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If there is one thing I really appreciate in life, it is a good cup of coffee and when it comes to coffee, I am well known for demanding the best! So when a friend recently offered me first refusal on his Nuova Espreso Coffee machine at a bargain price, a machine I had long drooled over and heavily envied from afar (hell, the Ten Commandments only mention the coveting of Oxen ~ they make no mention of coffee machines!) I almost bit his hand off at the wrist! The reason for him getting rid of this machine is simple ~ he is shortly emigrating to Austrailia because of his job and can't be bothered to cart this half-way across the world. What can I say, I am a sucker for a good deal and as this machine normally comes with a price tag somewhere around the £500 mark, I figure I would be a complete fool to turn this down! This Espresso machine is the closest you are ever going to get to owning a professional coffee machine in your own home and makes some of the finest Espresso that I have ever tasted! It has a capacity of 12 cups and a 2 1/2 litre water tank which is easily refilled without ever having to remove from the machine. Though it is true that this water tank is slightly smaller than on other models of machine, don't let that put you off because using this machine is pure simplicity and it doesn't take many go's before even the most amateur of coffee-makers among you will soon be brewing like a born-and-bred Barista! And don't just think this is all about the coffee either because using the accompanying steam dispenser to create fresh, hot frothy milk for your Cappucino or Latte is quickly accomplished like a pro as the power at your fingertips with this machine is quickly proved to be totally beyond all compare! The things I like best about this machine are its simplicity of use and how quickly it is to pick up the skills needed to make a near-perfect cup of coffee in your own home but its not just that that sold this machine to me! Another great selling point is that this is really quite light for such a stylish peice of professional equipment meaning that it is easily moved for cleaning. My old machine, which I have had for several years, was quite clunky and this meant that often when cleaning the kitchen it would be easier to just go round the old thing rather than moving it out of the way. And though I had a lot of time for my old trusty Espresso maker, it is fair to say that the time had long come for it to be replaced! I could go on and talk about this machine's 3-Way solenoid valve which helps prevent excessive pressure or the way this machine shuts down in the event of the water tank running dry thus preventing overheating or damage to the heating element, but if you are anything like me then your eyes start to glaze over when people start going into too many technical details. All you really need to know is that, despite not being cheap, this Espresso machine comes highly recommended! My friend, abandoning this country for warmer climes in just a few weeks now (lucky so-and-so), worked quite high up in the management of a well-known Coffee chain for several years before changing his career and, considering himself something of a coffee conniseur, loved this machine to bits. I, less of a conniseur and more of an enthusiast, am likewise enamoured; even more so since I have bought this from him for a steal! And honestly, can you get any better a recommendation than that? At around £500, this is going to sting your wallet it's true, but what you get for your money is something that would not look out of place in many a cafe or little coffee shop. And if you truly are serious about your coffee, then I promise you are going to love playing with this machine! Hey if you have been REALLY good, maybe Santa might even treat you this year!