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dstonedas
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 1:44pm
Subject: Need help identifying/understanding how to use older espresso machine
 

I purchased an older espresso machine at a local thrift store for a few bucks. Not expecting much of it but I can't quite get it to work exactly right. Since the entire machine is manual, I'm having issues understanding how much pressure i should allow out each time I open the nozzle for espresso to come out. Here are few pictures to help identify the machine:


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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 2:30pm
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This is an electric heated steam brewer. It brews by forcing heated water under steam pressure through the grinds. The result is similar to moka pot coffee as opposed to espresso you might get from a professional espresso machine or even a pump or piston lever machine, largely due to the lower operating pressure used in extraction and to thermal variability in this simple design.

The thing to find out is whether it will heat water. If it does and there isn't significant limescale inside, it should work as designed.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 6:22pm
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Looks like a bellman to me.

 
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