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    This is a US friends machine:



    He wrote:

    My little coffee maker is number one of ten made. Hand made in Spain by Archile Gaggia. Of the ten it is the only one still operational. It is a full three bay commercial machine. Two standard bays and one autopress (think French press). When we lived in Charlotte, NC, the Gaggia family flew two folks out from Spain to rebuild the machine in trade for us allowing them to take pictures of it for their catalogue. I couldnt say no to a deal like that! Its always a hit during parties. If folks want a drink from it they have to make their own. Naturally that means I have to teach folks how to run it.  

    For a little more history, it was made on contrat for the flagship Olive Garden store here in Bellevue, WA. They used it for one year and then stored it during a remodel. Upon being reinstalled a newbie fired it up without filling the boiler. All of the seals blew and the heating elements melted! We found it at a restaurant liquidation house roughly 9 years ago. It took about 3 months to rebuild it the first time, and two days for the Gaggia folks to rebuild it the second time.

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    ;DWhat a beautiful machine. Like old cars, old coffee machines are lovely to look at, this one is something special. ;D

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    • #3
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      What a magnificent looking machine, a real collectors item to be treasured!!

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        Yessireeee bob, thats one fine lookn masheen you got thayre.......

        Has some similarities to another old classic featured here on coffee snobs recently, cant remember what it was though, it may have been a rancilio, but Im really not sure.

        Fantastic though.......... Ray.

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        • #5
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          Beautiful looking machine.
          I saw one of a similar style (in now way as magnificent thought) in a 2nd hand shop in a rural victorian country town over easter. It had 1 group handle and 2 auto press contraptions (had no idea what they were at the time).

          I was tempted to make the guy an offer just for novelty factor and looking at what was inside the unit but they only way to make room in the car would be to leave the kids behind and the wife wasnt keen on that.

          Mal

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            You could have left her with the kids.

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            • #7
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              Nice one TG
              I briefly thought of that but discounted it as the grief level would have been too high

              Mal

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              • #8
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                I would have left OG behind with kids if it came tyo something like that - just the thought of something as gorgeous as that in my home would dim the sound of the whining and whinging.

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                • #9
                  Re: A fancy old machine

                  Hi Lucinda
                  What was in the 2nd hand store was no where near a good looking as the unit in the pic, it was grey and silver and looked more of brushed aluminium or dull stainless but i guess that could have been from years of dust and neglect.

                  Mal

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