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mwills
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Joined: 8 Dec 2005
Posts: 21
Location: Portland OR
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Cimbali M31
Grinder: Cimbali Max Hybrid
Vac Pot: nope
Drip: nope
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 8:30am
Subject: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

For sale is a commercial La Cimbali M31 bistro espresso machine.  I purchased this machine from the previous owner about six years ago.  It was my daily driver for about 4.5 of those years and was recently relegated to

Things worth noting:

  • I completely rebuilt the machine when I bought it - tore down to the frame, replaced gaskets, descaled plumbing, replaced pump/solenoid, etc.
  • It has worked problem free for 4+ years and has been well-maintained.  The only routine maintenance required is group gaskets (easy) and standard back-flush.  It has a built-in softener but we really don't have to worry with our water.  
  • The temperature control was changed from the stock pressure stat to a PID (easily reversible to 'stock').  The PID is driven by a thermocouple in the boiler but I have also installed a thermocouple in the grouphead to monitor brew temp.  The temp on the left is the 'boiler' temp and the right is the 'group' temp.  
  • Pour-over or option to plumb in.  However, the drip tray must be plumbed.
  • Vibration pump.
  • To be safe, this should be run on a dedicated circuit as it pulls 12A+ - I have used on 15A circuits but a 20A is ideal
  • Semi-automatic with the option for four programmable 'volumes'.  I used one to flush, one for ristrettos, one for longo.      
  • Monster steam capacity
  • All parts still available for replacement and I can put you in contact with the best shop on the West Coast for Cimbali parts
  • 20" deep, 15" wide, 18" high (with small feet - 21" with feet in pictures)
  • You won't find another machine this quality at this price!  A great machine for the home enthusiast or for a small shop.

I have been very satisfied with this machine.  The build quality of this machine is evident once you remove this skins and take a look inside.  Anyway, we are downsizing and someone needs to use this machine.  

link to online gallery click here

Listing Details
Asking / Suggested Price: 1400
Seller Name: Matt Wills
Seller Location: Portland, OR
Sale Type: For Sale

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TomChips
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Location: San Francisco
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Espresso: Alex Duetto II
Grinder: K30 Vario/Mazzer Super Jolly
Drip: Tecnivorm Mochamaster-Hario
Roaster: Behmoor 1600+ Freshroast
Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 2:34pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

Wow, someone should jump on this. Quite a deal.
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GVDub
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Drip: Behmor Brazen, Abid Clever
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 4:01pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

TomChips Said:

Wow, someone should jump on this. Quite a deal.

Posted April 8, 2013 link

If I were to buy it, my wife would kill me, and then, being dead, I couldn't drink the great espresso it makes.
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mwills
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Joined: 8 Dec 2005
Posts: 21
Location: Portland OR
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Cimbali M31
Grinder: Cimbali Max Hybrid
Vac Pot: nope
Drip: nope
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:06pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

updated with fixed link to online gallery.

a few other things:
  • it comes with two sets of feet - one set is 1" and the other 4" in height
  • two portafilters included - one bottomless PF and one standard double/triple PF
  • the grouphead thermocouple can easily be hooked up to a datalogger - there is a quick disconnect under the machine
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mwills
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Joined: 8 Dec 2005
Posts: 21
Location: Portland OR
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Cimbali M31
Grinder: Cimbali Max Hybrid
Vac Pot: nope
Drip: nope
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 10:54pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

bump to the top.
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mwills
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Joined: 8 Dec 2005
Posts: 21
Location: Portland OR
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Cimbali M31
Grinder: Cimbali Max Hybrid
Vac Pot: nope
Drip: nope
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Mon Jun 24, 2013, 10:30pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

price lowered to $1200 before it goes to Ebay.
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Rhinoevans
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Drip: N/A
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Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 1:24pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

What year is the machine and can you post pic of the insides
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Rhinoevans
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Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 11:22pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

Looks like from the numbers this machine is too tall for my kitchen.   Thanks
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ECM
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Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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Espresso: Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
Grinder: Mazzer Robour E
Vac Pot: French Press
Drip: no
Roaster: Fresh Roast+8,  i-roast and...
Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 3:45pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

This is a really good deal folks.

I just sold my GS3 and even I'm temped by this one!!

Come on.... someone take this before it ends up on E-Bay ... god forbid.  

Rob
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dipan
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Posted Fri Jul 19, 2013, 10:58pm
Subject: Re: FS: La Cimbali M31 Bistro w/ PID
 

Will the temperature displays fit underneath with the shorter legs installed?  Looks like its in great shape, but I'm a little concerned about the age of the unit. Is it in perfect working order or had it been sitting for a while? Do you have a grinder for sale also?
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