Bragging Rights Thread: Great Coffee Gear Scores! - Page 35

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Alan Frew

#341: Post by Alan Frew »

I was out for my daily walk with my wife yesterday afternoon, and spotted this machine discarded for a kerbside rubbish pick up. It's a Vibiemme Domobar Piccolo, circa 2003. Zipped back with the car about an hour later and grabbed it. It was missing portafilters & baskets but that's obviously no downside for me.

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Today I cleaned it up, removing a Redback Spider nest (they like warm, dry conditions) and a heap of accumulated debris. It must have been stored in an open carport. A quick check with the multimeter and it was clear that the ULKA pump (original) had expired. One new pump and standard 8mm group gasket later, followed by an extensive backflush, and it was in "Shot Pulling" condition.

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This machine is a relatively sophisticated (for the time) SBDU model, with a "relay" type thermostat control and a boiler pressure gauge as well as the Vibiemme version of the E-61 group. I'll replace the 3 cam and washer sets in the group in the next couple of weeks, because based on the gasket they're also from 2003, but that will be the only "extra" expense. Otherwise it's free machine + parts bin + a couple of hours. Score!!

Alan
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JohnB.
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#342: Post by JohnB. »

Excellent score! Nothing more exotic then an old Mr. Coffee in the trash around here.
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Appartmento61

#343: Post by Appartmento61 »

Like new Rocket Appartemento for 900$
Not " found on the street " score but I'm happy

550$ atom in chrome a few weeks later
I'm set

Coming from Pavoni lever then semi auto solis (rip) then Breville .. and a faithful Rocky for many years
So a step up

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IamOiman

#344: Post by IamOiman »

I scored a Gaggia Tell 2 Group for 175 Euro! This will be my first restoration machine and I am very excited to begin when I move back this summer! It's missing the drip tray but that is something I can probably replace more easily than say a boiler!

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eltakeiteasy

#345: Post by eltakeiteasy »

zombiecoffee wrote:I bought this Java Master Fluid Roaster from the Whole Foods I worked at in Denver.
They got rid of the in house roasting program and sold it to me for $400.
They retail at $15,000 now. This is picture is similar to mine except my copper is not shiny.
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Hey I hope all is well. I was curious about how this machine is working for you? I found a similar deal and was thinking about buying one.

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TomC
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#346: Post by TomC » replying to eltakeiteasy »

Try messaging him directly, he hasn't been on the forum for almost 4 months.

eltakeiteasy

#347: Post by eltakeiteasy » replying to TomC »

I did both. Thanks, Tom.

jevenator

#348: Post by jevenator »

I'm glad to see that people are getting deals out there. I'm new to this forum and I joined because I got a Crossland CC1 v1.5 for $350 that is in very mint condition. Now doing all the research possible to make quality home espresso.
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IamOiman

#349: Post by IamOiman »

I thought I was mostly done with coffee stuff but today I found a pretty sweet deal. I got a working Quickmill Omre for €60 at the Avellino Mercatino! It is missing the portafilter lock, a rubber foot, and the plastic tamper while having a cracked glass hopper, but it's pretty sweet.

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-Ryan
Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention
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Lateralus

#350: Post by Lateralus »

IamOiman wrote:I thought I was mostly done with coffee stuff but today I found a pretty sweet deal. I got a working Quickmill Omre for €60 at the Avellino Mercatino! It is missing the portafilter lock, a rubber foot, and the plastic tamper while having a cracked glass hopper, but it's pretty sweet.

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I absolutely love the retro look of this!