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Zdunk31
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Posted Wed Nov 3, 2010, 4:43pm
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I'm looking for input of what kind/type/ manufacture " machine " this might be, I have been told from a reliable source that this was made by Berezza as a ornamental peice that went on top of the cup warmer section of one of their machines, and I,m willing to accept that. I don't see a brew head on the machine so that in itself tells me that this may be a display peice or was it a steam driven machine ? The knobs, steam wand, and hot water wand lead me to think that some how, some way this thing once brewed coffee.  I'm probally going to purchase this for just a display but the mechanic in me is thinking what if I can get this working ? At least if nothing else as a coffee brewer. Either way it'll be a good conversation peice/decor. Any and all suggestions/ideas/answers are very much appreciated.  

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Posted Wed Nov 3, 2010, 4:46pm
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Ornamental pieces like that were very common in 2nd wave, maybe 10-15 years ago; and in that case it could be any number of machines.  The piece is supposed to mimic machines such as the Elektra Belle Epoque.
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ 35R DE
Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
Drip: Auto
Roaster: Home-made, on the drawing...
Posted Thu Nov 4, 2010, 10:01pm
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Thanks for the reply, I've been researching this a little and found out exactly that, they are ornamental, though sometimes it was used as a decoative boiler cover/ cup warmer, or I did find some machines used this cover to mount their steam and/or hot water wands. ( See Photo ) With that said, I know that I do not have the finanical resorces to restore this ( if it is part of an actual machine ) to origional conditional, also if it is a decoative dome there is no harm ( except the risk of destroying a decoration ) in turning it into a functioning machine. Was thinking of starting with a working or non-working machine such as an Electra and go from there, any suggestions on what, where, or how to get parts and specifications on Electra machines would be helpful. I figure I could try to turn the boiler around ( if possible ) and mount the brewhead through the casing, or build a custom base and gut an Electra for the peices I need. If I find a Electra base would work I was possibly thinking of turning it into a double boiler, or do I try to FRANKENSTEIN an semi-auto into it ?  O.K. if I sound like I've been drinking too much coffee the answer is an emphatic "YES" but I do look forwrd to any and all suggestions/ comments on this project.

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