The joy of Roaste.com! I have always dreamed about the Elektra T1 as my favorite espresso machine and the one I wished I could have. I confess I have never even seen one before, but I have always loved all the Elektra machines I have used and this is supposed to be the king of them. It is essentially my Elektra Semiautomatica on steroids. When I bought the Semi about two years ago I had been looking for a T1, but could not find one under $4,000 and that put it way out of my price range.
For some deranged reason when I was looking for machines back then I thought perhaps I could find a gently used one for a fraction of that, but it did not happen. On the other hand I did find a brand new Semi that had been unused, but on display and was a fraction of its normal cost and I took it. I’ve loved the Semi, but never stopped dreaming about the T1. When I saw an email from Roaste a few months back that EricBNC had used ebeans to buy an espresso machine I thought it would be fun to try.
I started blogging and had a great time doing it and the ebeans started to add up, but I still didn't dream I could ever get enough ebeans to buy a $4,500 Elektra even if Roaste did sell them. Then amazingly enough T1’s went on sale because espresso4home.com (the distributor of the machine who also happens to sell through Roaste) brought in a large batch at a great price. At $2,995 and with quite a few ebeans already in tow it was no longer a crazy idea to get a T1.
I called Roaste and asked if they would sell the T1 and they said they would get back to me. Two days later they confirmed they could sell them and a couple days after that they appeared on the website. I jumped at the chance to place an order.
I did not get the machine for free, but it was not much more than a Rancilio Silvia goes for (and quite a bit less than I’d expect my well loved Semiautomatica to sell for used - so in that sense it does end up being free since I will not keep the old machine once I get this one).
Thanks to Roaste for getting me the machine of my dreams for a price I still can’t believe.
It should get here any day now – I’ll keep you posted.
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