Might be OK for the general population that doesn't know any better. Most Amazon visitors/buyers know very little in the way of specialized items. If you want to get a rude awakening about the machine go to CoffeeGeek and ask that same question. Save up a little more $$$ and buy one of the lower end Gaggias. The DeLonghi is something that will be OK for a few months and then you will be looking to upgrade it soon after. Later!