I got this espresso machine as a wedding present, but know that it retailed at the time at £150.00. I wanted a good coffee maker, but not something that would be very costly. I (and my wife!) are both very happy with the quality of the coffee from this machine. The machine produces a very nice crema on the espresso and does not burn the coffee grind as so many of the big machines do in large chain coffee shops. This produces a much less bitter coffee and obviously it is the coffee grind itself that creates the different flavours, I believe that this machine helps produce a smooth filtered blend.
The bad points would be the noise. I have only had one coffee maker prior to this one and it was pretty much silent - when you turn this one on it sounds like a aeroplane is taking off! Obviously this does not mean that the coffee is in any way inferior, but the noise is somewhat off putting. Finally, I do like a strong cup of coffe and find that I have to use the 'double espresso' filter head at all times.
Overall though I would recommend this coffee maker, as it is not overally expensive, but produces a nice cuppa!
With its high capacity, and ability to concoct a caffeine cocophony which will have you craving more [well, hopefully not literally craving more], the Nespresso 1 F893 is currently one of the major products available in the market of cappuccino makers and espresso machine / Short name: Krups F893