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#101: Post by HB »

hbuchtel wrote:Nice, thanks! Unfortunately I cannot edit the list anymore because this new forum software only allows 3 pics per post...
Sorry, I didn't realize it was so low. I've bumped up the max photos per post to 100.
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#102: Post by donn »

donn wrote:Actually a spring lever.
I guess that also goes for Bruni "Brunella", while we're at it. Not that I've ever seen one, but Orphan Espresso mentions a spring and the lever looks like it.

The Zerowatt can be a little awkward, if you can't lean over it a bit to use your weight while operating the lever. Need both hands - the other hand goes on the little grip on the back, to keep it from tipping over.

Others I know of:
  • Bambina - Spanish machine, saw it in a local flea market. Months later it dawned on me what a great design it was, but of course too late for la Bambina.
  • La San Marco - vaguely remember from a picture. Probably a spring lever, more or less symmetrical cone or dome shape with a slot in the top for the lever.

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#103: Post by hbuchtel (original poster) »

HB wrote:Sorry, I didn't realize it was so low. I've bumped up the max photos per post to 100.
Nice, thanks Dan. First I gotta upload all those off-site photos to the HB server!
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#104: Post by missionhb »

donn wrote:I guess that also goes for Bruni "Brunella", while we're at it. Not that I've ever seen one, but Orphan Espresso mentions a spring and the lever looks like it.

The Zerowatt can be a little awkward, if you can't lean over it a bit to use your weight while operating the lever. Need both hands - the other hand goes on the little grip on the back, to keep it from tipping over.

Others I know of:
  • Bambina - Spanish machine, saw it in a local flea market. Months later it dawned on me what a great design it was, but of course too late for la Bambina.
  • La San Marco - vaguely remember from a picture. Probably a spring lever, more or less symmetrical cone or dome shape with a slot in the top for the lever.

Hi,
Here is a picture of a blue bambina.

Cheers,
F
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#105: Post by missionhb »

Hi All,

I found this intriguing spanish machine:CAMPEONA model "22". It is a spring operated gravity-fed machine, the outer casing is 100% bakelite covered with a painted "marble" decor. The boiler is an inox cylinder communicating with a secondary rear reservoir than can be filled after lid opening. Temperature in the boiler can be read with a thermometer, like in a Gaggia Gilda first generation (the one with a single arm). The lever can be folded like in a Gaggia Gilda second generation (the one with two arms and a spring). I suspect this machine was buit in the very early 50's as well.

Cheers,
François








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#106: Post by hbuchtel (original poster) »

Nice one... clearly a lot of thought went into its design!

Two questions, can you explain how the reservoir is connected to the boiler, and what is the diameter of the basket?

Regards, Henry
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#107: Post by missionhb »

Hi Henry,

The bottom of the rear bakelite reservoir is connected to the bottom of the boiler through a semicircular rubber pipe (I'll try to add a few more pictures next week end).
The PF is 60 mm OD.

Best,
F
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#108: Post by missionhb »

Hi all,

Here are the few additional shots of the Campeona "22":

One more front view with the lever folded backwards this time:



A bottom view with a mirror (without PF): note tubing connecting the boiler and the bakelite reservoir. Note also that there is no dispersion screen: the front of the piston is visible. I cannot see clear signs indicating that this part is missing: it seems designers got rid of it. Note also the terrible electric wiring: no ground, and the contacts are 1 cm far from the portafilter, ideal to create a short circuit!


A back view with the lid of the rear reservoir in open position:



A side view showing the portafilter: the particular double spout design is probably the ancescor of the one seen in the mini Gaggia:







Best,
François
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#109: Post by missionhb »

Hi All,

Just a single picture of another spanish machine: a JATA "Piccolo Bar". It is probably the ancestor of the spring-operated "classical" zerowatt & JATA found in other posts (all produced in Barcelona, Spain, irrespective of the tag).This one is a manual lever, and has no switch, no thermostat, and no function lamp. However, it is bicolor and has a front badge that make it aesthetically pleasant.



Best,
Francois
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#110: Post by missionhb »

Hi all,

A more thorough presentation of the Campeona "Bambina". A spanish machine much reminiscent of the Bruni "Brunella". I have no idea on which came first.

Best,
François













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