I'm with Steve on this one - Les' wood handles are superb. Plus the triangle nicely compliments Olympia's contemporary logo:
Overall I would say the combination of high-gloss black powdercoat, sunglasses-required brightwork, and rare wood custom handles have put this restoration way
over the top. Congratulations Steve, a real class A job. Let's talk more offline about the next restoration job you offered to do for me involving the carbon fiber faceplate and 1/4" thick brushed stainless steel sides, OK?
Back to this this morning - Steve wasted no time getting in the groove pulling delightfully smooth shots. The second and third boasted beaucoup
crema, I suspect because of the higher pressure compared to my spring-powered lever (huh? do I detect "lever envy"?). I wasn't able to convince Steve to install a brew gauge like Lino's Peppina to confirm my theory:Lino's Peppina with tapped grouphead for brew gauge and thermocouple
By the way, I'm lobbying Jim Piccinich at 1st-line to sponsor Steve's next project, a formal Bench review of the latest Olympia Cremina:Olympia Cremina 2002
Steve explains that it incorporates innovations not present in his '67, and I know nobody more qualified to review it. If you're considering the Cremina and would like to see such a review, send a note to Jim (email@example.com
). Given enough requests, perhaps we can persuade him to offer an HB member discount too?