The coffee machine is broken. Everybody panic

My ongoing coffee machine destruction derby continues: this time the┬ácasualty is my Dualit Expressivo [http://www.bigmouthstrikesagain.com/archives/4883], which managed to live for a comparatively lengthy 17 months before refusing to make anything other than faintly coffee-flavoured water while trying to flood the kitchen. That’s twice as long as lesser firms’ products ever managed.

That means it’s time to go shopping again. I suspect that cheap espresso machines are a false economy, but I’m hardly in a position to spend stacks either. I’ve heard good things about the Gaggia Classic. Any passing coffee geeks know whether that’s worth selling one of the children for?

6 thoughts on “The coffee machine is broken. Everybody panic”

    1. I have, yeah. It’s good but it’s a bit fiddly IMO. I found it faintly annoying so my wife would find it infuriating :)

      1. I could imagine using it every day would be a pain in the rear, especially the state you’re in when you need coffee. You just want a magic coffee button, right?

        Coffee totally breaks me. A jolly pot of Assam first thing is more than enough to keep me going all day.

        — Ed

        1. Yeah, we’re still in the trenches of baby-related sleep deprivation :) I think the aeropress is pretty good but it’s a lazy Saturday kinda thing, not a GOD I’M DYING AND I HAVE THREE ARTICLES TO WRITE emergency brain rescue.

  1. My stainless steel Gaggia Classic is over 10 years old and still going strong, used daily. Apparently, a lot of the internal components are borrowed from larger more commercial machines.

    1. I’m starting to think that’s what I need. The Dualit lasted reasonably well but something’s gone internally, it’s leaking all over the place and blasting water through too quickly. It’s not quite panic stations – with a bit of fiddling I can get an ok cup of coffee – but there’s no point replacing it with something that’s going to blow after a few months (as previous Delonghis did).

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