Posted Sun May 9, 2010, 9:17am Subject: Caferina User Manual Translation
Thanks to fellow CG members Hollis Call and Stefano Cremonesi and my friend Genoveva Bueno, I am posting a translation of the original Caferina users manual. The manual was in a boxed Caferina that Hollis found, and he graciously scanned it and sent it to me. I then had Genoveva and Stefano do the translations. It is a PDF document with the translations in sticky notes. I presume any copyright for this has expired, since this machine was not made after 1962. If you know differently, please contact me.
THis is likely just an artifact, as the usage instructions are no different than the Europiccola, but I found it interesting. It also reveals the name of the company which made the Caferina. What seems unknown is whether this company or La Pavoni were the original patent holders for the design, and whether this machine was made under license of La Pavoni or whether La Pavoni bought the design from Piero Diamante...
Thank you for this wonderful contribution on the history of these machines. La Pavoni doesn't name Piero Diamante in their account of the Europiccola. I wonder if they bought his company to produce their home levers?
Earlier this year I was fortunate to score what may be a prototype of the Europiccola. It has no serial number on the group, only a tiny 1 is stamped there. Otherwise it looks like a Caferina with a La Pavoni badge.
What's been your experience with your Caferina? I haven't yet used EP1 because servicing it is postponed by our upcoming move to Washington state.
It is, like all machines that have the group directly connected to the boiler, subject to overheating. All of the suggestions for the EP work well. I kept a moist fowl in the freezer while making a shot, and applied it following 2 consecutive shots. That seemed to cool it down enough. I also used the contact thermometer that many people use to gauge the group temperature. Click Here (www.orphanespresso.com)
Disassembly of the group requires a special tool. OE sells it: Click Here (www.orphanespresso.com) - I had one built by a machine shop for a few dollars more than OE, but I imagine their tool is much better. OE can help with all the seals and gaskets.
There are instructions for restoring Bakelite on the internet - yours looks pretty good. Auto parts stores sell chrome polish. The bottom rubber will be oxidized a little. I did not do much to restore it.
I replaced the power cord with 3-conductor grounded cord, and replaced all the old wiring underneath. I also installed the new thermal fuse (OE used to sell but doesn't, ask Doug), and Doug made me a small brass strip to hold it in place.
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