Oh no, you said the "C" word!!!! :D
Using cafes as a benchmark generally isnt too hard to surpass.
I had some pretty good results out of my old Sunbeam 5800. Fresh beans and a grinder is the key, sounds like youve got that covered! :eek:
The measured thermal stability of that machine was actually very good.
The only real downsides were speed (no 3-way valve, poor steaming power) and reliability (sent one back under warranty)