I'm still using my humble Starbucks Barrista, purchased almost ten years ago and still going strong, faithfully producing my raw milk latte every single morning. A friend who is looking to purchase his own system asked my advice for which one I'd buy today. I haven't been in the market for a while so I'm not sure what's out there, but now I see that my favorite coffee shop Espresso Vivace advises the GS/3, from Franke Coffee Systems:
The GS/3 dramatically resets the gold standard for performance among all espresso machines. Its performance meets and surpasses the finest high volume machines on the market today. In a tiny footprint, with water reservoir or plumb-in options, GS/3 suits high-end home use and has sufficient steam power and performance for many commercial applications including restaurants, catering, and professional offices.
Contact your Franke regional sales manager for purchasing details. Oh wait, I see it listed on eBay for a mere $6300. Hmmm. Time to raid my children's college fund? How can I get my wife to agree. Let's see, if I drink $4 worth of Starbucks a day, it would pay for itself in only, what, four years! Please, honey!