Question: what other upgrades can be done to my 1990 Cremina?
Home-barista.com has an encyclopedic amount of knowledge. I tried my best 30" search prior to this posting. There is no FAQ on lever forum for this. To moderator, should not there be given the enthusiasm for Cremina (and same for LaPavoni Europiccola)? Again if the thread exists then (1) sorry
(2) please post the uri.
What has been done so far (in chronological order) to my 1990 Cremina:
* "erics" group head thermometerNeed advice re: Eric's Thermometer kit for Olympia Cremina
* deeper basket49 mm basket comparison
No need for VST type for Cremina. I found post on this but at over >20 tabs open in Chrome while typing this I am getting a headache !
* new steam wand from Cerini
I have marginal steam improvement vs. original wand that had 3/4 holes plugged (determining factor is the user IMO). But at least the new wand is nice and shiny.
I may eventually spring for the Sproline tip (and adapter) but since I prefer to steam with my Alexia I doubt will get this.Question about the 67' Olympia Cremina steam wand[SOLD] Olympia Cremina steam wand upgrade: Sproline Foam Knife + HG One Adapter + OE Steam Wand
* heat break gasketDIY Teflon Boiler Heat Break for older Olympia CreminaSo I bought me a Cremina.
I like this as lets me leave Cremina on longer (though that wastes electricity).
* "homo barista" 's pressure piston rod and bottomless portafilterOlympia Cremina piston pressure gauge unboxing
I am eagerly awaiting this mailing from Hungary.
Another source of Cremina bottomless portafilter is Richard Penny and pictured here [SOLD] Olympia Cremina Richard Penny Bottomless Portafilter
. I received PM from "eastsideloco" on 2/21/2017 that the Penny bottomless PF still available at CoffeeBOS shop on Etsy.
Of course one can make own bottomless portafilter. But for persons like me that will likely result in trip to trauma hand surgeon for finger reattachment.
Other possible upgrades:
* pressurestatOlympia Cremina replacement pressurestat option
Not needed as mine just fine and this does not seem to be an improvement over the original.
Also per some posts, the newer Mater pstat does not appear as durable as the pre-2002 ones.Olympia Cremina Shootout - 2011 vs. 1991
* steam wand knob coverOlympia Cremina Mod of the Day
My fellow Illinoisan Abraham Lincoln was the G.O.A.T. I.M.O. (and many historians agree) US president so this is ruled out. Besides, I don't like the look of this.
* heating element Olympia Cremina - Heating element replacement options.
Like the pressurestat, I see no reason for this unless current one fails to function.
* PIDPID'ing the Olympia Cremina
I think this would be detrimental to shot extraction.
From Dan Kehn's Cremina review
"Because the brew water is drawn from the steam boiler (so-called "dipper" design), the temperature profile spikes dramatically above the target brew temperature at first, then tapers off as the group head draws off excess heat. I believe this initial temperature spike has the positive effect of tempering acidity without flattening the fruitiness. For this particular coffee, the Cremina delivers sweet fruits and a crisp clean finish of cranberries as promised, but most importantly, without the pucker I would have expected from a pump-driven espresso machine."
And with all due respect to "starry" (no sarcasm meant and its engineering is amazing), it is not aesthetically pleasing.
* Wood lever handles and knob
If I can find a really nice black wood with little grain then I'd be interested. But then again it would just be similar to existing plastic. I'll actually try to save money for once!
If you want custom wood for the Cremina, this is the reference I.M.O.Custom Wood for your Espresso Machine
* Insulate the boiler tank with wrap.
In terms of saving electricity, this would be a good idea. But even with group head thermometer, I know the right temperature (within few degrees ) but just touching the top. So a boiler tank wrap would necessitate relearning the right temperature by touch.
* Permanent pressure gauge (so that would be similar to 2002 and beyond Creminas)
I see no thread for this. The likely reason is the effort would far exceed its need as temporary ones work just fine.Richard Penney Boiler Cap for Manometer