The simplehuman pod machine design closely mirrors the espresso machines with it's high water temp. extraction technique. We are testing the machine now and have been quite impressed with the rich flavor and quality brew from both our dark roast and flavored pods.
For the quality and money for this pod machine, I would recommend it. We place the simplehuman in between the lower end Senseo, which delivers a good strong 7 oz cup with a nice froth layer on top, and the higher end Krups which allows you to brew a travel size mug.