I had always wanted an espresso maker...I am a coffee junkie and spend tons of money on coffeeshops. My mom gave me this for Christmas, had it shipped to my house. At first, I was THRILLED! I loved it, I became very good at making lattes and cappucinnos. But now, less than two months later, It is falling apart already. The rubber frother cover ripped, so frothing is no longer available. I just had to order a new rubber tip from a website, as both Walmart and the Mr. Coffee companies do not offer replacement parts, only a replacement carafe. The lid to the coffeepot section fell off, we just sit it on top, but every time you lift it to fill the water and coffee, it falls right off. The burner plate under the coffeepot has worn off and already big metal scrapes are showing through. I just cleaned it tonight with a descaler powder, and couldnt' believe the big chunks of stuff that came out in the water. It's only been like 6 or 7 weeks since Christmas! The other thing is that the metal pot that holds the espresso is starting to rust on the bottom.
Don't get me wrong, despite all this it does make a decent cappucinno. The carafe for the coffeepot is one more complaint...the way it is designed water and coffee spill all over the place when you are trying to pour water into the tank, or coffee into your cup. We have tried to lift the lid when pouring, figuring more air might lessen the dripping spill, but no...nothing really works except to pour your coffee extra extra slowly into your cup.
All in all, I really don't know what to expect from an espresso machine, since this is my first one. I am pretty disappointed that everything is breaking already, granted we use it probably three or four times a day, at least, but still I figure it should last a bit longer than two months.
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