Just owned this for a few days and have to admit that I was a bit disappointed just in the beginning. The machine did not work as I wanted and the result of the coffee was not good.
I already corrected after the first cup the settings as someone else described here with fairly low setting (1.5 out of 7) on how rough it should be. The lower the finer and this gave more good coffee. BUT, it took a while to brew a cup and it just dropped slowly from the machine. I did not dare raise the settings again because I know that espresso should be finely ground and, like some others, I knew watering consistency (which I used to do now).
After some A / B testing, I've found the one that suits me best. I suspect that both the hardness of the water and coffee beans play a big role for any results. Then certainly different people have different preferences about what good coffee is. I live in Lund and have soft water (should be added).
I have only tried Zoega Blue Java so far and I realize I change coffee beans. Maybe I have to correct the settings somewhat. On the other hand, I have now managed to make very good espresso and get better at skimming milk for each time. So my "latte" has now gone from tasting cheap machine purchases to be really good. Maybe it's rather cappuccino when I drive 35-40% espresso :)
The settings I am running now are 4.5 on the degree of malfunction, which is slightly lowered from 5.5-6, which came as the factory setting (I therefore paint the snap finer). At the same time, I have the max strength of the knob on the front for how strong coffee I want (and maybe there is room to lower a bit but have not tried it).
I think this is a very affordable machine and after about 10 cups I have managed to get very good settings. The price is low for this machine so I can be certain of some mistakes. The picture shows 3 larger drip holes, for example. These often miss the machine and especially on the milk foam (which can only spray hot water). This was a problem at first startup when running a cleaning program and when a water jet misses the hole it becomes less good as it rinses and ends outside. I have bent to it as much as I can and now it just hits the hole if I do not twist it.
But a lot of games can be avoided, and given the low price, it really feels like it deserves at least an 8th grade. In comparison, I also own a capsule machine from Nespresso and the freedom this machine provides with much cheaper price / cup makes this a better choice for me. The taste that I achieved so far is clearly in the same class as the capsules there.