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acasabia
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Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 7:32am
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So about a year ago I set my mother up with a gaggia espresso-pure and my old ascaso I-1D. Since then the machine has started leaking... we replaced the gaskets and by now most of the group. The machine is regularly cleaned and has no significant scale build up. All that said and done, we sent the machine back to WLL and are now being told it may be up to 5weeks before we get it back, with no idea what they plan on charging. The leaking is from within and around the group. I've checked and its not coming from the boiler seals.

We're both tired of the machine which seemed cheap and flimsy from day one. I want to tell her to get a better set up, but I cant see her spending more than a few hundred on a machine. Now if it was up to me, she would pick up a heavier machine like a sylvia or even a le'lit, but I know she doesn't want to spend the money.

What can I recommend? She is pretty competent with pulling shots and steaming, and the grinder is in pretty good shape.

 
Anthony C

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Location: Herrin, IL
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Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 3:09pm
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Given the price of the machine she had, repairs are not worthwhile unless you can do them yourself.  I see that they are selling for around $170 new at some places, so that pretty much says don't repair to me.

If your mom was satisfied with the drinks she was producing with the Gaggia Espresso-pure, there are tons of machines out there that are built along the same lines.  But as with the Gaggia, they aren't the most repairable out there.  And how long they might last depends on how much they get used and of course, the luck of the draw too.

I've got a little Breville thermoblock that I've had for about 8 years that my live in uses on a daily basis.  It produces coffee good enough for her and takes less fiddling with than my Alex HX machine.  Still steams good enough for her also.

 
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Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 4:33pm
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OK.

A year or so ago I noticed that 1st-line was advertising a Nemox Junior for $99. Figuring I didn't have that much to lose I bought one, filled it with water, heated it up, ground  some beans and made a shot. It worked. I did not even try to steam with it but just cleaned it up, emptied the tank and boiler, brought it down to the basement and mothballed it in case my Lelit went belly up or needed to be repaired.

I notice 1st-line is still selling them (apparently working through a bunch they stocked) but now at $149.

Suggest you look it up and decide if the machine might be something your Mom would be interested in.

A believe it comes with a one year warranty. She already has a grinder.


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