LMWDP Rollcall - Page 235

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baristainzmking
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#2341: Post by baristainzmking »

My updated setup. La Pavoni professional joined the set up earlier this month, complements of my husband who gifted it to me as an early Holiday present. :D



Julia

MatGreiner
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#2342: Post by MatGreiner »

When I got my Elektra A3, I thought, the only machine that would feel like an upgrade would be a commercial spring lever. That's not totally true, but the fact is levers have been calling me for some time. The A3 is incompatible with my current kitchen, so over the holiday I picked up a used 2016 Londinium L1 from a HB-er one state over. The L1 and I are still getting to know each other, but the mediocre shots are still yummy, and the good shots are real, real good.
Enough is new that it keeps me excited: I keep finding reasons to drink one more, usually so I can test a different variable or practice. It is very tasty practice. :) Smoother, sweeter, simpler, quieter.
But truly, I did it all because I've always wanted a LMWDP number. 8)
LMWDP #716: Jeez, kids! Don't swing on that!

grind727

#2343: Post by grind727 »

I'm hoping to get an emeritus LMWDP #.

After my honeymoon in Italy over a decade ago, I became hooked espresso and bought a Moka Pot, which lead me down the rabbit hole we all know so well. From there I went through a Nespresso, Gaggia Classic, La Pavoni, Profitec 500, Robot, and finally, a Londinium. Through the years I've loved learning about espresso, how to make latte art, and about the types and various quirks of different machines. I ogled all the threads of vintage machine restorations. I even took the industry barista course with Counter Culture just for fun.

However, I've always been caffeine sensitive and had to constantly watch my intake. Nowadays, I can't seem to enjoy a single caffeinated espresso without heartburn and jitteriness. I've been through a lot of decafs, but as good as some are, they're never as enjoyable as the oddball single origins I like most. Tired of fighting it, I finally threw in the towel and sold off my equipment.

So, I guess this is kind of a good bye. This is a great community and I've greatly enjoyed chatting with you all. I've also really appreciated the support and information. HB is a terrific resource. (Although, I may have to pop in from time to time, just for old time's sake.)


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mathof

#2344: Post by mathof »

That is so sad. I hope you find a satisfying substitute for your espresso habit. And do drop by from time to time.

Matt H.

grind727

#2345: Post by grind727 » replying to mathof »

Thanks Matt and I'm already dropping in. :D Old habits die hard.
LMWDP #717

NicoNYC

#2346: Post by NicoNYC »

I suppose in a way, it was inevitable that I join the ranks of lever-heads. My dad has owned an Olympia Cremina since well before I was born, bought at Zabars (for the princely sum of $250 iirc), and I grew up thinking of that Cremina as the archetype of a home espresso machine.

Fast forward to this year, I had been entertaining thoughts of buying a vintage Pavoni as a fun project and got lost in the depths of Francesco's website. I ended up buying an Arrarex Caravel, more for fun than anything else, but I told myself it would be useful for pulling small singles when I get home from work. I've had it for a little more than a month and absolutely love both the espresso it produces and the brilliant design that went into making such a simple yet performant machine.

One of the first shots the Caravel produced in its new home:


With the rest of the family:
LMWDP #718

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Grrr

#2347: Post by Grrr »

Hello hello,

Started with the Rok GC and moved last year to the Flair Pro 2.

Finally made the big move last week with the Olympia Cremina. Its a beautiful C67 produced in 1968. I found it second hand, almost never used. It was sitting in the cupboard of a Swiss family house until they moved to Australia and sold everything.

Made amazing shots after the 3rd try. Just upgraded with the two IMS basket available, a bottomless by Coffee-Sensor and a temperature sticker strip. Next upgrade will be the replacement of the group-head and piston gaskets with the silicon version.


Fine muscle powered espressi!

LMWDP #719

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beer&mathematics

#2348: Post by beer&mathematics »

Welcome Gregory! Wow what a score! That machine looks impeccable for its age. Enjoy!
LMWDP #431

baristainzmking
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#2349: Post by baristainzmking »

What an amazing find! Beautiful machine!
Julia

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Grrr

#2350: Post by Grrr »

baristainzmking wrote:What an amazing find! Beautiful machine!
beer&mathematics wrote:Welcome Gregory! Wow what a score! That machine looks impeccable for its age. Enjoy!
Thank you :)

Fine muscle powered espressi!

LMWDP #719