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by Crusty
12 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Cuadra Restoration

I believe the control box is shot, when I turn the power switch on, nothing occurs and I believe the pump is supposed to kick on to fill boiler and nothing happens. I already installed a new pump so I know it's not the pump. I think rather than look for a controller replacement I was thinking of
by homeburrero
20 minutes ago
Forum: Lever Espresso Machines
Replies: 14
Views: 578

New La Pavoni Europicccola owner and OPV query

To MAXTHEDOG: Yes, yours is the valve with the antivac function. When working properly it should hiss a little when the machine is first heating up, then close and stop hissing. Sometimes they stick open and you can rap the top of the valve with a wooden spoon and it will shut. Sometimes you need to replace
by BaristaBoy E61
21 minutes ago
Forum: Knockbox
Replies: 3397
Views: 305046

The craziest %#*$ing thing I've seen all day...

Mike! That espresso looked like it had hair !
by BaristaBoy E61
24 minutes ago
Forum: Knockbox
Replies: 3397
Views: 305046

The craziest %#*$ing thing I've seen all day...

That's funny cause it's true - it hooked me!
by ei8htohms
1 hour ago
Forum: Lever Espresso Machines
Replies: 14
Views: 578

New La Pavoni Europicccola owner and OPV query

Could be that the pressostat is not doing its job. Have you checked the temperature of the boiler to see if it's running hot/high-pressure?
by vancy
1 hour ago
Forum: Lever Espresso Machines
Replies: 14
Views: 578

New La Pavoni Europicccola owner and OPV query

I just recently bought a used Europiccola also 2015 model. Like the OPs the OPV isn't sealing properly - when under pressure, there would be audible hissing and sputtering. I disassembled the OPV and it visually looked okay. I gave it a quick cleaning and citric acid bath and reassembled. I also used a bit of lube around the
by kye
1 hour ago
Forum: Knockbox
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Baskets: what am I doing wrong, if anything?

I've been experimenting with baskets recently too. I've used IMS ones for years, but bought the IMS Big Bang one a few months ago and have a Normcore one on order (one of the ones with thousands of tiny holes that go all the way to the edge). I have been curious about the fact that the edges
by kye
2 hours ago
Forum: Tips and Techniques
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Paper filter in portafilter?

My understanding was that top filters are useful to keep the shower screen clean, stop any shower-head imperfections from churning up the surface of the puck, and get a more even flow of water through the puck. I do this and it absolutely helps. You don't need to change the grind for this method. Is it worth
by kye
2 hours ago
Forum: Tips and Techniques
Replies: 327
Views: 16352

Blind shaker better than WDT??

It might have been me that said that stirring has similar effects to shaking. To me that seems to make sense - mixing up the grounds is likely to be a significant component (and possibly the only component) of what shaking is doing, and using a spoon etc to do it would be effective for that. I'd be curious
by RyanJE
3 hours ago
Forum: Coffees
Replies: 27
Views: 937

Any roasters on par with Howell and Wendelboe?

I do wonder with turn over of the staff doing the roasting, how much quality is slipping there. It seems like a lot of roasters just plug and play other employees into the roasting eventually