I first discovered N'espresso machines when I was in Switzerland at a writers colony. I loved the way you just pull the handle and, voila!, espresso. I wanted to just drink coffee all day-- just to operate the machine. When I got home to the US, and saw the cost, I had to rethink things. Finally, I bought it for myself and I use it everyday. I am the envy of my friends. This machine makes perfect espresso and foams milk with NO DRAMA. Really. It takes about 45 seconds to make a gorgeous cappuccino. Clean up takes even less time. I NEVER GO TO STARBUCKS ANYMORE.