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samuellaw178
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samuellaw178
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Location: KL,Malaysia
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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011, 4:25pm
Subject: **Sold**
 

Payment received and will be shipped today. Thanks Jake!

Up for sale is a fair condition La Peppina for sale. She is in excellent working condition. The reason I describe her as fair condition is because she does have some used signs on her and the chrome aren't very shiny with few spots on them. From my research, this is most probably a machine from the 70's.

La Peppina was my first lever machine and I think she is really straight forward to use, provided that you have an adequate grinder. Coming from a pump machine, I was shocked at first how sweet her shots are as compared to my Gaggia's shot. No exaggeration! I am not super taster but still the difference is very apparent. I used a slightly finer grind than on my Gaggia on her the first time and it was perfect. I expected much more of a learning curve, but it is almost instinctive to me out of the box (very few sink shots). It took me about 10-15 shots with experiments to finally get to know her better. The shot characteristic of La Peppina is less like "punch in your face" as compared to Gaggia but is more delicate, separated and the flavor develops progressively but beautifully on your palate. By no mean it is a weak shot, but is different and more sophisticated experience. Since having her, I love espresso as straight shots even more than ever, literally.

Even though La Peppina makes very exceptional shots, the short coming is that they do not have a steamer. There are some version with the steamer lids but I've read that the steaming performance are very weak and the excessive heat isn't the best thing for the longevity of the seals. So, I would only recommend getting this if you only drink espresso. I am making drinks for my gf and friends so this Peppina isn't my first choice of machine as she couldn't make froth milk.

Also, one thing worth mentioning is that Peppina is an open boiler machine so it doesn't have any overheating problem like most other lever machines do. You can crank shots after shots from her and had minimum effect on the shot temperature. Also, the temperature offset is about 1 degree celcius between in the kettle and the grouphead. Thus, it's a no-effort machine in controlling temperature. Good for comparing shots between different grinders in my opinion. It also makes really lovely single shots.

Temperature control on Peppina


Details:
1 One pull on her yields between 30-40 ml depending on how full the kettle is.
2 The rubber around the base rim has cracked but it's not necessary for using her. So I am not including it.
3 There is no leaks anywhere but I think it's probably best to change the gasket in about 1 year or so. Whole gasket seals cost under $20 from OE including shipping.
4 Getting a thermometer is probably going to help immensely in getting the right temperature but I do find that sweet spot for temperature on Peppina is pretty wide.
5 Double basket can fit easily 14g and some reported can fit up to 20g, though I personally do not advocate the idea of using so much coffee for just a double shot.
6 Unlike most machines, it makes really great single shots.

Included are:
- Sand-papered stainless steel tamper. Fits the single and double basket perfectly.
- Single and double baskets
- Power plug
- Euro-style lid that are good for preheating one espresso cup.
- MLCS router speed controller for controlling temperature, similar function to a PID, purchased in late July 2011(<1 month).

High Res Pictures:
La Peppina for sale
Inside the boiler kettle
Front
Left
Right
Back
Accessories

She is good to go out of the box and guaranteed to work great! Asking for $340 shipped insured.

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jake8
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Joined: 21 Feb 2009
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Location: Baltimore
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Espresso: La Spaziale S1
Grinder: La Cimbali Max, KYM from...
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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011, 5:39pm
Subject: Re: For sale: Vintage Lever La Peppina Fe-ar Milano
 

I'm interested, whats the best way to contact you with some questions
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samuellaw178
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samuellaw178
Joined: 22 Jan 2011
Posts: 382
Location: KL,Malaysia
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Arrarex Caravel
Grinder: Rosco Mini
Drip: French Press, Aeropress,...
Roaster: DIY Copper drum roaster
Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011, 6:18pm
Subject: Re: For sale: Vintage Lever La Peppina Fe-ar Milano
 

Hi Jake,
Thanks for asking. You can always look up my profile and get my email address. That's my preferred method of communication. By the way, my email is lawqk @ hotmail.com. I will shoot you an email. =)
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jake8
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Joined: 21 Feb 2009
Posts: 159
Location: Baltimore
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale S1
Grinder: La Cimbali Max, KYM from...
Drip: Aeropress
Roaster: Corretto
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011, 3:02pm
Subject: Re: For sale: Vintage Lever La Peppina Fe-ar Milano
 

I received the item and it was packed very well and the machine was exactly as described.  Sam had great communication every step along the way and I wouldn't hesitate to do business with him again.
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samuellaw178
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samuellaw178
Joined: 22 Jan 2011
Posts: 382
Location: KL,Malaysia
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Arrarex Caravel
Grinder: Rosco Mini
Drip: French Press, Aeropress,...
Roaster: DIY Copper drum roaster
Posted Tue Aug 30, 2011, 3:20pm
Subject: Re: For sale: Vintage Lever La Peppina Fe-ar Milano
 

Thanks Jake for the kind word! Hope you will enjoy it like I do. An email  on the way coming in to you about your router controller question. ;)
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