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Posted Fri May 30, 2014, 1:00pm Subject: Wowsa - now that's a "steampunk" lever espresso machine
From the cover of Lee Valley's 2014 June supplement catalog... this home made espresso machine - lever style. From the inside cover:
"Created by Richard Plouffe of Pierrefonds, Quebec. This fully functional espresso machine is made from reclaimed parts such as brass fire-hose nozzles."
Woo hoo - a fellow Canadian!
Some thoughts on it. It may be fully functional but there's a wood collar at the top of the grouphead that makes me think it won't last too long under stress and heat from a typical lever machine. Also, there doesn't seem to be a heckuva lot of room for a piston to travel. I assume this is a direct lever, and not a spring lever (though it is photographed with the lever in the upward position); reason I make this assumption is because a spring lever machine needs even more space above the grouphead for a spring + water cavity than a direct lever does. And what the heck is that thing to the right of the boiler, behind the steam wand? ;) Also, if this is brass from fire equipment, etc, I'm a bit worried about lead content.
OK, enough of my Debbie Downer mode.
Still, absolutely beautiful and definitely steam punky.
Dayglow Senior Member Joined: 5 Oct 2007 Posts: 75 Location: Greenville, NC Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Tue Jun 3, 2014, 4:17am Subject: Re: Wowsa - now that's a "steampunk" lever espresso machine
I was going to mention the lead and possible other contaminants in the brass as well, but dear god that thing is gorgeous! I would love to have something like even though I would not consider myself "of the steampunk genre". I'd be curious to see a build log with photos of that.
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