I've used this machine for 2 years, great tasting espresso coffee every time.
I use this machine every day. Stumptown beans, Mazzer mini grinder, reg barber tamper... Best shots with 1/4" thick crema.
Give it a whirl... Tough to find a machine of this quality, with a PID -at this price point. It's not Italian, but that's ok. Isn't it?
got it for my birthday 3 years ago... still LOVE it!