Over the years we have bought lots of different coffee machines and cafetieres. We started with filter coffee machines and added an Nespresso machine a few years ago. We have also purchased the cafetiere in between and coffee grinders.
It was only a couple of years ago that we were at our friends house and I tasted the best coffee I had ever had. I assumed it was the beans but it turned out to be the little stove top coffee perculator packed with ground coffee that was the key.
In one of the many sales the shops are having this year we purchased a very pretty Italian set and I now use this coffee maker all the time. Even so the milk steaming can be a pain sometimes although it makes it all a special ritual to get my home made latte
I then found out that the same friends who had introduced us to the stove top coffee perculator simply heat half a cup of milk in the microwave and top up with the coffee. Not quite the same as steamed milk but it makes a really good milky cup of coffee.