An amazing step up from the Senseo, which has poor pressure and terrible tasting coffee (although you can find “better” third party pods out there). The Essenza makes a very good shot of espresso or ‘longo’ which isn’t hard to do when you realize it has 19 bars of pressure (same as their more expensive machines).
This is a “pod” machine, but the coffee is quite good and the pods themselves, like the machine, are a work of art. Clean up is simple as well and can be done once a week. The entire cleanup process consists of emptying the spill/overflow tray and the “spent” pod holder.
(be sure to click the link to watch the video at the end!)