The "worst" parts about Starbucks are that the cafe in our building is literally 1 minute away from my office AND the cost is auto-deducted from payroll, so it's pretty much like they're free ;) Except... they're not. At my current pace I would be spending $910/year on lattes, which I have decided I am not ok with.
I found a Mr. Coffee espresso maker for $34. My big plan was to go without Starbucks for 2 weeks to "save" up for Mr. Coffee and then transfer. I decided Monday that there was no way I would be Starbucks-free for 2 weeks, so I may as well just buy it and start saving.
The online reviews were pretty favorable (I mean, I'm realistic, it's a $35 espresso maker). The biggest issue noted was that the milk steamer/frother was weak on frothing. I won't give you the full play-by-play, but suffice to say that the frother was very thorough on its frothing... I had a huge froth bubble going on :)