MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,609 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
Espresso: KvdW Speedster Grinder: Compak K10 WBC Vac Pot: A bit too many Drip: Clive Coffee Drip Stand Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Fri May 30, 2014, 2:00pm Subject: Wowsa - now that's a "steampunk" lever espresso machine
From the cover of Lee Valley's 2014 June supplement catalog... this home made espresso machine - lever style. From the inside cover:
"Created by Richard Plouffe of Pierrefonds, Quebec. This fully functional espresso machine is made from reclaimed parts such as brass fire-hose nozzles."
Woo hoo - a fellow Canadian!
Some thoughts on it. It may be fully functional but there's a wood collar at the top of the grouphead that makes me think it won't last too long under stress and heat from a typical lever machine. Also, there doesn't seem to be a heckuva lot of room for a piston to travel. I assume this is a direct lever, and not a spring lever (though it is photographed with the lever in the upward position); reason I make this assumption is because a spring lever machine needs even more space above the grouphead for a spring + water cavity than a direct lever does. And what the heck is that thing to the right of the boiler, behind the steam wand? ;) Also, if this is brass from fire equipment, etc, I'm a bit worried about lead content.
OK, enough of my Debbie Downer mode.
Still, absolutely beautiful and definitely steam punky.
Dayglow Senior Member Joined: 5 Oct 2007 Posts: 69 Location: Greenville, NC Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Tue Jun 3, 2014, 5:17am Subject: Re: Wowsa - now that's a "steampunk" lever espresso machine
I was going to mention the lead and possible other contaminants in the brass as well, but dear god that thing is gorgeous! I would love to have something like even though I would not consider myself "of the steampunk genre". I'd be curious to see a build log with photos of that.
Symbols: = New Posts since your last visit = No New Posts since last visit = Newest post
Forum Rules: No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards. No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum. No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek. No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum. Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards. Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics. Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies. Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies. Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts. Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.