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,