Im using a Krups basket with the cafe crema. I had to attack the spring in the holder with a pair of pliers to make it stay in when you knock out the puck. But with freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee it produces plenty of crema and you can get a proper slow extraction. If you use stale coffee, or have it too coarsely ground, no
Theres a bit of a fine line with the machine between having it choke up completely and producing really quite decent coffee. But if you can dial that in on the grinder for a cheap machine it does OK.