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#2111: Post by randomorbit »

Not sure how I managed NOT to join earlier. I lucked into my Bezzera Family Lever just over a year ago. I got into home espresso brewing about a decade ago if we're not counting Moka pots, and Krups steam machines. I started with a refurbished Saeco Aroma, but coveted a better machine. When it died I upgraded to a Gaggia Classic which is what I was using along with a Breville SGP until I lucked into the Bezzera Family lever on craigslist. It was the beginning of an almost unbelievable stream of lucky craigslist finds which culminated in a total turnover of my gear in three weeks time.

I probably would have been an instant lever convert, but about 2 weeks after picking up the Bezzera I also picked up a Expbar Brewtus IV. The Brewtus actually took some work to get it running reliably, but overall it was an easier daily driver, so I kinda neglected the Bezzera most days in favor of the ease of use of an e61 DB machine. I even contemplated selling the Bezzera a few times, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it, and I still played with it on the weekends sometimes. The power switch fritzed out one weekend morning when I was hosting a brunch, so it didn't get used at all for a while, but I finally got around to changing out the switch and since then I've barely fired up the Brewtus. In fact I'm finding the Bezzera such a pleasure to use I don't think I'll be using the Brewtus that much for a while at least.


For many years I coveted a lever machine with a Cremina being high on the list, and a vintage Faema being right up at the top of it. At this point I don't think of a Cremina as an upgrade from the Bezzera, the large boiler, and spring lever actually make it seem like the ideal home lever. It's not huge and it doesn't take that long to heat up in the morning, but it's quite adequate for serving a small gathering of friends. A vintage Faema commercial lever is still on the list though. I know I have no actual use for a commercial machine, but I won't let practicality stand in the way of my dreams. ;)



#2112: Post by jmudrick »

New member, about a month into an intense relationship with my 1996 La Pavoni Professional, although it was barely used when I acquired it, I couldn't resist a few upgrades mostly thanks to Max at CreativeWerks. There were times I feared the machine had the best of me but at this point I'm pulling shots I'm quite happy with and am now focused mostly on enjoying the coffee.Image

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#2113: Post by redbone »

Complete after much turmoil Radaelli Caffomatic. Custom 110v element for North America voltage. Difficult machine to work on due to tight spaces. A beauty epitomizing 1950's design.
Thinking of adding custom boiler cap with gauge and OPV for easy of usage.
Super fast heat up. About 8 min from roam temp to ready.

* Special thanks to Francesco C and Dave (cuppajoe) for their support.
Between order and chaos there is espresso.
Semper discens.

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#2114: Post by yakster »

Nice Radaelli Caffomatic, Robert. I'd love to see a video someday of it in operation.

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#2115: Post by Swong46 »

Can I play?

Started my coffee journey only few years ago. Took a few classes in Australia along the way. Not much interesting to say but I am now using a Decent. One day I saw a restored Conti lever on ebay and made my way here to see many restoration threads, so I told myself I would like to do one too. One thing led to another and now I am building one from scratch, only keeping the groups, boiler and heating element...

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#2116: Post by FotonDrv »

That Light at the End of the Tunnel is actually a train


#2117: Post by Bazzawill »

Where do I start. My coffee journey started when I bought a entry level espresso machine for my parents (which they quickly upgraded, winning) while I was living at home. After learning the ropes at home I was professionally trained as a barista for a surprisingly good service station cafe (which didn't work out for other reasons but I enjoyed making coffee there while it lasted).
When I moved out I bought a second hand entry level machine but as a poor student I could only afford inferior beans which led me to cold brew. I developed a love of cold brew even after uni all the way to getting a N2 keg.
My wife however reignited the espresso beast. Prior to this she would tolerate cold brew with milk heated in a Breville frother but I was also sent on many errands to get "decent coffee".
When my wife suggest we get an espresso machine I set about researching the best bang for our miniscule buck. I immediately wanted the Flair but I don't think that would ever fly. She got the Breville Duo Temp Pro. After a few months of getting hit and miss decent espresso I eventually got the Flair Signature Pro 2 for myself. After months of longing when I did order it ended up on back order but it has finally arrived.
I can say the quality of my shots has improved dramatically.

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#2118: Post by belegnole »

When I was a child my mother let me drink coffee with her. Nobody else in the family liked it, but I did. Of course as a child I liked it with cream and sugar. Later when I moved away I went and got my own coffee gear of course. At some point I got into the idea of espresso and picked up a small steam machine. Not knowing that I was going about making coffee all wrong I continued on for years, occasionally upgrading but never being completely satisfied.

Even later, after a divorce I was forced to get new gear. But I was still unsatisfied with my results, so I started doing some real research for once. As luck would have it I found a couple of websites where many of my questions were answered and my eyes were opened to new possibilities. So I learned how to make coffee all over again. Found he right equipment, purchased fresh beans, and ground them with care. I practiced until I was satisfied and enjoyed what I brewed.

Then one day I saw the little old steam machine sitting forlornly on a shelf. Suddenly I found myself researching again. This time I was out to conquer espresso; plain coffee was no longer enough. While I was interested in the lever machines, due to a number of reasons I ended up with a Bezzera BZ-07 and a used Super Jolly. That was in 2011 and while I have tweaked the BZ and fiddled with the SJ I was never quite satisfied. Somewhere in the back of my head the desire for a lever still lingered. So for the last year or so I have been looking at levers. Reading about what people like about one or another. Then finally coming to the point where I had to just go ahead and pull the trigger. Today I took my new lever out of it's box, and set it next to the old one on the new counter required by the bigger machine. Hopefully this one will keep me happy for the next few years and the bug doesn't bite again too soon...lol


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#2119: Post by TheMadTamper »

I'm an old hand in the world of espresso, having started long ago with consumer Krups and Braun pump & steam toy machines, and working my way up to Silvia & Rocky, through a Salvatore HX, through Duetto II DB, and eventually going full automatic with a Cimbali M21 when I found a barely used one at a great price. But hearing about the virtues of lever espresso have always appealed to me. Still, I had my fears and hesitations about the knowledge required and challenges levers could present, plus that fear of "what if I screw up" and the safety implications for either myself or my cups, and decided to always stick with the tried & true standards of pumps. After year after year with difficult or frustrating to access repairs on the Duetto, every year, it would break down, and I'd get the itch for a simpler machine. I'd eye the levers that seemed so mechanically simple, and then get discouraged by their sheer size and weight, let alone the worries about the force of the lever itself, the countertops, and fear over if I'd get burned out on using the heavy-force-required machines and go back to repairing my Duetto for anther year of crossed fingers and the comfort of a pump.

This time, the failure was just difficult enough to get to with just senseless enough design of aspects of the machine, that I finally was able to convince myself to go with simplicity and do the lever. After an agonizing 6 months or so of choosing a machine, I finally went with the Quick Mill Achille. I'm only a few days into having it up and running now, but so far I'm impressed on an overwhelming scale. The thing is HUGE, but it's a joy to use, and I don't think the lever will ever get tiresome to pull. And most of all, the coffee is phenomenal! It makes me wonder why I messed with pumps for so long. I still love the Cimbali for it's own reasons but it's truly hard to go back once you've had a taste of lever espresso! Upgrade-itis is now done for me, and this machine shall be running for as long as replacement parts can be had!

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#2120: Post by jevenator »

Alright well, I guess I'd want to join the LMWDP.

I'm hooked. I always wanted to try out a spring lever and managed to pick up an 1971 Elektra MCAL for a really really good price. Bought all the parts for it and a pretty brass bottomless PF and intitally I just wanted to flip it and make a profit but I recently just put in a new pressure stat and mechanically it's running perfectly. I dialed in a NP Panama Elida and wow I was blown away. So gentle, fruity, clear, yummy. This is now my go-to machine for some S.O. espresso.

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