Ebay Aurora Europa: Who got it?

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Postby jonny » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:59 pm

After scoring my Conti Princess at a nice price, I was just about to whine when I saw this Aurora Europa "for parts or not working" up on ebay starting at $99. I decided to watch it just to see what would happen, kind of hoping it would go high as to quench my craving. Well, apparently the condition status didn't scare anyone off since 29 bids later it sold for $787. Alright, time to 'fess up! Who got it?

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Postby benhogan » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:03 pm

I was part of the 29 :cry:

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Postby craigcharity » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:30 pm

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Postby chadz » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:46 pm

After months of watching ebay for an Aurora I must admit I didn't win it ;(

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Postby orphanespresso » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:00 am

Aurora machines..all in house made, almost a custom machine....plumbed in HX..extremely small footprint...original seventies orange and only missing a portafilter and baskets?????? Somebody really made a score on that one...bargain of the year if you axe me!

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Postby doubleOsoul » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:22 am

I was on the train back to the great white north. Missed it too...
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Postby orphanespresso » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:37 am

I gotta say, you guys are holding your cards pretty close to your vests these days...didn't even MENTION that Aurora and were all watching it :lol: . I bet nobody mentions the Astoria with the hotel group either, eh?

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Postby allon » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:04 am

I believe that in general, the usual procedure on HB has been to stay mum on eBay auctions until they're over. But thanks for telling me it's called a Hotel Group. Can you explain how it's used?
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Postby orphanespresso » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:16 am

I have a Gaggia with this big brewer group and the valves etc all look the same. This Astoria is quite modern for such a group and still it seems the same as the very old ones. It is my assumption that one opens the top and spoons in coffee grounds and then opens one valve to allow boiler water to enter the chamber, then decant through one of the lower valves. there is also what appears to be a wand on the bottom as well and this one is a mystery. I don't think anyone has actually used one of these enough to analyze the worthiness of the contraption, but is is very cool looking and it attached to a flange on the boiler just the same way as a regular group.
My Gaggia with this group is in a box so I cannot do more than theorize about it at present...

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Postby DrDregs » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:25 am

I want that "Europa" badge for mine.. :mrgreen:
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