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  • Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

    Never having used or owned a lever type machine before, whats the process for a proper clean? Can I backflush, and if so where to get a blind for the small PF size (51?), or is it a matter of pull apart everything?
    Bought second hand from ebay, so no retailer to consult.

    Also, theres no wire in the PF to hold the basket in place - is this normal? I saw one youtube vid and the guy was spinning the basket very freely (to help settle the grinds before tamping) so maybe this is just how they are?

    TIA!

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    Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

    Howdy,

    just picked up one as well (hasnt arrived yet) No valve so no backflushing in the normal sense. Cleaning on the group and occasional descale seems to be the normal.

    A few good links I have run across below.
    http://www.lapavoni.com/home.asp?lang=en
    http://www.pavoniexpress.com/index.html
    http://www.orphanespresso.com/
    http://www.francescoceccarelli.eu/index_eng.htm
    http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/leverespresso

    I am thinking we need a special thread perhaps the Lever Lovers Lounge

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    • #3
      Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

      thanks for that bean - i would definitely second a Lever Lovers Lounge - plus I love alliteration lol!
      Its just so odd to me not to backflush - Proper cleaning having been drilled into me, I guess I kind of figured there must be some sort of way, but if cleaning the group head is all there is too it, I shouldnt complain!

      Id come across a couple of those links, but that francesco ceccarelli one looks like a lot of very interesting reading indeed, so thanks again!

      Have fun playing with your new toy!

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      • #4
        Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

        There is a large lever following on Home-Barista.com as well.  They have an entire sub-forum dedicated to lever machines.

        They recommend something called a portafilter wiggle.  Its best for you to read about it as Ive never done it.

        Just do a search on clean or cleaning plus Pavoni in the Lever Espresso Machines sub-forum, you should get quite a few hits.

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        • #5
          Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

          Originally posted by 5E61627A5F6C64630D0 link=1239920881/3#3 date=1241670006

          They recommend something called a portafilter wiggle.  

          What colour shirt does that one wear?

          Chris

          ...running and hiding...

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          • #6
            Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

            Well obvious he would be the Brown Wiggle

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            • #7
              Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

              Originally posted by 4B4C48474F455040474E290 link=1239920881/5#5 date=1241673764
              Well obvious he would be the Brown Wiggle  
              *swoooosh*
              nothing but net on that one ;D ;D ;D

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                Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

                Im going to assume this is an Aussie thing.

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                • #9
                  Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

                  Originally posted by 4976756D487B73741A0 link=1239920881/7#7 date=1241702314
                  Im going to assume this is an Aussie thing.
                  Na they are just a bunch of sick and twisted minds...

                  They get that way when they have to leave their coffee, to get on line..


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                  • #10
                    Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

                    Originally posted by 615E5D4560535B5C320 link=1239920881/7#7 date=1241702314
                    Im going to assume this is an Aussie thing.

                    I thought they were a bit more global than that...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

                      Okay, I did a Google search on wiggle and australia and came up with this as the number one hit.  So I think I understand the joke now.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cleaning La Pavoni Professional?

                        Its good to know youre now with the program.
                        Rumour had it that there was one person who didnt know who they were.
                        Now youve been found all is right with the world.

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