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  • Re: The (Coffee Equipment) Collectors Thread

    Originally posted by 5F5A5A575E5F53360 link=1220240609/148#148 date=1268180883
    Anyone know any info on this machine? Siltex brand Australian made.
    So which CSer was the lucky winner?

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      I also like this discussion thread. I can see so many cool machine , I havent seen in China.
      Few people here collect machines but I am the one . Its great to come here.
      I also want to pick up cool machine (unique also), but I dont know where to get it?
      Have you heard of capsule coffee machines? :-?

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        Unseen till now, Top section of the US Version of the Robiatti made Martian instruction Brochure

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          Wow, nice find 356, do you have any more of the manual you can post?

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            This is indeed nice. Well done 356.

            I would also like to see the rest of the manual...

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              Theres nothing more of it, than what I was sent, but Im really hoping for the rest. I noticed that the the only difference to the Italian brochure images, is the ceramic cups, in their shape design .
              And the profile shot size of Martian is different, in relation to the front view and overall darker grainier copy of those beautiful Italian original concept prototipo paintings

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              • Re: The (Coffee Equipment) Collectors Thread

                I also have a Martian espresso maker!

                Mine looks more like the one in the manual displayed on this thread.

                N.B.

                Gday "Hondason"...... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

                Can you keep image size to a maximum of 800(W)x600(H) pixels (about 100KB) please mate? Larger images can slow down page loading considerably, especially for people with limited bandwidth connections.....

                If you are unsure about how to easily resize your images,
                this link will hopefully assist .

                (Also deleted duplicate image and consolidated all into a single post )

                Thanks,
                Mal.









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                  Wow: I missed this! This is a great looking Martian Honadson! I am guessing you are from the USA? Given the machine is 110 volt- and that you have a Thomas Cara USA imported Atomic coffee maker there alongside it? Let me guess: San Francisco?

                  I would say it came before the one I have- which would date it to around 1953 or so. I would also say your Martian is a very rare model- possibly the first Martian? I now know of four machines that look like mine- 3 of them in Australia and one in Italy. But I have never seen one like yours before except in the picture in my instruction manual. In the manual it is just a drawing and I thought they had just drawn a simplified form of the Martian- but it is identical to yours.

                  Have you ever fired it up? I ran mine once- I was kind of worried it would explode- it made some ominous sounds. But it came up to temperature and worked perfectly. Coffee was terrible but I only tried it once. With practice it may be able to make a good cup. Steam power was massive...

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                  • Thermometer for Caravel

                    Ive got a Caravel (bought from SorrentinaCoffee actually ), just wondering if anyone knows where I can get a thermometer with a thin wire probe so I can still close the kettle lid and have a continuous reading of the water temperature.  At the moment I periodically open the kettle lid and stick a candy thermometer in and have to wait until the reading settles.  Thanks!

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                      Hello there! hope the Caravel is going well?

                      I never use a thermometer with mine- generally I just pull the shot just after the water has stopped boiling. Basically I let it get to a boil- and turn it off. A few seconds later the water has settled- with maybe a few bubbles still rising- and the temp seems to be about just right.

                      One of the Caravel users on homebarista drilled a small hole in the side of his kettle to install a probe. Personally I could never do that to a lovely Caravel...

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                        I find 92 deg Celcius the best, youre probably at around 97-98 right?

                        The Caravel is going great, hasnt missed a beat, easy to keep really clean.

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                          Not sure- I think more like 94-95. The temp drops really quick once boiling stops- and I expect it drops a fraction in the cylinder- and as the shot progresses even a little more. At a guess: 96 at the start of the infusion and 91 by the end...

                          I have a PID and will test the temp in the boiler just after boiling.

                          The easy to keep clean feature is the Caravels genius and I think also one of the key reasons the espresso is soooo good. I clean my boiler almost every time the machine is used- and clean the piston and dispersion screen regularly. All with no tools 8-)

                          It has to the the cleanest espresso machine in the world.... nothing but stainless steel all the way from boiler to cup.

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                            I missed final bidding on this one on ebay UK by sleeping in. It went for UK125

                            Silverplate on copper

                            Picard syphon

                            Ive come across only one other reference to this brand

                            http://www.baharris.org/coffee/Manufacturers.htm

                            Scroll down to Picard for the photo of a copper model of slightly different design.

                            It matches perfectly the spirit kettle and camping stove in the picnic set Im building for the boot of my car too.

                            Has anyone else come across this particular animal?


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                              I have been hunting for a Caravel, in the search i turned up this mint Baby Faemina - its like new.



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                              • Re: The (Coffee Equipment) Collectors Thread

                                Now I have also secured an nice Arrarex Caravel, not quite sure when or how, but i seem to have turned into a collector!




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