This machine, while it looks good, is really not worth it. I went through 2 of them, and they just did not work. I had the same problem with both of them. Also, in talking to the Cuisinart customer rep, he told me also that they are getting tons of complaints about them.
Recommend this product?
My problem is that after making a cup of espresso the brew head is full of water. Additionally, when I use beans ground by my own grinder, the machine cannot even complete a coffee cycle. It starts to pump, and then stops, and all of the lights start blinking and beeping. I have used that grind before on a very basic manual espresso machine and never had a problem.
Furthermore the machine is extremely noisy and makes loud grinding noises when brewing a cup of espresso.
I am really sorry to have to say this, but from a feature perspective, it has everything you would want, but, from a performance perspective, this is just a waste of time and money.