What is your daily coffee budget? How many times will you have to forgo the Starbucks queue to be able to justify the expense of a Salvatore espresso machine? Hand built by craftsmen in Solvang, the Salvatore has a six year warranty and is custom built to your specifications.
Having never owned a table saw, I recently bought a new-in-the-box Delta 10" saw at a garage sale. As I had never used one, I did not really appreciate what I needed and the Delta turned out to be an amazingly terrible, clumsy machine. Now I know what I am looking for.
I am going to buy one of the ubiquitous garage sale Krups/Braun espresso machines for $5. I am not sure I will make espressos regularly enough to justify a Salvatore, but I figure some time with a low-end machine will make me appreciate what an espresso machine should be. Perhaps, if I am making and enjoying espresso, then I will save my pennies to afford a Salvatore. The case could be made that a low-end machine is impossible to enjoy as it won't make a decent shot, but I am going to give it a try.
Salvatore Espresso Machines (Thanks, Dillon!)