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scoostraw
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 12:12pm
Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
 

I subscribe to "freecycle", and around here it is a very active site.  A couple of weeks ago someone listed:

"OFFER: Starbucks Barrista Espresso Machine (bad pump)

10 year old Starbucks Barrista Espresso machine, used daily until the
pump finally went a few weeks ago. Otherwise in excellent condition. Has
the original porta and accessories. If you can replace the pump it
should be as good as new."

I was the first to reply.  I went and got it, and my first reaction was "ugghh..".  It was the nastiest looking espresso maker I have ever seen.  It had obviously never been cleaned.  At all.  Even the drain pan in the front had never been dumped.  The crud had built up so that the "screen" that you set your shot glass or cup on was securely locked in place by the residues.

I took it home and put it in the corner.  After a few days I decided to look at it.  It took some doing, but it not only cleaned up, but turned out to be 100% functional.  I doubt it was used for "10 years" as the water reservoir was spotlessly clean.  I think the guy just used the thing until it quit working due to severe blockage.

Anyway this is my introduction to the world of espresso.  So here I am with a working machine - and already looking to mod/upgrade.  :)
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 6:19pm
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Good job on free, what is your grinder like?

 
Coffeenoobie

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scoostraw
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 12:12pm
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When it rains it pours.  I just claimed another free machine today.  This one is a Krups 964.  It also supposedly has a bad pump.

Supposed to pick it up Sunday...
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 2:13pm
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There are a few krups early models I believe that are real espresso machines.  The rest are just steam toys.  They can't get the pressure and temp needed for real espresso.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
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Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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CMIN
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 2:17pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

There are a few krups early models I believe that are real espresso machines.  The rest are just steam toys.  They can't get the pressure and temp needed for real espresso.

Posted January 4, 2014 link

Yeh I think some of the early ones years ago were actually normal baskets, and not pressurized baskets, their all just pressurized PF toy machines now or steam toys though I believe.
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scoostraw
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 2:21pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

Good job on free, what is your grinder like?

Posted December 31, 2013 link

No grinder worthy of espresso.  I'll be shopping for one.

Probably a hand grinder for $$ reasons.  A Zassenhaus perhaps?
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Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 8:16am
Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
 

Pretty much everything that I have on my coffee bar was a bargain mostly from Craigslist or Thrift Stores.

Bunn VPR - free from my boss when we switched coffee services at work.
Bunn G9 Grinder - $100 from Craigslist
Macap MX Stepless Grinder - $225 from Coffee Shop liquidation auction
Kitchenaid A9 Grinders (3) - White one $6 from a Thrift Store, Silver one free from CL, Pink one $9 from Thrift Store last night (needs a shear pin).
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine - $70 from CL (dirty, but in great shape)
Chemex - 2 Vintage 70's models for $9 from Thrift Store (one still in box)
Cory DCU/DCL Vacuum Pot - $6 from Thrift Store
Nicro Stainless Steel Vacuum Pot - $9 from Thrift Store
Hario Skerton Coffee Mills (2) - $5 each from an unclaimed freight store (brand new)
Toddy Cold Brew - $5 from Thrift Store (still in box)
Aeropress - $5 from an unclaimed freight store (brand new)
Vesubio Stovetop Milk Steamer - $5 from a Thrift Store
Julius Meinl Cup and Saucer - $1 from a Thrift Store
PeDe Dienes Grinder - $8 from a Flea Market

And 20# of Coffee Bean Direct Fancy Green Kona Beans about a year ago from an unclaimed freight store for $70 when the same beans were selling on CBD for $35/lb (date stamp on the bags showed they were only 4 months old).

My wife says I have a problem and need to stop, but I can't stop because I have a problem!!

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Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 8:55am
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WoW!!,

This is over the top Brian!, & Welcome to the Coffeegeek forums! {;-)

 
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Excellent coffee doesn't just happen!
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man114
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 9:50am
Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
 

All my 1970s Norelco Dial-a-brew drip makers are from thrift stores, have a few, never pay more an a couple of bucks for them, always thought they made the best drip coffee, I just buy the best condition ones I see.

I got Saeco Classico in box at Goodwill for $5 don't think it was ever even used, treated me well for quite a while. Still works but I don't use it anymore.

Got a Starbucks Barista for $15, much similar to the Saeco.

Got a Bosch TCA-4101 pump machine for $9 apparently never used, this one was gifted to my wife's sister as it is a little simpler to use. I did not care for the coffee when I test ran it, but it was better than her steam pressure one.

In August I got a Jura Capresso Impressa S8 at a different Goodwill, with optional milk frother (it still had a $100 William Sonoma price tag still it), manuals, 3 water filter cartridges, descaling tablets and all included accessories for $16 with a total of 94 cups run on it. The machine brought me to the forum, but it took a lot of tinkering on my part to get the results I wanted out of it since there don't seem to be many super auto owners around the forum, so I figured I would stick around if anyone wants to know how to get decent results out of them and have push button convenience. Nothing beats getting an espresso in the morning before my Keurig can even finish warming up (my wife uses a bread machine to wake up to fresh bread so I can't have coffee auto start before getting up).
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 3:18pm
Subject: Re: Best Thrift store/garage sale/ebay/craigslist coffee find
 

Nice finds!

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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