Careful consideration was given to the optimum heating solution for the Little Guy espresso maker, and induction was chosen due to its accuracy and efficiency. The Little Guy induction top is an instrument specifically developed to allow The Little Guy to operate in an optimal performance. Why will The Little Guy work reliably on The Little Guy induction top and not necessarily on other induction tops? Over two years was spent working with electrical engineers and manufacturers to create an induction technology that will work with the Little Guy’s solid 304 grade stainless steel boiler base. The Little Guy induction top uses a customized sensor system which engages with stainless steel where other induction technology won’t. Five cooking settings, independent of The “Little Guy” setting, offer the use of many accouterments formerly unusable on standard induction cook tops. The Little Guy induction top is versatile far beyond just making espresso with the Little Guy. Additional features include: – a built in alert, sounding at the start of the extraction – touch screen controls – an automatic cut out, in the event you forget to switch the induction top off at the end of brewing – five independent heat settings that are ideal for suitable kettles and cookware. – the surface area of The Little Guy induction top is smaller than an A4 page, ideal for small kitchens and traveling.