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Posted Fri May 30, 2014, 2:00pm
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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.

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Posted Fri May 30, 2014, 3:53pm
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WoW,

I love it!! :D

 
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Posted Tue Jun 3, 2014, 4:56am
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Its pretty.

I wonder how the wood will hold up to the heat + moisture?

Still, pretty cool.
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Posted Tue Jun 3, 2014, 5:17am
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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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Posted Wed Jun 4, 2014, 11:39pm
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Oh god, It's so beautiful, It's way better than Elektra,La Pavoni and Olympia Express La Cremina in terms of looks.

But realistically the performance is gonna be a little awkward.

I own a Gaggia Classic

(PID,Pressure gauge porta beak,Espro Tamper (Non calibrated),Rancilio Wand Swap.)

But heck its just a semi-auto, It wont get to control more aspects than a direct lever or spring type manual espresso machine.

But Geez, It's so beautiful.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 5, 2014, 1:14am
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I've been in touch with this machine's creator. Apparently, he built it a few decades ago. I'll have more soon.

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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 7:02am
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Thanks Mark!
I have that Catalog too, that machine could cause me to buy a lever machine!
More info on it would be GREAT!

 
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