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Holliday
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Espresso: Cremina 67; Estro Profi
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 2:17pm
Subject: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

I bought a Cremina 67 back in 1983-4 from Zabars in NYC, but never learned to use it properly (I was using Zabar ground beans or a blade grinder- who knew back then?). After @ 20 or 30 times or so, I put it aside, but loved the whole look and feel of it so much, I put it in storage. Then I briefly tried it again a few years ago but not really seriously. Now learning a bit more with a tricked up Estro Profi, I'd like to give the Cremina another try. After all this time I'm sure it needs work and overhauling. Where would be the best place to have it looked at and worked on?
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Cathi
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 3:38pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

If you're interested in DIY, check out the good folks at Orphan Espresso.  Many tutorials (including vids) and lots of parts available, including gaskets, seals and lube (which I'm sure would needed after all this time).
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Holliday
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Espresso: Cremina 67; Estro Profi
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 6:12pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

I'd have to spend several more years reading here and at OE (and pouring over tutorials) before trying out any DIY work, instead of learning how to draw a better shot. And if I add one more "hobby" to read about and tinker at, I'll need to drink a lot more espresso to get through the day.
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BoldJava
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Espresso: '82 Oly Cremina 67
Grinder: Macap MC4 Doserless Stepped
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 6:23pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

Give Chris's Coffee in Albany area a buzz.  Excellent service.  They would tell you straight up with their comfort level on working on a Cremina.

 
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Dave Borton
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Holliday
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Espresso: Cremina 67; Estro Profi
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 8:57am
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

Thanks, BoldJava, but Chris's Coffee said they don't work on the Olympia Cremina (nor does 1st Line adn the number for Rudy's Espresso seems to be out of service). But Liemco which is very close to my home said they would take a look at it. It's not one of the brands they list on their website or for which they are factory authorized but they seemed familiar with the machine, so I will probably give them a try.

Does anyone know anything about them?
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Roland
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 6:08pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

Did you contact Orphan Espresso and asked for an overhaul? They are very experienced with Creminas. If you have to ship yours anyway, it does not make a difference if you send it to upstate NY or to the West Coast. I service my Cremina myself, which is not too difficult after watching all the OE videos, and get all the parts I need from OE. I don't think you can find a better service anywhere else.
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Holliday
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Espresso: Cremina 67; Estro Profi
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 6:48pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

Technically you're right, Roland but Liemco is just a few miles from where I live and in a direction I pass often, while Albany where Chris's Coffee is located is a town over from a place I go to once or twice a month anyway.  Either would have been easy and saved me packing and at least $50 in shipping charges. I'd love to overhaul it myself but I live two blocks from the beach and was badly hit by Sandy; I already have more than enough rebuilding projects to keep me busy til Summer.
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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013, 2:23pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

I have to say that "We'll take a look at it" doesn't inspire too much confidence.  I think that an additional $50 might be a small price to pay to have true professionals rebuild your machine, and the good folks at OE are the gods of the Cremina.
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Holliday
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Espresso: Cremina 67; Estro Profi
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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013, 3:15pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

Well, that was not exactly what they said or the way they said it, but... your point is well taken. I guess it was just a combination of the immediate gratification of having it done quickly and nearby, combined with the prospect of having to disassemble and pack it upas meticulously as OE's website recommends, which seemed almost as daunting a prospect as doing the overhaul myself.

But that in and of itself is probably a testiment to how seriously they take working on the machines. I guess I'll start assembling the bubble wrap, plastic bags, sheet styrofoam and tape and box this weekend. To heck with re-sheetrocking the basement.
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BoldJava
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Espresso: '82 Oly Cremina 67
Grinder: Macap MC4 Doserless Stepped
Vac Pot: Yamas
Drip: Hario, Beehouse, Cilio, Kone...
Roaster: RK Drum and Gene
Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013, 5:12pm
Subject: Re: Where to overhaul a Cremina 67 in NYC or NYS area?
 

You have time.  They are out of town dealing with a family issue.  See website, via putting anything in the cart to checkout.

B|Java

 
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