I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on the afore mentioned machine.

We are upgrading from a very low entry level espresso machine from Breville (possibly a ESP8C or earlier) that has FINALLY decided to start giving up the ghost after over 7 years service, and have managed to convince the Purchasing Officer (read: Wife) to release funds for a much better "automatic" machine.

Personally, I was happy to go cheap again with a newer Breville BES860, but the PO wanted one that did automatic grind, dose and extraction, which the Micro 1 provides. Also, we don't really have a need for a milk frother (can count on one hand the number of times we used the Breville's over it's entire term of use), but have seen the Micro 1 available with a bonus frothing appliance which seems like a smarter, cleaner way to do things.

Thanks in advance!