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by Jonk
3 minutes ago
Forum: Lever Espresso Machines
Replies: 372
Views: 46599

Argos lever espresso machine by Odyssey Espresso

Yes, if you use the manual setup or try to manipulate the spring pressure, a gauge will be very helpful. The digital version would help with consistency, but an analog gauge can get you most of the way there
by BaristaBoy E61
9 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Profitec and gicar, beauty and the beast

What are the issues with your controller that requires replacing? They are not always easily repaired, I have tried as well. It might help to have your machine plugged into a power bar, appropriately sized, that has 'surge protection' that will protect sensitive electronics from power line electrical surges and spikes that can be harmful to sensitive digital electronics
by pizzaman383
13 minutes ago
Forum: Lever Espresso Machines
Replies: 39
Views: 1959

SPRING Lever Espresso Machine types - defined

and Based on my experience both of these statements are true. The thermodynamic characteristics of the group head, the method of heating the group head, the group head shape and materials, the method of heating the water, and the combined water path all come into play. One needs to design them together as a system. The
by Moka 1 Cup
20 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 20
Views: 312

Breville Dual Boiler, preinfusion acting strange

It was indeed an empty box to be used for shipping the machine to Breville, which I had already done. Yesterday instead I received my machine back. It was shipped with a label issued by PRC, which at this point I think that it handles also the logistic. The machine was repaired, it looks like they addressed
by JRising
20 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Questions about dimmer mod and the pump in Gaggia Classic Pro

The pump will operate at up to 48 watts. The dimmer can not actually generate more power than what is available, it can only "dim" the power. It's 1000 watts rating is what the dimmer itself can handle without being damaged. For example tires rated to 300 miles an hour can not make the car go 300
by pizzaman383
25 minutes ago
Forum: Lever Espresso Machines
Replies: 37
Views: 768

Why Do Nearly All Current Levers Use 54mm Group Heads vs 58.5?

The group head works in close concert with the rest of the espresso machine components that impact the water path especially the thermodynamic behavior of those. The espresso machine design must deal with the characteristics of all of those components and figure out a good balance that creates good to great espresso. In the end, you need to
by marouan0001
26 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Profitec and gicar, beauty and the beast

I'was a very happy owner of a profitec pro 600 until i had to change the gicar box for the second time in 17 months of ownership The total coast until now is about 400 euros. Am I the only one complaining about the bad quality of this box ? I tried to check if
by showmak
28 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Questions about dimmer mod and the pump in Gaggia Classic Pro

Hi guys, this is my first topic and looking forward for your help. I know the wattage of the ULKA Pump in my EU GCP is 48 watts. if I for example fix a dimmer rated 100 or 2000 watts, and turn the dimmer to max, does it overpower the pump? or will the pump operates at 48 watts?
by JRising
30 minutes ago
Forum: Repairs, Restorations & Mods
Replies: 2
Views: 30

La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II noise

Those lights blinking are telling us that the machine is on and (left led) not currently heating the steam boiler and (right led) that the brew boiler will be heating to the maximum setting. So the machine is on and we hear the pump running, but sounding like there's no water in it. If this is your machine
by JRising
44 minutes ago
Forum: Espresso Machines
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Lelit Bianca's flow control leakage causes a bigger problem

I'm not terribly concerned about the element, I fear for the condition of the electronics after making them do that. Luckily the elements are powered by relays in a Bianca, so the Gicar may have survived that skit. If you're serious about wanting to make that into a safely usable machine, I suggest that you have someone who