Welcome. What a great first question....I havent heard of German coffee machines, apart from Braun drip filters, but perhaps they do make them - who knows, they might be more reliable and better value that their vehicles.
The Italians make excellent machines. Italian coffee machines are not the Alfa Romeos of the coffee machine world.
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If you have had Italian made coffee machines before, and they were not up to your expectations, chances are they were cheap rip offs with an Italian name. For example a genuine Italian machine for about $1k is the Rancilio Silvia which is excellent.