This is a great little machine. After you dry run it a couple of times (or boil the parts for a couple of minutes) the flavor is impecable. Keep in mind that this is not a coffee maker, its is an ESPRESSO maker, so make sure you get the right espresso grind, one tablespoon is all you need so don't overfill the basket and then tamp it down (just like on a regular machine). If you are planning on sharing your brew, get the 4 cup, because it does require a few minutes to cool or some gloves to reset. Enjoy!