Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 9:18pm Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
I got an older Bunn A10 for... free! Makes the B-10 look like a toy (got that for free at the same time). I took both apart for cleaning and ended up throwing the B-10 in the trash. Those have the filler top glued to the tank and can be difficult to seal back up (one data point was a wet workbench). The A10 has a large stainless tank and is built to last. I removed the original thermocouple bulb thermostat and installed one that is adjustable from the outside!
Posted Sat Jul 7, 2012, 5:30pm Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
Well here's my latest Craigslist find - a Nuova Oscar for only $180! Asking price was $200 but the seller said that they could never get the espresso hot - it was only warm. I offered $180 and they took it and I was expecting the Oscar to need a new pressurestat but I just made an espresso and it was very hot (hotter than my Sirena or Barista machine ever got) and the steam on this machine is incredible. I cannot believe my luck...I have wanted one of these machines for such a long time now. This is an older one from 2005 and it does not have a Sirai P-Stat but, other than that, this machine is in excellent condition! Took a pic of it along with my Obel Bregant grinder (64mm burrs) that I got from a local auction for $30. My setup isn't bad for $210 :)
Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 8:15pm Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
Thanks Josh! I had to drive over 2 hours to get it but it is so worth it and I was wrong...I don't have a Sirai but rather a Parker pressurestat (pic attached). I never heard of a Parker but I assume it's just as good as a Sirai but I dunno. It looks similar to a Sirai.
Now if I could just figure out what is the best way to descale an Oscar without having to take anything apart that would be awesome but other than that I am really enjoying this beast and it's so great to be able to steam and brew at the same time. I could never go back to using a SBDU machine ever again....they are such a pain. Oh and I can steam 4oz. of milk in 10 seconds now....incredible.
Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:11am Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
My used buys since my last post.
Macap M4 grinder for $200 (decent deal I think).
Wega Airy for $200 - wanted to play around with an HX machine. Was pretty old and missing parts (drip tray and grille especially - anyone know where to find one)? Cleaned up pretty good.
La Pavoni Neopolitana for $50 (only thing wrong with it was it's safety tstat was tripped). Gonna flip this one.
Nuova Simonelli Appia 1 Group for $400. The guy posted it for $500 and said rightout that he was quoted a $400 repair for it and he wasn't selling too many drinks from it in his restaurant anyway so he decided to get rid of it cheap. I figured it was probably a $50 part and $350 labour. Turns out it just needed a good descaling. Downside was it has the AutoSteam wand but I've already retrofitted a rancilio wand onto it from another parts machine I have and it's working great, just has a slightly wrong angle but it will work until I order the actual NS wand. I think this one's going to become our main machine. Made some of the best espresso and foam I've ever made this morning after getting that new steam wand on.
marlap Senior Member Joined: 5 May 2012 Posts: 49 Location: Montreal Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Starbucks Barista Athena Grinder: Braun KM 30 (modded)
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 4:38am Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
I purchased my brand new Starbucks Barista Athena from a craigslist ad about two years ago. The seller received it from a friend who owned a coffee shop. It was a returned model from a client who had purchased it from the shop. It was returned because of leaking. I purchased it for $25.00. Once I got it home, I took it apart and discovered that the gasket at the bottom of the boiler was mis-seated. Placed the gasket in properly, and it's been serving me well since then.
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