@btlaney - Think the Elizabeth could serve you well.
If you look at some other forums (I could paste the link here but I don’t want to upset the mods or break rules) - there’s an Elizabeth hanging around there for £725. It’s a very good price. If you want click on my Avatar and in there you’ll see my email address you can reach out to me.
I had the Elizabeth for 3 years, and it’s as good as new, providing you look after her well. It would cope with your cappuccini and americani (if we’re going to write in Italian, let’s do it properly 🤣) very well. 8 a day should be no problem. I don’t drink Americano or the sorts, but on the Elizabeth the hot water comes from the brew boiler - so you can use the water from the machine itself to top the drink up, and the water won’t be stale. Steaming should not be a problem at all. It’s a very capable machine.
It’s a very easy machine to maintain. After 3 years, Lizzy is still the love of my life (oh dear, where I am going with this… 🤣) and I wouldn’t change her for the world. But I understand that Bianca is just down the road, waving at me. I just haven’t stopped by yet… 😂
Anyway, feel free to send an email to me and I can reply with those links if you are interested.