I have not Been able to get an espresso but I guess I need to get the proper ground. However, It makes good coffee, It doesn't take long to get the coffee (few minutes) unlike Other stove coffee makers (like the Taylor & Ng Bellman CX-25 Stovetop Espresso Maker feels like forever). It cleans easy and if dried right away looks brand new.
It doesn't have Many parts or gaskets like the Miss Combi duo (It is out of production so You cannot get the parts) It comes with another gasket. I have no doubt this coffee maker will last at least 25 years. It is a good buy.