After an unsuccessful attempt at contacting my espresso machine's maker -- the emails keep bouncing back -- I got desperate. We are four highway exits from a Starbucks, and I am So. Very. Spoiled. by my machine -- and I am an addict. While in Target today getting household schtuff, I bought the cheapest espresso machine they had.
You get what you pay for. Opening the box, I realized "Shit, this is totally manual." :x I worked in an espresso shop. I know how to do it. But this seems so flimsy. I go to make a "shot" which translates to four ounces, and there's no tamper to smoosh the espresso down with, so I make do. I turn the machine on - and it makes four ounces of piss brown water, almost like diluted regular coffee from a drip maker.
Attempting to make froth? That's funny. You have to add more water to the steaming-hot machine without burning yourself, and froth the milk with a too-short wand on the side of the machine. It never got to the right temperature or texture, it was thin and bubbly, not frothy at all.
(Mr. triggered a memory -- we owned one of these years ago -- and the freaking thing exploded. :x Now, I recall this.)Taste? GAH. I guess it might depend on your coffee, but, EWW. This was worse than even a Dunkin' Donuts "Cappuccino" made badly. :x I added some CLICK to it and beat the hell out of it to drink it. That was better.