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Posted Mon May 10, 2010, 1:36pm
Subject: Identity of this coffee machine?
 

Hi folks, I hope this is in the right forum.  I have recently come into possession of a very nice industrial style coffee machine, which I believe used to live in a small diner nearby.  This machine is old - earlier than 1960 (since that's when Proctor and Silex merged) and appears to be some sort of gravity system, I guess.  I plugged it in and both the top and bottom warmers work, yet when water is poured inside nothing happens, and the ready light on the front never lights up.  The water is inside somewhere, I guess.  I'm wondering if there is something else I need to do, or if it is clogged somewhere inside.  I'll attach some pictures below that I took of it.

Any help would be appreciated on how this is supposed to work!

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Posted Tue May 11, 2010, 11:10am
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DrCase Said:

Hi folks, I hope this is in the right forum.  I have recently come into possession of a very nice industrial style coffee machine, which I believe used to live in a small diner nearby.  This machine is old - earlier than 1960 (since that's when Proctor and Silex merged) and appears to be some sort of gravity system, I guess.  I plugged it in and both the top and bottom warmers work, yet when water is poured inside nothing happens, and the ready light on the front never lights up.  The water is inside somewhere, I guess.  I'm wondering if there is something else I need to do, or if it is clogged somewhere inside.  I'll attach some pictures below that I took of it.

Any help would be appreciated on how this is supposed to work!

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6913/photo3ce.jpg
http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/189/photo2di.jpg
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/7350/phototyc.jpg

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Do you have any pictures of the back of the machine?  Looks like a restaurant coffee maker.  Any signs of where a water line would plumb in?

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Posted Tue May 11, 2010, 12:12pm
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It appears to be a standard commercial pourover design. You have an open boiler that typically holds about 3 pots of water at ~200f controlled by a bimetal thermostat. When you pour water in, it just pushes the heated water out thru a tube that connects to the shower head. First I would remove the shower head which normally unscrews allowing you to clean. Try running some water thru with the head removed. If the head isn't stopped up it will be the tube from the boiler plugged. Citric acid (sour salt) will dissolve the mineral deposits. Pipe cleaners help to scrub out the parts that are difficult to get to.

Don't turn the unit on until you get the water flowing which will happen if nothing is clogged, even with the power off. Applying power to the heating element with no water in the boiler can burn it out in a very short amount of time.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010, 10:44pm
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Some of these commercial makers have a hot-water reservoir. I borrowed my dad's Bunn for a conference one weekend and had the same problem... poured the water in but nothing came out.

The trick was to pour two pots of water in. The water in the reservoir will enter the boiler and the coffee will brew. The remaining water gets pre-heated but doesn't enter the boiler until you pour another pot of cold water in.

That's why these commercial units appear to start brewing instantaneously-- the water is preheated.
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010, 6:15pm
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This is an old Bloomfield commerical pourover unit.  I assume the shiny rectangular cover on the top lifts off to reveal an opening?

Per the earlier posts, don't plug the unit into the wall until you've filled the internal water reservoir.  This will take roughly 3 carafes of water.  When water starts pouring
out the spray nozzle and into the filter basket, you're ready.

The two switches on the front are to turn on/off the carafe burners independently.  As soon as you plug in the unit and flip the switch on the back of the unit, the internal
boiler will come on and start heating the water.  When it reaches 200F, the "Ready" light will light, assuming it isn't burned out.  Normally, you'll hear a "click" when the unit is ready and the boiler will quiet down (because it turn off the heat).

To use it, you put your coffee grinds in a basket-style filter (Bunn sells many types of these) and slide the brew basket into place above your coffee carafe.  Then you pour 1 carafes worth
of water into the opening at the top.  The gravity force of the water you just added will push the 200F water out of the reservoir and the brewing begins.  Use a separate fresh water container to pour the water into the top, because the hot water starts coming out immediately, you'll need to have your coffee carafe already in place.

After the last drips of coffee come out of the brew basket, dump the paper filter and grounds.  You can leave the coffee maker plugged in and the back-power switch on at all times, so you always have hot water ready for brewing.  However, you'll want to turn off the brew basket power switches as soon as you're done with the coffee so they carafes don't burn on bottom.

Hope this helps.

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Posted Tue Jun 22, 2010, 7:56pm
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I do believe that this THIS is the machine you are looking for, it apears they are under they name of bloomfield now and not silex.
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Posted Tue Mar 4, 2014, 9:45am
Subject: Re: Identity of this coffee machine?
 

DrCase Said:

Hi folks, I hope this is in the right forum.  I have recently come into possession of a very nice industrial style coffee machine, which I believe used to live in a small diner nearby.  This machine is old - earlier than 1960 (since that's when Proctor and Silex merged) and appears to be some sort of gravity system, I guess.  I plugged it in and both the top and bottom warmers work, yet when water is poured inside nothing happens, and the ready light on the front never lights up.  The water is inside somewhere, I guess.  I'm wondering if there is something else I need to do, or if it is clogged somewhere inside.  I'll attach some pictures below that I took of it.

Any help would be appreciated on how this is supposed to work!

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6913/photo3ce.jpg
http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/189/photo2di.jpg
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/7350/phototyc.jpg

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Bloomfield acquired the commercial division of the Proctor-Silex Company in 1961, so I think you are correct in your assessment.
Nice find!
Curious to see if you still have this and if you restored it in any way?



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