I'm totally happy with this purchase, even though it was more money than I wanted to spend. I've had other espresso makers and I've always been disappointed at how difficult it was to get a high quality espresso with good crema. This Elektra Casa-Leva delivered top quality espresso with good crema first try out of the box. I expect it will be even better with fresh roasted beans and a little bit of practice. The machine is gorgeous and functions beautifully. I can't imagine that I'll ever need another machine than this one. !st in Coffee's customer service is great. The folks are informed and friendly and were easily accessible. If you are weighing options for a lever machine and aren't sure you want to spend the extra money for this one, go ahead and splurge. It's worth it if you can manage it.
Top quality espresso machine. A little pricey but you always get what you pay for. Very happy with my purchase from 1st in coffee.