I really wanted to like the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 machine, but I was completely unable to make decent coffee with it. I've used other pump-driven machines in the past; most recently a Lello 1375, which currently sells for about twice what the ECMP50 costs. After using the ECMP50 for a few days, I am sorry I didn't pay the additional money to buy another Lello 1375. Here's why. The Lello is much sturdier. It doesn't move around on the counter when you take the brew basket out. The build quality is noticeably higher throughout. Everything from the brew basket to the base unit itself is much heavier. The parts fit together more tightly, especially the brew basket and filter; it's really annoying the way the filter flops around in the brew basket for the ECMP50. You feel like it's just about to fall out every time you empty the grounds. The Lello unit lasted for years of daily use, and only required cleaning/descaling every few months. Based on the much lighter materials used in the ECMP50, I have my doubts about whether it would last more than a year or two. I will say the ECMP50 is quieter than the Lello, at least after the initial BRRRRR! you get when you first turn it on. It also holds onto the brew basket more reliably, so you don't feel like you have to have a hand on it during the entire brew cycle, just in case the handle disengages while the coffee is being made (the Lello tended to do that, but perhaps it was a function of not replacing the basket sealing ring more than every couple of years). One other good thing about the ECMP50 is that I expect you can get parts for it. The Lello has parts, but they are pretty expensive, and you must buy them through a New York distributor. The Lello holds more water so you don't have to refill as often, and it has a more powerful pump, so you get your coffee faster, and what's more important, it tastes MUCH better. The ECMP50 seems to be very finicky about the grind, whereas the Lello was not. Too coarse, and you get watery coffee (poor extraction). Too fine, and you clog the filter. I've mixed and tamped using standard commercially ground coffee and still haven't got anything I really like. The readily available Starbucks grind doesn't seem quite fine enough. I've experimented with re-grinding to make it finer, but that takes a lot of work. It does, however, result in better tasting coffee. Finally, I like to make a cup of Americano coffee using a regular mug. The Lello had enough space for most mugs to fit under the brew basket, the ECMP50 is about 1/2" shorter, and so very few mugs will fit underneath. I can live with that. (Two Weeks Later) After trying all possible combinations of grinding, tamping, water, etc. I managed to get a barely passable cup of coffee out of the ECMP50. Not quite as good as a good drip machine, but almost. Basically, even when I filled the filter basket full of finely ground, fresh coffee, it still tasted weak and watery. I thought I'd be able to do better, after all, I've been using pump espresso machines for over 20 years now. But I finally gave up! It was too much trouble to return the ECMP50 for a refund - especially given that I'd have to pay the shipping to return it, according to Jarden Industries, who sells these, so I gave it away. I hope the new owner has more success than I did. As a simple alternative, I got a used Keurig machine, bought a reusable filter basket for it, and brewed a cup using regular ground coffee. MUCH BETTER RESULT! So I'll stick with the Keurig, and if I get ambitious, I'll buy another Lello 1375, which is what I should have done in the first place.