The Europiccola espresso machine by La Pavoni has a chrome base and is triple plated to maintain its beauty and elegance. By lifting the lever, a piston inside the group is raised allowing water under pressure to infuse the coffee in the filter holder. The lever is then lowered causing the piston to force the water through the coffee into the cup. Make one or two cups of perfect cafe quality espresso! The machine has a water level site gauge located on the side of the machine. Capable of making 8, 2oz cups. Make all of your favorite cappuccinos or lattes with an espresso machine that has old world elegant ambiance!