Website design By BotEap.comMade in Italy – Most people will overlook this; But when you have a true Italian espresso machine like mine, you learn to appreciate the Italian manufacturing process more than you appreciate your plastic coffee pot. I used to use a Black and Decker coffee machine, and would only pass the coffee twice to get the same effect as an espresso machine. Upgrading to the EC701 Italian espresso machine has really made me appreciate the quality of a genuine product. And I’m not alone here; DeLonghi EC701 sales have increased, as have search engine searches. Website design By BotEap.comPatented “Semper Cream Filter” – I didn’t know what this was when I was thinking of buying an espresso machine, so you probably don’t either. It’s this new idea that DeLonghi came up with. It is a special filter that allows air to enter the process of preparing ground espresso, which in turn gives it a thick and smooth crema. From there, the cream is mixed with steam and milk, which creates the foam. This special filter is exclusive to DeLonghi Espresso machines and really creates a rich creamy foam. Website design By BotEap.comLong manufacturing warranty – One year standard manufacturing warranty. Alright, when I heard this I thought, so what 1 year is standard? No, it is not when it comes to espresso machines. Maybe when you buy a TV or a watch, but the standard warranty for Italian espresso machines is NOTHING, Zilch. I’ve read horror stories of people spending over $ 1,000 on a new espresso machine, only to have it break or produce a terrible cappuccino. DeLonghi offers a standard 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. You can still get a warranty for other espresso machines, but you need to purchase it separately Website design By BotEap.comSpace saving design – The DeLonghi EC701 [http://delonghiespresso-review.com/delonghi-ec701-espresso-machine]It measures about 1 square foot. 11x11x9. Pretty small, I keep mine next to my toaster. I have a very small kitchen, so this was important to me, and most people are not millionaires, so obviously this is important to most people. But if you are a millionaire you will have more space available for other things. Website design By BotEap.comEasy to use – Very well, this one knew it before buying it from the photos. It has 3 buttons and a knob, as simple as possible. When I wake up in the morning my eyes are glued shut and my brain is half asleep so simplicity is very important. It’s fast too, you’ll be sipping a fresh cup of “your choice” in 4-5 minutes.