There's also a very well laid out instruction manual and video. Capresso is pretty much leading the industry in terms of quality and informative instruction manuals (except KitchenAid has them beat with their new Pro Line manuals), and their product videos are a good stop gap for those of you who absolutely refuse to read a product manual. (I don't like you types. Grr.) 

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Well after much consideration, and after reading countless reviews, I purchased a J9 One Touch TFT. I've been using it now for going on 3 months, and so far it has performed perfectly. It makes the best tasting coffee, espresso, Latte's, and Cappuccino's I've had at home. And better than a lot of coffee places I've been to. So far I am super happy with my J9! The one thing that I've learned is to stay consistent with the maintenance, and to keep the frother unit clean. I use the Clearyl Blue water filter, and the company says that I don't need to descale since I'm using it, but I went ahead and did one recently anyway. I just want to keep it performing optimally.