tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

Deploying secondary grape stabilisation mechanism now.

My wee coffee machine needs a coat of looking at. This makes me sad. It's a Krups model, entry level espresso maker like this one, but older. I bought it second hand on TradeMe for $16 in 2008, and it's made me a coffee most mornings since then without fail (and without a service either). It's a good morning coffee maker - you put the coffee in, you put the water in, you push the button and voila!

But lately it's belching more and more steam and the amount of coffee coming out vs the amount of water going in is getting more and more random, and its gurgles are starting to sound more like indigestion than happiness. I figure it needs some seals and it'll be right again.

It's perfectly fine other than that. There's no reason to think it won't last another 5 years if I replace the seals and get it serviced. But of course that'll probably cost more than the machine's worth, and I've definitely had my sixteen bucks out of it. I could probably buy a similar one new for around $60. BUT.

Part of the deal with reducing my impact on the world is not just throwing stuff away and buying new stuff. It still works. It will probably still work for at least another 5 years if I get it looked at. I am prepared to pay up to the price of a new one to avoid having to buy a new one. People probably think this is silly, and not economically sensible, and altruistic and pointless, and I can imagine that compared with one flight to Auckland for work, the embodied energy in a little entry-level coffee machine is nothing. But none of that is the point.

The point is that every time someone makes a decision to go for the economic/cheap/personally sensible option, that's another rationalisation in a bunch of rationalisations that can be held almost solely responsible for the lack of action on climate change. We can blame the government but they only act in their best interests, which are dictated by the choices of consumers. I choose to make my statement about what I want through my purchasing choices and I'd rather support those who are making stuff last 10 years than those who are making stuff to only last 2 and be thrown away and replaced by more plastic.

Heh. That was a long winded way of getting to asking if anyone on here knows of a coffee machine repair person in Wellington that won't just laugh at me eh? I mean, it could be that parts for this thing aren't available, which would make me spit tacks tbh, and then I'd probably go out and spend bikkies on a machine with a 10 year guarantee or something.

Anyway, have a pic of some apt literature:

Meanwhile, does anyone know anything about wooden venetian blinds? Our neighbours across the way have them* and they look quite nice but I've no idea about whether they do the job for retaining heat, and looking at sites trying to sell you things is not often the best way to find out the truth. We are considering them as an alternative to curtains for our lounge in winter. Thoughts?

* We have considered putting a note in our bedroom window saying "Like your blinds, can we come over and have a look?" But that might be a bit stalkery, eh?
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