I've had this espresso pot for about 10 yrs, and it worked great, used the same thing on a trip to France, Spain, and Italy.......it's a household item in most kitchens throughout Europe. Finally had to replace mine after 10 years. Its an economical alternative to expensive fancy espresso, which tastes just as good. I do recommend purchasing an extra replacement rubber gasket, if you can find it, as it will wear out after a few years, depending on the frequency of use. I also recommend making a few pots of espresso and throwing it out after purchasing, just to flush out any odd tastes because it's new.