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uscfroadie
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 7:00pm
Subject: SOLD- 1985 Olympia Cremina purchased from OE
 

1985 Cremina purchased from Orphan Espresso.  Would like to sell the whole package you see in the pictures.  The extras  include:
Richard Penney bottomless portafilter - $~150
Boiler pressure gauge (can use it full time as boiler cap) - $~50
Elektra 18 gram double basket - $~20
OE dosing funnel - $~10
OE 49.4mm tamper (perfect fit for both stock and Elektra basket) - $~30
New model steam wand (installed) - $~60
New gaskets - $~40
New roller pin end clips - $~5
OE roller pin end clip pliers - $~10
Tub of Dow 111
OE roller lube
New overtemp switch (spare)
OE citric acid
Water test strips (not pictured)

As you can see, this is a VERY nice example that has been expertly maintained.  When I bought it from OE I bought a bunch of extras and spare parts.  Well, the machine is so reliable, theyíve just been sitting around collecting dust.  To see it in action, go here Ė  Cremina in action  The reason for selling is that my wife and I went from being home owners to renters, and we are running out of counter space.  I had to temporarily relocate our blender in order to make the video linked.  If I could get her to use it and the HG One I'd be in heaven.  I can box this up and put it in storage or pass it along to some lucky new owner.  Iíd prefer to try that avenue first.  Might be doing the same with my HG One.  

Serious Buyers Only!  Buyer pays $50 for shipping.

Listing Details
Asking / Suggested Price: 1500
Seller Name: Merle Richard
Seller Location: San Antonio
Sale Type: For Sale

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uscfroadie
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 7:01pm
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Another pic, this time of the innards.

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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 7:04pm
Subject: Re: FS: 1985 Olympia Cremina purchased from Orphan Espresso
 

Picture of the extras.  I forgot to mention the option of the custom Reg Barber tamper.  I have both a 58mm tamper and the base you see here - 49.4.  This would be an additional $50.

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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 10:57am
Subject: Re: FS: 1985 Olympia Cremina purchased from Orphan Espresso
 

Wow, this is an incredible deal, and Merle, I'm just sorry to hear that space issues mean there's no longer room for your Cremina.

For ANYONE thinking about a Cremina, check out what this deal includes, watch Merle's video (I'm impressed!) and buy this machine... Before Merle decides to mothball the machine for now.

On a side note, how's the cycling in San Antonio? Something tells me you're missing climbing...

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 11:55am
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Count me impressed. Great video.

If I were you, I would seriously consider putting it in proper storage, it will be around long after the machine in the background is in a landfill. They are very well made and there is little to go wrong with them.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 12:11pm
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I will take this off your hands, if you're sure you want to give it up.
I'll figure out how to explain to my wife the appearance of a second espresso machine in the coffee corner later.
How would you like to arrange payment?
Bruce Evans
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 4:03pm
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RAS Ė Thanks for the endorsement.  Cycling here is pretty flat, with only rolling hills and short climbs.  Itís not Houston flat, but itís not Utahís mountains either.

Wayne Ė You donít have to sell me on the bullet-proof reliability of a Cremina.  Iíve owned two.  This machine would not be for sale if I knew Iíd use it more often.   If I could get my wife to use it, Iíd never sell it and would have never bought the BDB in the first place.  That said, the BDB is only a temp solution until I retire in ~2.5 years.  Itís a nice machine adn has been trouble free for over 2,200 shots and counting, but itís no Cremina, which Iíve said many times over.  When I retire and we once again become home owners, Iím splurging and getting a forever machine.  Too many unknowns as to what that will be given that new machines seem to keep emerging.   Levered Speedster (if it ever comes out), vintage Faema Lambro, vintage San MarcoÖwho knows.

Bruce Ė Iíll email you tonight.
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 9:58pm
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If Bruce backs out of the deal, I'm interested.  Thanks!
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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 7:22am
Subject: Re: FS: 1985 Olympia Cremina purchased from Orphan Espresso
 

OH, I understand about the need to clear things out, you need to do it from time to time. Sorry about this specific time but there is always another machine to buy someplace, it isn't like there will never be another Cremina for sale! Or whatever may be the new sparkle in the eye at that time :D

Good luck! :D

 
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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 9:01am
Subject: Re: FS: 1985 Olympia Cremina purchased from Orphan Espresso
 

Wayne,

First off, let me just say thanks for regulating the madness that sometimes appears on this site.  The work you and the other moderators do is to be commended, otherwise the site would be filled with offers for fake passports, kitchen cabinets, and who know what else all of you kill before the majority of us ever see the bogus postings.

Now, as you mentioned, Creminas do and will come up on CG from time to time.  They are not in that short of a supply, but really good ones are, and they always command a premium.  It took multiple tries to get one from Orphan Espresso before I ended up with ďLil RedĒ.  I had one I noticed within the first hour of it being available disappear before I could get logged in and add it to my cart!  Note to potential buyers out there, if you see one on OEís site, type as fast as you can to process the order or it will be gone.

Back to the topic here.  Needing to clear space, I mentioned the HG One as an option as well.  Response has been very good on it, as well as the Cremina, so I am heavily considering moving it versus the Cremina.  Itís a fabulous grinder, but it doesnít fit under my cupboards and really hogs countertop real estate in my house.  Iíve got plenty of interest (emails) on both to formulate a sale, so for now I will mark this as ďNo Longer AvailableĒ to cut down on traffic.

Thanks to all of you for your interest.
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