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Gaggia 90500 Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine, Silver
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In the last three thousand or so cups I had to replace the grinder and in the last 500 cups I bypassed the micro switch that determines coffee ratio and went with a toggle switch and timer (I have the parts to fix it but the micro switch is buried deep in the machine). That's when I started to dread the inevitable replacement option search for a worthy super auto expresso machine, after everything I read I decided it was going to be impossible to find anything better, so I was off to find another Gaggia 90500. Amazon had a used one for an incredible price so I ordered it and was like a kid the day before Christmas, needles to say I was pretty disappointed When I pulled it out of the box and found the door was broken, hey guess what? No problem I have arts machine and 4 screws later perfecto!
I hope they're still making this machine six years and fifteen-thousand five hundred coffees from now, I'll be ordering number three! Wow I did the math (probably wrong) Cost me $.04 a cup to own this machine
Update 12/26/2012 - it has now been 9 months that we've been using the Gaggia 90500 and it is still going great. We average 10 cups of coffee a day out of this machine and it works as well as when new. Most of the time, the cups are just coffee using the large coffee option. However, about 20% of the time we use the small cup option which is just a shot of espresso -- mostly do a double -- and then use the steamer to complete the latte. Add some dark chocolate mocha syrup and it is truly wonderful. The only maintenance that we do is descaling whenever the indicator comes up. That takes about an hour to complete, so generally do that in the evening when the coffee consumption is done for the day!
Bottom Line - if the machine were to break tomorrow, I would order a replacement immediately and then think about either fixing this or recycling -- it has just been a great coffee making machine!
The machine still made great coffee, but I missed my steamed milk, and the plastic on the drip tray was starting to come off, and then one day the coffee spout dropped off (it's detachable) with the plastic nozzles attached (they are not). So I sent it off to Importika, the only authorized service center for Gaggia in the US. Machine was gone ~4 weeks. Fortunately everything except shipping was covered by warranty. Shipping from Importika was $40!! (for comparison shipping to Importika was <$20). All the issues were resolved, though I noticed later that the burr grinder was now set to 0 (finest setting), but didn't produce a very fine ground.
All was good for ~6months, then I got ventilate again.
I could believe that I had a bad model, or that the water conditions are particularly bad, but based on the other reviews on the Internet, I think there is a design flaw with this model. Frankly, I'm surprised that Gaggia/Saeco/Philips are still selling this machine. Perhaps they addressed the inherent flaw, but you'd think that they would change the model name (at least add a Mk2).
In any case, I'm now looking to buy a new super-automatic (after ~8000 coffees, I don't feel too bad about that). I think I'll steer away from Gaggia/Saeco/Philips...