The Ascaso BASIC Version 2 espresso and cappuccino machine fits in any décor and is the perfect size for the space challenged kitchen. It is compact, yet it performs like larger professional machines as demonstrated through excellent steaming ability and brewing results. Beyond its performance, the BASIC just looks cool. The BASIC was designed as a lower-priced espresso machine that excels at making espresso drinks including lattes, mochas, cappuccino and all of your favorite coffee house drinks. The BASIC features simple to use controls (power on/off, coffee, and steam), a powerful vibration pump and a brass filter holder with matching plastic handle, an efficient heating element for steaming milk and making hot water, special milk frothing aid on the steam wand, a removable water tank, a cup warming surface and a removable drip tray. All this in a beautiful, compact, ABS plastic housing. The Version 2 has two improvements over its predecessor! First, the aluminum thermoblock, which has an internal stainless steel lining where the water comes in contact with. The benefits are no leaching of metals into the water, improved temperature stability over the previous design, significantly less limescale build up, and the ability for continuous steam. This continuous steam is made capable by a microprocessor that continuously draws water from the reservoir. Hence, you have a lot of steam capacity until the reservoir is runs low. This Ascaso BASIC espresso machine does fit the bill.