I've not found better than Illy yet. I also enjoy making my cappuccino's with the foamer, especially when I do it for someone else. (I pretend I'm working in a coffee shop for a moment). Of course, I add the powdered chocolate on top.
A couple of years ago my machine blew. Luckily I found a fantastic repair man who comes to your house and sorts it out for you at a very reasonable cost. His website is here: http://www.gaggiamanualservice.com/
With coffee in mind, there's a Chorlton Coffee Festival coming up on the 28th - 30th June, which is a fantastic idea, especially suited to our area where we have so many bars and cafés.
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