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    Thanks for the info, we are on the same wavelength it seems,
    I just downloaded all the patent drawings from the web including some nice cross sections of the group.
    My seals have arrived from Orphanespresso and I have replaced them all. Now i am getting into trying to dial in the grind and tamp.
    I havent had anything I would call perfect yet, though most of the shots have had better taste than my Faema compact, I am just a little short on Crema at the moment.
    I am sure I will get the right combination soon, I am just limited to how many trial shots I can drink in a day before I totally freak out.

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    Hello there Aaron,

    I think your machine probably has the piston that does not have a valve on the base. All the later Caravels had a hole/valve built into the very bottom of the piston and the water enters the piston chamber here. However on the early VAM machines the piston simply raises up above the water inlet and thats how it fills. This means the pull is a little different- and perhaps a little smaller, try this method:

    Raise the lever fully and jiggle a little at the top. Lower completely- then quickly raise again- and lower. Two complete pulls.

    Use a very fine grind- the idea is that on the second pull you have a fair amount of resistance (my VAM has a different basket than other Caravels- with more holes- this means very fine grind and well tamped). The first pull doesnt need to be so tight... in a way the first pull is almost like a pre-infusion.

    I found this method works well with my VAM model Caravel.

    You should certainly not have a problem with crema... I get a black and tan affect.... with a good 1cm of thick crema once it settles...

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    Hey, you may have already been in touch with them, but I think your collection would be great on the ABC collectors program!

    Have you thought of doing anything like this? I dont watch it that often and they may have done a coffee collector session, but if not you are surely the MAN!

    What do other snobbers think?

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    I think its inevitable that I will end up on the Collectors- though they have already covered coffee machine collecting- with Ian Berstens enormous collection: some 1700 machines! (I like to think I go for quality not quantity with my collection. It makes me feel better :-?)


    I just came across this Monstrous WMF German made coffee machine. It looks like Frankensteins very own lightning powered espresso console:


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    the top portafilter seems to be enormous:




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    Wow!

    What an incredible machine 8-).... Have you acquired this one for your collection Jack?

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    Hello there Mal,

    No I didnt get the Frankenspresso... a little large for my collection. (and pricey).

    I did just miss out on snatching this wonder- an opportunity missed- and bitterly regretted:




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    and then I saw this INCREDDIBLE VIDEO- and I am thinking of giving up on the collector game... :(


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    I dont feel bad about my meagre collection anymore *:) All those brewers and in only 4 years too.

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    Amazing video and collection, but it is always the story behind the collection that matters! I love the one about the Atomic at the church fete. I also support your thougts about quality versus quantity. If you love what you have acquired, then it is nice to enjoy them without needing to go further! There are still plenty in your collection I would relish!! Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2B372A2A3D362C3136393B373E3E3D3D580 link=1220240609/57#57 date=1237394876
    and then I saw this INCREDDIBLE VIDEO- and I am thinking of giving up on the collector game... :(
    That video consisted mostly of stovetops and quite a few were the same.

    I find your collection so much nicer.

    Quality v quantity.

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    seriously- that is an impressive collection. I really like to see all the variations on a theme. I think I saw about 12 machines in that collection that I have in mine. But the multiple sub-variants- astounding. At around 16 images per minute there are maybe 150 machines there?

    One minor gripe was that UGLY illy cup in every shot. Whats with that? Product placement? Music was quite relaxing.

    4.5 stars

    I think that collector must live in Italy- or be quite flush.

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    I think the Illy cup was for size perspective.
    Looks nicer than a ruler.

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    true enough...

    Just managed to restore the Mini Gaggia I picked up a while back. Brand new seals (c.o. orphanespresso), all cleaned up inside and out, came up like new:




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    and was it all worth it?


    Oh, Indeed:




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    not bad for an open boiler, gravity feed, manual lever espresso machine:


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    la cimbali disco volane

    thought i would share with you guys my new toy, about to restore it. its a 54 and works wow




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    That is outta-control cool. 8-)
    It looks like it has infinity dosing vanes. Awesome.

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    If it had exposed grinding blades - as I imagine it does - then this is a very cool chuteless grinder. Maybe grinder manufacturers have something to learn from something like this :)

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    Very nice; I want it!

    P.S. Welcome to Coffee Snobs


    (We need a new rule; first post cant be new toys that make others jealous.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7448554E444552474F44200 link=1239978326/3#3 date=1240007554
    Very nice; I want it!

    P.S. Welcome to Coffee Snobs


    (We need a new rule; first post cant be new toys that make others jealous.)


    I agree fully.... In fact they should be banned and have to pay penance ;D


    tcm-geelong, welcome to CS.

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    Re: The (Coffee Machine) Collectors Thread

    I just picked up this lot of metal coffee machine models I was hoping someone on this site could fill me in with any information.
    They are all Faema machines, all numbered, and produced from a variety of metals from bronze to pot metal. Does anyone know what they are for?
    I have only ever seen one once before, a la cimbali machine in the window of a cafe in Milan.



    Unfortunately this one is missing a lever.




    Sorry some of the shots are blurry, I didnt have time to bust out the macro lens this morning. I will try and get better photos soon.


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    Here is the photo of the one I saw in Milan, i was actually photographing the baby Faema, the model la Cimbali is partially visible on the right.


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    Faema Mecurio for the first one I think? There was one on ferralbay Italy a few weeks ago.

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    hmmm, collecting them could turn out a lot more cost affective than collecting the real things...

    perhaps they were made as gifts/promotional items for distributors and marketers?

    Thats a nice looking baby faemina in that Milan shop window. Was it for sale?

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    BTW a bit of good info on the Mecurio here http://www.home-barista.com/levers/f...50s-t8313.html and the buyitnow price was 1500 Euro so I trust yours was a little less ;)

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    Yes I think it was only about 40 or 50 Australian for the lot, posted from italy. It is certainly easier on the other half than a house full of real machines.
    The Baby Faema wasnt for sale, and if it was it would have cost a bomb - the cafe in the photo is Cafe Zucca in the Galleria, probably the most stylish and expensive cafe in Milan.

    The Faema Murcurio is my absolute ultimate machine, and when I win lotto I will be going to italy to collect it

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    The Mercurio sure is a wonderful machine. Makes the designs of today look rather shabby in my opinion. I imagine they produce a pretty world class espresso in the right hands as well. This photo from the link above is a great one of the machine in action:






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    Hi all

    Collecting coffee paraphernalia is becoming an obsession and I am very happy with my latest acquisition.
    This is a 1922 electric Snider machine, apparently Italian despite the Germanic name?

    It is a 4 group.
    I love the chunky primitive look of it.

    It isnt working although I have someone who says they might be able to get it going. I have decided not to try and pretty it up, I like it as is.



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    Troy..

    Looks better in person ;)

    As a side note, Troy has a few other goodies on display; but I still like some of the non coffee pics as they are great talking pieces..


    Some of the other items could go missing, next time I go camping... Roasters / Grinders and Coffee machine... Mind you the insurance on the Glass pieces could get a little high..me

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    Hi can sombody identefy this and put an age on it


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    Beautiful tcm, i am so pleasantly jealous, :-X

    Its a shame the new machines in general dont command this respect, are you listening fellas?

    Craig.

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    It looks exactly like one I bought off the Bay of Evil back in November 2006.
    It was advertised as a Turkish Stove Top and as it came with some Palaks glasses that seems right.

    Mine is stamped "Stainless Steel 18/10" underneath.
    I dont think its very old.


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    This belongs here I reckon..... 8-)

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    I will offer 500 for that grinder right now!

    Actually the grinder I really want is this incredible item:




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    sorry - here is the big pic:


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    I sold the Mini Gaggia to make room for my new baby- the vintage La Pavoni Europiccola. This is a very early model with no drip tray and different filler knob than all later machines. Build quality is superb- and although this machine is over 40 years old- it works just like new- just add new seals:




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    restored this a while back. thought i should be in here


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    Quote Originally Posted by 67707E3E7476767F7C7D74130 link=1220240609/87#87 date=1241394161
    restored this a while back. thought i should be in here
    very cool
    what is it?
    and can we get a front on view?

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    it is a 1948 gaggia column machine, apperntly the first model, the one that started it all

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    thats a beautiful machine- and by the looks first rate restoration- the machine looks brand spanking---

    how are the shots?

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    What a humbling thread this is. Some of these machines are breathtakingly beautiful....

    I am now officially banning myself from this thread. It is giving very expensive ideas. ;D

    Wonderful stuff.

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    Re: The (Coffee Equipment) Collectors Thread

    here are a few new additions to the Ikon Exports collection- straight of the boat- when I saw the first one I knew where the Doctor Who people got their idea for the Daleks from:






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    and some of the others- many of which will be available for sale from www.sorrentinacoffee.com










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    the two Peppinas have been restored to full working order with all new seals from orphanespresso:








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    a very early Baby Faemina- serial number on the base- #1011:






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    and something little for a change:




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    Re: The (Coffee Equipment) Collectors Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 657964647378627F7877757970707373160 link=1220240609/57#57 date=1237394876
    and then I saw this INCREDDIBLE VIDEO- and I am thinking of giving up on the collector game... :(
    Thank you very much for the increddible *;D

    Im the mad-sick collector.

    Yes, the ugly Illys cup was to evaluate the dimensions of the different machines. Those are my cups, since im from Triest, Illys town. 8-)

    moreover i have a funny blog regarding my madness :
    http://caffettiere.blogspot.com/
    you have the automatic translator on the right *8-)

    best regards from Italy

    Lvx

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    Welcome to CS, you are truly a worthy member.

    I stand (sit) in awe (unbelief) WOW :D

    Well done "Lvx" I am hugely impressed, can I ask how many do you have?

    Cheers :)

    Chris

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Whoa . .it only took you 4 years to build that INCREDDIBLE collection ...

    I think youve been possessed by the Bean * ;D ;D ;D

    Yes, welcome to CSs .. very good to have you aboard.

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