If your a purist, when it comes to your espresso, The La Pavoni Europiccola Espresso Machine ($860) should be on your short list. The Europiccola is a manual pull espresso machine. What that means is you control the speed at which you force the water through the grounds. This method of brewing is extremely satisfying and allows you to control the strength of your espresso. The tanks holds enough water for 8 cups. A steam wand heats milk for hot chocolate and creates the foam needed for cappuccinos, and other drinks. Finished in chrome this unit will make a great addition to any kitchen.