After seeing this powerful machine in action at a previous job, I immediately put it on my wish list. Three years later, I finally took the leap and bought one for my apartment. I'm extremely picky about my cappuccinos, and this thing makes them just as good as a specialized coffee shop. Although it was a splurge, I haven't spent money on coffee outside since I got this thing (I used to buy one at least every other day), which will actually save me money in the long run. No regrets! It comes with a built-in grinder, a milk frother, descaling packets, and all the accessories you'll need to get started.
Promising review: "I do not understand how this thing is only $500. I’m a manager for a cafe, and we run a $25,000 four-group La Marzocco and a $7,000 grinder, and it’s like I never even left the shop. Everything about this product is stellar. It comes with everything you need to brew a good shot. All you need is a knock box. I was worried that it would feel kind of cheap due to the price but I was wrong. The portafilter is heavy duty, I was worried it would be flimsy. It’s not. The grinder produces a consistent grind every time. The machine itself looks beautiful and is heavy duty. Not much plastic to be found. Steam wand has the perfect amount of power and allows you to really get the temp and froth perfect. Skilled baristas will have no problem doing great latte art with this machine. It’s all in one. No separate grinder needed, and the included grinder is high quality. Very easy to setup. Shots have good crema, great flow rate, but obviously this will more so depend on beans and proper dosing, but just know you can make some very good espresso. Best decision I’ve made. It is great for people who are wanting to get into espresso/coffee but don’t want to spend a fortune, yet it is so high quality that a skilled barista can fine tune everything for their idea of a perfect shot." —Spetsnaz
Get it from Amazon for $697.95.