For some time now my neighbor has been roasting and giving us some awesome coffee (he is a coffee fanatic, and I'm pretty certain hes on this forum a lot since I was forwarded a link this site). It has come to the point where I cant have coffee from anywhere else except what he has been giving me. Every time he gives us a new bag of coffee, he hands me a couple pages of info all about it.
I have jokingly said a few times that hes turning me into a coffee fanatic, but honestly, this is a cult I am willing to join.
Yesterday he gave me an espresso machine, which from what I gather is either a C85 or C84. It's missing a side panel, a portafilter, and have been told it leaks from somewhere.
Today being Christmas, I couldn't find a single hardware store that was open, so I came back home a little bummed out that I couldn't play with it. After staring at it for some time, I figured I could macgyver some hoses and fittings together to run off from the garage sink to the espresso machine till tomorrow or the day after when i can connect it correctly.
I turned it on and the pump started running. After some time it shut off (assuming it filled up); some time after that it made a clicking noise and the red light turned on.
It gives hot water and blows out steam. im pretty much assuming it works the way it should; I have yet to find it's leak, since i cant even tell it has one.
And before you tell me, yes I know; I need a good coffee grinder. There was some emphasis on this when I was handed the espresso machine. The search began yesterday.
Attached are some photos as it sits now. I cant wait to get into this project (lifestyle)!
Ill be digging through this forum and some other websites, but any pointers or advice given would be much appreciated!