Having owned this machine for a good few years I think I will always want a Krups machine as it has been reliable is easy to use and best of all makes a genuinely great espresso!
The machine has a high bar pressure which means that it gets a good pressure to fore the water through the coffee bean granules and then into the cup where it forms a great crema (small creamy froth) layer on the coffee which only adds to the flavour and authentic feeling of the coffee.
The machine comes with a single and double cup attachment and a pod attachment which I have never used as have never seen the pods for sale.
You fill up the water resevoir which comes away from inside the machine and then wait for the machine to heat up over a minute, you pack the coffee inot the removable handle and then attach it and turn the machine on for it to make a great coffee in about 30 seconds.
The machine also has a milk frothing attachment which i very easy to use and clean and makes good topping for a cappacino.
It is easy to use and clean and is a good matt black and silver metal colour. It is a bit plasticy in places but overall the machine is very good quality for the original £100 that was paid for it.
Overall I am happy and have always been impressed with this great little machine and even with more pod machines on the market I still like to have this basic machine to make my coffee with.
Short name: Krups F896