ER

Bad luck – good luck

Dear Reader,

My love for espresso is well documented here on Diablog. A few weeks ago my espresso machine died. First the gasket went. I had pushed too much, my fault. Yet, after some hustle I bought a new gasket from a small lovely store. The gaskets I had ordered online previously never arrived. So much for that.

Nevertheless, replacing the seal was easy and things were fine again. I was back on my drug.

And then the machine died for good. The on/off switch did not work properly anymore, and steam was coming out of strange places. This was far beyond my repair capabilities. And after almost six years of constant use, I was not too sad. Remember, I had paid a mere $20 for it.

When I had bought the gasket, the shop owner informed me, that what I thought was an AEG machine was in fact a DeLonghi. It seems, DeLonghi is selling its espresso makers under various labels, like Krups, AEG and what not.

So this time DeLoghi machines were included in my flea market hunt for a new/old machine.

And my luck, I found:

a DeLonghi ECP31 at a bargain of $25.

It is dead simple, easy to use, has high pressure of 15bar, and most importantly makes absolutely delicious espresso.

Bonus, when a friend dropped off the old machine at the recycling center, one of the employees asked to have it for repair.

Consider me a very happy camper again, going to make an espresso now,

Engine Room

9 thoughts on “Bad luck – good luck

  1. Dear ER
    Good luck with the new espresso machine and enjoy many good coffees.
    Glynsky never mentioned that you are camp but there again, he does not mention much these days.

  2. I am just enjoying the delights from my Nespesso machine, though I admit to preferring a larger coffee.

  3. ER – you don’t really want to be trying Camp coffee. Don’t listen to Smiles, he’s winding you up! If you are not familiar, it’s a liquid essence coffee, brought out in the ’40s when rations were prevalent. I’m pretty sure it won’t be your cup of tea!

    How you can buy such a cheap second hand machine and have it work is astonishing. My Gaggia was a present from my other half in the ’80s and cost £250 then. Since then it’s had a new pump and various parts replaced. It went out of favour for a few years and got stored away, but last year I recovered it and cleaned it up and use it again more often. The steam spout must be blocked as it won’t function, but then it hardly ever gets used as I am also an espresso freak!

    I sometimes think I’ll treat myself to a semi commercial machine, but you are talking £1000 or so for these. Probably not worth it. The alternative to avoid the messy coffee dregs is one of those capsule types. Clean and simple. Friends have one and it does make good coffee, but you are tied to the capsules. There does seem to be a much larger choice of them though more recently.

    Anyway if you are going to be a druggie, then this is the safest and most pleasant way of doing it!

    • Dear Philippa,
      Who listens to Smiles???
      Capsules are a ton of waste, expensive, and do not taste anywhere near as good as freshly made espresso.
      Your Gaggia is pretty and makes good espresso. Unfortunately, I hear a lot about them needing parts, repair, attention.
      From the mid 90s to the early 2000s I used an old Gaggia from the 80s. That was a dream machine.
      ER I

  4. Me, wind up ER ?? Well he does work like clockwork unlike the 2 lazy absent b…. whose name appear on the diablog.
    I have had a capsule machine for over 20 years. they are so clean and easy to use. Also coffee beans in a machine take smells from kitchen eg fish.
    There again, I am biased as our company manufactures machines to make coffee capsules for all of the major producers.

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