Hi there coffeefan, I will say this as simply as I can and for what it is worth it's only my opinion. I own a Expobar minore and I love it. Before owning one I have owned many other machines including a breville which was my first ever machine. There is a big jump not just in price but also build quality compared to a few machines which I have had. Not to say these machines aren't any good it really comes down to what you are looking for and what you can afford to spend. When I first had all my other machines I was happy with them but felt each time I wanted to upgrade. Even now I want to up grade to something better that this Expobar. All in all this machine has not once missed a beat, it's hard to make a bad coffee from it, mind you like any machine a lot comes down to the effort one puts into making the coffee. You can have a really nice machine but if you don't have good quality fresh beans and a suitable grinder the coffee you are making may be no different to what you can produce from a lower end machine like a breville. All. In all I'm more than 100% happy with my Expobar minore
Ps did you say you live in Australia or America?