La Pavoni Europiccola, New User, How to Proceed

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neverlast

#1: Post by neverlast »

Hello,

I just bought my first lever machine, a Europiccola, second hand.

It has been used in the past but the last owner said he did not use it in the past few years.
Before the purchase he demonstrated the basic operation, but just with water to show it has
no leaks and that the heater works.

Looking into the boiler (if that is how its called) there is buildup, I cannot say if its bad or not
as I don't have any prior experience.

What would be the course of actions for me before I start pulling (or at least trying to pull) shots?
Cleaning (what and how), replacing any parts...etc?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and if I missed out on any details that are relevant please let me know.

Thank in advance!

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drgary
Team HB

#2: Post by drgary »

Gary
LMWDP#308

What I WOULD do for a good cup of coffee!

neverlast

#3: Post by neverlast »

Thanks for the useful guide!

On the topic of descaling, I have read several different opinions on what to use.
Can citric acid really flake off some parts of the chrome? What seems to be the preferred
method which can get all the grime and deposits out?

Also when flushing the tank, is it better to pull the water through the system
or just pour back out from the tank holding it upside down?

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drgary
Team HB

#4: Post by drgary »

Mild acids can dissolve chrome. The author of that instruction, Dr. Robert Pavlis, suggests using 50/50 white vinegar to water to descale with turning the machine off and on to depressurize and come back up to pressure and then using multiple rinses so your espresso doesn't taste like salad. Flushing through steam wand is good because scale can especially accumulate where there's steam.

Perhaps others can also chime in.
Gary
LMWDP#308

What I WOULD do for a good cup of coffee!

neverlast

#5: Post by neverlast »

Thank You for clarifying...I think I will also buy a set of seals
in case this diagnostic requires some replacements. Any suggestion
where to get the set with all the parts required?

One more thing, if anyone knows...why is there a SAECO sticker
on the base of my Europiccola?