Posted Thu Jun 7, 2012, 11:48am Subject: Re: Brasilia Cappuccino Del 1 restoration
Great job, and congratulations on getting it finished. You will have a lot of fun enjoying the machine and developing your technique with it. By the way, one of the things I had the most fun with is the custom tuned steam tip I had made for mine, it really simplified making micro-foam for latte art!
The machine steam volume is so powerful, that it was incredibly difficult to make micro-foam with the stock 4-hole steam wand tip, so I made a custom one-hole steam tip from an 8mm stainless steel acorn nut, that I drilled out, and tapped with 10mm x 1 threads to match the threads on the steam wand. I adjusted the size of the hole, while steaming milk in my steaming pitcher, and it is now amazingly easy to produce micro-foam for latte art with no surface bubbles at all! I really like this mod!
Glad to see you's worked out so well.... and that you are happy to pass on your experiences to others as well... good job!
ps: I e-mailed you a couple of pdf's with schematics of the machine!
Spalte5 Senior Member Joined: 22 Nov 2011 Posts: 17 Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Brasilia Cappuccino Del 1 Grinder: Compak k3
Posted Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:14am Subject: Re: Brasilia Cappuccino Del 1 restoration
Just a small update after the first months of service: The machine is impressively consistent and great to use. Makes excellent espresso and has lots of steam power - this takes a few pitchers of milk to get used to, but I have managed even without replacing the steam tip as suggested by Rick.
I have only had one issue so far: the coil of the 3-way valve died a few weeks ago in the middle of a shot and I had to replace it (I did not replace the coil during the restoration as it still worked). Having moved to Jordan in the meantime, it did prove to be quite a challenge finding a spare, but it worked out. Lesson learned: better to replace one part too much during restoration :-)
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Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012, 2:05pm Subject: Re: Brasilia Cappuccino Del 1 restoration
SWEET! Another orphaned machine has found a loving home! Congrats on having it all up and working. A broken tube someplace is very common for machines that live where it gets cold enough to freeze in storage.
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Ballard Senior Member Joined: 5 Oct 2012 Posts: 1 Location: Winston Salem Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Oct 5, 2012, 6:28am Subject: Re: Brasilia Cappuccino Del 1 restoration
Well I am attempting to follow in your path. I pick up a used Cappuccion Del, I broke it all down. Descaled the boiler, straightened the bent frame but on my first attempt to put it back together I had a few extra pieces. I should have taken pictures. I was wondering if you could send me a few photos of how all the piping/tubing flows and/or if you ever got your hands on a assembly plan.
Great restoration job, I hope mine turns out as well.
Posted Sat Oct 6, 2012, 7:20pm Subject: Re: Brasilia Cappuccino Del 1 restoration
I just sent you an email with the parts manual. If you copy and past the first link in my signature below, you can see some pics. Let me know if you'd like me to send individual higher resolution pics.
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