Ihavesinged Senior Member Joined: 25 Aug 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Grand Rapids, MI Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 4:35pm Subject: Winter Project
I'm starting to look for a (broken) espresso machine, and I'd love to get an older model that could serve as a winter project for me as my other will not fit in the apartment. If possible I'd like a lever machine, and am wondering if anyone has any recommendations - something that, once fit, will be reliable and product quality espresso.
I would love any leads on specific models to look for, as well as any ideas for where to look (apart from the usual ebay and craigslist, both of which I am often checking).
Thank you in advance for your time and input. Cheers.
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 518 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 6:30pm Subject: Re: Winter Project
Find out what machines your local shops carry parts for. If you're looking for a veey small, very simple lever machine, the used La Pavoni Europiccolas can often be found at good prices, and if you have a convenient source for parts you have your project. If every time you fix the most obvious leak, the next most obvious one becomes noticable, you'll end up spending a lot of money on shipping individual parts and seals if your parts supply isn't convenient.
Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 11:55pm Subject: Re: Winter Project
Without knowing anything about you, your skills and your coffee habits it's a little hard to make recommendations, but I'm sure you'll get a few.
La Pavoni Professional (I like the larger boiler & gauge) It's a simple machine, and except for the piston seals I think you can get by with standard o-rings for just about all the other seals. I bought an old used one and it's running great with a complete rebuild. Olympia Cremina - another simple machine to work on, and reputed to be a great espresso machine.
Make sure you get the portafilters included on any restoration, as those things are harder and harder to come by at a reasonable price these days.
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