I started out with a LaPavoni manual machine, and later I had one of those $2K monster espresso machines. These days I live in a smaller space, and my favorite is Aeropress, and I am now trying out Cafflano. If I need an authentic espresso, I go to an Illy cafe. Still the best. Starbucks really does not cut it, but it'll do if I have to travel too far for Illy.