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tyler30000
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 2:46am
Subject: my la pavoni
 

i have got an old la pavoni i changed out the gaskets as it was not pumping from the boiler.
i let it boil the water and hide in the next room when it starts making worries noises that soon, die down so i begin to assume this is normal.

i attach the coffee thingy (the technical term i am sure) pull the lever up there is a little tension there from the pressure. the lever is up full i pull down nothing happens i do it again water comes out only when lever is up full i pull down and it is like turning of a tape. up is on down is off this does not sound quite right to me. am i wrong and what do i need to change?
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 7:46am
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Hi and welcome.

You're going to love that machine once you get to know it.  First keep in mind that these machines underwent various changes/revisions over the years, from when they were first released in the 1960's. Describing your machine as old is vague.  The machine has a main boiler and attached to what we call the group head , where the "coffee thingy" (called a portafilter with filter basket) attaches. You have to raise the lever for water to enter the group head but it will need boiler pressure so the machine has to be hot. If the portafilter is not attached, water will continue to flow with the lever in the upright position. The flow of water is stopped by lowering the lever. Now, to brew espresso you pack the filter with coffee and attach the portafilter to the group. You then raise the lever for water to be introduced into the group, and then you pull down on the lever to forcibly push the water through the ground coffee.
Did you change the piston seals as well? These seals are crucial to having a properly functioning machine.
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tyler30000
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 11:25am
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I purchased a new brass piston to replace the well used plastic one and new seals through out the group. The machine i believe is Pre-millenum and has only the one on/off button.
with the portafilter attached and the lever up water runs through creating a standard cup of coffee sometimes steam will come through too.

what brand of coffee wrks well here as i dont have a grinder yet wanted to be sure the machine will work first.
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