Well, my wife & daughter just got back from Europe, and apparently even the most humble train station from Portugal through Spain to France have amazing coffee.
Short of spending a small fortune, what models have you all used?
As a point of comparison, she's gone around tasting a few cups of espresso from the chains and not surprisingly they all flunk. I think the best cup she (& I) had before she left was our fist visit to Intelligentsia in Pasadena. If we can replicate that, I think we have a winner.
Of course, a machine in the $200 range would be ideal, but it seems from a cursory glance from Amazon that it'll take some $600-$800 ones. Your feedback is GREATLY APPRECIATED!