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Iluvdabean
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
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Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013, 3:53pm
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Well thank you for the connection because if I ever get one I will know where to go ask questions. I love roasting myself also but have the Nescoe and Behmor. I took it upon myself to become the coffee missionary
at work when I went upstairs to the office, I have two computer screens now and thankfully I am retiring this June. So this guy says hey lets do our own coffee. A person brought in a new but unused Cuisinart  that is subpar but ok.
I donated my five year MDF to the cause ( yep even with a doser) and Ive been roasting beans from all over and brining in Klatch and others. Now at work they are nice to provide Peets and Charbucks but
now upstairs people are getting hooked on fresh unburnt coffee. You should have seen there eyes when they got into some fresh Costa Rican and the rest. I have two solid converts.

Anyways thank you for the comments. I am finding this very interesting on so many levels. The idea that an espresso machine has such value as to be redeemed through TLC,parts and a little elbow grease
and valued makes the build quality and parts availability issue valuable both to the long term user of a machine and a new person considering a machine. I mean theoretically ( and I say this understanding human
compulsion to want bigger and better things) a person could buy an espresso machine with all the capability they need and keep it for a long long time. Then when you add in the geek factor and
cool factor of someone who can rebuild a machine to fine working order its pretty cool.

frcn Said:

Well, I have been around these machines from the very first one imported to the US (which I still have). I am the Hottop Webmaster having created all the content there as well as creating the owners manuals for them.

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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013, 4:10pm
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It is a rotary pump. The motor would not turn it when I first bought the machine.
I took the head off the motor and tried the motor to make sure it worked properly and it did.
The head took a wrench to turn the shaft as it sat for years without being prepared for storage and the corrosion prevented it from turning. Once free, it pumped just fine. And it has been years of daily use now and it just now is showing signs of needing work, it is starting to make noise.

Yes, once you are comfortable working on machines you can find lots of them that need help and the owners are selling cheep. Good deals are out there if you know what you are doing.

 
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Iluvdabean
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Location: Kentucky
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro...
Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013, 4:19pm
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Very interesting, you also have seen some water go under the bridge. I presume the ADV-LV and T1 you will keep using and keep up since they are of high build quality and have sentimental value.


JasonBrandtLewis Said:

I started out with a Pavoni Europicola 8 (back when full retail was $299).  In the course of five years, it required zero replacement parts and, in fact, nothing more than routine maintenance -- of course, back in the mid-1970s, who knew from "routine maintenance"?  In other words, I didn't do $#|+ to it, other than wiping down the steam wand.  After the five years, I gave it to a friend, who continued to use it for well over a decade.

I then moved on to a Coffee Gaggia -- think Gaggia Classic minus the 3-way solenoid.  Again, no tweaks, no replacement parts; minimal maintenance (again, in the 1980s, who knew?).  After 13-15 years, it died.  So I replaced it with another one, another Coffee Gaggia.  Again, no tweaks; no replacement parts, minimal maintenance.  It eventually died after some 10-12 years.  OK, not "died" as in dead, but "terminally ill."  This didn't prevent me from giving to my brother-in-law who used it for a couple of more years before getting his own new machine.

Next, in 2006, came a Ala di Vittoria La Valentina full-auto (volumetric dosing) HX pourover espresso machine.  Routine maintenance only, no tweaks.  I did need to have it stripped down and completely descaled once, due to MY neglect re: the in-tank resin filter.  This machine remains in daily use (Mon-Fri) in my office, pulling 3-5 doubles each weekday.

In 2007, I added my Elektra T1 full-auto (volumetric dosing) HX direct-connect espresso machine.  Again, routine maintenance only, though I include in that regular swapping out the filtration cartridges (!).  Had to replace the connector hose, as it cracked when accidentally bent during some construction (i.e.: not the machine's fault).

Cheers,
Jason

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Iluvdabean
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Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro...
Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013, 4:23pm
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To get that from a frozen pump is impressive. You would think if frozen due to rust its would have never worked again.

calblacksmith Said:

It is a rotary pump. The motor would not turn it when I first bought the machine.
I took the head off the motor and tried the motor to make sure it worked properly and it did.
The head took a wrench to turn the shaft as it sat for years without being prepared for storage and the corrosion prevented it from turning. Once free, it pumped just fine. And it has been years of daily use now and it just now is showing signs of needing work, it is starting to make noise.

Yes, once you are comfortable working on machines you can find lots of them that need help and the owners are selling cheep. Good deals are out there if you know what you are doing.

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