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redemma
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Espresso: Faema Compact S
Posted Fri Jul 16, 2004, 9:41am
Subject: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

I just bought a one-group Faema espresso machine at an auction, but all I can seem to tell from inspecting the markings is that is a Faema "Compact".  Does anyone recognize this model?  Does anyone know where I can get manuals for it?  Does anyone know what kind of portafilter it takes?

You can see a picture of the back of the machine at Click Here (redemmas.org)

Thanks,
John

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zacoffee
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Espresso: Faema compact S  (1-GR)
Posted Sat Jul 17, 2004, 7:35am
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Hi

Check your mail, I send you the manuals


Zachi
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Location: Ontario Canada
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Espresso: Faema Compact C85/1
Grinder: Faema A6
Drip: Bunn A10
Roaster: Got To Get One
Posted Sat Jul 17, 2004, 8:16am
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Zacoffee beat me to it.

Good luck with the Faema.  I have had one for a couple of years now and it has been a great machine.

I wonder how many of us have this machine?

Myhd
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Espresso: Faema Compact C85/1
Grinder: Faema A6
Drip: Bunn A10
Roaster: Got To Get One
Posted Sat Jul 17, 2004, 8:31am
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Here's my Faema Comact S and A6 grinder.

Never mind the milk frother ,  it isn't on the machine anymore.

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zacoffee
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Espresso: Faema compact S  (1-GR)
Posted Sun Jul 18, 2004, 2:59pm
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Hi Myhd,

I have my compact for about 4 years, recently I have backflushing it with cafiza since then I have very strong stream of water and I can't make a good espresso
(we can't get cafiza  in Israel a friend brought it to me from the US before I have it I backflushing with water only)

I think I have to adjust the pump pressure it's a little problem since the compact hasn't a pump pressure gauge.

Myhd, is your compact has a vibe pump or a rotary pump also what temper do you use and what diameter is it.

Bye
Zacoffee
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myhd
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Espresso: Faema Compact C85/1
Grinder: Faema A6
Drip: Bunn A10
Roaster: Got To Get One
Posted Sun Jul 18, 2004, 7:09pm
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Mine is the vibe  pump.

My tamper  in the picture is a 58mm stainless steel convex one from:   http://www.espressoparts.com/      (See picture below)


I also have 2 Reg Barber stainless tampers, one convex and one flat.   http://www.coffeetamper.com/


I prefer the convex ones.

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Espresso: Izzo Alex MK II
Grinder: LSM SM90, SMP
Vac Pot: Bodum Santos
Drip: Chemex. Clarity
Roaster: RK Drum, Gene, SC/GG, P1 x2,...
Posted Tue Aug 17, 2004, 12:53pm
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Hi gang... I have  chance to buy a used Compact S in good condition.  How much do you think its worth?  Also, the manual shows connections for plumbing the unit, but I'm not ready to do that yet.  Can you fill the water tank manually like a pour-over machine?  How is the steaming power?

...ron

 
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myhd
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Espresso: Faema Compact C85/1
Grinder: Faema A6
Drip: Bunn A10
Roaster: Got To Get One
Posted Tue Aug 17, 2004, 6:41pm
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

If the machine is in good shape and everything works,  I would believe it would be worth at least $500.  I wouldn't sell mine for less.

As far as the water issue goes.  It is supposed to be hooked up to a  water line.  I don't think you could fill the tank any other way.  Maybe you could take the lid off the water softener and add water through there, but  I don't know if it would work.  Also,  when the water gets to a certain level,  the machine will try to get water from the direct connection lines.  

IT is really designed to be plumbed in.  

The steaming power............Very good.  this is a commercial machine and it is designed for use in a moderately busy shop.  The Faema distributor in Hamilton Ontario had this very machine in his coffee bar for many years.
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Posted Tue Aug 17, 2004, 7:40pm
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

Thanks!  Plumbing it isn't too much of an issue...  I just want to make sure that I want my machine where it is first!  Is there also a drain for the drip tray, or it that removeable?

....ron

 
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Espresso: Faema Compact C85/1
Grinder: Faema A6
Drip: Bunn A10
Roaster: Got To Get One
Posted Tue Aug 17, 2004, 7:52pm
Subject: Re: need help identifying an older faema espresso machine
 

The drip tray drains into a drain cup.  Also the when you backflush, it drains into the same cup.  Then from the cup, there is a drain hose attached that you should attach to your sink drain, or you could run it into a container of some kind.  

It is easy to hook to a drain.  Kind of like hooking up a dishwasher drain.

With it hooked up to a water connection and drain line,  it makes the operation so much easier.

I put mine where I wanted it and fed the Water line, drain line and Power cable through a hole in my counter top to the connections under the counter.  Makes for a real clean set-up.
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