out; you can damage the black sleeve and internal gasket. I have long since switched over to the Snow Peak Drip for trail coffee, but still keep this one around.