MediumRoastSteam Totally agree, for me a small form factor is highly desirable.
Should I have a wish list, love the LSM group, PID control would be great, a boiler cover (burns are part of the La Pavoni/Elektra MCAL owner experience, lol!), modest weight and proportions…Mara X sized would be brilliant for the modern sized kitchen
Spring or direct lever, either is fine if there can be assistance given to the spring , like the Gaggia Mini…
An open boiler is a much simpler beast in terms of stability but most people want steam….
Structural strength can be engineered in without spending a fortune on heavy plate, it’s a matter of intelligent design
Wow, this is dangerous territory for someone who thought they’d got to their personal happy place, lol!!!