After about 12 years and an estimated 4387 Espressos or espresso-based beverages, My DeLonghi espresso machine is kicking the bucket. I bought it on clearance at Sears for about $100 which was a lot of money to me back then. I think it's fully amortized though. Actually, it's still funcioning fine and I think it could be fixed if I could buy the requisite part. It's the gasket that goes between the filter holder and the machine. It pisses hot water all over everything any time I try to make an espresso. Where as those 4 bars of pressure used to make a cooridinated and well-rehearsed assult through the precision selected and ground coffee rendering that sweet sweet nectar, now it's total chaos. Some portion of those 4 bars of pressure is making a forced retreat only to be ejected onto the countertop. A dicipline problem. Hardly acceptable.
To repair or not to repair, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to procure the appropriate gasket and repair the aged espresso machine when it is already weary and requires a step-down transformer to use in France since it works on 110V or to put it to sleep and invest a couple hundred quid in one of those new-fangled jobbies.
There's a Promotshuuuuuuuuun going on!
The thing is, I don't think I want to be married to their high-tech bar-coded beverage system. I want to at least have the option of grinding my own beans. On the other hand, this machine does tea and hot chocolate (flavored) and tons of other stuff that I'll never use.