If the first thing you can start your day off is with the absolute best coffee, and hopefully breakfast that even the richest man in the world might not have, then it is a good start. Puts one into a good ritual of a fine art that I feel sets the pace. I also shave with a straight razor of a good quality for the same reasons (if I shave), and naturally we all are here because of this with knives also.
BTW the money I have likely saved on going to shops was well worth it and when I go to a shop it is more of a special treat and it will be a very special shop indeed.
Good thoughts, starting the day with treating ourselves with care and dignity can make a big difference. I just wish I didn't have to get up so dang early when I am really more a night person.
As for 'you will forget the money in a month' - that may be true, but your wife will never forget ;)
I still drool over a machine or two that I see on the interwebs, but basically have my coffee down to a science at this point.
I have a r58 and a K10 PB and use a 18g vst basket with home roasted beans. I drop somewhere around 25 g in my 6 oz cup and use a small espro frothing pitcher to steam up a little milk, mix into a pretty shape and drink.
Oddly enough I do one cup on weekdays and two on weekend, and for the cost of those two machines, thats a ton of money per cup.
On the other hand, I am happy and am drinking what I like now each morning of my life, and that counts for something. I suppose its why I work, is to be able to have some of the things I want.
And the ritual of grinding/ brewing/ drinking is a nice relaxing start to the day; much better than standing in line at StarSucks. Hard to put the value on that, but to me it is pretty high.
If they had a second one I would have snapped it up in a second for the office. Never found a deal similar, but then again I have not been looking hard anymore as I am more than satisfied with this machine. If I change machines it would be custom model like a Kees Van Der Westen. Maybe someday when I build my own house with a studio when I sell a million records *dreams**