Hi, I just purchased an Astoria Gloria AL2. I'm having all the same problems described by you Jennifer Graham. Please tell me it gets better.... I've been playing with it for a couple of weeks now and I feel like the shots are so unpredictable. They seem short. They seem lacking in creme. They seem lacking in depth. They seem lifeless. They are drinkable but, I am not wowed. I'm hoping its just a few adjustments in temperature or pressure that I don't know about. And, yeah, the steam wand. I feel so ridiculous. It's embarrassing and I'm just in my kitchen with my boyfriend so far. I open in a week and I'm getting worried. Again, please tell me it gets better....
Oh I've been looking to purchaser the same machine... Please keep us updated on your progress. Is the lever a pain to pull? I talked to one of their re-sellers recently and he tried to talk me out of this machine based on how it can be a real workout pulling shots for 8 hours!
I then contacted the company directly and they said that it's not hard at all.