I got mine as a side-effect of the fire in my parents' house; everything in the house that did burn or break ended up in decontamination for several weeks, so they bought a new one to use in the meantime. When they got the old one back they gave it to me.
I use a simple cafetiere and you can read what all funky stuff I put into it in El Justo's cookbook thread. I used an espresso machine (Illy) for ages but I prefer the long drink of coffee now - strong, milky, sweet. Love it!