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Thread: Help please with Faema Amica II!

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    Help please with Faema Amica II!

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    HI everyone,

    We are new to this site and to the joys of home espresso and just acquired an old Faema Amica II.

    The machine seems to be fine but the rubber disk is missing and we have not been able to locate one.

    We contacted Faema. They replied via email that they have a gasket in stock but when we see photos of gaskets they look like simple black rubber rings, more like a washer or a seal.

    The part we are looking for is a solid disk that fits inside the group head/portafliter. The Faema manual says that this is required to produce consistent "crema."

    We have searched various sites and tried parts from other machines. For example, we picked up an old Gran Gaggia that has a similar part but it does not fit this machine.

    We have tried to read many posts here before asking silly questions but we have to say that the volume of information is overwhelming. We have not even been able to figure out pressurized versus non pressurized filters to know whether or not we even need this part!

    We would be very appreciative of any suggestions on the function of this part and where we might get it! Thanks.



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    brett230873
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    Re: Help please with Faema Amica II!

    Hi and welcome,

    The crème enhancing disc that you seek is the antithesis of the Coffee Snob modus operandi! These only produce fake crème and allow the user to use variably ground and stale coffee: to producing reasonably looking poor tasting eXpresso [sic]! Good espresso relies on the quality of the grind more so than the device for extraction (chicken and egg theory). Be happy that you lost the rubber disc of mediocrity, source or use your good quality espresso grinder and start creating real espresso... and welcome!

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    Re: Help please with Faema Amica II!

    Brett H,

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the reply! We are so new to this and appreciate it. We had read that the grinder may be more important than the actual espresso machine. We bought a Solis Maestro (I guess it is for entry level home use but the reviews were good) and we got this used Faema machine.

    If we are understanding you correctly, this rubber disk that the Faema manual says is absolutely necessary for "consistent cream" is not needed at all and we will simply strive to find freshly roasted beans, and grind and brew them properly?

    Thanks a million.

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    Re: Help please with Faema Amica II!

    Quote Originally Posted by 20110C140F020D073C2411020D0406630 link=1273600323/2#2 date=1273685626
    Brett H,

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the reply! *We are so new to this and appreciate it. *We had read that the grinder may be more important than the actual espresso machine. *We bought a Solis Maestro (I guess it is for entry level home use but the reviews were good) and we got this used Faema machine. *

    If we are understanding you correctly, this rubber disk that the Faema manual says is absolutely necessary for "consistent cream" is not needed at all and we will simply strive to find freshly roasted beans, and grind and brew them properly? *

    Thanks a million.
    1: Where are you located - Then go and drop into a sponsor and chat

    2: Yes... Along side teh "Bean" the Grinder is critical in producing great shots and doing it consistently.

    3: If using stale beans and or a cheep grinder etc; then yes, that rubber disk is critical and needed. But its about perception rather than good coffee.

    Welcome too CS... It is a long road.




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    brett230873
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    Re: Help please with Faema Amica II!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5F6E736B707D7278435B6E7D727B791C0 link=1273600323/2#2 date=1273685626
    If we are understanding you correctly, this rubber disk that the Faema manual says is absolutely necessary for "consistent cream" is not needed at all and we will simply strive to find freshly roasted beans, and grind and brew them properly?
    Exactly correct! Coffee snobs is a wonderful resource especially the Search feature. You may wish to research on this forum:

    1. Bean storage
    2. Dose, grind tamp
    3. Extraction

    Just use the search function and importantly set the value of: "This post was made in the last..." to at least 1 year. The search results wont be instant but theyll be worth the wait.
    Quote Originally Posted by 5D727B796E517D727D7B79717972681C0 link=1273600323/3#3 date=1273690601
    1: Where are you located - Then go and drop into a sponsor and chat

    2: Yes... Along side the "Bean"the Grinder is critical in producing great shots and doing it consistently.

    3: If using stale beans and or a cheep grinder etc; then yes, that rubber disk is critical and needed. But its about perception rather than good coffee.

    Welcome too CS... It is a long road.
    If I come across this users posts, I tend to read them twice because you it isnt every day you get this level of advice/service for free.

    >10000 members you are bound to have to filter out a great deal of info on your quest for good espresso and all equipment is only slightly less idosyncratic than the users that operate them.

    When I was starting out I:

    1. Sourced a kilo of fresh beans (you will have wastage while you find your optimum setings)
    2. Started the grinder on its second finest setting
    3. Ground 14 grams into the double basket
    4. Tamped, loaded and hit the brew switch for 30 seconds
    5. Extracted less than 60 mls in 30 seconds
    6. Adjusted the grind coarser without changing the tamp or the 14g dose until I extracted those magic numbers

    If on the second or finest setting you are getting more than 60ml/30 seconds than your grinder isnt suitable for espresso... irrespective of what Choice Magazine or the nice girl with the big eyes from Harvey Norman have said.

    A local site sponsor will as Mr AM has said be of real assistance. Just ask them for help when you buy your beans, or PM them to make an appointment. It is in their best interest, with so many reading to give you sage, realisitic advice and honestly they dont need to do the heavy sell. The quality of their product and the gear they stock will do that all by itself.

    All the best,
    Brett H




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